Eoin Macken on La Brea season 2

by W. Andrew Powell

The second season of La Brea puts a new spin on the prehistoric mystery, and at the heart of that story is Eoin Macken as Gavin Harris.

The first season saw the Harris family lost in a sinkhole that separated them across time, but according to Macken, there’s going to be a reunion of sorts in season two.

“Well, there will be a family reunion… that’s what we’re building towards,” he said. “I’m not sure what context that reunion takes place that will appease you, but there is definitely a reunion of a sort. And there’s so many more things that build upon that [and] threaten the family again this year.”

“And different elements that… make the world even bigger.”

“Sometimes the personal relationships end up taking a backseat momentarily because there’s a certain level of, you have to get through these moments that are happening in the world, and there’s only so much the characters can cope with at one time… [but] Gavin and Levi are going to end up probably seeing each other again.”

“When you’re in these life situations,” he added, “those relationships either evolve or devolve accordingly and add tension to these survival situations, so it’s become a really interesting dynamic down there.”

As far as filming went for Macken this season, it was definitely a bit different, for a few reasons.

“Three Days Later” with Zyra Gorecki as Izzy Harris, and Eoin Macken as Gavin Harris

Aside from filming season one in Melbourne during lockdown restrictions, his character has also changed in a big way.

“The show is just bigger and it’s more expansive and it’s more chaotic. It’s more adventurous from my point of view. My character’s gone down to 10,000 B.C., so I got to work with everybody. Last year I was sort of in a separate, isolation sort of story.”

“Now I’m down there, so from my point of view, it’s been great. And [series creator] David Applebaum has expanded the whole world. So it’s very different. Very different.”

Macken added that the character has an arc that he finds really interesting

“He’s a very different character to last year, to be honest with you, because for a start, last year he was dealing with whether or not his visions are real and and trying to kind of recenter himself as a father with Izzy and also could he get his son and daughter back.”

“Now, he’s back in 10,000 B.C. and Gavin grew up there because we realized all those visions are actually real. So all of these memories of being in 10,000 B.C. start to come back because that’s actually where he was as a kid.”

Beyond his work on La Brea, watch for Macken in the film The Cellar and on Netflix, I Used to Be Famous. Watch the full interview with Macken above.

Season two of La Brea airs on CTV in Canada, and on NBC in the U.S.

Story image by Storm Santos, series image courtesy of NBC.

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