Ellen Tamaki, who some of you may recognize at Niko from Charmed, entered Manifest at the kickstart of season 2 as Drea, Michaela Stone’s brand-new partner.
It didn’t seem like a good fit at first as Mic was adamant about staying partnered up with Jared, her ex-boyfriend, but overtime, Drea began to prove herself as a trustworthy ally.
She would assist Mic in her cases and raids, cover for her when she needed to “handle something” related to the Callings, and stepped in when Mic went undercover as a druggie with Zeke.
All of that culminated on Monday’s Manifest episode “Carry On“ when the partners exchanged notes, surmised that Jared was an X’er, and Drea went undercover to scoop out the shady bar he attends to get more dirt.
We got to chat with Tamaki about her time on the NBC series, the dynamic between Drea and Mic, what it’s like working with Melissa Roxburgh, and well, we tried our best to get as much scoop about the remainder of the season as possible.
Check out the interview below:
Your character Drea and Mic make a very dynamic duo… tell us a little about that.
When I first came on the show it was a mystery. You know, we’ve wrapped the season, so I know what goes on for the rest of the season, but when it first started they wanted her [Mic] to have the new partner and they wanted some new faces in the precinct, and they’re like well what better way to do that then to kind of like create like this new relationship for her [Mic] that isn’t romantic.
I love seeing women on TV who have more relationships than just romantic ones, and I think there can be something so dynamic and professional about female friendships and that’s kind of what we have been discovering throughout the season is the way that these two characters get along and learn from each other. Drea comes in at the beginning and is just so infatuated with Mic and is trying to get Mic to warm up to her a little bit.
Yeah, and I feel like that happened on this Monday’s episode. They teamed up, but behind-the-scenes, you and Melissa were just in the car and you had all these snacks while you were filming.
Yeah, well the thing is Melissa’s my pal, so it was only a matter of time before that started to bleed into the scenes that we’re shooting. The way that TV works is we were in that car for like four hours, there’s a camera set up looking at both of us, there was one looking at me, there was one looking at her, and so, we got hungry, and we’re cracking each other up, and yeah, we had a bunch of snacks, and I think I also tweeted something or maybe Jeff [Rake], our showrunner, tweeted it that we just started kind of ad-libbing at the end of the scene and editors kept it in because it fit our characters and gave it some kind of authentic like “Ellen and Melissa” banter as well.
So many veggie straws https://t.co/gxc0KB4vHq
— Melissa Roxburgh (@melissaroxburgh) March 3, 2020
It’s funny because you guys had so much fun filming it but this scene and what was happening was very serious because they believe Jared is an X’er.
It’s such an intriguing storyline. Why are they so eager to believe that he’s an X’er and to believe the worst in him?
It’s been a long journey between the two of them [Mic and Jared] you know like everything they went through last season and so far this season. We can’t deny that Mic knows Jared better than almost anybody and she’s gonna know if something’s up and if something’s really wrong.
And inherently, these two women — we have to make the assumption that they’re good at their job, they’re good detectives, and they’re good cops, and you have to have an intuition about that. I think it’s absolutely right of them to be really suspicious especially because it’s this hate group… a really dangerous group!
There’s also this other side of Michaela that’s protecting her family as well, and I think it’s right of her to be cautious and for them to really seek out and sniff out what’s really going on.
There are many who believe — myself included — that Jared’s undercover. I know you probably can’t tell me… but…
Obviously, I can’t say anything, nope. But with this show, anything is possible you know. If you’ve been keeping up on it at all, you know. But I also think, in the same vein, that it is possible that someone that you think you trusted for so long maybe not be who you thought they were.
Do you think it’ll like negatively affect any of their careers? I mean, Mic went and told the Captain what she found.
Well, I think what’s so interesting about the dynamic of the precinct this season is that Captain Bowers showed up and was like “oh no, no, no,” like “I am not here to stand for this undocumented kinda woo-woo way that you’ve been solving all of these cases” you know, and she kind of shows up and lays down the law in a certain way that’s like “maybe this slid last year but not anymore.”
