Video Interview: Tim Rozon and Sarah Levy Star in SurrealEstate, Premiering Tonight on Syfy

Tim Rozon and Sarah LevyThe new drama, SurrealEstate, follows Luke Roman (Tim Rozon) and his team of real estate agents, who sell houses that no one else can: those that have been haunted or possessed and therefore frighten away buyers. The Roman Agency also includes new team member, Susan Ireland (Sarah Levy), who is great a closing properties.

Recently Rozon and Levy talked to journalists about the new series, which premieres tonight on Syfy.

Levy told Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision that she would like to have a ghostly experience like some of her cast mates. “I do believe in all of this stuff. I haven't actually experienced anything in my life, or on this set, or any other set. I kind of wish spooky things happened on this set, but that being said, there were places that people were staying where they were finding a lot of spooky things, vibes happening. So, it was around; I just didn't get anything.”

Rozon told the site that his opinion of the supernatural changed after hearing about the spooky stuff that happened to some of the cast at the nearby hotel. “Going in, I was one hundred percent a non-believer. After wrapping, I'm not as convinced there isn't something, and it has to do mostly with just a large number of guest stars that did experience something that they compared to a ghostly experience, and it was staying at a supposed haunted hotel. I mean, it was just, almost everybody had [something]. It was a lot. So, it's tough to not believe everybody, but I didn't experience anything myself. I'm open for it. Supposedly it’s the sensitivity or something you have to have. I don't know. Maybe I don't have that sensitivity.”



The two also talked to site about any research that they did to prepare for their roles. Levy didn’t feel the need to do extensive research. “I definitely did a little bit of research into how it all works and everything, but I didn't do anything into any special telekinesis or anything like that. George [Olsen]'s writing was so kind of very present and there anyway that…I felt like I connected to those parts of us, just from reading the script.”

Rozon agreed and learned something. “I feel like George is such a strong writer that he kind of explained everything to the audience, and to me, as we went along. It was great. But I did learn doing this that a house that's being haunted, or has the implication that it has been haunted in real life, will impact its market value when you try and sell the house. So, I did learn a lot of stuff that I didn't know before.”

Be sure to check out the full transcript after our portion of the interview.


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Tim Rozon and Sarah Levy

July 8, 2021

Tim Rozon and Sarah LevySCIFI VISION:  
...First of all, I'm just curious, do you believe in this kind of stuff, and have you ever had anything weird happen on either this set or another set?

SARAH LEVY:
   
I do believe in all of this stuff. I haven't actually experienced anything in my life, or on this set, or any other set. I kind of wish spooky things happened on this set, but that being said, there were places that people were staying where they were finding a lot of spooky things, vibes happening. So, it was around; I just didn't get anything.

SCIFI VISION:
   
Right. Tim?

TIM ROZON:
   
Yeah, same for me. Hi, Jamie. How are you?

SCIFI VISION:
   
Hi, good.

TIM ROZON:   
Yeah, nice to see you. Yeah, same thing. I'll say this: going in, I was one hundred percent a non-believer. After wrapping, I'm not as convinced there isn't something, and it has to do mostly with just a large number of guest stars that did experience something that they compared to a ghostly experience, and it was staying at a supposed haunted hotel. I mean, it was just, almost everybody had [something]. It was a lot. So, it's tough to not believe everybody, but I didn't experience anything myself. I'm open for it. Supposedly it’s the sensitivity or something you have to have. I don't know. Maybe I don't have that sensitivity.

SCIFI VISION:   
Did either of you have to do any research into either real estate or maybe into the paranormal when you got the part?

SARAH LEVY:   
I did a little [bit]. I don't know whether I should admit this, but I did a little bit. I probably should have done a little bit more, but, yes, I definitely did a little bit of research into how it all works and everything, but I didn't do anything into any special telekinesis or anything like that. George's writing was so kind of very present and there anyway that I didn't feel - I felt like I connected to those parts of us, just from reading the script.

TIM ROZON:   
Yeah, well said. I feel like George is such a strong writer that he kind of explained everything to the audience, and to me, as we went along. It was great. But I did learn doing this that a house that's being haunted, or has the implication that it has been haunted in real life, will impact its market value when you try and sell the house. So, I did learn a lot of stuff that I didn't know before. So, yeah.

QUESTION:  
…I'm sad to learn that you didn't kind of tag along with real estate agents to learn how to be proper realtors, but it's good to know that it came through in the writing. I was just curious; horror is such a personal thing. You guys are coming off a show that you guys did together that was so personal, familial...This particular show deals with people in their personal spaces. So, what what kind of things can horror say and can you do with the genre?

