'The Magicians' Stars Applaud Showrunners for Mixing Fantasy With Reality of Rape in Season 3
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"All the things that these women are going through on our show are real," actress Olivia Taylor Dudley tells TooFab.

"The Magicians" stars Stella Maeve and Olivia Taylor Dudley are proud to act in a TV fantasy series that tackles the issue of sexual assault in a "very real" manner.

"I think its great that we're on a show that is portraying very real, very powerful women and yes there's an element of magic, but all the things that these women are going through on our show are real," Dudley, who plays magician Alice Quinn, told TooFab when the actors swung by our studio (with four fluffy bunnies).

In the Season 1 finale of SYFY's drama about a secret academy of magic, Maeve's character -- an Ivy League student named Julia recruited by the secret society -- finds out that she had a memory patch over a past tragedy, replaced instead with a more pleasant false memory. But once Julia learned that the tragic event was getting raped by a trickster god, she had an emotional breakdown, which will be further explored in Season 3.

"They are experiences that we've all had and we get to watch them in the good, the bad and the ugly," Dudley said. "Like, it's not pretty all of the time, the behavior on the show, and we get to see them grow in amazing ways. And I mean, the sexual assault and the relationships between the men and the women on the show and the females on the show are very realistic, and I think that's why the fans relate to the show, because it's important to shed light on those things."

Maeve told TooFab she's grateful that the creators of "The Magicians," Sera Gamble and John McNamara, decided to incorporate the lasting psychological effects of rape into the series.

"I think that Sera Gamble and John McNamara have done an excellent job by making sure that isn't forgotten," she said. "And so it comes up in reoccurring dreams that Julia might have and visions that she, you know, thinks that she's seeing him and she's not."

"So it was really important to them to not let that fall by the wayside and to instill it within the writing and within the scripts that this is something that is a part of her forever," Maeve added. "And something that doesn't just go away with the season, like it continues and it becomes a part of who you are as you grow as a human."

Maeve's storyline goes hand in hand with the #MeToo movement that is sweeping through Hollywood and beyond as more women say time's up. The hashtag was reignited by actress Alyssa Milano in wake of the many sexual misconduct claims made against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men in Hollywood. Since then, many A-listers in Hollywood have joined forces to ignite the #TimesUp initiative to promote gender equality both in treatment and pay, and both actresses are on board.

"It's great because now it's a safe thing to talk about," Maeve said.

Dudley added, "I think it's an amazing thing and it's nice that we're on a show that is actually already talking about those things."

"The Magicians" air Wednesday at 9 PM ET on SYFY.

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