And so I think the tap Mic wasn’t allowed to place in the bar and all these things could have really serious repercussions down the line for her professionally or even for Drea professionally. I mean, Drea, keep in mind like I, Ellen, watch the show. I know about the Callings, but Drea has no clue about this huge side of her partner you know.
Right… which leads me into my other question… is she going to get sucked into this mystery more? Or is Mic going to open about these Callings to her?
Over the past couple of episodes, you see that Drea is willing to do anything to help the cause. The entire precinct has turned on Michaela and she’s like you know “how do you know that you can trust the people? How do you know that someone not leaking?”
And turns out you know there is a leak somewhere, but she is just staying so loyal to her because I think, at the end of the day, Drea does have a good intuition and does care about her job and cares about the force and wants to do her best and is learning from who she believes is the best. And whether Michaela is the best because she’s having these Callings or the best because she truly is an excellent, moral cop, I think it just makes Drea just want to stay by her side and do the right thing.
Ideally, I guess if, at the end of the day like to be really really close friends with someone, I think you do want to share a lot of special things about yourself, but the Callings are pretty insane, though. How do you know that you can trust someone with information like that? I don’t know. If you had Callings, would you be able to share that with your work partner? I don’t know.
And I feel like Mic did try to share that with Jared before but he never truly believed her, so maybe not…
Yeah, because if you open that part of yourself up to somebody and they reject it well then you’re just gonna put another wall up. It’s going to be even harder for you to open that part of yourself to someone new. I’m sure Michaela really needs to protect herself and protect her family.
On a show like this with so many complex mysteries and supernatural elements, you can’t really trust anyone. And a lot of fans don’t seem to trust Drea.
Or that she has Mic’s best interest in mind really… what’s your take?
From what we’ve seen so far all she has done is have Mic’s best interests in mind.
Before we even hear Drea speak, the first thing we kind of see of her is that she can’t wait to get to Michaela, and she’s always kind of watching her out of the corner of her eye, and so I understand, yeah totally, that is that people may think she may have ulterior motives, but I think up until now she’s really proven herself.
She showed up right in the nick of time when it came to the bust when they go to meet the drug dealer. There’s just been a lot of times when I feel like, “how many times does Drea have to prove that she’s there with Mic’s best interests in mind?”
I believe in her. She’s a character that I really love to play because I think she really lays it out on the table and loves what she does and loves being a really good partner.
You work with Melissa a lot. Is there someone on the cast that you’ve been really wanting to work with more that you haven’t gotten to share any scenes with?
And don’t say everyone…
I mean, that’s the judicious answer, right? To be like “everyone’s amazing,” but it’s true, this is one of the greatest shows I’ve worked on, cast and crew and you know everybody involved, but the person who actually came to mind is Parveen, who plays Saanvi.
I ended up getting close to her hanging out New York and we were able to have like a couple of days on set together, but we didn’t have to get to have a big story-arc. Our characters have two totally separate situations going on and they’re really complicated stories, but I think it would be really cool to work with her and to see how these two women could maybe start figuring stuff out together.
We joked before that there is going to be like the “Drea and Saanvi” spinoff. But I would love to see where her science could meet his detective side of things and see an interesting subplot develop out of there.
She might need Drea’s help because that cure she gave herself that eliminated the Callings seems to have some dangerous side-effects.
Yeah, Drea to the rescue!
Do you/ did you have any of your own theories… since your a fan of the series?
Gah, it’s hard because we did wrap, so I know what’s coming in the next couple of episodes, but I remember when I was shooting kind of around now in the season, I love the way that the writers reveal information to us because I kind of was like rolling with it like a little bit, hanging on every word because I didn’t know exactly where Drea was going, and at one point, I had a writer say to me, “well, we just had something really fun happen in the writers room.” And I’m like what is it?” And she’s like “we just changed a huge part of your storyline,” and I was like “can you tell me what it is?” And she’s like “no.” And I’m like “can you tell me what it was?” And she’s like “no.” So, of course, I had a lot of theories about where Drea is headed and what that could be.
I also love thinking about the new baby and kind of how that baby’s gonna come into play in terms of the Stone Family, and how Grace gets Callings now, and how the baby is now going to factor into the world of 828’ers.
We’re close to the end of the season… can you sum up the rest of the season in one word?
