Sunday, June 26

Interview with James Roday Rodríguez: Psych 3

James Roday Rodríguez reflects on the long road he’s led to Psych 3: This Is Gus and pokes fun at some emotional on-screen conversations.

Psych 3: This is Gus prepares to delight fans with another round of insane adventures courtesy of the not-so-psychic Shawn (James Roday Rodríguez, A million little things) and his best friend Gus (Dulé Hill, The wonderful years), the investigative duo who both delights and frustrates the Santa Barbara Police Department. In this movie, however, things get a little more personal. The new film, which will air exclusively on Peacock beginning November 18, takes place as Gus prepares to get married.

The only problem in sight is that his beloved fiancee Selene (Jazmyn Simon, Create Dion) is still married and no one can find her ex. But Shawn feels there is more at stake here and wants to analyze the situation before Gus speeds off with the wedding of his dreams. Meanwhile, changes in Gus’ life and additions to his family have caused Shawn and Juliet (Maggie Lawson, Overcome) questioning where they are in their own lives.

The Psychoanalyze the star spoke with Juice Mobile on how the stakes have leveled up for Shawn and Gus this time around, and what it’s like to grow up with your character.

What is it like for you to come back and revisit Shawn as he evolves in his life, just like you?

James Roday Rodríguez: It is quite a unique honor, as an actor, to live with a character for so long, and not want to betray everything that you have created for so many years. As fun as these movies are, and as good as it is to see everyone, they are like family reunions, there is a certain level of responsibility that comes with stepping into that skin every two years and wanting to do it justice. It keeps you alert and gives you something to worry about. Not all jobs offer that, so it’s something special.

Obviously a new addition to the Psychoanalyze movies has been Selene and her induction into the family, metaphorically and literally. What has it been like working with Jazmyn and really integrating her into this story for Gus?

James Roday Rodriguez: Jazmyn feels like… I mean, she bleeds Psych. She feels like she has been with us from the beginning. His energy, his way of working; she just fit the bill. She is the better half of Dulé, so she wasn’t going anywhere no matter what. But it didn’t have to be that easy, and it was.

For us, after so many years of building characters and evolving them, having the opportunity to start from scratch at this point in the series with someone you know will stick around was incredible. What a fun challenge. We want to make sure we get it right, but it was also a new energy to add to an old program. And again, she’s so fun and so playable that there’s almost nothing you can throw at her that she’s not willing to try.

The comfort level obviously with all of us is there because we are all very close in our real lives as well. So this is amazing. I am so glad that Dulé met and fell in love with that woman.

I’m sure Shawn always cares about Gus’s best interests, but Groomzilla is right when he says that Shawn always finds fault with his romances. Even though Shawn has Juliet, is there a small part of him that doesn’t want to lose the status quo with his best friend?

James Roday Rodríguez: Yes, I think it’s an interesting battle, what’s happening inside Shawn because he wants his best friend to be happy. There is no one in the world that he loves more than Gus, but he also wants them to keep doing this forever in some way, even if it doesn’t make sense. It is not physically possible.

I think regarding Selene, because Gus is so crazy and he really feels like he’s found a soul mate, with this one, Shawn probably leans more towards, “I want to make sure my best friend doesn’t get betrayed. or carried behind the woodshed “. I think he feels quite protective, but in the end he wants Gus to be happy.

It’s Shawn’s adventure that ignites because he loves to crawl into a rabbit hole, with the added element of “This is serious and I want it to work. But I also have to make sure everything is legitimate here. “

You and Juliet experience a bit of growing pains in this movie, so to speak, with some interesting, honest, and vulnerable conversations amid the chaos. Can you talk about opening that door?

James Roday Rodriguez: Yes, it seems very real to me just because of where we find ourselves in our lives. We’re not kids anymore, and many of those existential crises these characters face are exactly the ones you’re talking about over dinner when you’re done. It was a bit of life imitating art.

But I also think that despite all the fun and games that we push into the Psych universe, what buys us all that space are the moments when the show feels grounded as well. That is an absolutely necessary ingredient for the success of this program. And having a woman of a certain age face the reality that there is a window, and what does that mean? And what does that look like? And what does your partner think dies, but ultimately, what do you think? Where is your heart as a woman, and the stigma and social conditioning, and what is expected of you compared to what you really want and what you feel comfortable with?

It’s not the kind of thing we normally rely on at Psych. But it is very real and it is very real in any relationship. And if we’re going to keep making these movies and evolving these characters, we’re going to have to face some of them head-on.

Returning to this story for the 300th time, what was the most surprising thing about the script or the shooting?

James Roday Rodríguez: I don’t know if it was surprising, but it was certainly the most satisfying and satisfying thing, just watching Tim’s continuation. [rehabilitation]. At each lap, he exceeded all possible expectations on his way back after suffering a stroke. I mean, he’s my hero. Seeing the growth and the difference between you, him in part 2 and him and part 3, it’s really beautiful, just watching him get more and more comfortable and lean on [acting].

Acting is your greatest passion on this planet. The boy loves acting, that’s what he is. The moment you meet him, that’s what Tim is. And so, [I loved] being able to watch him work again and feel safer and more comfortable. Specifically: the scene in the car with Shawn and Gus, and on the porch with Henry and his daughter, were the most satisfying for me.

I also love the opening scene, because it feels like a great combination of humor and at the same time literally verifying with it. I like how Psychoanalyze he always weaves in real life with fiction and makes it even greater than the sum of its parts.

James Roday Rodríguez: Thanks, man. I can’t give enough credit [to Steve]. Over the years, the show takes on a life of its own because it needs it. A good show runner will recognize that at some point you have to give up the keys, because that will ultimately sustain the show. And no one is better at doing that than Steve Franks.

But what we forget is that he really is the heart and soul of this show. It’s always been the energy that everyone loves about Psych – the spirit, the innocence, the positivity, the forward-loving approach that has sustained him for so long is Steve Franks at his core. So, I always have to go back to that. There is no Psych without that man who stands on a screen and says, “This is my mantra. This is my approach to life, and I think it can work like a television show. “

I love that. I also love the double date they had at the beginning of the movie, which didn’t turn out as well as it could have. What do you think is the perfect double date for the future?

James Roday Rodriguez: Any kind of living history experience. Space camp would probably be good for those four. I think anything that’s just a vacation won’t check the box, because these two, and to some extent Juliet and Selene as well, need a mystery to solve. It’s part of your DNA, all four of you. They need to snoop; They need to take a walk and they need something unexpected to happen.

Say, “Should these four go to Hawaii and lounge on the beach?” I don’t know how satisfying that would be unless a body washed ashore. Then it’s the perfect vacation.

Psych 3: This is Gus It will air exclusively on NBCUniversal’s Peacock on November 18.

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