(CBS) – United States Of Al will be back with season one’s second episode tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET / PT, on CBS and streaming with Supreme +. United States Of Al stars Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young as a pair of veterans who have developed an incredible friendship during their service and are now adapting to civilian life in the United States.
CBS’s Matt Weiss spoke to Kalyan and Young ahead of tonight’s episode about what to expect from the show and their real-life friendship.
MW: Hello friends, United Nations Al Tonight’s new episode is nice to talk to you both here today. First, how does it feel to shoot the first season of a show during a pandemic?
IF: You know, honestly, first of all, we feel so grateful to have been able to work in the context of everything going on in the world. But with these new protocols, rigorous testing, having to maintain social distancing and masking, sometimes more testing a day, you would think it would feel more strange than it sounds.
We were able to catch up with each other quite early, and if there was something, such a self-contained existence allowed us to get closer really quickly. All we do is really in the middle of our home and work life. I really thought if anything, if there was a silver lining for this, it was that we would have been able to really put together as an actor in a pretty unique way. That is my job. Parker was probably heartbroken. But ask him. [laughs]
PY: [Laughs] No, it is a challenge, but a very welcome one. It’s great to go to work or to see open faces.
IF: Real question. Do you think we would be as close as we are now if it weren’t for the pandemic?
PY: I mean, I have to say, yes. I don’t think that without a pandemic we wouldn’t be.
IF: Just fishing for the compliments. But yeah, keep going. [Laughs]
PY: But no, everyone seems very excited to be here. I’m so grateful to be here and ready to show up, laugh and have a good time. I think not only because it was a dream job, but also because we were stuck at home and had so little fun. It was definitely a great experience. You can come here and create a story. Telling stories.
IF: I think a big difference we haven’t been able to perform in front of a live studio audience, which I guess is the original idea behind the show. So hopefully once we reopen, if we’re lucky to have a good run on waves, maybe sometime.
MW: I would imagine there are some people, maybe people working in the crew, people whose faces you haven’t even seen yet. Has that happened at all?
PY: Strange thing. Yeah, that’s the weird one. We really didn’t see their faces beyond their eyes. It is difficult. When we get to a tangerine party, when everything is in the back and we are allowed not to wear a mask, we won’t even notice any of them.
MW: You need a big revelation, a revelation of people’s faces.
PY: Exactly. [Laughs]
MW: Last week the first episode aired. See that first episode like?
IF: I’m not telling anyone else on the show. I have been fortunate to work in the United States since I left, that year I was 24 years old, just like 14 years ago. Moments like this are rare, to be a part of a show you’re excited about, you’re passionate about; You are proud to be a part of.
In order to gain access to air, it goes through a number of steps in the process. I just get really excited. I am very excited for people to continue watching the show because as we can tell more stories, you will understand the characters. We’ll give you another insight into these relationships and we’re having a great time.
PY: As above.
MW: [Laughs] So the last question, before I let you guys get here, what can the fans expect as we go through the rest of this first season?
IF: I think we see Parker’s character Riley getting ready for Civilian Life. We can see the relationship between Al and Riley’s daughter, Hazel developing. We can see today’s relationship tonight, but we have real insight into the consequences of war and its impact on this particular family, how Lizzie deals with drift. over of her birthday.
On a more serious note, one thing I’ve seen people say during the few episodes that have been shown to the press is that we see a somewhat cheerful Al, but what’s his story? But as the season progresses we’ll see a more serious side of him and the pit set. The garage is a place where Al and Riley not only reinforce their relationship but really help each other navigate life. I think there are a lot of interesting stories to be told this season, and more than that, we really can’t wait for everyone to see it.
PY: Yes, we see a broken family right now. Affected by war. And during the season, we see that the family starts to put the pieces together and we do it with a laugh.
One of the other things that I am happy to introduce is that we can show the US what an Afghan interpreter is, and specifically one of the things that has come to the United States, it’s a very, very story. real. There are thousands of guys here trying to start this new life, who are only grateful to be here.
Thousands are in danger and thousands more have been left behind. Hopefully, by telling a story, we can help those people get special visas to come to the United States.
IF: If there’s anything the show can do, we want it not only to be something that is sincere and engaging for everyone and everyone can enjoy, but hopefully it clarifies the problem. this way.
MW: Sure. Thank you both so much for the time and for all the best to move forward!
IF: Thank you!
PY: Thanks, Matt!
Tune in on Thursday at 8:30 PM ET / PT for new episodes of United States Of Al, on CBS and stream with Paramount +. Check out your local listings for more information.