Fox’s Lucifer was represented at the 2017 WonderCon by Lesley-Ann Brandt (‘Mazikeen’), Rachael Harris (‘Dr. Linda Martin’), Kevin Alejandro (‘Dan Espinoza’), executive producer Joe Henderson, and executive producer Ildy Modrovich. The Lucifer gang participated in a panel during WonderCon and also took part in roundtable interviews to shed a little light on what’s in store for the remainder of season two. Prior to Lesley-Ann Brandt sitting down at our table, the small group of journalists had been discussing how much we enjoy watching Maze and Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) interact, which led to a discussion of the unlikely pair when Brandt joined our table.
We’d love to see a spin-off or web series featuring Maze and Trixie.
Lesley-Ann Brandt: “Really? That would be cool, right? The mischief those two would get into. Trouble!”
We’re getting to know Maze better this season. How have you enjoyed her arc in season two?
Lesley-Ann Brandt: “It’s been very rewarding. I think I’ve been able to take a character that could very easily just as soon be a badass and one-note, and give her layers and points of view that maybe the audience didn’t really expect to see so much humanity come through this season. So, that’s been really fun to explore. And I think the writers have just been very smart about giving her as many facets as possible and, in that, making her relatable. Like the friendship with Linda is super relatable to women. It’s like two strong women. Coming out as a demon – a lot of people from the gay community were like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve had that conversation with friends. I can relate.’ So that’s been really cool.”
What was your reaction when you read the script and it said you’re moving in with Chloe?
Lesley-Ann Brandt: “I was like, ‘How are they going to make this work?’ I mean, you’d never expect from the pilot episode to throwing my sex toys and my sex swing away. But, really, honestly, I think they saw the chemistry with me and Scarlett and the antagonistic relationship I had with Chloe [played by Lauren German], and that would be an interesting dynamic to throw in there. I think they were clever how they introduced it and where they’ve taken it to.”
Do you have a favorite Maze trait?
Lesley-Ann Brandt: “Her loyalty to her friends or people that she cares about. I think that’s my most relatable trait actually to her as Lesley-Ann. You see that more and more with those relationships like Trixie and Chloe. [Season] two 16 I pretend to be a lesbian lover with Chloe and it’s super fun. I help her. It’s cool.”
How does Lucifer (played by Tom Ellis) being gone impact Maze? What is it like for her when season two returns?
Lesley-Ann Brandt: “Well I don’t think she’s really happy that she doesn’t know what’s going on, but it’s not unusual. He’s done this before. It hits Chloe more, I think, than anyone else because of the nature of their relationship, how close they’ve got, and obviously what’s happened – the kiss and their things. I think she’s probably more annoyed that she doesn’t know what the big picture is, and that comes to a head in 217.”
How does she feel about Amenadiel?
Lesley-Ann Brandt: “I think they will always be connected in the sense that she did take his virginity. But, I think she’s not a girl who’s hung up on one specific thing. Do you know what I mean? The thing that you find out about demons in our show is they have no souls so they live in the moment and they go with the flow. That’s very much what the character is. And, I think they’re always connected because of that and the fact that at the end of the episode he’s decided to stay and help and be a part of the team. I think that there’s an element of respect there, not just the goodie two shoes angel, daddy’s son.
But, I don’t know where they’re going to take the romantic relationship. I know fans really love seeing those two together, and I definitely enjoy working with D.B. [Woodside]. So, maybe they’ll introduce another love interest for Maze and that might cause a little friction or tension. I don’t know. That’s not actually a tease – I don’t know.”
Is there anything you can tease about the season’s finale?
Lesley-Ann Brandt: “There’s some real heavy stuff with Maze and Linda. Like some [knife through the heart stuff], really heart-wrenching which was so much fun to play. And obviously God, which was announced, God comes down – or is he God? Don’t know. I can’t say too much. We just had a little powwow and they’re like, ‘Don’t say this. Don’t say that.’”
Will there be a Maze-centric episode?
Lesley-Ann Brandt: “There is. It’s called ‘Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith’ and as you know our scripts are named after a line that’s in the script. It’s super cool because I get to lead an episode and you really get to see kind of like… it’s tied into her bounty hunting somewhat but you definitely get to see 40 different sides of Maze in that episode. It was just physically fun to do because I was pregnant, fighting and beating up boys, which is cool but hard.”
Do you and Scarlett Estevez get into hijinks off screen?
Lesley-Ann Brandt: “I love Scarlett so much. We’ve had playdates with our dogs. It’s tricky with her because she has to do school. She’ll finish a scene and then the rules are she has to do 20 minutes of school so she has to go straight to her tutor. But, she is really sweet. She always wants to feel the baby. I’ve told her to think of some names to help me.
She’s a very sweet kid. I’ve always wondered how parents do that with kids in the business but Sam, her mother, and her dad, they’ve done such an amazing job. She’s the most normal, down-to-earth, little girl you’ll ever meet who’s still very much a kid. But then come action, she’s so professional and knows her lines. Yeah, she’s definitely one of my favs.”
Watch the full interview with Lesley-Ann Brandt on Lucifer season 2: