Exclusive: Gotham TV Podcast were lucky enough to sit down at New York Comic Con 2014 to discuss Constantine with Matt Ryan (John Constantine), Angélica Celaya (Zed) and show creator and executive producer David S. Goyer. The roundtable interview included questions from other journalists present and our own questions to the cast and creator.
In our final Constantine interview we caught up with Angélica Celaya who plays Zed about what drew her to the role of Zed, her connection with John Constantine, staying in with the bad boys of Hellblazer to prepare for her role and her favourite moment so far. You can listen to our full set of interviews from New York Comic Con on the podcast below with or you can read on for the transcript of Ms. Celaya’s interview.
Question – So what really drew you the most to Zed?
Her sarcasm, I love her sarcasm. I love that she doesn’t take any crap from anybody especially John. I like that she is, you know, a little sneaky and she’s rough and she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. I like that she’s an empowering woman. I love it.
Question – Hellblazer was a very long running series and Constantine is in the New 52, he’s got his own series. When you got the part of Zed how much did you go and read to catch up on who she [Zed] is?
Well they gave me volumes of Hellblazer and it was like here you go this is Zed; and I stayed in, instead of having a Saturday night out with my friends and stuff, I stayed in with the bad boys of Hellblazer and it knocked my socks off. That’s why I get the sarcasm and understanding her it’s like…OH! I see you!
Question – What can you tell us about how Zed enters the picture in the TV series. Are you able to tell us anything about that?
Well the new trailer came out yesterday (October 9th), a little teaser, and we see her drawing and she is lost in her [own] head. Zed is lost and she just crashes in to the world of John Constantine. Its just like, whatever is going on in your head is reality and it is that realisation of you’re not crazy and that’s Zed in this first moment that we meet her.
GTVP Question – We caught the pilot screening on Thursday and its quite a creepy ending, you’re drawing away and there is all those iconic pictures of John Constantine . There seems to be a psychic connection between the two of you. How much of a connection is there and how does that play out over the series?
It evolves, it becomes even more, it gets crazy, it gets messed up, it gets to the point where she opens…oh my God… I wish I could tell you it’s more than what we see [from the pilot] that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It becomes a whole new level for Zed each episode gets bigger.
Question – So obviously you’ve just started, but how long have you been filming and, without spoiling too much, do you have a favourite moment of your time as Zed?
So we’ve been filming since July. So we’ve been going for a while and we’re so eager for October 24th to come. My favourite moment…favourite moment, I mean it’s a moment between John and me on the couch, in the mill house, and it’s our first moment where we are real with each other. Where he’s not sarcastic and I’m not being, you know, a bitch [laugh]. I’m not rough, I have no walls around me and I am what I am; that’s my favourite moment because it’s the real Zed not this facade she puts out there so she can hide.
Question – Who do you think is your biggest ally at the moment?
John Constantine, he’s the teacher, he is to me, you know, as Zed he’s my teacher. He’s the one that explains to me and leads me in to this world; and Zed is this very eager learner you know, yes, yes I want to learn more and more and get in there. So it’s John.