During the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, iZombie star Rahul Kohli kicked off our interview by admitting he had to keep much of what’s going to happen to Ravi in season four a secret. “Let’s see how much I talk about it,” said Kohli, laughing. “See how many spoilers you can get.”
At the end of season three, Rahul Kohli’s character, Ravi, asked Liv (Rose McIver) to scratch him after he injected himself with a vaccine for the zombie virus. Fans were left wondering what happened to Ravi and if we’d see him transform into a brain-eating zombie when season four kicks off. Of course Kohli dodged that question during our interview, but he did talk a little about the relationship between Ravi and Liv and whether he’d like to see Ravi become a zombie, even temporarily.
Rahul Kohli Interview:
Would you like to see Ravi become a zombie?
Rahul Kohli: “No. I love playing a human. I kind of take pride in that, as much as Liv is like the story’s through her eyes, Ravi’s kind of the audience. I mean, you discover it when he discovers it. It’s been their secret to keep. He’s mortal and you worry about him a little different than everyone else. I kind of like to represent the humans.
The thought of being a zombie as well at this point has kind of been done. You’ve seen Major turn, so we know what another actor doing brains looks like. We’ve seen group brains with Don E, Blaine, and Liv. So, it’s not something I’ve been terribly excited for. I just like good scenes. Like, they’ll paint me a scenario about, ‘Well, let’s put this situation in this scene,’ and that gets me excited. But changing the character in different ways, I’m not… I’ll do it; I’ll try and do the best I can, but I was never begging for it.”
The police are going to be teaming up with zombie partners in season four. How will that affect your job?
Rahul Kohli: “I know that there are zombie crimes and human crimes. […] Liv is almost seen as a rebel figure. Most of New Seattle’s zombies tan and dye – 95% of zombies in New Seattle tan and dye and to not do that is seen as rebellious. And, Liv is sort of sparking her own kind of rebellion and what I know is that Ravi is firmly with her in all that.”
I love the dynamic between Ravi and Liv. It’s been fun to watch that friendship grow. Has it been fun working with Rose McIver?
Rahul Kohli: “I think it’s what kept me on the show. It’s what made me feel very comfortable. This is a zombie show; we didn’t know when we signed up if we were going to be Game of Thrones and everyone’s going to die every second. But the fact that we’re still here with the same original cast, I didn’t think that was possible. But what I did know was that as soon as me and Rose worked together, I was like, ‘Oh, this is chemistry that’s going to keep me going. They can’t kill me off because we’re so good together.’
But I think Rose and I are…we’re like brother and sister, really. We are really close. I guess Ravi and Liv – I don’t know if they were always going to be that way. I’m not sure what fed what. But we’ve got just as close as Liv and Ravi have, and I don’t know what’s inspiring what.”
What about Ravi’s love life? He’s had a tough time.
Rahul Kohli: “Yeah, it’s bullsh*t.”
Will we see any happiness for him at all?
Rahul Kohli: “I don’t know if you’re going to see happiness, but I do know that Ravi and Peyton are…I don’t want to use this word, but I see it on Twitter enough…endgame. I know that with a lot of people, that relationship is the pairing. A lot of people thought that once that relationship was done, that was the nail in the coffin. I thought so, too. ‘Cool, we’re done with that.’ But as I’m told in season four, that’s not necessarily done. That will still be addressed. That dynamic will still exist in some form. Whether they get back together, I don’t know. But, there will be Ravi and Peyton stuff.”
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