EXCLUSIVE: Corey Reynolds unveils the more of magic of Resident Alien with a look behind the scenes

Dive into my exclusive interview with Corey Reynolds for a laugh-filled journey behind the scenes of Resident Alien, where improv meets heart.

RESIDENT ALIEN -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Corey Reynolds as Sheriff Mike Thompson -- (Photo by: James Dittinger/SYFY)
RESIDENT ALIEN -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Corey Reynolds as Sheriff Mike Thompson -- (Photo by: James Dittinger/SYFY) /

And so, The Interview Chronicles continues, with a side of a stuffy nose due to a cold.

Welcome back to the sensational sequel of my chat with Corey Reynolds – a story of sniffles, sandbox antics, and the spontaneous symphony of improv that stitches the tapestry of Resident Alien into the delightful dramedy we all adore.

Buckle up for this wild ride through our conversation, a blend of humor, insight, and that magical dust that makes TV worth watching.

As I've done before, I shall slap a friendly SPOILER WARNING FOR THOSE NOT CAUGHT UP WITH RESIDENT ALIEN SEASON 3. Things might not be directly spoiled but they will be talked about.

You can watch the entire interview below:

Sniffles and sandbox: The Corey chronicles

"How are you, Corey?" I began, and with a laugh that could disarm even the grumpiest alien invader, Corey assured me he was doing just fine, despite the cacophony of childhood germs he battles courtesy of elementary school warfare. And let me tell you, if laughter could cure colds, we'd both be in the clear.

As we dove into the deep end of our chat, Corey shared the alchemy of Resident Alien's success – a potent mix of tragedy, comedy, and the kind of curveballs that leave you reeling. It's a show that dances on the edge of madness and then pulls you back with a gut punch of emotion, a feat Corey attributes to the sheer genius of their showrunner, Chris Sheridan, and the creative liberty afforded to the cast.

Improv: The secret sauce

My curiosity was piqued during our conversation, so I ventured into the realm of improv, wondering how much of the show's golden moments were born from these unscripted adventures. According to Corey, about 25-30% of the hilarity we witness is improvised, a testament to the cast's quick wit and the sandbox mentality fostered on set. They're crafting gems, folks, right there in the sandbox, with the kind of glee that only comes when truly talented folks are given free rein.

Truly, hats off to this incredibly talented cast.

The heart of Mike Thompson

But it's not all laughs and goof-offs. When it comes to Sheriff Mike Thompson, there's a depth and complexity that Corey navigates with the skill of a seasoned captain. Whether it's Mike's vulnerabilities laid bare in his interactions with Liv and Lena or his relentless pursuit of the truth about aliens, Corey infuses each scene with a richness that's as compelling as it is entertaining. And let's not forget the improv gold – like naming his undercover kids Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. Such excellent names, such quick thinking!

Behind the scenes: A family forged in isolation

As our conversation meandered towards the cast's camaraderie, Corey reflected on how the pandemic's isolation brought them closer, creating a family bond that translates effortlessly on screen. It's this genuine connection, he believes, that resonates with viewers, making Resident Alien more than just a show – it's a shared experience, a journey we're all on together.

The unfolding mystery and Mike's evolution

As for the future? Corey's excitement is palpable when discussing Mike's gradual unveiling of the alien mystery. It's a tightrope walk between the sheriff's professional diligence and his personal quest for validation, all while navigating the complexities of his relationships and the broader implications of the otherworldly secrets he's inching closer to unraveling.

As our time together wound down, I couldn't help but express my hope for a third rendezvous. Corey's enthusiasm, insight, and undeniable charm have made these chats a highlight, offering a rare glimpse into the heart and soul behind the hilarity of Resident Alien.

So there you have it, dear readers – a peek behind the curtain of one of TV's most delightful anomalies, courtesy of the incomparable Corey Reynolds. Stay tuned for the next chapter in this saga of space, secrets, and the enduring power of human connection. Until next time, keep watching the skies (and your TV screens).

Don't forget to catch the penultimate episode this Wednesday, March 27th, on SyFy (and don't forget seasons 1 and 2 are also streaming on Netflix).

dark. Next. Exclusive: Alan Tudyk, showrunner Chris Sheridan, and cast of Resident Alien talk about season 3. Exclusive: Alan Tudyk, showrunner Chris Sheridan, and cast of Resident Alien talk about season 3