It was with a heavy heart and a big box of tissues that fans bid adieu to the Showtime hit drama “Dexter,” after eight seasons on the air last fall. There were many discussions about whether or not our favorite serial killer, played by Michael C Hall, got the ending that he deserved, but it can’t be denied that millions tuned in week after week to see who would be the next person to end up shrink wrapped to his table.
This week, NUVOtv began airing the series from the beginning, making it available to countless people who may have missed out on the first run or for those who want to see it all again. We caught up with Lauren Velez and David Zayas recently to hear their thoughts on the show re-airing, why people should tune in, and what they are currently working on.
Both Captain Maria LaGuerta and Homicide Lieutenant Angel Batista were popular characters throughout the series. Can you remember back when you first heard about the roles?
L. Velez: “I remember vividly when I first heard about it and I thought it sounded very edgy, a little scary. And at the time, I was looking to do something that was a little bit lighter. I was told about it before I read the script, but after I read the pilot script I was blown away by how it was so brilliantly written, and it completely changed how I felt about it. So I thought, ‘If I can bring something to this character and have it be part of this role and create a real human being in this whole arena, that would be an incredible thing’”
D. Zayas: “I wanted to do it from the beginning. I thought it was an exciting concept and one that I wanted to be a part of.”
What are some of the benefits of having the show air on NUVOtv and why should people, whether they’ve already seen it or not, tune in?
D. Zayas: “I think that Showtime had a limited audience. I think that now with it being on NUVOtv, you’re going to reach a lot more people. I think that the uniqueness of the show and how you go on this journey with this serial killer and he explains to you exactly what he’s feeling and why he’s doing what he’s doing is unique in television. I hadn’t seen it done prior to that.”
L.Velez: “I think one of the things that’s really great about it being on NUVO and the way it’s going to be aired, we’ll see the life of the show, all eight seasons. [Audiences] can really see how it all started and where they all end up so to speak, and see the journey that all the characters have taken and their journey together.”
“When you see Maria and Batista in the first season—you actually see a glimmer of something between them, but you don’t know what it is and how it all evolves. I think that’s great.”
Many fans felt that Batista and Quinn’s (Desmond Harrington) reaction in the final episode was a little out of character. As someone who embodied the character for so long, what are your thoughts?
D. Zayas: “Sometimes in life you have to do something out of character when the circumstances are way beyond comprehension. Under those circumstances, with Debra in the hospital and attacked and not doing well, I think there were other things that were more pressing in the last episode. So maybe if there were more episodes after that, who knows what would’ve happened— but that was his reaction. I think that was the correct reaction at the time for me.”
Lauren, we haven’t heard any updates on your new film about La Lupe. What can you tell us?
L. Velez: “With ‘La Lupe,’ which is now called “I Am Lupe”, we’re hoping to go into production as early as next month. This has been my passion project for a long time now, and we’ve got some wonderful talent attached. I’m just excited about finally moving forward with it. Hopefully by this time next year we’ll be talking about it because you’ve all seen it.”
It was great seeing you pop up on “The Following” David, what can you tell us about your new project “Saint George?”
D. Zayas: ” ‘Saint George’ is a new comedy by George Lopez, that will air on FX, and it’s very exciting. It’s very different from “Dexter,” and I’m looking forward to it. There are great people involved, George Lopez is phenomenal, and Im looking forward to trying my hand at comedy.”
“Dexter” will air, uncut and unedited, with two back-to-back episodes every Monday night beginning Monday, Jan. 13 at 9pm/8c. Check out this special video featuring what you can expect from season one.