'Suburgatory' star Jane Levy discusses how her character Tessa will change this season
'Suburgatory' star Jane Levy previews upcoming plot lines on the comedy, including Tessa's relationship with her mother.
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What’s Tessa’s relationship like with her mom?
JANE: Well, I think the story is still sort of open in a way that we haven’t finished shooting the season. I don’t even know what’s coming up next. But there’s been two main episodes where Tessa reunites with her mother. And it’s sort of heartbreaking in a way. It’s hard to explain. It’s like a huge moment, meeting a parent that you never met before, and it doesn’t mean that everything’s falling apart or everything’s coming together. It’s almost so big that Tessa doesn’t even know how to comprehend it yet. But what’s interesting about the way that it’s written is her mom turns out to be this person, from the audience perspective, that you like, but you understand that she’s not necessarily the best person. You like her, but you want to hate her. And there’s something tragic in the way where she seems like a really cool older sister but someone who had a kid and just decided to leave it but now wants to be like a groovy mom in a way. And what’s great about it is Tessa is so mature that she’s able to see that and it hurts a little bit, but she realizes that this isn’t like her dad who’s been with her whole life; this is somebody who left her, but she doesn’t resent her. I guess it brings her and George closer together. But I don’t really know where it’s going to go from here. We’ve left off Christmas episode that aired last week where Tessa says, “Thanks for having me, but I’m going to go back to my dad.”
What about fashion trends? Is there like a particular look that maybe your character has that you also have adopted?
JANE: Not so much. Tessa kind of dresses like a weirdo. I mean, that’s what’s great about her. She’s her own person and she has her own style and she doesn’t feel the need to dress like anyone else. But I’m so much more comfortable in mine than Dalia who has to wear crazy 6-inch heels. Is there such a thing as 6-inch heels?
If you could pick a love interest for Tessa, who would you choose?
JANE: Well, because they have to be young, obviously. But if you ask me, my celebrity crushes, it’s like, grossly, older men. I guess that would be fun. They’re so weird. I’m, like, embarrassed to admit them. Okay. So one of the only TV shows that I really love is TWIN PEAKS. Kyle McLachlan plays Agent Dale Cooper, and I love Dale Cooper, so I’m in love with Kyle McLachlan. He could be my dad, so it’s really weird. But I don’t know. My other celebrity crushes are just... they’re just bizarre. And one, Michael Shannon, because he’s just, like, so tall and powerful. Who else? Viggo Mortensen. I mean, they’re old enough to be my dad. It’s weird.
Have you met any of them?
JANE: Yeah, I met Kyle McLachlan. And I couldn’t put words together.
Can you just talk about that you made a horror film, “Evil Dead”? Can you talk a little about your experience? Are you a horror fan? Did you watch the first movies?
JANE: I’m not necessarily a horror fan. I just never really watched them that much. I thought the script was really well written, and it was so different than what I’ve been doing on SUBURGATORY for six months that I thought it would be an awesome learning experience and a stretch for me as an actor. And it was a really tough shoot. My character gets tortured a whole bunch, so that’s how I was feeling. But I’m going to see it next week, and I hope it’s good. It was filmed in New Zealand and it’s a very violent film.
More and more people are watching seasons of TV one home video/DVD. Have you ever done that with a show and do you understand that appeal?
JANE: Yeah, I love it. I know plenty people and I’ve done it myself where you lock yourself inside for four days and you a watch a whole series. It’s like watching a never-ending movie. It’s great not to have to wait for the next season or the next week. I just love SEX AND THE CITY so I can watch SEX AND THE CITY until the cows come home.
You were named on Forbes list of 30 stars under 30 reinventing the world. Is that crazy to you? How does that feel?
JANE: Yeah. I don’t know. It’s crazy. I don’t know. Flattering.
What can you share about SUBURGATORY’s homage to HOMELAND?
JANE: Emily, our creator, is pretty in love with it. So she’s not making fun of it. I don’t know if you saw an episode this season early on where at the end of the episode, Dalia goes to the garage and opens the Torah praying. I don’t know what that has to do with HOMELAND, but there’s going to be a couple of those things this season, if you’re a fan of both.
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