Peacock describes her new series The resort as a “cross-generational coming-of-age love story disguised as a fast-paced mystery”. The description given by series creator Andy Siara is more succinct. “It’s a very weird show,” Siara joked during roundtable interviews at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.
The resort It follows Emma (Cristin Milioti) and Noah (William Jackson Harper), a married couple celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary with a vacation to the Riviera Maya. But instead of relaxing poolside, sipping exotic drinks and enjoying the sights, they try to solve a 15-year-old missing person case.
The seeds of the plot were sown in a screenplay nearly a decade ago.
“About eight years ago I wrote a film about a boy who goes on vacation to a resort and over the course of a week forms this unlikely friendship with this elderly couple who are there on their 20th anniversary. It’s sort of a really light indie comedy drama thing that isn’t very good. It didn’t work and I put it away, didn’t show it to anyone. But there was something about the core idea that drew me, this couple almost trying to recapture a sense of their youth through someone else,” explained writer, showrunner and executive producer Siara.
“I’ve come back to it every year, taking it apart and rebuilding it. It didn’t work and I couldn’t figure out why until I was older. Seven or eight years went by and then I realized that not only was I looking at the script through that nostalgic lens, I was also looking at myself through that nostalgic lens back then and I was seeing things so much differently in my 30s than I ever did in my own could have seen 20s.
So I decided maybe that’s obviously the core of the show. I took these factions and split them off over time. You have this couple as Emma and Noah and they are trying to figure out in the present what happened to those missing children in the past, but also that there is a mystery to it – they are trying to figure out what happened to them at this point in their marriage and get into their lives.
And from that point on, it was like my life had changed drastically during that time as well. I got married, had two children… the world has also changed drastically during this time. All of that filtered into the show in a way,” Siara said.
The series reunites Andy Siara with his PalmSprings Star Cristin Milioti.
“I first told Cristin about it when we were shooting PalmSprings and i hoped that one day someone would let me do this ridiculous show and i would give them a call. And I did. And I think that’s because they – and what Will has – are both able to walk that line between being silly and sincere. Like this tonal line. In the same scene, you can go from laughing at the silliest thing to crying. And they both have this incredible talent for it,” explained Siara.
“The entire show lives and dies from being able to go from silly to sincere, and if they don’t have that then the show falls apart. Luckily they have it,” he added.
High school teacher Emma seems to need something to reignite the fire in her marriage, and a chance to delve into an unsolved mystery is just the spark she’s looking for to ignite the flame. “I think she’s at a real crossroads in her life and, whether she’s admitting it or not, conscious of it or not, she’s trying to figure out what went wrong,” explains Milioti.
William Jackson Harper’s Noah has a different take on their marriage. “I think Noah is relatively content and probably just not questioning certain things because I think he’s probably reached a point where he feels like he’s reached his allotted level of happiness. Anything beyond that is probably a bit too much to ask,” Harper said.
To keep this as spoiler free as possible, Skyler Gisondo (The Righteous Gems) and Nina Bloomgarden (pink) are key characters in the story set 15 years ago.
Bloomgarden traveled to San Diego for Comic-Con and explained why she was attracted to her The resort.
“Right away just like the minds behind it – Andy Siara with PalmSpringsBen Sinclair with High maintenanceand then even like Sam Esmail, who is co-producing it Mister Robot. These individually would upset me, but overall it was [mind-blowing]. So definitely that and then the scripts were unlike anything I’ve ever read. The pilot … you’re expecting another Resort TV show, and then it suddenly turns and takes you in a completely different direction that I think people will be very surprised by,” Bloomgarden said.
Bloomgarden describes her character Violet as very spontaneous, full of life, but also grieving for her mother.
“It’s very complex and I think it was really exciting to get into it. I also recently lost my own father, so having Violet come into my life now was perfect. Andy really texted her full. We had long discussions on set about my grieving process and Violet’s grieving process and where we differ and where we come together,” Bloomgarden said. “I just gained a lot of empathy for her.”
Siara calls the show weird (in a good way), and Bloomgarden shared her own one-word description. “It’s so bizarre! I think there are so many little quirks in it that are so funny that our incredible cast picked up and improvised with. They just ran with me [it]. I think people will laugh so much. you will cry It’s just so full and it feels like life. It feels like real life.”
The resortHis talented ensemble also includes Luis Gerardo Méndez as Baltasar Frias.
“Baltasar is the security chief of this resort and he has all the secrets and all the information about what happened at this resort in the golden days when everything was perfect. And then this horrible thing happens and a hurricane destroys everything and he’s the bridge between those moments and the present where the characters played by Cristin and Will are trying to solve those mysteries. So he becomes like an ally to them.”
Méndez took the opportunity to work with Andy Siara and said yes before he had ever read a script.
“I saw PalmSprings on my couch in the middle of the pandemic with four friends after a really big party. I’ve never laughed so much in my life. I thought, ‘This is a really interesting, smart comedy.’ I haven’t seen anything like this in years. And a year later Andy sent me a letter offering me the part on this TV show and I said, ‘Of course. I mean yes!’ And I didn’t even read the scripts at that moment. I thought, ‘Yeah, I’m in,’ Mendez revealed.
He added, “And then I got the scripts and I was screaming to the pages the whole time because I think of the uniqueness of it The resort is that it is constantly changing. The show is always morphing into something new and different.”
Gabriela Cartol plays Luna, an employee at the resort where Emma and Noah are vacationing.
“Luna is unique. She is ruthless. She’s the funniest person I’ve met. She holds information. I always think of her like she has the key to every door, so she knows more than you think. And you does more than you think. I love that about her. But I also think I had the opportunity to play it twice, both 15 years ago and now, after 15 years have passed. My thought was: ‘Who was I, Gabriela, as a person, as an actress, 15 years ago?’ And I was like, ‘Whoa, I think I’m a completely different person. I don’t recognize this person.’
With Luna, I thought about it. I thought emotionally about where she was, what reflection she had in life. Has she changed? It’s also very interesting to play,” Cartol explained.
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The resort Premiered on Peacock on July 28, 2022 with the release of the first three episodes.