Ok but I feel like Elena’s motivations are easier to see in the story. I don’t agree with them but I understand them. Mia’s are harder to understand for me. She’s clearly living a life where she has to keep moving yet she inserts herself into this situation. She doesn’t like Elena but she accepts a job working there to keep an eye on Pearl. She’s clearly the catalyst and that makes sense for the story to happen. But as a character, I don’t get it.
Its hard to fully understand Mia because this is how she was written. Full of secrets in her past that are only hinted at but never explained. Her actions, towards almost everyone, seem to be motivated more by her past experiences than by what the situation actually calls for. Even Bebe said that she was better off not knowing and later nearly accepted that her daughter may be better off with the adopting parents but Mia pushed her really hard to fight them. The same is true with her behavior towards Pearl, accepting that Izzy finds it easier to communicate with her but not that pearl can honestly find it easier to communicate with Elena. Everything is viewed thru the filtered glasses of her own past traumas that are never explained, just hinted at. Still I don't think we are meant to blindly root for her because of it.