Video Interview: Tudyk & Reynolds on Season Two of Resident Alien, Tonight on Syfy

Alan Tudyk and Corey ReynoldsTonight, Syfy premieres the second season of the hit series, Resident Alien. With the fate of humanity in the balance, Asta realizes that Harry needs to care about more humans that just herself if he is going to care enough to save the rest of the planet, and she tries to get him to make some new friends. “He's trying to make friends, or he wants to,” said Tudyk to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision during a roundtable interview with the press. “I think he'd be happy just living with pizza and Law & Order and not really dealing with anybody else except Asta, but…he needs more friends, and he needs to go out into the world.”

However, that’s hard to do if people are after you. “Also, the world is coming after him,” continued Tudyk. “Sheriff Mike (Corey Reynolds) is coming after him, and their friendship is very unlikely at the beginning, because Harry happened to inhabit…the body of a murderer. So, now all the evidence points rightly to Harry, even though Harry didn't do the murdering.”

Alan TudykTudyk continued that Harry deals with his emotions like a child. “When he feels sadness, it comes upon him like that; if there's fear, it's like that. Anger, same thing...He needs to get used to his human side and learn to control it.”

During the interview, Tudyk said that Harry is everything he could want in a character, and he loved the script as well. “[What] Chris Sheridan wrote in the pilot, I was captivated by that…it’s definitely serious, but it's so funny simultaneously. And the sheriff is hysterically bizarre, and his deputy is also just a huge-hearted oddball, and everybody in this town is somebody I would want to tune in and watch. And it's physical comedy. It's, as I said, it's drama, but it's also some action. It's everything all in one…[T]hey all work together. It's just rare. So, I was very happy to get to go to Patience and play.”

Corey ReynodsReynolds, who also took part in the roundtable, told the press that he was excited for the audience to get to see more of Mike’s backstory this season. “We spent a little less time in his personal life and more in his professional life in season one. Season two is going to flip that a little bit. We still have the criminal side of things where they're investigating crime, but there's a tremendous amount of depth that we go into, into what brought Mike to Patience. Everyone is hiding from something that they don't like about themselves in some way…Everybody's got something within themselves as the characters of the show that is something that's splintered and needs healing. So, we get a revealing of what that is more specifically for Mike this season.”

For more, including Harry’s struggle with being human, be sure to watch our portion of the interview as well as read the full transcript below, and tune into the season two premiere of Resident Alien, tonight on Syfy.


Zoom Roundtable
Resident Alien
Alan Tudyk and Corey Reynolds

January 10, 2022

Lightly edited for length and clarity

QUESTION:
  …[Mr. Tudyk], I really wanted to talk to you about your choice as Harry…You have a longtime history in sci-fi, in the nerd cultures. What really brought you to Harry as a character?

ALAN TUDYK: 
He's everything that I would want in a character. As far as the show itself, that's the true test. You read the script, and if you like the whole show and the world that's created, that Chris Sheridan wrote in the pilot, I was captivated by that. But then, also, Harry is a murderer. So, you think it’s bad, and it’s serious, but he doesn't know how to be a human, and he wants to kill a child, so it’s definitely serious, but it's so funny simultaneously. And the sheriff is hysterically bizarre, and his deputy is also just a huge-hearted oddball, and everybody in this town is somebody I would want to tune in and watch. And it's physical comedy. It's, as I said, it's drama, but it's also some action. It's everything all in one. So, I've always liked that in projects. I got brought into sci-fi with Firefly, and it was similar in that way, that it had all of those same elements in one show, and they all work together. It's just rare. So, I was very happy to get to go to Patience and play.

QUESTION: 
Mr. Reynolds, in the second season, at the end of the first season we got to see a little bit more of Mike kind of round out. What are you really looking forward to? We're seeing some pieces kind of fall apart, you know, the layers of the onion, fall away. What are you really excited that the audiences get to see coming into season two?

COREY REYNOLDS:  
I think the thing that I'm most excited about for the audience to get to see is some of Mike's backstory. I think in season one, part of setting up the town of Patience was giving backstory to the people who are from Patience that have the history there. Being that Mike is, other than Harry, obviously, Mike's the only other person who's not from Patience. So, we spent a little less time in his personal life and more in his professional life in season one. Season two is going to flip that a little bit. We still have the criminal side of things where they're investigating crime, but there's a tremendous amount of depth that we go into, into what brought Mike to Patience. Everyone is hiding from something that they don't like about themselves in some way, whether you're looking at Harry, or whether you're looking at Asta and the adoption, or whether you're looking at Darcy and relationship choices. Everybody's got something within themselves as the characters of the show that is something that's splintered and needs healing. So, we get a revealing of what that is more specifically for Mike this season. And it was a joy. I'm with Alan; a character that you can make jokes with and be dramatic with is every actor's dream…Sof the most dramatic work I've ever done happens in season two on a comedy. So, I'm eager for the audience to see that.

QUESTION: 
I was wondering, as Harry, we kind of seen the struggle between the alien identity and struggling with human emotions. For season two, can you talk about especially when Harry goes forth into Patience and meets more of the different characters and people living there, can you talk about that battle within himself and how that will impact him in season two?

Resident AlienALAN TUDYK: 
Yes, you've nailed it. That is his struggle this season. It was what was happening right at the end of last season, that he was feeling these emotions, and he didn't like it. He's losing his identity, and he's searching for that this season. His link to humanity is Asta, and she's pushing him out, because she doesn't want to be the only thing that keeps him from destroying all of humanity. So, she helps him embrace his emotions, but just like a kid, he's like a kid in so many ways. He feels them like a child would, since they're new. He doesn't have a governor on them. They just happen. So, he needs a lot of help, and it can be very funny, and also disturbing.

SCIFI VISION:  
Hi, guys. I'm wanting to know if you could talk a little bit, this is kind of continuing on that, but Harry's struggle to connect with other people and build these friendships this season. Then, Corey, maybe you can chime in

ALAN TUDYK: 
He's trying to make friends, or he wants to. I think he'd be happy just living with pizza and Law & Order and not really dealing with anybody else except Asta, but that's too much. You know, he needs more friends, and he needs to go out into the world, but also the world is coming after him. Sheriff Mike is coming after him, and their friendship is very unlikely at the beginning, because Harry happened to inhabit, the alien happened to inhabit, the body of a murderer. So, now all the evidence points rightly to Harry, even though Harry didn't do the murdering.

COREY REYNOLDS:  
Not that murder.

ALAN TUDYK:  
Not that murder. He murdered a murderer.

COREY REYNOLDS:   
He’s a different murderer, yeah.

ALAN TUDYK:  
He's a murderer murderer, and that's fine. That's fine. But yes, it's dealing with these emotions like a child. You saw it in season one, like he's learning about jokes. It’s with your character; it’s with Mike, learning about jokes. He doesn't - his laugh isn't "ha ha ha ha ha." His laugh is just this open "haaa haaa." All of his emotions are the same way. When he feels sadness, it comes upon him like that; if there's fear, it's like that. Anger, same thing. So, he has to not only, he needs to get used to his human side and learn to control it.

SCIFI VISION:  
All right, well thank you so much. Hi Corey, sorry, didn't really get to hear from you.

COREY REYNOLDS:  
No worries. I'll get you next time.

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