What goes into creating a TV show? Does a showrunner’s personal life trickle into the feels you get every Tuesday night? Why is your favorite character’s drama so relatable, so real? These are the questions we sought answers to from Roswell, New Mexico boss, Carina MacKenzie.
Your favorite alien-podcast hosts (yours truly and my co-pilot Meg Bonney), flew down to Austin, TX on the heels of SXSW for an exclusive Roswell, New Mexico screening, hosted by ATX Television Festival and Warner Bros. Before the screening and fireside chat with Carina, Meg and I met with her in her hotel room for an intimate conversation about the personal pain, love, and ultimate “light” that created this already-beloved series.
Sporting a rocker tee, layered gem bracelets, and silver-plated necklaces befitting the vibe of her favorite city in the south, Carina took us into the personal life experiences that helped drive the relationships of her series (yes, that includes Michael and Alex, #Malex fans.)
This is a veteran who’s been injured with PTSD that’s asking for space. Michael giving Alex space is as much an act of love as banging on the door would be for someone else. —Carina MacKenzie on characters Michael Guerin and Alex Manes’ relationship in Roswell, New Mexico
What makes the series so special to fans is that it’s set in a era that not many CW series venture into. The characters in Roswell, New Mexico are 28 years-old, nearing an end to a rocky decade of their ‘20s. There are injured war veterans, scientists who’ve lost family members, heartbroken cowboys, and of course—aliens. Among the supernatural pods, mind control, and telepathic fantasy elements, there are moments that hit home to human viewers. Who hasn’t cried over a shot of tequila after the bar closes? If we had a nickel…
Tune in below for our one-on-one with our Carina, and head to our Fierce Females section for more female-driven inspiration.
More in this podcast:
- Carina’s insight into how Liz looks at Isobel: Is there forgiveness or redemption in the future?
- Why she loves Michael Trevino’s character, Kyle Valenti, so much: “I think we should allow people to change, apologize for what they’ve done, move forward, and not always carry the burden of mistakes they’ve made in the past.”
- The theme of “space”. This doesn’t just pertain to the obvious. Carina shares why giving space to those we care about is just as much an act of love as shouting your devotion from the rooftops.
- Malex, Malex, Malex. Did we mention, Malex? “These guys are working towards something better than themselves and this old town that has this ugly history of intolerance and abuse. Stepping into the light is the story that we’re telling [for Alex and Michael].”
- Why music plays such an important role on the show.
- Advice for women, creators and fans alike: Why you should never, ever apologize for occupying your space. Own your own light!
Listen to episodes 1-13 here: Space Cowboys: A Pure Fandom Podcast
Watch Roswell, New Mexico on The CW on Tuesdays at 9/8c.
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