(Warning: The content below contains MAJOR spoilers for 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 4, Episode 7, “Tommy Dearest”)
Good news for Paul (Brian Michael Smith). When it comes to his new love interest, Asha (Amanda Payton) has known him since he was a child. So she knows his past. Bad news: She brings that past to dinner.
Things are going well for both of them. Until she took out her yearbook from middle school. and Paul confronted As Smith told TV Insider, “What hurt so much at the time, is how he can’t do it It’s hard to show up or see yourself when you’re young.” After talking to Owen (Rob Lowe), Paul realizes he needs to open the door to parts of his past, such as his love of basketball. ball
One of the hardest parts of what Paul is going through is the fact that he can’t talk to Marjan (Natacha Karam) due to her limited cell on her journey of self-discovery?
Brian Michael Smith: yes! That’s right. There were other people in the firehouse that he was friends with. But the person he trusts the most is Marjan. He has a problem with A. She isn’t there to help him with this, but then B feels betrayed by the feelings he developed towards the person who caused the cause Marjan experienced. An existential crisis that puts her on the road in the first place.
I love the conversation Paul and Owen have. He wants that, right?
Yes indeed. And it’s cool to see Cap take on this role in Paul’s life. This rough point in a non-judgmental way and still really useful. That’s great. I think one of the reasons Paul ended up in Austin was because Cap was private and available. Even helping him find skincare and stuff like that. Feels that he will always treat him the way he is. It’s great to see a full comeback in season 4.
I was reminded of the skincare scene while watching this episode.
(laugh) You can talk to Cap about anything, whether it’s fire, love life, or pimples.
Everything is going well for Paul and Asha. before dinner Does he know where he wants to go?
I think he enjoys the convenience and connection. It’s almost like shorthanding someone because of all the knowledge someone has about you from shared experiences. when you are on the team You’ll learn a lot about the people you live with and your connections. The feeling of intimacy will come immediately. Although Paul is dating But I don’t think he’s been intimate this long. If ever, this might be the first time. So he enjoyed it a lot. He probably doesn’t need to know where he’s going. But he knew he wanted it to continue and deepen.
Owen said that Paul lit up. it’s true
Yes, it reminded him of his childhood. I think there is an unfinished business from high school. Perhaps they have feelings for each other or know that they are drawn to each other. But with the time spent together without knowing what to do… Then she walked away. So it attracts attention and rides that bit. Then all the fear that comes with the unknown. On the one hand, you enjoy the feeling and don’t know what will happen next. and familiarity with the people you feel attached to. But you don’t know where it’s going and (have) the fear of losing it. or does not exist Or are you waiting for the other shoe to come off? Paul felt like (The other shoe comes off.) As she talks about this past element,
I think he’s afraid that means maybe she doesn’t see him as he is now. And then I realized that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t that she couldn’t see who he was right now. It was because he himself hadn’t dealt with something from the past he thought he had. He dealt with it by ignoring it, ignoring it, and burying it. to disappear you have to deal with it
My heart breaks because of Paul — the look on your face that lost when she took out your yearbook… Was it part of why he didn’t expect such things because things between them seemed so easy?
There’s definitely that element. Things are going great and he’s very forward-looking. until she talks about the past All the feelings attached to that experience or that difficult moment in his life, he felt like this was going to happen? It won’t just be who I am now and what I used to be. What am I always trying to avoid being drawn into this relationship? in a way that he had never experienced in the relationship he had built since then. Even since leaving Chicago In a visceral form?
It’s one thing to talk about your past and it’s another to present it with photographs that really bring out what was so painful about that time. the way when I was a kid He couldn’t really present or see himself from the outside, really hard, so having to face such a difficult portrayal at that time in his life was really a surprise. He was questioning whether people This I admire very much Someone I felt could see who I really was. How can you see me now?
(He also) remembers how much he loved playing basketball and being an athlete. and how much he had to let go and turn his back Until that photo he had no idea how much he missed that part of himself. How painful was it to let go of that? He never really regretted the love of his life. which is basketball Being an athlete and[having]a lot of pain feeling like a rejection of not being able to do that. Its last bit is uncertainty. What does this mean moving forward?
Is he ready to have a conversation with Asha?
I think he is. He’s scared. Does this mean Asha won’t see him or will see him differently? Then he realized, OK, that wasn’t true. What was helpful in his conversation with Owen was that he understood the gist of the matter: he never really grieved for this part of himself. when she talks about this She made him face things he was not ready to face. So it wasn’t her and it wasn’t the love between him that was the problem. It was learning something about himself that he was not ready to learn. The way he dealt with his past was to ignore it and throw everything away.
Now he realized that “I don’t have to do that. I can accept my past i can see I can empathize with what is. I can empathize with who I must be. I can embrace what I love and I can bring what I love into the present and it won’t let me know who I am right now. I am still who I am now Even if the elements of the past are with me, in fact, I am more of a representation of who I am. Because my past was part of that.” Those were huge moments for him. and because he can own what happens to him He can definitely have a conversation with Asha. Because I think the shame that brought him closer will disappear once he embraces what it really is. is happening.
So are we going to see more of that relationship?
I hope so. We haven’t seen the end of (it).
I like that he said
That’s funny for me to say because I’m an athlete. But my sports are athletics and football and everything other than basketball. I got around a bit, but I was like, “Oh my gosh, do I have to be good?” I got along with one of my good friends, Kayla Ward. She showed me how to shoot a gun. And it seems that I am Chicago’s second best shooter.
Talk about filming the basketball scene.
It’s fun. Basketball brings out people’s personalities and competitive spirit. There were many surprises as to who Hooper was and who wasn’t. And how do people react to not playing for a while and playing? But when you put a basketball hoop in the area and leave people with their gear, the kids in all of us come out right away. A lot of the fun you see on set is real, no script, just us connecting and having a good time. Then I remembered, “Oh, we’re filming, we have to—yes, OK.”
Who is the most competitive?
I would say that Ronen (Rubinstein), Rob and Jim (Parrack) are the most competitive players. But the best basketball player is Julian (Works) – talk about the greatest shooting guard. But I think he is. He was basically a fellow athlete and competitiveness began to deteriorate from his son. There were some really fun moments. to see in front of the camera
Owen pays attention to Tarlos’ wedding planning. When will he go and save the 126 people? And what will Paul’s role in the wedding be?
Something is still a mystery to me. So I can’t talk about Paul’s role. And Owen is so confident in his opinions on many matters that he actually doesn’t demand much from anyone. Smart input He will ask for confirmation if anything (laugh) So much, just nodded in agreement. and walked away for 126
What else is coming for Paul?
Some of Paul’s more well-known skill sets will be put to great use in future episodes. You’ll get to see more of Paul doing what he does. which was really fun to do.
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