Skyler Gisondo & Nina Bloomgarden on The Resort, timelines, favourite scenes, and creator Andy Siara

by W. Andrew Powell

The Resort is a riddle, wrapped in a question, hidden inside a secret room, and it’s exactly the kind of mystery that I love watching, especially with this cast.

William Jackson Harper and Cristin Milioti star as Noah and Emma, a couple having a few troubles that stumble into a mystery while they’re on vacation in the Mayan Riviera. That mystery draws the two in, inspiring them as they look for answers about two young, missing tourists, a powerful family, and one particular resort.

Skyler Gisondo and Nina Bloomgarden play Sam and Violet, the two young tourists who went missing, and we catch up with them 15 years in the past from when Noah and Emma start their search. The two characters bond incredibly quickly, and Bloomgarden had a theory about why.

“I think they’re both going through losses and it’s like they just happen to kind of find each other at the right time,” Bloomgarden said. “It’s like a fate situation, and I think they both don’t realize that they need each other or need someone at that moment. It’s just a perfect storm.”

Skyler Gisondo and Debby Ryan in The Resort
Skyler Gisondo and Debby Ryan in The Resort

“They’re in this tropical paradise environment where everybody seems to be smiling and very happy and they they are not, and they’re kind of drawn towards each other,” Gisondo said.

For Bloomgarden, she described Violet as “so cool, and so fearless, and adventurous.”

“And I think what drew me to her was what she’s going through, dealing with the loss of her mom, which kind of mirrored my own life with my father. So I think that the empathy was there for her.”

For Gisondo, his push to do the series came from the talents behind the scenes.

“I was a fan of [creator] Andy [Siara]’s work and a big Ben Sinclair [producer] fan, and there were just really great people behind the project.”

“And Andy sent out a document, sort of an outline of the themes he hoped to explore and what the core of the show would be, and all of that seemed very exciting. There was a scene that I don’t think it was in the pilot ultimately, but it was just a moment in high school… [and] who you think you are, who you want to be, how the world is seeing you, all that kind of coming together.”

“I say high school. I think Andy changed it. I think we were 22, but still, at that time in your life, when you’re trying out new things and there was a scene I really liked that Andy wrote where I immediately saw that with Sam, that moment of, ‘Well, this is how I see myself, but this isn’t how [I want] the world to see me.'”

“So maybe I’m not that person,” he said. “And if I’m not that person, who do I want to be? And immediately I thought it seemed interesting to take on.”

Watch the full interview above or on YouTube. The Resort premieres on Sunday, September 11 at 9 PM (ET) on Showcase in Canada.

Nina Bloomgarden and Nick Offerman in The Resort
Nina Bloomgarden and Nick Offerman in The Resort

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