After taking part in the forensic scientist of the LAPD, Ella Lopez, for six seasons on Lucifer, we spoke with Aimee Garcia concerning the chipper Miss Lopez, queen of the quippy strains and graphic tees, about her character’s ultimate arc for Season 6.
The next interview comprises spoilers for the ultimate season of Lucifer.
As one of many ultimate characters of the primary solid who doesn’t know the reality about Lucifer, this ultimate season gave Ella the chance to lastly piece all of it collectively. We spoke with Aimee Garcia about Ella and her struggles with PTSD from relationship a literal serial killer, her romantic life with Carol Corbett (Scott Porter), her character’s religion, and Ella lastly discovering out the reality.
Therese Lacson: So, Ella’s attraction to dangerous boys is fortunately behind her. She had a very traumatic expertise when she was relationship Pete, and he or she additionally skilled a little bit of PTSD when she meets Carol, as a result of he’s obtained all of the makings of man, which is what she thought she was getting with Pete. What do you suppose lastly permits Ella to belief her instincts once more and be capable of belief Carol as nicely so she will be able to transfer on?
Aimee Garcia: That’s an excellent query. I believe it’s her group of buddies. I believe it’s slightly little bit of a piecemeal of what everybody says, you already know, what Dr. Linda says, and what Lucifer tells her, and what Carol tells her, and that’s the place I really feel like the great thing about the present lies. One character will drop a nugget, after which one other, after which it’ll have an enormous repercussion in the easiest way. So I really feel like Lucifer telling her that she simply must belief that nobody ever needed to make her really feel overlooked. And I believe it was most likely Maze and Dan, saying, ‘Hey, you’re the interior circle, it is advisable belief that.’
After which Carol… I believe, Carol simply not working away, and realizing that he shouldn’t take stuff personally when Ella is simply performing out. Like he mentioned, somebody who has emotional trauma, and has romantic PTSD, they simply they’re guarded. And so I believe that he isn’t scared by her making an attempt to reject him earlier than he rejects her. It’s slightly workforce effort, of simply realizing that she’s sufficient, and he or she has the energy to actually put her coronary heart on the road.
Therese: I actually favored how her relationship with Carol slowly developed by way of that. It will have been disappointing if she hadn’t wrestled with it slightly bit, particularly since that was such a giant a part of her character arc, her expertise with Pete, after which additionally the fallout afterward. I actually favored that that was explored slightly bit extra.
Aimee: And that could be a testomony to the writers, they’re so good.
Therese: Yeah, for certain. I believe one side of Ella’s character that’s at all times been actually robust is her relationship with Christianity and faith. I imply, she principally had the angel of dying as her ghost bestie and he or she obtained a hug from God. What do you suppose drives Ella’s religion regardless of having no proof of it? She is, notably, one of many solely characters who doesn’t discover out concerning the fact till this ultimate season, however she is the one who has essentially the most religion out of everyone.
Aimee: I believe one thing that she mentioned was so stunning, she mentioned, ‘God isn’t there to remove the dangerous issues. God is there to present us the energy to take care of the dangerous factor.’ I really feel like that’s a lot at Ella’s core, what she tells Dan in a earlier season. I believe that’s it. God is omnipresent. And even when it doesn’t really feel like he’s up there, she has religion. I believe it’s her journey of previous seasons as nicely. She had a disaster of religion and he or she had a disaster of self.
After you have these massive emotional barometers as an individual, it’s like, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I didn’t really feel God in any respect. However then I discovered this excellent man.’ Or I actually thought that I used to be completely in the dead of night and have utterly been ousted by my family, in a approach, as a result of your pals are your loved ones, after which come to study that, ‘Oh my gosh, you don’t want to inform somebody that you just love them, they need to simply know when you’re doing all your job being pal.’ So, I believe she begins to pay attention, I believe it’s the folks round her.
