"It is really funny watching people like be very cautious," the actress tells PEOPLE

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Constance Zimmer is not exactly like her character Quinn in Lifetime’s UnREAL, but many fans of the show don’t quite grasp that.

“The fan experience is fascinating because the fans are super, super trepidacious to walk up to me,” Zimmer tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I kind of described it the other day as like, somebody trying to walk up to a rattle snake – they think that they can maybe get a really great selfie without the rattle snake turning around and biting them, but because everybody thinks that I’m Quinn in real life, it is really funny watching people like be very cautious.”

She continued, “I always turn around and I start laughing and I start thanking them and I hug them and take selfies with them and then its kind of like, ‘You’re nothing like your character.’ I think that’s kind of fun, kind of watching people struggling to go, ‘Do we think she’s going to be nice, or is she maybe going to be mean?'”

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Though the actress, 45, says she is looking forward to hearing fans’ reactions to the second season of UnREAL, which premiered June 6 and offers a dark look behind the scenes of a Bachelor-esque reality series, she admits that the show’s cast and crew are “not trying to top [the first season] but rather be consistent.”

“The great thing about the show is that we swap out casts,” she says. “So no matter what, you’re going to have still the same concept. But because you have different contestants and different power struggles, you automatically have different stories being told, which is what’s so great about setting these people in the world of reality television because we’re not solving the same crime story every week. We’re making a television show, and so much of that is dependent of what you’re not getting and creating the stuff that you want to get.”

UnREAL airs Mondays (10 p.m. ET) on Lifetime.