By ABBIE BERNSTEIN / Employees Writer
Posted: August 16th, 2019 / 08:57 AM
LUCIFER is about what occurs when the fallen angel (played by Tom Ellis) involves Los Angeles and turns into a police marketing consultant. The collection ran for 3 seasons on Fox Network. When Fox canceled it, Netflix picked up LUCIFER for a fourth season, which premiered earlier this yr. (All seasons can at present be seen on Netflix.) Now Netflix has announced a sixteen-episode fifth and last season that may stream next yr.
In LUCIFER, Kevin Alejandro plays LAPD detective Daniel Espinosa. Dan carries around a status for being soiled, although he was legally exonerated, as he truly dedicated some crimes to guard his ex-wife, fellow detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), back once they have been married. Dan doesn’t know that Lucifer is a supernatural entity, simply that he’s annoyingly self-centered. Dan’s exasperation with Lucifer turned actual rage when Dan’s girlfriend Charlotte Richards (Tricia Helfer) was murdered by erstwhile LAPD Lieutenant Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling). Dan blames Lucifer for holding secrets about Pierce, though he doesn’t know that Pierce was truly the Biblical Cain.
In Season 4, Dan’s try and get even with Lucifer wound up endangering Dan and Chloe’s young daughter Trixie (Scarlett Estevez), which induced Dan to really feel even worse about himself. In the midst of all this psychological darkness, Dan found a bit of bit of sunshine by briefly hooking up with LAPD pathologist Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia), a improvement that stunned both parties. By the top of Season four, Dan appeared to have made his peace with Lucifer, if not with himself.
Alejandro has a far happier relationship with himself and with LUCIFER. The actor directed the Season 3 episode “Once Upon a Time,” and can be directing at the least another episode in Season 5. This isn’t Alejandro’s first go-round as a cop or in the realm of the supernatural. He performed police detectives on the ultra-realistic police drama SOUTHLAND and on GOLDEN BOY. On the style aspect, the actor from San Antonio, Texas, has portrayed a brujo (warlock) on TRUE BLOOD, a man dealing with resurrection on THE RETURNED and Sebastian Blood in an arc on ARROW.
For many who want to see Alejandro, along with other LUCIFER forged members, the first official LUCIFER convention is being held this weekend, August 17-18, on the LAX Hyatt Regency Lodge (take a look at creationent.com for more info).
In an exclusive two-part telephone interview, Alejandro talks all things Daniel Espinosa, plus his burgeoning directorial career and extra.
ASSIGNMENT X: LUCIFER is now on Netflix. Is there any difference in making the show for Netflix than Fox, aside from the fact that now you can use stronger language?
KEVIN ALEJANDRO: It’s sort of exhausting to elucidate, but yeah, it feels totally different. We’re all making an attempt to stay true to what we created on the Fox Network. However it sort of feels like we’re making little mini-movies. I feel the directors are allotted somewhat bit more time and creativity with what they do with the digital camera and how they inform their stories. Fortuitously, going to a new platform gave everybody the chance to remain true to what they purchased, and keep true to what our audience loves, however still attempt to find those methods of creating it just a little extra artistic for every individual’s specific skills – our d.p.s [directors of photography] have been capable of change the look barely, or our administrators have been capable of transfer the cameras a bit of bit more, just tiny nuances like that that solely when you have the opportunity to be a part of our present the best way we now have that you simply see all these variations.
AX: Do you’ve gotten extra time within the schedule to make the episodes?
ALEJANDRO: The schedule is just about the identical. However we do take more time within the day to be sure that every little thing’s proper. It doesn’t really feel as rushed to move forward. There’s all the time that strain of the clock, however it’s somewhat bit more of a relaxed feeling. It additionally helps that we’ve been working collectively for therefore many years that we’re sort of like a machine. There’s room for us to breathe, and, “Oh, this might be cool, let’s attempt that,” as a result of everyone is aware of how we work collectively.
AX: Are you able to speak concerning the transfer from Fox to Netflix?