And I believe it’s additionally most likely her poverty. She needed to depend on herself. I believe once you don’t have anybody to lean on in your childhood, you simply lean on your self since you do what it’s important to do to outlive. So, I believe, her grit and her tenacity and perseverance and her cussed religion, which I like, and her cussed religion within the goodness of individuals, and the truth that she’s not jaded, regardless of rising up in poverty and having her personal brothers attempt to use her they usually find yourself being criminals, and her abuelita taught her easy methods to steal automobiles. She didn’t have the smoothest upbringing. I believe that’s it, I believe God was the one factor she might depend on as a result of she couldn’t depend on issues on this earth in an actual tangible approach, so she needed to go the intangible route of religion.
Therese: I like that. And a giant plot level of this season is her discovering out that there’s a tangible aspect to her religion. She’s such an clever character that I at all times that it felt unsuitable that she was the final individual to know the reality. So I’m glad that she figured it out on her personal. What was it like studying that Ella’s storyline this season was going to be her lastly discovering the reality? And what was your response to it?
Aimee: I used to be so excited. I used to be so excited. I believe the factor was, Ella, she’s simply so enjoyable, they usually give her such cool zingers and t-shirts. It was actually shocking, and it was surprising as a result of season six was surprising. So, the truth that she was one of many few characters that didn’t have an arc and that hadn’t figured it out, that was actually enjoyable to have one character out of the group have someplace actually far to go. So I knew that there could be some actually enjoyable scenes. And I knew that she would get to make some actually enjoyable discoveries. It’s so juicy and enjoyable. I believe it’s nicely deserved. Such as you mentioned, she’s the neatest individual within the room. Her clues at all times assist discover who’s performed it and he or she’s at all times there for different folks, and he or she’s a very good pal.
So, it was very nice to see her be included in a world that for thus lengthy she was utterly blind to. However to your level, she is a girl of religion. In a approach, once you’re a girl of religion, you already know all that stuff exists anyway. Like, when you can’t see it, you’re like, ‘Properly, yeah, after all, it exists.’ Chloe has to go away to Italy and reevaluate the whole lot [when she finds out], and Dan principally went borderline loopy and, so it’s loads to digest. And so I believe for Ella to be extra pissed about the truth that they didn’t inform her is so endearing. She’s like, ‘I don’t give a shit! Why didn’t you guys inform me?’ So it actually speaks to her religion and her priorities are honesty and fact.
Therese: Yeah I favored that her revelation wasn’t that this stuff exist, as a result of she at all times form of knew they existed. It was the truth that all of her buddies didn’t inform her the reality which, to be truthful, given how everyone else reacted, it’s like ‘Oh, nicely, we had no concept how you’d react,’ however I cherished the best way she reacted. I additionally love that she had all of it discovered earlier than anyone informed her. Her loopy conspiracy board was all correct! I imply, apart from Dan being a centaur.
Aimee: Oh my god, I do know. That’s so enjoyable. That is my favourite season for her.
Therese: What do you suppose was the triggering occasion for her that made her suspect issues? Or do you suppose she’s at all times been piecing issues collectively?
Aimee: Properly, I believe it was the frog. Like, okay, that’s bizarre. After which, Amenadiel speaking to nobody, like, that’s bizarre. It’s form of like a Keyser Söze second, you already know, the place you simply can’t look again. You recognize, he is at all times saying he’s the satan. It’s not like, she simply pulled that out of skinny air. He’s continuously telling her he’s the satan. After which she’s like, he doesn’t get any performing gigs. Like, he’s by no means on set. He should be actually dangerous. You recognize what I imply? However I believe the primary factor was actually that very first thing, simply falling out of the sky, you’re like, ‘What’s going on? The place did this come from?’ I believe that was most likely the primary triggering occasion after which Amenadiel pulling a quick one on her and performing bizarre. I believe as soon as that occurred, as soon as she will get one nugget of an concept, then I believe the whole lot else falls into place.
Lucifer Season 6 is now streaming on Netflix!