Published: Saturday, 23 December 2023 17:43 | Written by Jamie Ruby
The series La Brea follows a group of people that fell through a sink hole that brought them to 10,000 B.C. At the end of season two of La Brea, Levi (Nicholas Gonzalez) blew up the Lazarus building and as her family watched, Eve (Natalie Zea) ended up being pulled into a portal as the machine overloaded, without anyone knowing where or when she went. Season three of the series, which premieres January 9th on NBC, picks up there, with Gavin (Eoin Macken), Izzy (Zyra Gorecki), and Josh (Jack Martin) devastated and trying to find a way back to her.
Recently, cast members Macken, Gonzalez, and Gorecki spoke with SciFi Vision about season three, including whether or not the Levi can regain trust with the Harris family, how important trust is among the group as a whole, what surprised them about their characters’ journeys, what they learned about themselves working on the series, and more.
Watch the interview and read the transcript below.
SCIFI VISION: So, to start off, obviously, one of the big points of contention this season is that Levi, blew up [the Lazarus building] and everybody thinks they have no chance of going home now, at the beginning of the season. So, can you all sort of talk about them kind of coming to terms with that, and can they build that trust back up?
EOIN MACKEN: Can we? Can we Nick? I mean, it's a big thing to come back from. I mean, he didn't just blow up a building. He also blew up like everybody's chance of actually getting home at the same time. So, he kind of did a lot of damage. I think it starts off - Sorry, what?
ZYRA GORECKI: I was just gonna say, [it] just massacred everyone's hopes and dreams.
EOIN MACKEN: Yeah, that'd be a good way to put it. So, he's not starting from like, a really solid footing with anybody, but I think that it's important…for everyone to appreciate then where Levi goes, because he's got such a long way to come back from. I think that's really interesting, from Gavin's point of view, seeing what Levi does to possibly try rectify that. I think that's a really big emotional part of what season three is.
NICHOLAS GONZALEZ: Yeah, when we find him at the beginning of three, he's at such a low point, just not really even sure what his next move is going to be and doesn't really feel like he has a home anywhere. So, it becomes his mission in this season to bring the Harristown back together.
[crosstalk] ZYRA GORECKI: From Izzy's perspective, I think because she grew up with this man, knowing this man as he is, you don't just stop loving someone like that. You know what I mean? Like, regardless of what they do, that is still your family. And I think they've had each other's backs, and even though he obviously had this moment of betrayal with her mom, she will always love him as the wonderful uncle he is.
SCIFI VISION: Did you have something else to add before I move on?
EOIN MACKEN: No, actually I was just going to motivate that point that I think that the relationship with Izzy and Levi is a really defining part, and what Levi does for Gavin's family is a redefining aspect of Gavin's relationship with Levi and how he kind of treats them and how their relationship kind of comes back together in whatever fashion that is.
ZYRA GORECKI: Yeah, it's a bit like having divorced parents where like, even though you might not necessarily like each other, you still love each other, and you still communicate, and you still are civil to each other, because you have a child together that you love.
SCIFI VISION: This is sort of continuing on that, but just overall with the whole group, how important is trust between everybody, in order to survive in a community like this, and how does that sort of play a role this season?
EOIN MACKEN: I think trust probably is integral, but at the same time with this show, there're so many moving parts, and so many new things that happen and so much new information. There're elements of characters happy to be selfish, but at the same time, then sometimes be selfless and put the group before the individual. It becomes complicated. So, it's not as simple as just trusting each other. It's also got to be, as what as what happens with Gavin and Levi, it has to be more than just words. You can't just trust somebody blindly; that has to be followed by action.
ZYRA GORECKI: Sounds good.
SCIFI VISION: What have you guys learned about yourselves from working on the show? How have you changed since this experience?
NICHOLAS GONZALEZ: That I can be a lot more uncomfortable than I thought I could ever be and still survive. Definitely those early days was a hard shoot being away from the family and being halfway across the world. But I think what was just so interesting is coming together. I think this show is really defined by its relationships, and that was no different off screen. I think having to come together and create - because there's so much that you're just reacting, right? There're dinosaurs now, but like, all the other adventure and things that are happening to these people, you really got to try to work on things between the lines, because if it's just plot, and if it's just action and things, we have to find…a way to get that across. And I felt like we worked a lot together off screen to make whatever - At times when there wasn't a lot of characters trying to eat that in and really play these relationships, so you weren't just told that they were important, you had to feel they were important. And I think as an actor, I feel very proud of the time that we spent together to achieve that, and not just bonding, but meaning like, you know, it wasn't unusual for Eoin to come with an idea and be like, “Hey, man, I think this would kind of - or this is powerful,” and it was great knowing that other people cared as much.
SCIFI VISION: The two of you, what did you learn about yourselves?
NICHOLAS GONZALEZ: Yeah, what did you two learn about yourselves?
EOIN MACKEN: I mean, everything I know about being a father I learned off Zyra and off Izzy. So, for better or worse, my entire, my entire conceptions of being a father are based off this show and working with Zyra.
SCIFI VISION: Hopefully that’s a good thing.[laughs]
NICHOLAS GONZALEZ: [laughs]It’s exactly like that. It’s exactly like that Eoin.
ZYRA GORECKI: And I learned how important taking care of yourself is, particularly because we had a stretch of time, eight months of shooting, and taking care of yourself during that, emotionally, physically, and especially when throughout that season, we were - It was very a physical shoot. Like, we were running for our lives a lot of times, and trusting the people around you, for sure, and trusting that like Eoin, Nick, they have your back in a scene. I know without a doubt that if we walk into a scene even now, I can trust them.
NICHOLAS GONZALEZ: …I felt like we always had a lot of things going on. I know that, you and Eoin especially, but I felt that whenever we were in scenes together, we were looking for those little things and really kind of questioning what was there and saying, “Okay, how genuine am I here?” And “what do you think?” And that felt really nice to have someone who, like I said, cared as much and was going in there wanting to always make everything a little bit better in your opinion.
SCIFI VISION: Obviously, this is the end of the [show], and it's a short season too. How surprised were you by where your characters ended up compared to where you expected them to be when you started the show?
EOIN MACKEN: Oh, drastically. I think the characters went in some kind of crazy arcs. Season three I think is a very satisfying culmination to all the various journeys in a way that I think feels appropriate and also gave us some where really strong, from my point of view as a character, to go, but compared to where I was at the very very start, it's like a huge sea change. Like just talking from from my point of view, Gavin was starting season one in a very very confused and kind of a difficult emotional place, and he finishes it with a lot more certainty, and his relationship with Izzy is is fundamental to what the whole show is as they try and get Eve and Josh back. So, they both, as a father and daughter, go through this massive big sea change, as does Gavin and Levi. They go through a whole change from season one to season three. So, I think the characters end in a very different place to where they started in a way that feels appropriate to what the journey needed to be.
NICHOLAS GONZALEZ: Yes, definitey
SCIFI VISION: [Were] were surprised too Zyra?
ZYRA GORECKI: Absolutely. I was shocked I was actually - like from the very first season, the very first episode, to where we ended, I would never have guessed. I think that that's what is so fun to everything though, is because every single episode, you're like “What is about to happen? I have no idea,” and also in the character's journey, not just because of dinosaurs or whatever [or] because of the adventure necessarily, but because of the emotional side for the characters.
SCIFI VISION: Definitely…I’m excited to see the ending.
NICHOLAS GONZALEZ: That’s a good sign.
EOIN MACKEN: It’s worth it. The ending of it pays off…I think it ends in a way, especially the last two, that's gonna feel appropriate, I think.