'Lethal Weapon': Michelle Mitchenor says Damon Wayans 'makes me laugh' on set
Michelle Mitchenor plays Detective Sonya Bailey on the buddy cop show, 'Lethal weapon'. So far, she's worked alone, but she is getting a partner in the upcoming episode
LAPD's sassy detective Sonya Bailey has been a consistent character in the 'Lethal Weapon' plot in spite of the major changes the show has been through recently. The beloved Fox show is back for a third season and the next episode will have some major changes for the character! The sixth episode of the show 'Panama', directed by Keesha Sharp, will feature a new temporary partner for Bailey. Named Louie Gutierrez aka 'The Gute' (guest star Paola Lázaro), he will be sort of a shakeup for the episode.
One only wonders how Bailey would be with a partner, she's always known to work either with Murtaugh or Cole (and Riggs, before he was killed).
A lot of snarky, sarcastic remarks that will make us sit on the edge of our seat? We definitely think so! Plus he's Trish's client, so we don't really know how she would react. So far, she's only let two people from Murtaugh's workplace into their lives and Bailey hasn't been in the lucky group. Michelle Mitchenor, the actor who plays Bailey on the show spoke to Assignment X recently about her relationship with Detective Roger Murtaugh and what she thinks about playing the badass character.
Bailey has had a lot of great moments on the show so far, but the one episode that really did stand out was when we met her sister, who turned out to be the opposite of who she is. "[The Season 2 episode 'Double Shot of Baileys', in which] you get to meet someone from my family, and you get to learn a little more about my backstory, you get to see where I live, you get to see her in a completely different way that you’ve seen her for the entire series," she says trying to pinpoint which episode she loves the most. Failing, she says, "Honestly, I think just the moments where I’m with Murtaugh, are always so fun to me, because on set, [Wayans] always makes me laugh, and I’m supposed to be Detective Bailey, serious. And it’s so hard for me to stay serious. So all of those moments that I get to play are so fun for me. I can’t pick one in particular."
Her relationship with Roger Murtaugh, Damon Wayans' character on screen is very wholesome even though that doesn't stop her from telling him exactly what she thinks. Now we know that they are just as amazing on set as well. "Murtaugh is her mentor, but she sees how so not funny and cool he is, so she kind of just laughs at how hard he tries," says Mitchenor, explaining their relationship on screen.
Catch Bailey in action every Tuesday on Fox at at 9:00 PM ET/PT.