Resident Alien’s Sara Tomko breaks down Asta’s many insecurities and why she’s interested in Harry’s brutal honesty
Crash landing on an alien planet must be incredibly difficult for an alien, but Resident Aliens Resident Alien isn’t the only one dealing with massive baggage.
While Harry continued to learn how to pass by as a human by studying Anne Hathaway photos and brushing his face instead of his teeth (he’s a work in progress), it was Nurse Asta Twelvetrees (Sara Tomko) who left her vulnerable in the Wednesday episode Side showed. While she continues to look after the late Dr. Sam Hodges mourned, she revealed the truth behind her relationship with her father Dan and gave Harry the opportunity to explore his newfound empathy further, as unnatural as it may seem to him. (Though it sure looks like he has a better understanding of human emotions than dental hygiene.)
While Asta was ultimately adopted by her father as a child, it was Hodges who “was like a father to Asta,” Tomko tells TVLine. Still, the love she had experienced from Hodges and her community couldn’t prevent feelings of loneliness from creeping in, leading her on a questionable path of bad choices and even worse men.
“She feels mostly isolated and doesn’t know exactly where she fits in,” says Tomko. “It’s very internal, lots of uncertainties and weaknesses. We see her stumble out of this abusive relationship and then this weird guy comes the day after she discovered her father figure and friend dead. It’s so deep. And [Harry] just come in and say, “This is great!” It is so offensive! There are so many reasons for her to hate Harry and yet he has something she has never experienced with a man before and that is that ability to be brutally honest. “
Despite the fact that she was supposed to run away from Harry screaming, in the first episodes of the series the two forge an early friendship and bond over mutual feelings of isolation.
“She is familiar with him. He looks and acts like an outsider and that reflects how Asta is feeling, ”says Tomko. “It’s a beautiful, relatable topic that many people can appreciate and respect … the feeling that even when I’m surrounded by so much love, I feel like I don’t fit in.” And then find someone to whom you can fit? It’s a pretty incredible feeling. “
Adds creator and EP Chris Sheridan, “Although Asta grew up on a reservation, she feels a bit like an outsider. And she has other issues that she went through with a baby she put up for adoption at 16 and her terrible abusive marriage. In all the hard times she always had Sam to talk to. Without him, she has to face these things directly. “
Unfortunately for Asta, things are not going to light up anytime soon. Tomko teases that Asta will have yet another bump on the road in Episode 5, but until then, viewers on Harry’s journey can continue to munch on as he “explores the insides of how to feel those new feelings he’s never felt before Has”. The rest of Asta’s Season 1 arc is sure to get even more chaotic.
“There’s some clarity and closure for Asta in some of her storylines and relationships, but not by much, so it’s a little messy from start to finish,” notes the actress. “But I will say that at the end of their tunnel there is a light. She’s so good at standing up for others, but you can tell that she’s really learning to stand up for herself. “
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