'SEAL Team' star Toni Trucks on keeping it real, the cast's love for cauliflower bread and the fall finale!
Toni Trucks plays the role of Petty Officer Lisa Davis in the Bravo Team - a team that's currently stationed in Mexico and is fighting the bad guys.
CBS' 'SEAL Team's fall finale airs today and fans, Toni Trucks has some news for you - prepare to have your minds blown. Trucks plays the role of Petty Officer Lisa Davis in the Bravo Team - a team that's currently stationed in Mexico and is fighting the bad guys. Davis is a gritty, intelligent and resourceful character and Toni portrays her on screen beautifully.
The show's story centers around a team of the team of elite Navy Seals as they navigate their way through their life-threatening jobs and try to make it out alive. The show also stars David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré, Neil Brown, A.J. Buckley, and Judd Lormand.
Davis is brilliant at her job - and she's also one of the only two women on the team. So does that mean she needs to work that much harder to be taken as seriously as the rest of the team? Absolutely, says the actor. "I think that any woman that is in a work scenario where they are outnumbered, have to work that much harder to make sure that their voice is being heard and to sort of police the stories that are being told about women, especially if there aren't that many of them," Toni said speaking to Meaww. "There's a lot of testosterone on that set for sure, but that being said, we are fortunate in that our writers do us a great service by helping us embody women that are effortlessly holding their own in that environment on screen," she added.
Toni's character is indeed one that holds her own. Her tumultuous relationship with ex-Navy SEAL Danny is definitely not the most interesting thing that's happened to her throughout the show. "Love is always only one piece of the puzzle for any woman. So it was important that we continue developing a really complex person that has her own obstacles and a story that she's trying to build on her own terms," said Toni.
To fit into Officer Davis' shoes seamlessly, Toni, along with the rest of the crew, did have to go through some rigorous training but, you'll be surprised by what keeps them all in shape. "We did go through some training with weaponry and tactical stuff," she said and added laughing, "I feel like no one's eating and just having proteins because there's a really big emphasis on fitness." Their latest protein obsession? Cauliflower bread, she revealed. "The cast is really into good cauliflower bread right now," she said laughing, "It is racing through the set."
Davis is a Logistics Specialist in this elite force. She's partnered with Jessica Paré's Mandy Ellis, who is an analyst in the Bravo Team. Even though the two women are absolutely badass on screen, fans have, time and time again, talked about the lack of women on the team. Toni said that she felt it too, but the show is as close to reality as possible and the reality is, unfortunately, grim. "You must know that people always mistake and call me a SEAL, but I'm not one - I am the logistics officer for the SEAL team because in reality, there are none. Women are yet to be SEALs," she said. "So we wanted the show to stay true to what is the current reality of the military. It'd be fun to portray an imaginary scenario, maybe a future scenario about what will be for the SEALs, but right now we want to do what people are familiar with."
However, the show isn't all real, even though it does try to keep as realistic as possible, she explained. "This is definitely Hollywood. Having said that, the show has received intense love from the military community because of its accuracy and attention to detail. There are certain things that only a soldier would experience - the shorthand with your fellow soldiers or how to clear a room," she said. To keep things authentic, the show always has an actual Delta Force Army Ranger hidden in the scene. Apart from making the missions more authentic, they also add emotional value to the show. "Generally on a military show they like to show you two colors - either they show the hero or the victim and there's nothing in between. This show is doing a good job showing the full range of emotions for what can life encompass for a man and woman in the military."
"We really try to do a detailed job, but there are times when we alter things just a bit because we don't want to give any military tactics that would be useful for people that would potentially want to harm us, but I would put my money on a SEAL team any day of the week," Toni concluded.
So how real will the finale be? As real as a family member betraying you in your time of need, she teased. "It is an episode that is really going to pull people in. There's a lot of deception and betrayal within the team that will surprise people. The finale will show you that the SEAL team has to keep their eyes peeled at all times and that no one is really safe - everybody has got secrets."
'SEAL Team' fall finale 'Prisoner's Dilemma' airs on Wednesday, December 12 at 9/8c on CBS.