GHOSTS Post-Mortem: Sheila Carrasco on Flower's Closure: 'This is Something That Will Stick with Her for a Long Time' - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

GHOSTS Post-Mortem: Sheila Carrasco on Flower’s Closure: ‘This is Something That Will Stick with Her for a Long Time’

October 13, 2022 by  

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“Jay’s Friends” – Sam becomes alarmed when the ghosts suggest Jay’s new friends may be part of a cult run by a charismatic leader named Micah (Drew Tarver). Also, Pete changes his attitude after Sasappis criticizes his unceasing cheeriness, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Oct. 13 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured (L-R): Asher Grodman as Trevor, Rose McIver as Samantha, Sheila Carrasco as Flower and Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Thursday, October 13 episode of GHOSTS, “Jay’s Friends.”]

After spending her afterlife thinking that her brother had been killed during the war, Flower (Sheila Carrasco) got some good news: MIA meant missing in action, and there was a chance he could still be alive.

Sam (Rose McIver) pretended to be an friend of Flower’s via email and reached out, hoping to give her friend some closure—after Flower had to cut her brother out of her life post-getting entangled with a cult—and got a lovely, and loving, response back.

Despite Flower’s moments of flightiness, Carrasco tells Give Me My Remote the moment is important. “I don’t know that she ever forgets what something means to her,” she says. “I think that it’s more that she may have forgotten how soon it happened or why it happened. But that is something for me as an actor I’m putting together. I’m kind of writing my own rules as I go based on the information I get about her.”

“Basically, I think that she always remembers the important things, and I think that this is something that will stick with her for a long time: to know that her brother is still out there, to know that he loves her, that he thinks of her fondly, that he doesn’t blame her, is such a relief for her,” she continues. “And I hope that one day we can meet her brother. I do think that she’ll remember that this happened. I think that for her, it’s kind of like things get thrown inside of her head and some things come loose and shake out, but not everything. She’s a basket.”

If and when the show comes back to the storyline, “in my head, I’ve like a number of amazing Latinx actors in their 70s that I would love that play her brother,” Carrasco admits. “But who knows? I think there’s a lot we have to learn about Flower’s family. We know she has a lot of older brothers that she played basketball with, which I love. I come from a big family with a lot of siblings. I am the youngest. And we also know that she was running away from something, so in my mind, her upbringing may have been more strict, and more restrictive than the life she chose to the lead. So I think that that’s all very intriguing for me, and I’m really excited to find out what [showrunners Joe Port and Joe Wiseman] cook up for that.”

In the meantime, Carrasco acknowledges she’s been having fun playing all facets of Flower. “I try to follow what I think the story that the Joes are telling,” she says. “And so for me, I really hold to what they originally always intended for Flower, which is that she goes in and out of lucidity. She’s not always high and she’s not always not high. But there’s just moments where she’s totally lucid. Like I believe in the second episode, she has a line where she says, ‘Okay, while I’m having a moment of lucidity, let me just get these details clear.’ And then the moment is lost and she says, ‘Right on. Now who is Sam? Am I Sam?’ ”

“I think that’s the key touchstone for me with a character—while she has a moment of lucidity, this is Flower when she’s not high; this is her as just a grounded person, which she is and she’s allowed to be,” she continues. “And so I’m so thankful for the Joes for writing the scenes where I’m allowed to have a brief respite from possibly seeing colors and and having acid flashback or mushrooms and just allowing to sit with my emotions and my life and my afterlife, too.”

GHOSTS, Thursdays, 8:30/7:30c, CBS


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