Something I love about watching is that I never feel any lacking in mystery and exciting things, but what’s different about shooting it and watching it is when I’m shooting, I’m really one-track mind. I’m only shooting scenes with Mic and the rest of the precinct, but then when I get the whole script and I see how it fits into the whole thing that really is what the season is about for me.
It’s about how all of these puzzle pieces fit together, so I guess the word that I would give for the rest of the season would be “jigsaw.” To see how these puzzle pieces fit together to figure out this massive mystery, these big questions, and they find a good way to put all these pieces together in a really beautiful way at the end of the season.
You were on Charmed for a good chunk of the season and you played a detective on both the show and Manifest… what other types of roles are you really hoping to dig into?
It’s really funny, but when Charmed came along, my family was cracking up about that like “oh, Ellen,” cause in my day-to-day life, people who are closest to me have always just been like “you? A cop?” But when I got this second one people started going like, “okay, well, you’re the oldest sister. I guess you’re kind of bossy,” and we were just joking around trying to figure out where the casting came from.
But when I think like into the future and the projects I want to work, I feel like I love and gravitate toward roles that are super grounded and driven and moral. I’ve read some scripts recently that are really fascinating about incoming new Congresswomen who want to evoke change in the government. Or maybe even in the vein of a detective, but the scrappy detectives who figures out that there’s something wrong with the system and she goes on and tries to fix it.
But it’s also acting and maybe one day I want to play someone that is in a ball gown and goes to the Met Gala. That’s something that I just do love about acting is that you can go into all of these different very far reaches of a character where anything is possible.
I’d also love to work on something really physical. My training is in physical acting, and I once played Billie Jean King, the tennis player, and so I think that if there were something where I could use my physical acting training maybe like a superhero that I would love to dive into.
Catch Ellen Tamaki on Manifest on Monday’s 10/9c on NBC!
7 Sci-Fi TV Dads We Love
With Father’s day coming up this weekend, it’s time to show some appreciation for the fathers that go above and beyond.
The worlds of science fiction are difficult to navigate as they push our minds to think and imagine in complex ways, and fatherhood in these worlds is no easy task. Many stories in these worlds, sometimes optimistic and sometimes pessimistic, stem from broken childhoods and a need to persevere beyond unavoidable circumstances. Still, these stories can also bring a spotlight to loving, supporting relationships.
So here’s to the Dads!
Commanding Officer. Captain. Emissary to the Prophets. Husband. Father. Benjamin Sisko experiences his fair share of trials and tribulations throughout his time on Deep Space Nine, but despite the heavy load on his plate, he never failed as a role model to his son, Jake. The relationship between Jake and Benjamin still resonates today, as Ben guided Jake with a gentle hand, existing as a support system for his son, while still allowing Jake to make his own decisions and his own mistakes. Unlike many fathers may have, Ben didn’t push Jake into following his footsteps to become a Starfleet officer, but he supported him as Jake found his calling as a writer.
While Benjamin Sisko acted strong, steadfast, and bold as Captain of Deep Space Nine, Jake (as well as Benjamin’s other friends among the crew) elicited a softer, gentler side of the captain. Benjamin’s Sisko’s familial relationships display the different layers of healthy masculinity and outstanding representation between a son and father. His heavily-reciprocated love manifests in Jake’s lengths to rescue his father in one of Deep Space Nine’s best episodes, “The Visitor.” And although Benjamin had to leave his family behind ultimately to answer a higher calling with the Prophets, he left Jake as a fully-realized individual, strong and good-hearted, capable of carrying out his father’s legacy until his return.
Monty Green left behind a legacy too important to ignore. Although willing to do sometimes drastic things to help save their people, Monty always looked for another way to do things. He aspired to refrain from violence and preached peace. Despite Monty’s limited time as a father during The 100, his son, Jordan, exists as his legacy, and a culmination of all the things Monty and Harper held dearly. Jordan continues to try to follow his father’s wishes and morals, reminding Clarke and the others in charge of what his father was about. He doesn’t only exhibit Monty’s moral system, but he also displays curiosity and playfulness passed down.
