The cast and creators of The Bear talk all about Season 1

Summer TV is getting hotter with the arrival of The bear.

The FX show revolves around a talented chef named Carmen “Carme” Berzato, whose thriving career is downed when he returns to his hometown of Chicago after losing his brother Michael to suicide. Carmi, played by the adorable Jeremy Allen White, is left to deal with tragedy, while also inheriting the enormous responsibility of running his family’s sandwich shop – The Original Beef of Chicagoland.

It doesn’t often happen that a show grabs my attention during the first five minutes The bear she did. How the presentation of things begins to set the tone for things to come, and this opening scene was all I needed to know I was going to continue on this journey. The show begins with a dream-like sequence where Karmi comes face-to-face with a brown bear trapped on a bridge over the Chicago River. The bear suddenly attacks him and wakes up in the middle of the shop kitchen. Dreams were tools like other great programs Atlanta (Hiro Murray is also an executive producer on The bear) And the soprano They used to tell their story in the past, so things really got off to a good start.

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While The bearHulu’s first season premiered on June 23, and the series premiered its first two episodes at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on June 12. Show co-creator and writer Joanna Calo says the goal was to get viewers in enough to make them put their phones down. “You have to fool people into watching more!” Kalo tells the boat with a laugh. “A big part of this show is influenced by movie and great old movies and I think the idea of ​​grabbing you right away — I joke about cheating — but it’s a way of letting people know that you want to sit down to this and pay attention.”

White also opened up about filming this scene. “It’s a great opening. I saw the most recent clip from Episode 1 and there was this never-before-sounding sound effect of a burner struggling to keep going, which I thought was really cool,” the show’s star told the collector. “We filmed this scene all night long. We closed that bridge onto a major intersection in downtown Chicago. We had an amazing hero wearing a bear’s head and they made him look amazing. She looks special. It makes me excited every time I see the beginning of the episode.”

The actor returned to Chicago to shoot this new series after starring on Showtime shameless For 11 seasons as Lip Gallagher. “I love that city so much,” he said of working there again. “If you’re going to be stuck somewhere, it’s at least Chicago. It was also interesting because it’s a different version of Chicago. This show focuses on a lot of food and so I had all these amazing experiences. I went to a couple of really great restaurants so it was different.” Day after day than it was shameless. White carried Showtime effortlessly when he left Emmy Rossum after Season 9, and did the same for it The bearmaking Carmi one of the sexiest characters on TV right now.

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Carmi’s anxious dreams come from the stress of maintaining a small restaurant while suppressing his feelings, internal problems, and the pain of losing his brother. He doesn’t have a lot of space or time to process his grief while trying to keep up his business, all while working alongside a challenging kitchen crew (made up of some very vibrant characters) makes his job all the more difficult. “Carmi is going home and he’s facing a lot of things he’s been running away from for so long,” he says. “That’s what really amazed me about the character and the show, and it’s really interesting to me. A character has gone through the most painful of times. [moment] of his life and then he has to go home and face all these ghosts. It makes great drama and comedy as well.”

The bear It is about food, family, and the madness that goes on behind the scenes of running restaurants. There is a sense of urgency, tension, and apprehension felt throughout each episode, and the tension rarely dissipates, even during the show’s quietest moments. There is a sense of inner turmoil that confuses the characters, as they all deal with their own problems and worry about who they are, their careers, and where they’re headed. “This show, yes, is about the kitchen,” Kalou adds. “But it’s really about what’s inside of these characters and the bigger things they deal with and for Carmi, it’s his family and all the demons who’ve been haunting him for so long.”

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The story of running a small business is also very timely. Washington Post It was recently estimated that around 70,000 restaurants and bars will likely close in 2020 due to the pandemic. Although the show doesn’t really mention COVID-19, many people can relate to the difficulties the characters face when trying to run a small business. “The idea of ​​trying to survive in business is also something that a lot of us cling to, especially in the restaurant business, these people are clinging by a thread,” Kalou says. “It’s an interesting time to also talk about how these companies operate and how they survive. Hopefully, people can communicate the risks of breakage, deal with your family, and go home, whether it’s failure, illness, death or comfort.”

Director Christopher Storer brought on Canadian chef Matty Matheson as co-producer, and the chef is also making his acting debut as handyman Neil Frank on the show. Matheson has been put in charge of maintaining the authenticity of what it’s like to work in the kitchen, making the actors’ cooking skills and the details of how the restaurant industry operates seem believable.

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Matheson also understands firsthand the timing of the show. “Small, family-owned businesses are always my hair break away from breaking out. That’s what this show is about,” Matheson tells Complex. “Life isn’t a straight line. The show is about family relationships not being great at life and then it keeps trying to show up. We try to show life on life’s terms; life is bad, it’s heavy, it’s relentless but we all have to show up every day to try and make it work.”

Part of Matheson’s job is to train the actors so that their portrayals of chefs and chefs are accurate, and if you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you’ll be able to notice the detail and attention that went into each scene. The actors cook their own on the show thanks to an extensive training process that has sent some of them to culinary schools in California and all the way to Denmark, as well as access to some fine restaurants.

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“Before the show, I was useless,” White says of his culinary skills. “The production was great and I did a two week intensive course at a school in Pasadena, the Institute of Culinary Education, which was great. Then I worked in two Michelin star restaurants. The restaurant I spent the most time in was Pasjoli. Chef Dave [Beran] It really took me. I was allowed to cook on the line, I was there getting ready. They were all really great and supportive.”

That kind of careful care and desire to make the show as original as it is what the creators and actors hope viewers will notice about the show. “I hope they connect with the family side of the kitchen. What I really want more than anything is for people who really work in the back of the house, cooks and cooks, and I hope it’s right for them,” says White. “If we can show that to people who have really lived in this world and believe it’s real and honest, we’ve succeeded.”

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The bear It is the type of show that grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go. Each character feels like she’s keeping such a big secret about her life, her pains, her past, and her ambitions that she has to hide inside the kitchen – but everyone out there clearly has the same purpose. White’s performance is exceptional. He is tormented, heartbroken, and deals with his own issues, but still manages to lead his team and create a family of his staff, all while mourning the loss of his older brother – the person he loved and looked up to most but had a complicated relationship with.

Carmi’s relationship with Sydney, played by comedian Ayo Edibiri, blossoms during the first season and becomes the basis for the restaurant’s rebirth. They are both professional chefs who had a taste of glory until life called them home but they have what it takes and the know-how to run a successful kitchen. The tension between Carmi and his brother’s best friend Richie (Epon Moss Bachrush) is intense but their scenes together bring out the best in both actors. Overall, the chemistry between the cast – which also includes Abby Elliott, Lionel Boyce, Liza Colón-Zayas, and Edwin Lee Gibson – is exciting and adds to the charm, urgency and high energy that make the show great. (The season also features some pretty cool patterns that we won’t spoil here but you need to to see for yourself.)

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“We feel very fortunate to have made the show, especially with the cast that we’ve worked with, with Matty as our producer, it’s definitely a dream,” Kalou adds. “It’s also a story about doing it together, being there for each other, even if you two hate each other while doing it, we need to do it together in order to make things work.”

Foodies are sure to fall out of the original half-hour series, and for those of you who haven’t worked in the service industry, this will help you understand the hard work it takes for chefs and restaurateurs to prepare your favorite meals.

All episodes of season 1 of The bear Now available to stream only on Hulu.

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