Published: Wednesday, 22 November 2023 13:37 | Written by Jamie Ruby
Tonight, an all-new episode of SurrealEstate premieres on Syfy. In the episode, “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie,” while Luke (Tim Rozon) reconnects with his mother (Jennifer Dale), Zooey (Savannah Basley), worried for Susan (Sarah Levy), ventures to her new house.
Recently, stars Rozon and Levy talked to SciFi Vision about working on the second season, including how Luke was feeling about the way he mistreated Susan and how difficult it was to be mean to Sarah, Susan’s motivations for not returning to the Roman Agency, filming the wall pulling her into the house, how the group dynamics change with the addition of Lomax (Elena Juatco), a bit about Luke reconnecting with his mother, and more.
Watch the interview and read the full transcript below.
SCIFI VISION:Tim, let me start with you. There's a scene…where you're trying to call Susan on the phone, and you're getting mad, because you get the voicemail and you get very, very upset. Can you sort of talk about what Luke is thinking? Because I'm curious if he's not just upset that she's not there and upset at her, but also may be upset at himself a little bit about the way maybe he's been treating her, because he realized how much he needed her there? That kind of thing. So, can you talk about that?
TIM ROZON: Yeah, I think you said it perfectly. I mean, if I could have answered - [laughs] my answer to your question, I mean, I think that's what it is. It comes from a place of insecurity, and he has so much respect for Susan, maybe more than respect, I don't know. I never know where we're going with the Susan and Luke story arc, but it's definitely huge amount of respect for someone at what they're capable of, what they do, and what they have done. And I think he realizes he messed up, and hopefully, he's man enough to do something about it.
SARAH LEVY:The baseball throwing was so satisfying. It was just like “smash!”
TIM ROZON:One take. One take Levy!
SCIFI VISION:Sarah, obviously, Susan didn't come back for a while before everything happened with the house. She wasn't planning on it for a little bit. Do you think maybe part of that was she thought that if she waited long enough, he'd come crawling back to her, because she knew that he needed her? Or was she just really not ready to come back?
SARAH LEVY:To me, I think that it might have been a little bit of both. I think she's definitely strong-willed enough to make those decisions. You know, she didn't want to come back. She wasn't going to come back. But I think they've developed such such a great working relationship and friendship, and as Tim said, this level of respect that they have for each other. I think she probably hoped that there would be a little more there, for Luke to reach out a little more. But I also think she was so enthralled by this house and this prospect of starting fresh and whatever that is, whether that's actually Susan or whether that's the house starting to slowly kind of take over Susan a little bit. I think for the most part, she's just been swept up in this romantic notion of what this new house and new life could possibly be. But I do think you're right; I think it's a bit of both.
SCIFI VISION:Do you think that with everything going on in her life though, that that maybe left her more susceptible to not noticing?
SARAH LEVY:Totally. Yeah, I think that's dead on. She's so work focused and everything, for so long has been about about work and her career and letting herself open up a little bit, I think leaves some cracks. To let other things in.
SCIFI VISION:Tim, was it hard for you to treat Sarah like that? Because you were so condescending and everything at the beginning of the season, and I know that's definitely not you. Every time, even on our podcast, when we're talking about it, we’re like, “Tim’s so nice. This is so weird.” [laughs]
SARAH LEVY:It's true. He is so nice. It is so weird.
TIM ROZON: To say I struggled with it would be an understatement. It was difficult. It was something we talked about, and the two of us talked about on set each script. It's kind of like, “What is going on? What is happening?” but watching it, it does make sense. I see where it's coming from. You know, it's unfortunate that he's dealing with his insecurities the way that he is, but, yeah, it was really tough for me. Sarah and I are good friends. So, yeah, it was definitely tough.
SARAH LEVY:We finished you scene, and he’d be like, “Wait, I'm sorry! I don't know. We're so mean to each other. This feels really weird. I feel like we're being too mean.”
TIM ROZON: You said it. [laughs]
SARAH LEVY: It was like, every scene.
SCIFI VISION:Yeah, a little hard to see. He's not very nice to her, that's for sure. So, Sarah, can you talk about filming [being pulled into the wall]? How was that accomplished?
SARAH LEVY:That was so wild. That required so much more choreography than I honestly even thought. What we basically had to do was to fake walls that were built that were on rollers, and we had our crew on on both sides of each wall, maybe about six guys, maybe six or seven on each side. They were heavy walls. Essentially, the two walls needed to come together at the same time. But there was also the safety [part]. Our safety coordinator was on set, making sure that it didn't get too close, and everyone knew when to stop, but because the walls were on wheels, you'd kind of - I think they had issues with lining it up completely perfectly, like looking like two walls coming in. So, it actually took so much longer than I thought it would. But it was definitely a weird feeling, because it really did feel like the walls were closing in on you, and watching it back -
SCIFI VISION:It looked good.
SARAH LEVY:It looked great. But it was a really intricate experience that required so much more than [I expected]. When I read it, I was like “Okay, so the walls come in. I wonder how they are gonna do that? Anyway…” [laughs] And it was like five hours later, we're still doing the walls. It was amazing. They work so hard and do such a good job.
SCIFI VISION:Tim, can you tease a little bit about [Luke]’s mother (Jennifer Dale) and where that storyline is headed?
TIM ROZON:Well, I mean, we're not there yet. So, I'm not sure about what I can say or not not say, but since season one, it's definitely something that I wanted to delve into, Luke's past, and especially his relationship with his mother, because we knew his relationship with his father was so special for many reasons. I think even across the inter dimensions of death, the relationship he had with his dad, you could tell that they were really close. So, I always wondered what the relationship was with his mom. So, to kind of get into that, was really fun to do. Jennifer Dale is an amazing actress. We have a lot in common with our characters, let me just say that. So, the days that we filmed together, they were something else for both of us. It was pretty wild.
SCIFI VISION:The other thing I was going to ask, and I guess, Sarah, you didn't have as many scenes with her, but can you talk a little bit about Lomax and kind of how that's going to affect the overall dynamic?
SARAH LEVY:Yeah, that was such a great turn of events at the Roman Agency, and Lomax is such a cool character. I think I might have had maybe three scenes with her the entire time, which was a bummer too, because I think Susan and Lomax have such an interesting dynamic, especially when Susan - Well, I don't know what I can say, but when they do see each other, it's a very interesting dynamic. But Elena is is so different from her character, from the character of Lomax, as well. I always get such a kick out of seeing people and then seeing their characters and how different they are in real life. She's so wonderful. I wish I got to spend some more time with her on set. Luckily, we got some some time off, but she's a great addition to the agency and brings such a cool vibe, and she looks amazing. I'm excited. I'm excited to see her. I haven't seen anything that these guys have done without me. So, I’m excited for the next couple episodes.