Jordan is smart, caring, determined, and kind, things that only his parents could have taught him considering Monty and Harper were the only people he met throughout the first two decades of his life. Even though Monty’s time as a father wasn’t explored on-screen, Jordan’s standing as a good-hearted and passionate man is all the proof needed to see exactly the type of father Monty was.
12 Monkeys doesn’t always ring a bell to science-fiction fanatics, but the time-travel stories that the show tells regarding love and dedication should resonate with any audience. James and Cassie are the parents of Athan, who later is revealed to them as The Witness, a being responsible for the apocalypse and end of the world as they know it. Despite this revelation, James Cole sacrifices his life over and over again for his family, even as he knows that his son could bring about the end of the world. James never stops looking for Athan, and when it comes down to it, his connection to his son prohibits him from committing an act that would take Athan’s life, even if it could potentially save the world. James knows that the end goal should be to stop his son, but instead, he still pushes to save him.
What James Cole actually and desperately wants is to live a regular life with Cassie and their child, and this complex relationship between knowing what is best for the world and what his heart desires makes for a compelling conflict. In the end, Athan ends up creating his own path separate from the seeming destiny implied to James and Cassie and sacrifices himself for his family and the world. James Cole is a loving and passionate character. Although he wasn’t able to rescue Athan, his complicated relationship with his son once again showcases the undue burdens placed upon heroes and how personal love is powerful enough to affect the world on apocalyptic-level scales.
Due to James and Athan’s actions, however, James gets another shot when everything is said and done — he gets the opportunity to be a husband, a father, and a person. He even defies the laws of nature to retain his memories of his past life, and most importantly, the family he managed to create throughout it.
When the disaster on Ganymede occurs, Prax’s life is uprooted, with his daughter seemingly killed or lost. In a journey that leads him back to Ganymede, Prax will stop at nothing to find his daughter after receiving hope that she’s alive in the form of a security feed. The search brings them to Io, where Prax finally locates his daughter. However, even as Prax believed he could do anything to rescue Mei, he still cannot execute the man responsible for her suffering, and instead, leaves his good friend, Amos, to do the deed.
The world of The Expanse remains enormous as one of the most fleshed-out universes on television. Prax, willing to go to many lengths to rescue his daughter, even when all of the odds seem against him, is admirable. Even though his goals don’t exactly line up with the Rocinante crew, he adds value to the team, albeit he still leaves his new crew after rescuing his daughter But that’s what makes Prax both a hero and a dedicated father: the ability to face the world when his daughter needs it, and the ability to let it go when finally reunited with Mei.
Peter Bishop underwent significant development over the run of Fringe, but perhaps one of the most interesting changes is his journey from a typical nomad bad-boy to a husband and father. Like many other science fiction stories, Peter’s time with his daughter, Henrietta, is cut short when the Observers invade, and Henrietta must live out her life, while Peter is frozen in amber. When ‘Etta’ frees him in 2036, he finally is reunited with her, and they team up in attempts to restore the world to what it should be.
But with a story like this comes more tragedy, and Etta’s ill-timed death sends Peter into a spiral of grief, pushing himself to great lengths to avenge her death. Olivia, however, convinces him to return to himself. In the end, it’s the power of his love for his family and the loss he experienced when the Observers invaded that drives him and the others to defeat the Observers, correcting the timeline and piecing his family back together. The connection between him and his daughter (and also him and his father) was what ultimately gave Team Fringe the ability to persevere even despite the short time Etta was in Peter’s life. And because of that love, Peter can raise Etta without the grief of losing her time and time again.
DANNY FROM MANIFEST
While Danny isn’t Olive’s biological father, he plays a vital role in her life with the absence of her brother, Cal, and her father, Ben. Danny comes into the picture after bonding with Grace, experiencing a similar loss of his wife, but the relationship he develops with Olive goes above and beyond expectations of the boyfriend of her mother. He steps in and becomes someone Olive can count on, as she grieves in a way different from Grace. Even as Ben and Cal come back into the picture, Olive still feels that she can count on Danny, calling him and speaking to him, even when his relationship with Grace changes due to the reemergence of Ben.
