This is a WAY overdue recap video but here it is anyways! I attended the inaugural Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in San Jose back in November. It did have its kinks here and there but hey, it’s their first year and things picked up by the second day. If you are considering going or if this is your first time even hearing about it, Google it. See if it’s coming to a city near you because it’s honestly one of the best cons I’ve been to.
So excited to do this video yet… So not prepared on how long it would be. Should have figured. There are SO many new Fall TV shows so I give my opinion on which one is”YAS you should watch” or “NAW ditch this show ASAP.” Are there any shows I SHOULD be watching that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know down below!
Every summer, I end up binge-watching a new show. Now most of the time, I get obsessed for a couple of seasons, and then my interest dies with a sudden and complete lack of caring. (Sorry, Sons of Anarchy.) But not this summer, people. This summer, I’ve discovered The 100. Continue reading
The zombie craze is still going strong. Don’t believe us? The CW is premiering a new series called iZombie. No, it’s not a thriller so you can stop covering your eyes every five seconds. In fact, it’s a dramedy which is kind of unusual especially in the undead genre.
Based loosely off the DC Comics iZombie, viewers will be following the story of Olivia “Liv” Moore played by Rose McIver who turns part zombie and lives her life (or should I say, afterlife?)… “normally.” She works at a coroner’s office where she must eat brains to survive. However, she soon finds out that eating brains also helps her solve homicides. Only one person knows about her secret and that’s her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti played by Rahul Kohli. Dr. Ravi assists Liv to hide her secret and attempts to figure out a cure.
The Daily Quirk had the opportunity to talk to Rahul Kohli about his starring role in iZombie, how this series differs from any other zombie show and the surprising factoid fans of Kohli might not expect to hear!
The Daily Quirk: So you’ll be staring in The CW’s new show iZombie, can you tell readers who don’t know anything about the show a bit about it?
Rahul Kohli: Yeah, sure. iZombie is about a medical student [named] Olivia Moore who is infected by a zombie virus and our story takes place where she kind of comes to terms with what’s been inflicted upon her. She leaves medical school and finds a job at the morgue where she’s able to access brains. By eating brains, she’s able to retain her humanity, so to speak. That’s when my character comes in. [Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti] is her boss. He’s the chief medical examiner at this little police department and he catches her eating brains so he’s the only one who knows. He’s her confidant. He’s very positive about what’s happened. He’s enthusiastic. He wants to cure her. He wants to help her as best he can and they develop this strong friendship that sort of develops over the season.
TDQ: You had a very interesting audition process, can you tell me a bit about how the role came about?
RK: Oh, yeah sure. Well, I was living in London basically. I’ve never been over state sides so I had an audition for 24 which was shooting in the UK and then I walked out of there and I got a phone call from my agent. They were like, ‘Oh, have you heard about iZombie?’ and I was aware of the comic. So I literally spent the weekend working on the small chunk of script that they gave me. I was put on tape in London on Monday then I got some notes from Rob Thomas. Went again on tape on Wednesday and Friday they cast me in one of the lead roles and I was flying out to Vancouver literally a week or two after.
TDQ: Wow, that was really fast.
RK: Yeah. I only really found out how rare that is when I got out here because everyone was like, ‘Oh, what? You didn’t come in.’ So I only really realized just how special it was when I was out here with other actors
TDQ: What was it that initially attracted you to the character?
RK: I loved his dialogue. He’s got this real quirky sense of humor and he kind of doesn’t have a filter and that’s always real fun to play a character who can just say what they want. What works with Ravi is that he’s very sweet and quite charming so I guess you get away with it. He’s able to blurt things out and say whatever pops into his head and still kind of remain likeable. That was something I was interested in. And also, one of the big notes that was I given initially was that he was a very energetic character and that he’s very high energy. I like playing things that are out of my comfort zone. I’m a very low-energy kind of guy, quite laid-back. So, it was nice to push myself and try to play this kind of eccentric, bigger than life kind of character.
TDQ: Was it hard to get into that character since you’re laid-back or was it an easy transition?
