In season two of the hit CBS comedy Ghosts, the character of Flower really blossoms. In the first season she added to the comedy mix with her unique, far out, often drug-tainted takes to the on-goings of the household. Over the course of the latest season viewer were able to learn much more about the everyone’s favorite hippy and unfortunately it was not all roses.
The actress who portrays the sweet and at times ditzy flower child, Sheila Carrasco, sat down with Awards Radar to discuss just how much of the character we have yet to explore. Season two only scratched the surface of who Flower is (perhaps not the best phrasing to discuss a character who was mauled to death by a bear she wanted to hug.)
The conversation with Carrasco covered a ranges of topics which gave some beautiful insight into her character, her process, and how special the series and its cast are to her. You can read excerpts from the conversation below and watch it in its entirety (below).
On why she wanted to play Flower:
“I loved how complicated she was she on the surface. Yeah, she’s a hippie that is forgetful. Because she’s still high on the afterlife and has acid flat acid trip flashbacks or mushroom flip trip flashbacks, one could write her off a little bit, but she really has so much in her life. Every time we get another morsel of her backstory, it just becomes more interesting and more complex. I really feel like she’s this deep well of a character, where there’s so much to discover. The deeper we go, the more we find out. Truly, you could say anything about her and it might be true. We don’t her – her story is not written entirely. We don’t actually know what she was up to in those five to eight years before her death. I’m excited to find out or even before that: where she came from, what kind of household she lived in. I think it’s fascinating. The kind of people that run off and join cults and communes, cults specifically, have very interesting upbringings- sometimes the opposite of what you might think. So, I’m excited to find out more about that.”
On working with Devan Long for the Flower and Thorfinn romance:
“Devan is so fun to work with. He’s such… I mean, he is Thorfinn. He’s so funny. He keeps it loose. He’s very relaxed. And so we have a lot of fun together. We end up improvising together a ton. Mostly, you know, improv doesn’t get to make it in because we have a very tight show and the writing is already so good. But it’s just fun any day where I’m like, ‘Ah, I have a Thorfinn Flower through line today. This is great.’ Doing our episode ‘A Date To Remember’ was such a blast. It was so fun to be in an a storyline with Devan and to experience what would Flower and Thor’s first date be? It was wild. There’s actually one part of that episode that didn’t make it in that we were so excited about as part of the date. And we’re hoping it comes back in season three.”
On her reaction to learning of Flower’s tragic past:
“I cried when I first read it. I think the Joes did such a beautiful job telling that story. So simply and succinctly, it was they went by in a flash, that scene in the hospital. But that’s all we needed, because she had dropped hints about the last stage, she’d been on the last two person date, as she just kind of sat around listen to music, this guy named Michael and you got to sense that there was maybe a little more to that than when we did see that. It was just this really, grounding moment. For me as an actor, and also just as a person to relate to that, I think everyone has lost someone close to them, or has known someone that has a parent, that’s maybe lost their parent – whatever it is. Sitting in that hospital room next to someone holding their hand is something a lot of people can relate to. They did such a good job of painting that picture so that people could feel what she was feeling.”
On the sucked-off season two finale cliffhanger:
“I think it’s an awesome way to end season two. It’s something we’ve been hinting at, that could happen at any moment, any one of us. So it’s about time, it’s been two years with these ghosts. Of course, no one wants to lose anyone, even our guest stars or costars or basement ghosts. We all love working with everyone. But I also think anything is possible with this show. People can come back – we’ve seen it happen. So, I just trust the Joe’s to make the best decision with it. I actually don’t know what the decision is they wrote it. Without telling us, I don’t know if they knew at that point, or if they know now. I just trust them to tell the story the best way needs to be told. I’m sure it’ll be great no matter what it is.”
Hear much more of our interview in the video above.
Check out all of Sheila Carrasco’s work in season one and two of Ghosts now streaming on Paramount+.