SARAH LEVY:   
Oh, gosh, great question. I think it can kind of bring out the the best and worst, and I think it can bring out comedy. I think that was the biggest thing that I realized was that it can bring out comedy in the least expected places and moments. And anytime, you know, we do feel afraid, and Tim has said this before, you kind of crack a joke just to defuse the moment a little bit. So, all of those pops of comedy that came up, I don't think we were expecting them to be as prominent as they were. At least I wasn't when we kind of first began. But yeah, good question.

Tim RozonTIM ROZON:   
Yeah, I think we're lucky in the sense that it never felt like It was a horror genre show, not in the writing or in the way we shot it, not in the performances, not for the other actors, which is cool. To be honest, the horror aspect is something that's kind of a bonus, because it feels - it's kind of like one of those things with family to me, like family is what you make of it. And for this, it's like a bunch of people who they find their family in, in this group. It's like a real eclectic group, I think. Yeah, the meat and potatoes of the show is the heart of it. It’s the group. Then, the horror actually adds a nice spice to it that I don't think any other show really has, which is great. We find the comedy in like, dealing with scary stuff sometimes.

SARAH LEVY:   
It really rides the balance, and it's something that I haven't quite seen very much before, which is like, the horror aspect is there, for sure, but then the comedy aspect really kind of balances it out in a really fun, nice way. So, we get a little bit of everything.

QUESTION:  
So, you had mentioned that you guys were drawn to the writing. Do you remember a specific thing, either the character breakdown or that first script, where you're like, “Oh, this is going to be a lot of fun. I know exactly how I'm going to approach these characters” ?

SARAH LEVY:   
Oh, gosh, I mean, so much. I feel like the entire pilot script was so exciting from start to finish. And I think what really drew me to my character, particularly, were the two scenes that I actually auditioned with, which were both - Well, one was with Luke, and one was with a younger girl, and they were just such perfect scenes to kind of define who the character of Susan is and how she is in her professional world and how she relates to people in her personal world. And it was just such such a relatable character and funny and all that. So, I think it was my audition scenes, I think, that really kind of drew me to the character, but the project itself was just fantastic from start to finish.

TIM ROZON:
   
Yeah, same. I mean, I read that first script, and George's one of the best writers that I've I think I've ever worked with. It's just his scripts are so good on paper, and they just transfer right over. It's one of those things, like, you hope to just copy/paste, because if you could put what's so perfectly on paper on the screen, we're fine.

SARAH LEVY:   
Yeah.

Sarah LevyTIM ROZON:   
It's amazing that they let us play within that area and go places, because it's so perfect there. But yeah, I think, the first scene that I did was that big scene that you see in episode one where I'm talking to Megan's character, and I'm trying to convince her and explain to her about metaphysically engaged properties in the whole breakdown. And it was so interesting to me, and it was so out of my wheelhouse. And it was five pages; it was so much. It hooked me right away, and I couldn't wait to just delve in more and find more. Then, of course, my next scene was with Susan, and it was totally different. So, there's so much to play with there.

QUESTION:  
My question is for Sarah Levy. Adam Corson had said that you're a newcomer to the agency, and your character becomes an integral part of that agency. What can you expand on that?

SARAH LEVY:   
I think, you know, this was an agency that was spearheaded by Luke, and they've got their system down. Everyone plays a role, and they all have, you know, their own unique expertise in how to investigate and correct these kind of unconventional problems, and I come in having no idea what they do. I just see them as a real estate agency. And I'm explained [to] very quickly in the first episode what I'm actually getting myself into, and Luke does give me an out, and if I'm not, you know, up to the job, then I can get out of there. But ultimately, Susan's coming from a very vulnerable place. She has just left a very high profile job and is looking for something new and different. And she's welcomed into this really bizarre, strange world of real estate agents and this team and, you know, her arc is kind of her transition between being a non-believer and being a believer and falling in line with the rest of this eclectic team, as she would say.

QUESTION:  
Tim, my question is, you had mentioned that in every episode there's a beast; what can you tease about the series premiere about the hauntings? What can you tease about that first episode?

TIM ROZON:   
Well, the fun thing about the first episode is I believe there's a couple of houses that we're trying to sell that will deal with a different demon, or whatever it is, you want to call it, for the house, whether it's the house itself, or what the person selling the house or trying to buy the house whoever is dealing with, but I think it also lays the groundwork for the internal demons that the characters that we play will be facing, which in some ways will be much scarier than the physical demons they [encounter].

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