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‘Le Brea’ Returns With More Chaos, Time Travel and Even The 80s

LA BREA -- Pictured: "La Brea" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBC)

The Harris family is back. To be more accurate they are back… in time. The family at the center of NBC’s Le Brea was separated across centuries in time after a massive sinkhole ripped open Los Angeles. The second season starts with Eve (Natalie Zea) reeling about her son, Josh (Jack Martin), who mistakenly entered through a portal to the 1980s. In addition her estranged husband, Gavin (Eoin Macken), and their daughter, Izzy (Zyra Gorecki), have entered the sinkhole off to prehistoric Seattle. It is a timeless tales of adventure as the family work from different places and times in hopes of reuniting.

LA BREA — “The Next Day” Episode 201 — Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Zea as Eve Harris, Nicholas Gonzalez as Levi Delgado — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

Some of the cast including Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Nicholas Gonzalez, Zyra Gorecki, Jack Martin, and Veronica St. Clair spoke about the exciting second season of Le Brea at the recent NBC Universal 2022 TCA Press Tour.

“I don’t want to give anything away, but there’s obviously a lot of time jumps in the series, without saying anything specific. There are problems that present as a result of that, while remaining vague,” said Martin. “People are in times that maybe they shouldn’t be in, and you end up having to imagine, sometimes, even your own family members when they’re not the age they should be. And it can completely change the dynamic.”

With every episode there is more mystery, intrigue, action and adventure. In addition to the family drama, going on this journey is one of the draws of the series. That sentiment extends to the cast, “We sort of feel like the characters, in a way, where we’re on this journey and adventure, and you’re not sure where it’s going to go from episode to episode,” professed Macken.  “It’s become this kind of this fun, action-packed experience for all us as well.  From an acting point of view, you’re also sort of figuring out the character’s journey as the audience is going through the story.  That’s been kind of the most exciting thing with it.”  

For season two, Josh (Martin) and Riley (St. Clair) pull a Marty McFly and head back to the 1980s – without the help of a Delorean though. The actors were thrilled. “I mean, it was a dream for me.  As soon as David told me we were going to the ’80s, I was kind of jumping up and down and freaking out in excitement,” exclaimed Martin. “I was already obsessed with the ’80s. We have some great needle drops in there that I am incredibly excited to see on screen that were really fun to film. As for costume, it was a lot of consulting my parents and looking at photos of them wearing ridiculous things and being like, ‘This is really what you guys wore?’  And then, putting it on myself.”

LA BREA — “The Next Day” Episode 201 — Pictured: (l-r) Jack Martin as Josh Harris, Veronica St. Clair as Riley Velez — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

Veronica St. Clair added, “It’s been so much fun to get to shoot this separate storyline with Jack. I mean, the ’80s, it’s fun.  The hair is big. The costumes are great. the music is amazing.  There’s such a difference in shooting this year and shooting last year is vast.  Obviously, we get to be amongst civilization, we get to shoot interior scenes. It’s been a lot of fun.  We’re not in the mud. We’re not in the rain. We’re not in an Austrian winter. So — 

“Okay.  Okay.  We get it,” interrupted Natalie Zea whose character Eve spends her days and nights dealing with much tougher terrain filled with all types of incredible challenges; including sabertooth tigers, fierce wolves, a massive giant sloth, and more. By the sound of it, Zea would probably rather deal with giant hair instead giant sloths.

Watch Eve, Josh, Gavin and Izzy take it all on during the highly anticipated second season of La Brea Tuesday nights on NBC and streaming the next day on Peacock.  

Below is a look at the first five minutes of last night’s second season premiere below.


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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