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All Americans bury Billy Baker in a powerful Laura-centric episode focusing on his wife’s grief. Laura Baker Monet Mazur’s grief runs deep. We spoke to Mazur about the emotional time and what’s next for All American.
Jordan Baker Michael Evans Behling Puts Together
All Americans begins to process the loss of Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) with an episode that explores Laura’s pain. In the hour, the bakers’ village comes together to plan Billy’s funeral. Overwhelmed by the death of her soul mate, Laura struggles, but in the end, she participates in a grand celebration of life. Jordan Baker puts together Michael Evans Behling, where she finally encounters Jabari Shimon Dies, and she begins to embrace her community. They go on mourning.
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The episode focuses on Laura and her grief
The episode focuses on Laura and her grief. It is very challenging. It’s definitely a heavier-toned episode than we usually shoot for in some aspects. Laura is dealing with the loss of her husband, her partner, her best friend, and the father of her children. I’ve dealt with grief and loss, but not in that particular way, but I really had to dig deep. It was very surreal to shoot. It was very sad and I stayed at that place for about two weeks and we shot.
Was there a scene or moment that was particularly difficult to film?
That scene when we’re all in the kitchen and Laura gets out of control. And Spencer snaps at Daniel Ezra about the food, which clearly wasn’t about the food. That was a pivotal moment for Laura’s character because we never saw her lose control or composure. She always fixes things, can handle everything and comes up with solutions. He is very balanced. I don’t think I’ve ever raised my voice as Laura.
That was actually one of the sweetest parts of shooting that episode.
That was actually one of the cutest parts of shooting that episode. Brent has been on and off since the beginning and our characters have grown closer over the course of the season. He really carried me through this episode. He was very giving and present in all those scenes. I remember looking at him and he was just receiving my dialogue in a way that didn’t even seem like it. We’re acting, but we were simultaneously grieving this person that we lost. He is cute I am his fan. His facial expressions were really heart-wrenching.
What was shooting that emotional funeral scene like for you and the cast?
It was unreal because there was a casket and pictures of Taye all around. We’ve filmed a few things in that church before, so it was a familiar place. We hang out and have a lot of fun together on set, but it was definitely a sad day. Everyone was just in their own headspace, so it was quiet. It was the first episode we shot without Taye and it just didn’t feel real. He’s a huge presence to lose. When we shot this and I started barking at him, everyone turned and looked at me like a deer in headlights. Because no one had ever heard me yell or scream like that before.
Laura needed someone to blame
Jabari needs to come to terms with the fact that he can’t carry on carrying his guilt, even though Billy goes back to save him. It was Billy’s choice and there was nothing he could have done to change the outcome. It’s the only way he can move on and the only way Laura has been able to move on. That is, realizing the advice Jabari is giving is the advice he himself needs. It’s a big lesson for both of them, but Laura needed someone to blame and she was the easiest target.