RK: No, it was a little bit difficult. It went back to like the problems I had when I first went to drama school which is when you’re on stage to be sort of outside of your comfort zone and to be big. I always had trouble with being big. I was very good at being minimalist and introvert. But, it was quite necessary Ravi. When I was doing my research, I ended up interviewing a few pathologists and I also went to the morgue. I did a real tour with them. We picked up some body out of the crypts. One thing I noticed with them as well is that they had that same energy and enthusiasm and quirky sense of humor. Specifically the light hearted [quirkiness] as a way for them to deal with what they do. It’s quite a dark job. It’s not the most desirable job out there. Not everyone wants to go into a lot of autopsy. I found that they all possess a really positive attitude and I think that that’s something that they use and that they embrace and is necessary for them to do their job so it was important that Ravi had that same thing.
TDQ: Were there any other skills or any other tidbits that you learned that you may have brought onto the show?
RK: Oh, yeah! Sometimes I’ve actually [forgotten] that. Particularly when you’re doing a job of someone that works in a morgue, there’s a certain similarity to everything you do. You relax in your workspace and watching the pathologists in the morgue, it’s not a big deal to have a body next to them and to be relaxed and to do their routine and have conversations of what they saw on TV last night while they have a six month old decomposing body rotting next to them. It’s their job. It reminded me of whenever we were on set and we had some crazy prosthetics and crazy murder cases, ‘Yeah, it’s still another day at the office.’ Can’t put too much on it. It’s the workplace. In the pilot he’s eating Froot Loops next to a murder victim; Just sitting there, casually eating cereal, drinking cereal milk. It was in that same sort of vein.
TDQ: How is iZombie different than other zombie shows currently on the air?
RK: In my experience, ones that I’ve seen, in terms of their representation of TV and film, most of them are within an apocalypse and zombies, I guess, are the catalyst or they play the antagonist. But, it’s about survival of the fittest and it’s about having our comforts taken away from us and having to literally fight for everyday to survive. We’re not an apocalypse show. Ours is a coming of age story. It’s a very relatable one. It’s about someone taking a big U-turn, finding themself in a place that they didn’t think they would be and how they cope with that. Zombie just happens to be her condition but it’s not as centric in that respect. It’s [not] like the Walking Dead or anything like that. Like I said, we’re not the end of the world. Perhaps for season six and a movie I guess, when we do that.
TDQ: Ravi’s curiosity about Liv’s undead state is a really different response to Zombies than we’re use to seeing on television. Is that fun to play?
RK: It was. In the character creation process, I think we wanted to say he’s a bit of — he kind of likes UFOs and stuff like that. He’s [kind of a] conspiracy theorist and it’s something I kind of related to as well. When I was a kid, I was fascinated with Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, unsolved crimes, UFOs and Area 51 or whatever. That kind of was incorporated into the character. When he finds Liv and he realizes what her condition is, it’s like seeing Bigfoot, in a way. For those people who hunt down Bigfoot or those people that are looking for the Loch Ness Monster, I think when they finally see it, I don’t think they’re gonna wanna look in the other direction. Ravi is the same. When he sees Liz and he realizes, ‘Oh, my God. This is a dead person. She’s actually dead but she’s alive.’ It’s a medical marvel. It’s a huge discovery but he keeps it a secret. He cares about her and that’s where their friendship comes. It’s not something he’s gonna sell her out over. She’s a very good friend of his and someone he cares deeply about and he wants to just cure it.
TDQ: You have great on-screen chemistry Rose McIver who plays Liv. Does your character’s working relationship play a large part in the show?
RK: It did. It’s one of those flukes which is horrible for an actor because I’m quite a 1+1 kind of guy. So, knowing there are certain things that can happen on set like chemistry, […] you can’t bank on it, you can’t work on it. It is or it isn’t, you know? Luckily with Rose, I guess too because she’s from New Zealand and I’m from the UK, we have a certain humor, we use the same slang. When we met, we instantly kind of clicked. We were both big fans of Ricky Gervais. We were always doing quotes from The Office. We [became] like brother and sister. We’re the two youngest on the show. We’d just have fun. We were always laughing around between takes and singing and rapping. I guess it wasn’t one of those things [where] it wasn’t something we worked on. I mean, Rose is an incredible actress any way so you don’t have to worry about not having chemistry. She’s awesome to just be around and she elevates everyone around her but yeah, we were very lucky that we got on and we’re very proud of the Ravi and Liz relationship through the season.
