Interview: Olly Sholotan on Exploring Carlton in Season 2 of ‘Bel-Air’

Now in its second season and returning soon for a third iteration, Peacock’s Bel-Air explores the themes of one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1990s, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, through a new modern, dramatic lens. One of its most compelling characters is Carlton (Olly Sholotan), Will’s uncool cousin in the original series, who has a much more complicated relationship with his mental health in the new show.

Awards Radar had the chance to check in Sholotan, who we spoke with previously ahead of season one and season two, and last year in between the two. Sholotan dug into Carlton and his conflicted nature:

“The brilliance of a lot of our show, Carlton specifically, is that you’re introduced to this character that not a lot of people like, you don’t really like him off the bat. He comes off as a certain type of way. But then, as the show goes on, the audience gets the chance to see themselves more and more in him, and so they resonate with him.”

On how we don’t see much of Carlton with his siblings:

“In all of last season, there’s only one scene with Carlton with his siblings where no one else is in it. It’s in the pilot. It’s when Carlton first meets Will and then they go into the back and they go into the game room, and it’s just Carlton and Ashley and Hilary and they just hang out. I love to see that dynamic, and we haven’t seen it since. And I can’t say anything more to that other than, I think it’s indicative of something larger. I hope that’s not spoiling anything.”

Watch the full conversations below.

Seasons one and two of Bel-Air are now available to stream on Peacock.


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