ALEJANDRO: Yeah. We weren’t owned by Fox. We’re a Warner Brothers show. So business-wise, I don’t assume it made a lot sense for [Fox] to keep us, for monetary reasons. But fortunate for us [when news of the Fox cancelation broke]our followers really made their voices heard to other retailers, like Netflix and Hulu and Amazon, and other people began asking, “What is this present LUCIFER?” For my part, we went from a strong, cult-like following to a reasonably cool little hit on Netflix.
AX: In Season four, Dan is depressed and indignant by means of just about the whole season. How conscious is he of his own emotional state?
ALEJANDRO: I feel he’s very conscious of the place he’s at emotionally. He’s at the backside. I feel Dan’s drawback, and in addition the great thing about him, is that he is aware of where he’s at, however he doesn’t know the right way to get out of it. He doesn’t know easy methods to discover that happiness, or find a solution to a question he doesn’t really perceive. I feel his massive question is, “Why do I hold dropping every little thing?” He misplaced his marriage, he’s in a co-parenting state of affairs, he made silly errors in Season 4 where he virtually obtained his daughter killed, his lost the potential subsequent love of his life with [Charlotte]he’s questioning why he retains making these decisions. So I feel he’s operating around internally like a hen with its head reduce off, looking for out who he is and what he’s, and I might like to see if there’s a window for a bit of extra exploration into that type of darkness this yr. But that’s a [show runners] Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich state of affairs.
AX: Do you assume the things that drove Dan to be a unclean cop are still type of lurking beneath all the things?
ALEJANDRO: Absolutely. As a result of what makes Dan a unclean cop got here from a spot of an trustworthy reaction to doing good. He thinks, “So if I’ve to bend the principles slightly bit to create some good …” – I feel it comes from that. So I feel he’ll all the time wrestle with that. What made him a unclean cop was the whole Palmetto case, but that was to guard his spouse, so it comes from decisions like that that he makes throughout his life. Sadly, they all the time backfire on him. So I feel he’ll continue to be flawed in those actions, but it should all the time come from a place of, “Sh*t, I feel like I’ve to do that, there’s no other option to do it.”
AX: Most of your LUCIFER forged mates are grown-ups, they usually don’t appear to be they’ve gone via large modifications over the seasons. But Scarlett Estevez, who performs Dan and Chloe’s daughter Trixie, is at an age the place annually can be an enormous change. So have you observed modifications in her?
ALEJANDRO: Oh, my goodness. She’s a bit of woman now, yeah. We have been simply talking about that, not too long ago, about how we’re watching her develop up. She was this little toothless child in Season 1. Scarlett’s character has never changed. She’s all the time been knowledgeable, she’s all the time been simply the greatest little power and addition to our present, and she or he hasn’t changed. She’s not jaded yet, she hasn’t hit those moments some youngsters do, and she or he’s part of the family. It’s really great to see her develop up with us.
AX: Did you see the Dan and Ella connection occurring before it happened?
ALEJANDRO: By no means. Didn’t see it coming in any respect. It’s funny. Aimee and I have been doing a scene I feel an episode or two earlier than that episode came out [of the writers’ room]. What’s actually cool is, after we’d executed all of our work and we’d shot, we get the opportunity to have totally different concepts, and hem-haw a bit bit, and riff, and add some totally different flavor, and hopefully it makes it, typically it doesn’t. But in one scene, I used to be like, “Perhaps I give her a bit peck on the cheek, a bit brotherly factor.” And one of the writers stated, “No. Don’t do this. We have now ideas. One thing else goes to occur in the future.” And I used to be like, “Wait, what are you talking about?” He goes, “Just don’t do this.” “Okay, all proper, I get it.” That was our first trace. And then abruptly, we get the episode and we’re like, “What?! We what?!” [laughs]
AX: Is Dan nonetheless into Ella, or is he just utterly confused on the end of Season 4?