TDQ: Is there any one scene that stands out as having been particularly fun to shoot?
RK: To be honest, my character without giving too much away, he spends a lot of time in the morgue. It’s where the dead body comes in. It’s where [Liv] will eat brains. I became very fond of that set and shooting any scene, particularly when Malcolm’s there, the three of us — When you have Malcolm, Rose and myself and it was one of those days, they were always my favorite days just because Malcolm is so funny. I don’t know, the dynamic between the three of us on a working day was just always a pleasure to shoot. In terms of the scene… I had a great time working with [Robert] Buckley. I can’t give away too much but there are a few scenes that me and Buckley have. He’s another person I got on very well with on the show. When we saw the script and realized we had a couple of scenes together, we were really excited to shoot them. We weren’t disappointed with the finished results.
TDQ: Can’t wait to see that. Without giving too much away, what can viewers expect from your own character this season on the show?
RK: From my character? Ooh. That’s a good question. What to expect from my character. [Laughs] I just went through like three spoilers in my head. I was like, ‘No, can’t say that. Can’t say that.’ I would say, considering that he sets up as a procedural element in a particular way, obviously brains in the morgue, it ties into how Liv sees so the character Ravi can be seen as an explanation character. He kind of let’s you know what happened to the dead body, what characteristics [Liv] might inherit from eating this brain. But, I think what to to expect from Ravi is how he shapes out of that procedural element and becomes quite central and integral to quite a few different lives of the other characters and just how he grows. I think there’s a few kind of plot threads that you wouldn’t see coming or wouldn’t expect him to go on and he does. That was kind of refreshing to see. I really didn’t think I was gonna do much other than play Liv’s confidant but he really gets his own drama and that’s something to look forward to.
TDQ: How do you like to spend your time when you’re not busy acting?
RK: [Laughs] I keep saying this answer now and I feel like people are gonna think it’s all I do but I game a lot. I spend a lot of gaming.
TDQ: Oh, really? What’s your favorite game to play?
RK: My favorite game? Oh, God. There’s a couple that come to mind like Legends of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It was incredible. Goldeneye ‘64 was one of the few games I really finished in its entirety and every difficulty setting. I’m a big fan of the Street Fighters. Recently, my favorite game in the last five or six years was, I don’t know if you played, Red Dead Redemption Rockstar’s Open-World thing? I spend a lot of time gaming. I’m a bit of a comic book fan so I’ve got a lot of reading material. I play guitar. I draw. It’s usually that stuff. I should spend more time at the gym.
TDQ: What’s one thing fans would be surprised to find out about you?
RK: Oh, God. Good question. [Laughs] Well, you know what. I’m not really embarassed by it. But, I guess, what a lot of people are surprised about was how little I worked prior to iZombie. I spent eight years after drama school just auditioning. Obviously, I’d act on stage but in terms of on-screen which is where my heart was, which is where I wanted to be, I may have only have had maybe five lines of dialogue in eight years? Everything else was just commercials. Commercials were my bread and butter. We shot, I think, chronologically so the first time you see Ravi was the first thing I’ve ever did when I show up in the pilot. That one scene had more dialogue in it than my entire on-screen career. They knew I was inexperienced, in that respect, but they still gave me ten pages on my first day. I may also had Chris Roberson and his wife, Allison Baker, who created iZombie comics watching on my first day. They threw me in the deep end. But yeah, that first scene is more dialogue than I’ve had in my entire career.
The Daily Quirk would like to thank Rahul Kohli for taking the time chat! To find out more about Kohli, you can follow him on Twitter or on Instagram. You can catch Kohli play the quirky pathologist on iZombie Tuesdays on the CW.
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