Chyler Leigh and Gary Scott Thompson Share New “Taxi Brooklyn” Character Insights

Monica Gleberman | Jul 14, 2014

Taxi Brooklyn - Season 1

Taxi Brooklyn” is an action packed comedy that combines humor with police themes. The series stars Chyler Leigh and Jacky Ido and was developed by Gary Scott Thompson. “Taxi Brooklyn” is loosely based off of the film “Taxi,” originally written by Luc Besson.

According to NBC, Leigh stars as hard-as-nails Det. Caitlyn “Cat” Sullivan, a woman hell-bent on finding her father’s killer. After she’s demoted to foot patrol for reckless driving, disobeying orders and personality conflicts, Cat meets taxi driver Leo Romba (Ido). A highly skilled driver, Leo is a charming French African from Marseille. Realizing Leo lied on his immigration forms, Cat offers him a deal: In exchange for his driving skills and taxi, she will help Leo with his immigration problem. In order to stay out of prison and avoid deportation,

The two decide to work together solving crimes and trying to keep themselves from getting in trouble. Leigh said one of the hardest things working on the show was making sure that she got through her scenes without breaking.

“Biggest challenge was to stop laughing all the time,” Leigh said. “I think we had such a good time that it was a little challenging for the directors to reign us back in and then take everything we were doing seriously.”

Although she struggled she said it was worth it because her character is an amazing person.

“Cat is in a very hard place in her life and you come to understand that, you know, she’s a very kind of tough talking but conflicted person who’s, at this point, very reckless due to what she’s been through with her family,” Leigh said. “So she’s very determined.  She’s very hardworking.  She takes what she does very seriously.”

Ido agreed, adding that it’s an interesting relationship between the two characters of Cat and Leo saying in the beginning viewers might consider their relationship kind of intense but that over the course of the season it evolves to be something bigger into a move “brother, sister” type of relationship. Ido said playing that kind of evolution was a lot of fun.

Thompson said he just hopes everyone gives the show a chance because the movie is different and he doesn’t want viewers coming in with certain expectations.

“Anytime you transfer anything, whether it’s a novel or anything that you go back and forth between mediums, does not alienate the original audience and that you still have to try and get a new audience as well,” Thompson said. “I think the biggest challenge is actually not alienating the original audience because they’re expecting one thing but when you go from one medium to the next, things don’t always translate.”

“Taxi Brooklyn” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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