ALEJANDRO: I feel he’s utterly confused. However I don’t actually know. Joe and Ildy are really good at retaining their own secrets and techniques. So I do not know the place they’re going to take it. I know that loads of the audience really enjoyed the chemistry that Aimee and I had, so who is aware of? I don’t know in the event that they’re going to explore that further, or if that’s it.
AX: For a second there, it seemed like Dan could be teaming up with Maze, the bisexual demon performed by Lesley-Ann Brandt …
ALEJANDRO: Yeah. I all the time thought secretly that they might discover that a bit bit with Maze and Dan, but I don’t know. Dan will not be enough of a man for her. Not sufficient of a lady for her, either [laughs].
AX: The Season 4 finale opens up with an enormous fantasy dance quantity. Throughout this, Dan leaps into Lucifer’s arms, Lucifer spins Dan round within the air, after which Dan flies up and away. Does Tom Ellis truly decide you up, or is that one or both of your stunt doubles?
ALEJANDRO: No, he truly picks me up. That’s really us doing it.
AX: How a lot rehearsal did that take?
ALEJANDRO: Oh, man. It felt prefer it took about 4 years of rehearsal [laughs]. Tom needed to rehearse a lot more, because he had the entire dance number. I simply came in for the DIRTY DANCING lovely final second. So we in all probability practiced that for a few hours. I was related to a harness. So there have been all types of technicalities of, “How do I get that bounce out of there?” As a result of each time they might jolt me up, my physique would bounce, and it might look sort of like a yo-yo. And there’s another human being on the opposite finish of the ropes who is leaping off of a chair with a weighted vest to tug me up, so we had to manipulate the quantity of weight, in order that it will be clean. So it was a good quantity, a couple of hours of really making an attempt to determine the fitting equation to make that fluid.
AX: If you have been on the harness, have been the crew telling each other, “Don’t swing him, or he’ll knock anyone over”?
ALEJANDRO: Pretty much. It was enjoyable. I really like that stuff. That’s one of many cool things about our show, is that if any of us really feel like we need to do it, our stunt group and the individuals who maintain us are so good at educating us, and serving to us be one of the best that we will, and giving us the chance to have the arrogance to do it for ourselves if we select to do it.
AX: What was probably the most difficult thing you had to do in Season 4?
ALEJANDRO: That’s an ideal question. Every scene in Season 4 is popping by means of my head right now. One of many coolest experiences was, I acquired to have a very great struggle [alongside] Maze, where it was the 2 of us taking over twenty individuals on this previous rundown theatre. And she or he and I practiced this struggle for a number of days, and we received so good at our rhythm that almost all of all the preventing that you simply see in that we obtained to do ourselves. We received to do all of it, however the cool, crazy, gnarly stunts, like flipping over the stage, our stunt guys jumped in for those, but that was one of the difficult, great experiences that I’ve had the chance to go on a full-fledged stunt routine. I can’t even keep in mind before that.
AX: Was that probably the most rewarding sequence, or was there another sequence that was probably the most emotionally rewarding?
ALEJANDRO: Probably the most emotionally rewarding I feel is yet to return hopefully in Season 5. Dan’s flawed, proper? And so emotionally rewarding for an actor – getting via Charlotte’s demise. That was emotionally difficult and arduous, and I took myself to a spot the place I stayed there for a long time, so that I might give what was vital for that second in that character’s life. In order that was an enormous, pivotal exploration for me as an actor.
AX: Are you relieved that Dan appears to have forgiven himself somewhat, so you don’t have to hold that round quite so much in Season 5?
ALEJANDRO: I’m unsure that he has, that he’s there but. I don’t actually know, nevertheless it might be a bit little bit of a façade. I don’t really feel like he’s had the opportunity to have the solutions he needs to propel his soul ahead.
AX: Would you like Dan to seek out out the large secret before it ends, or not?
ALEJANDRO: I feel I sort of do want him to seek out out that Lucifer is Lucifer, as a result of I’d wish to see it unravel him to the purpose of just about no return.
Stay tuned for Part 2.
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