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Cristin Milioti, William Jackson Harper & cast – Getting to the Heart of the Mystery of The Resort

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Cristin Milioti, William Jackson Harper, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Nina Bloomgarden, Gabriela Cartol & Andy Siara

Getting to the Heart of the Mystery of The Resort at San Diego Comic-Con 2022!

by Lindsey Blick

According to its new broadcast home Peacock, The Resort is a fast-paced mystery disguised as a multi-generational love story. Series creator Andy Siara describes it even better. "It's a very weird show," Siara joked during roundtable interviews at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. Essentially, a fifteen-year-old unsolved mystery entangles an unhappy couple Emma (Cristin Milioti) and Noah (William Jackson Harper) on their anniversary trip to the Yucatan.

The Resort’s all-star cast consists of Harper (The Good Place, The Underground Railroad), Milioti (Made for Love, Palm Springs), Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation, Pam & Tommy), Skyler Gisondo (The Righteous Gemstones, Licorice Pizza), Luis Gerardo Méndez (Narcos: Mexico, Murder Mystery), Nina Bloomgarden (Hot Pink, Jane), and Gabriela Cartol (La Camarista, Hernán).

According to series creator Andy Siara, the idea for the show was envisioned nearly a decade ago. Siara kept going back to the script and rebuilding it. He said it wasn’t working for him until he got a little older. Only after about seven or eight years had passed, was when he realized he was seeing both himself and the script through a nostalgic lens, what really helped The Resort come to life was seeing things differently in his 30s than he had in his 20s.

In anticipation of The Resort's debut on Peacock – which comes out on July 28th – Pop Entertainment sat down with the cast and creators at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 to get the scoop. Below is what they had to say!

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters you play in your new show?

William Jackson Harper: (Jokingly) No!

No? Nothing?

Cristin Milioti: Emma is at a real crossroads in her life. Whether she would admit it or is conscious of it or not, [she] is trying to figure out what went wrong.

William Jackson Harper: Noah is relatively content and probably not interrogating certain things. He’s probably at a place where he thinks he has reached his allotted amount of happiness and anything beyond that is asking just a bit too much. Final answer. (They both laugh)

The story revolves around solving a mystery. Would that be something that would interest you in real life?

Cristin Milioti: It depends on where you are in your life. I think the show does [that] well too. They need this in order to not talk about the elephant in the room. Maybe if I found myself in that energy, I would also be a bit more open to figuring out a murder.

William Jackson Harper: (laughs) Murder most foul. I would probably leave a lot of stuff alone if I found a phone in the woods or something like that. If it’s brand new I’d see if someone needs it back. If it was old, I’d probably just recycle it and just let it go. But the thing about this story that’s interesting is the fact that in spite of all that stuff there is this need to waken things up. In a way I think it’s a subconscious thing for Noah. I know that I’ve switched off in a lot of ways. It’s tough to admit that when you’re in that place. I know I’ve cashed out and given up.

Can you talk a bit about the process of putting together your show from conception to its launch on Peacock?

Andy Siara: To start off, this show was entirely written by me. I had some people read it after it was completed, and they really liked it! I worked with them for about a year or so, and around that time, I told Cristin about it. After that, they took it to UCP, which was their studio. Once COVID hit, things slowed down, but I created the entire roadmap during that time. In March of 2021, we pitched the show to Peacock, and they picked it up!

Why do you think your character of Baltasar is the most important character in the show?

Luis Gerardo Mendez: Baltasar is the head of security of this resort. He has all the secrets and all the information of what happened in this resort in the golden days when everything was perfect. Then this horrible thing happens.

Can you tell us what the horrible thing is that happens?

Luis Gerardo Mendez: Well, I don’t know if I can give any spoilers! Umm, yeah, I shouldn’t. It’s a secret. But you’ll see! It’s not that horrible, it’s just mysterious.

Okay, well we had to try.

What excited you most about the script when you read it?

Nina Bloomgarden: It’s just so bizarre. There are so many little quirks in it that are so funny. Our incredible cast has taken that and improvised with it and just made it unbelievable. I just think people are going to laugh so much and they are going to cry, it’s just so full and has a little bit of everything.

Gabriela Cartol: Yeah, but it’s also deep, and it’s smart, and really good! So much is being done and it’s just really good! When I watched the first episode I wanted to cry because I couldn’t believe I got to be a part of this show. Because as an actress, this is the kind of show I want to work on and to be able to be a part of it. With this cast, it’s a dream come true.

Peacock premiered The Resort on July 28, 2022, with the first three episodes available now. Make sure you go check it out!

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