The Version Interview... Taylor Lautner on Cuckoo series 3.
Series three of Cuckoo re-joins the Thompson family six months after Dale's (Taylor Lautner's) dramatic departure at Christmas. Ken (Greg Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale) are preparing for the birth of their new baby.
Dylan (Tyger Drew-Honey), much to Ken's delight, is getting ready to fly the nest as he prepares to leave for university. Rachel (Esther Smith) is heartbroken and pining for Dale, but has managed to salvage a questionable friendship with jilted 'bestie' Ben (Matt Lacey). Life is slowly getting back to normal in Litchfield when a transformed Dale returns to throw more spanners in the family works.
How have things changed since we last saw Dale?
The last time we saw Dale was at the end of the Christmas special, when Rachel told him that she was having a hard time with their relationship. He decided it was best to take some time out, go away and gather his thoughts.
How have dynamics changed between the two?
After being gone for quite some time the dynamic has definitely changed. Dale and Rachel haven’t seen each other in so long and a few things have happened on both sides that we see play out this series.
How has it been back working with Greg?
It’s been amazing being back with Greg. I missed him the whole time I was gone. This time we were able to mesh straight away - even more so than before. I think everyone’s really happy with the Dale/Ken relationship this season because the Taylor/Greg one is even stronger.
I heard you’ve done some of your own stunts?
There has been a lot more action for Dale in this season, especially in China, and I was thankful I was allowed to do most of those stunts and have some challenging days.
Do you think you’ve found a niche for doing comedy? How is it different to drama and film?
It's very different in some ways and similar in other ways, but I have so much fun with it. Doing a lot of drama earlier in my career and now exploring comedy has been a treat for me and I’ve had an absolute blast and I hope to continue.
What would like to see happen to Dale in the future?
I would love to see Dale staying in Lichfield for the rest of his life, living with Thompsons, married to Rachel. It’s that simple.
What have been your highlights of filming?
There have been so many highlights. We started filming the China stuff with Dale, and playing the same character but in a completely different element was a lot of fun. Doing a bunch of the action sequences was a blast; filming out in Beaconsfield in Cumbria was awesome and it was beautiful on the farm with two cute baby puppies. We've been filming on a sound stage and it’s been a little different.
Dale is quite the explorer and traveller – what are you top destinations?
I’ve been very lucky to travel quite a bit and explore the world, which has been amazing and it’s hard to choose one or two specific spots which are my favourites. I definitely love Australia. I’ve been to Sydney and Melbourne a couple of times and I love those places. Honestly, for a big city, London is by far my favourite city on earth and I’m not just saying that! Rome, Paris…the list could go on. I love exploring and see the different cultures, food and people but it’s been great to get back to London for these past few months.
What have you enjoyed about being back in London?
I spent a lot of time this trip learning the English/British language. It’s a little different to America so I’ve spent my time in the make-up chair asking what certain words mean. I’ve found the world’s most versatile word - cheeky. The amount of ways you guys can use the word cheeky is quite impressive. I’ve also gotten confused with ‘cheers’ quite a bit. I often a leave a room saying 'cheers' and they are like ‘oh no it’s not goodbye’ and I’m like, oh okay. I’ve learned a lot of your awesome words and your inflections on things and that’s been really fun.