Danny never appears to act selfishly, but with understanding and concern for Olive. He doesn’t attempt to replace Ben, but rather be a person that Olive can depend on for understanding and guidance. Danny and Olive’s relationship and the love Danny gave Olive deserved more than a quick write-off, especially considering little consideration given to him by Grace after she figures out she’s pregnant and not by Danny. Even if he wasn’t Olive’s biological Dad, he still deserved a place in Olive’s life too. But unfortunately, Danny all but vanishes from the narrative left to grieve another loss of family.
John Robinson isn’t the perfect father, but the connection he has to his family is unbreakable, despite his mistakes in the past. Not unlike the previously mentioned, Danny, he didn’t birth Judy but became the only father figure she knows. Even when things became complicated with his wife, his dedication to his children never waned. The decision made by the family to participate in the colonist program brought them back together and gave him the chance to mend the bonds damaged by his desire to serve.
But despite their rocky past on Earth, John is essential for the family’s dynamic, and through his absence, he was still able to teach his children, most evident in the strong bond and skills that Judy possesses as she takes after her step-father more than her mother. Despite adopting Judy, John always showed his pride in her, and never tried to erase the existence of her father, who also became lost in space. John shows the different ways people can love their children, by blood or not, and how this love can drive them to improve, even when so much time and conflict has passed. For more on John and Judy’s relationship, I would recommend watching the second season episode “Run,” perhaps the most beautiful frame and compelling episode of the rebooted series.
Who are your favorite sci-fi Dads? Let us know below in the comments or tweet us at @craveyoutv!
‘Manifest’ Renewed for Season 3 on NBC!
Buckle up, Manifesters. Season 3 is official a “go!”
After much anticipation and deliberation, NBC has cleared Manifest for a third season takeoff.
Fans of the serialized drama waited patiently for months following the April season 2 finale as the network weighed its options.
According to Deadline, the renewal boiled down to the network and the studio, Warner Bros Television, working out financial details.
The renewal restores the hope that fans will finally find out what happened to Montego Air Flight 828, which disappeared on its way from Jamaica to New York only to land five years later without any time passing for the passengers on-board.
As the passengers are given a second chance, they also become connected through Callings that lead them on a dangerous and adventure-filled journey for the truth.
In the finale, the cliffhanger found men at sea pulling pieces of the “missing but returned flight” from the water.
Show creator Jeff Rake responded to the exciting news writing “Boom.”
— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) June 16, 2020
The official announcement also included Rake’s season 2 recap!
The series, starring Josh Dallas and Melissa Roxburgh, joins previously renewed shows The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Law & Order: SVU, New Amsterdam and This Is Us.
Not all on-the-bubble dramas were as lucky. Indebted, Bluffy City Law, and Sunnyside were all canceled.
Will There Be a Season 3 of Manifest?
Manifesters have been patiently waiting on renewal news from NBC after an explosive and jaw-dropping season 2 finale!
The fate of Manifest hangs in the air as NBC has not confirmed whether a third season is in the cards.
While many argue that the network should’ve made a decision by now, the impending coronavirus pandemic has shuffled many things around for the networks.
With a halt in production on most shows, many show’s had to cut their seasons short. Other shows haven’t even begun filming, which could be beneficial for shows like Manifest and convince the network to give the third season the greenlight.
Fans are remaining hopeful as show creator Jeff Rake talked extensively with EW and TV Line about his plans for season 3 of Manifest. There’s a lot more mythology, a lot surrounding the passengers and how they’re perceived, the three shadow figures turned meth heads are set to return, and Saanvi wrestles with her guilt.
Those are all story avenues fans also want to explore. Rake also revealed he has the show mapped out for a six-season run!
NBC’s track-record isn’t as terrible as some other networks when it comes to pulling the plug on shows. The first season of Manifest was also held in limbo for a bit before scoring a renewal a little under two months after the finale.
If we consider that timeline, NBC should have a decision around June, which means that we still have some waiting time.
Jack Messina, who plays Cal, also said the Upfronts in May might give fans some insight into a potential third season.
NBC canceled the live event, and will instead televise and stream the presentation on May 11 to “to ensure the safety of all participants while also reflecting the increasingly direct relationship between NBCUniversal, its fans and its partners,” NBCU said. “This will now allow all audiences to tune in for a sneak peek at the future of NBCUniversal’s programming.”
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