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Corey Reynolds and Levi Fiehler on aliens, lockdown blues and their advice to their characters

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Corey Reynolds—PHOTO FROM JAMES DITTINGER

Our favourite new present this season “Resident Alien,” which wraps up its 10-episode pilot season at 10:40 p.m. on Fox this Thursday, is getting a brand new lease on life—and we’re stoked about it. But we aren’t the one one who’s been swept off our toes with its recent, irreverent humor and old-school attract.

Other than its 93-percent approval ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, the present has additionally been a scores darling for SyFy and the NBCU networks—actually, when it comes to viewership, it’s the most-watched new cable drama within the final 12 months.

The collection, about an alien (Alan Tudyk) who crash lands on Earth and pretends he’s human after his mission to blow all of humankind to smithereens fails, additionally owes its unforced appeal and viewability to its firm of lovely actors.

We’ve not too long ago featured Alan (Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle), Alice Wetterlund (D’Arcy Bloom) and Sara Tomko (Asta Twelvetrees) in a collection of Philippine exclusives, so we couldn’t be happier to additionally chat with Tony-nominated Broadway veteran Corey Reynolds (as high-strung Sheriff Mike Thompson) and Levi Fiehler (as candy, awkward and hunky city mayor Ben Hawthorne).

Hard-earned

For Corey, who originated the position of Seaweed within the Broadway adaptation of “Hairspray,” the present’s success has been lengthy, hard-earned and bittersweet. “We shot its pilot when Brett Kavanaugh was being confirmed to the Supreme Court (in October 2018), then we went again up to Canada.

“Then, I bear in mind we had simply completed the desk learn for the tenth and last episode, and they got here in and stated, “Alright, we’re accomplished [because of the shutdown], all people—go house and pack your luggage. We don’t know once we’re coming again.

“But we had yet another episode to movie, and we wanted some pickup scenes from stuff earlier within the season. So, once we did lastly get the OK to come again, we had to quarantine for 2 weeks!

“And after I say quarantine, it means we couldn’t stroll out the entrance door of the house they had been placing us up for 2 weeks, our groceries from an inventory had been dropped off by the manufacturing employees, we had to look ahead to them to go away, then put on a mat to simply open the door!


“For two weeks, my Xbox got a f*ck of a workout during that time because there really wasn’t anything else to do. But we all saw it as just another hurdle for this little show that could—we knew we had something special.” Doing character-driven reveals like “Resident Alien” additionally allowed the actors to do some introspection.

Asked what he discovered from his character, Corey stated, “Truth be told, there’s a lot of Sheriff Mike in me (laughs). I’m not abusive the way that he is. But I do share his level of suspicion about things—that’s where our crossover lies. But I would never belittle Elizabeth Bowen, who plays my deputy Liv Baker, the way Sheriff Mike does.”

“For me, the big thing that I get from Ben that I relate to is that he’s a people pleaser,” Levi stated. “He wants to make everyone happy, but this proves to be difficult to do when you’re in a place of political power as the mayor of the town. You obviously can’t make everyone happy, and I definitely relate to that. Even when I’m on set, I’m constantly looking over other actors and saying, ‘Is this OK?’”

Cory, nevertheless, sees Levi’s “people-pleasing” methods in a extra flattering mild. “Dude, you’re a f*cking genius! Levi has this ‘understated awesomeness’ that makes him even more awesome. It’s almost sickening to see someone so talented not realize how gifted he is.” Aww, guys! Since it took them a whole lot of time to develop and heat up to their respective characters, we requested Levi and Corey what advice they’d give to Mayor Ben and Sheriff Mike if they might meet them.

“I’ll tell Sheriff Mike to calm down,” Corey quipped, laughing. “Damn, man. Take a deep breath and calm the f*ck down!”

Like a college dance

Levi, on the opposite hand, stated that he’d most likely not get pleasure from assembly Ben in any respect. “I’d probably not like Ben. I’d say to him, ‘You are annoying! We both need to go to therapy, because we’re neurotic, insecure weirdos (laughs).”

Given their relative success within the area of performing, do Levi and Corey ever really feel like an alien?

“Sometimes, I feel that way when I’m guesting in other shows,” Corey admitted. “I’m not going to say what program it is, but I recently guested in one during COVID, which made me feel even more of an alien. When you’re the new person coming in just for a day, you definitely feel like an alien asshole (laughs).”

Levi likens his personal expertise to a college dance. “It’s like going to a high school prom. I’ve always felt the social anxiety and wondered, ‘Why am I the only one who’s having a hard time with this (laughs)?’”


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Levi Fiehler —PHOTO FROM JAMES DITTINGER

Noting how bodily the present generally will get, the duo mused concerning the stamina and vitality required for a few of the scenes.

“The physicality of the show makes the job more fun,” Corey stated. “I mean, I come from theater. I was on Broadway, in a show called ‘Hairspray’—for which I was nominated for a Tony but did not win—but the physical component of this show comes naturally. It’s a lot of fun for me.”

Fascinating characters

“I’m the complete opposite,” Levi interjected. “When I first saw the pilot, there’s a scene where I’m just walking away from Alan, and I looked like Herman Munster (of ‘The Munsters’) going down the street. So, yes, the physical stuff is hard for me. We have some scenes later in the season where we had to do some choreography—and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten it. I think they had to edit around all that because it didn’t look good at all!”

Corey added, “Yeah, when we get to Season 2, they’ll likely have less physical stuff for you to do (laughs). You’ll probably be sitting—or we can put Mayor Ben in a wheelchair!”

The present has a wealthy lineup of fascinating characters. If they might get a shot at enjoying one other character in it, who would they moderately play?

“I would love to be Harry for an episode!” enthused Corey. “One of the best parts about working with Alan is seeing just how clever and gifted and talented and funny he is. He created these mannerisms for Harry that were just funny as f*ck! Sometimes, it’s hard to keep it together—and that can be very distracting when you’re in a scene with him.”

In Levi’s case, he stated he’d like to play D’Arcy, portrayed by Alice Wetterland.

“For the pilot episode, D’Arcy was written as a very bubbly and flashy character. But the way Alice plays her, she’s so deadpan and sarcastic. I just love that kind of comedy, and I think Alice nails it! I see her scenes, and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I would love to do an Alice impression—as a tribute!” INQ“


Resident Alien” wraps up its first season on Thursday at 10:40 p.m. on Fox (channel 50 on SkyCable, and channel 233 on Cignal).



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