October 6, 2022

Robyn Vigorous on Her Return to the ‘Karate Child’ Universe

[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Cobra Kai Season 5.]

Cobra Kai is a nostalgia journey for any fan of the Karate Child movie franchise, and so it’s not unusual for a well-known face to pop in once in a while. In Season 5, a kind of acquainted faces is Robyn Vigorous‘s Jessica Andrews, who was final seen in The Karate Child Half III.

As followers of the franchise will recall, she was a buddy of Daniel LaRusso’s (Ralph Macchio) throughout a time he was coping with Cobra Kai‘s present antagonist, Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith). Reintroduced in a enjoyable twist, it seems that Jessica is cousins with Daniel’s spouse, Amanda (Courtney Henggeler). When Amanda takes time away from the Valley together with her youngsters as Daniel works via some inside turmoil surrounding his rivalry with Silver, she visits house and her cousin who helps her perceive what Daniel’s going via.

Beneath, Vigorous opens up about her return as Jessica Andrews, displays on that bar brawl, shares hopes for a return, and way more.

The Karate Kid Part III Ralph Macchio and Robyn Lively

The Karate Child Half III

Is that this the primary time you had been approached to return as Jessica Andrews? How was the chance offered?

Robyn Vigorous: I wasn’t given a heads up till they had been able to have me and referred to as. I used to be, in fact, beside myself I used to be so excited. And once I learn how that they had launched Jessica into the Cobra Kai universe and weaved her into the LaRusso household, I used to be so excited. They might not have give you a greater backstory, for my part, it was simply ingenious!

Sure, introducing Jessica as Amanda’s cousin additionally presents the chance for a future return in a possible sixth season. What was it like getting to construct that cousin bond with Courtney Henggeler?

Courtney was so fantastic and nice. All the forged welcomed me like household, which was such a reduction since you don’t know what sort of set you’re going to stroll into. The present is such an enormous success. Courtney’s lightning in a bottle and we hit it off instantaneously. We had been like thick as thieves from the get-go, she’s simply really easy to like. Our vitality may be very comparable and I simply adored her.

Cobra Kai Season 5 Robyn Lively cast

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Your return was additionally action-packed with somewhat bar brawl in addition. What’s so thrilling about placing a sequence like that collectively?

I learn it and was cackling out loud as a result of it’s not usually that I get roles the place I’m in bar fights. I’m not in bar brawls on a regular basis, it’s simply not in my wheelhouse. So to have the ability to do this was a lot enjoyable and thrilling. I believed it introduced such an added component to the present that was so surprising. I knew the followers had been gonna completely lose their minds over it. And Mary [Mouser] is available in together with her superior kick.

We rely closely on the stunt coordinators, the stunt ladies, they carry the brunt of all of that. They’re those that make us look good. It’s all within the physicality of how they pretend it. So like once I grabbed one woman, I grabbed her by the hair. So she confirmed me, she’s like, “simply put your hand again right here.” And he or she grabbed my hand, and she or he did the entire actions and it simply made it look actually good on the finish of the day.

Cobra Kai Season 5 Robyn Lively Courtney Henggeler

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The final time followers noticed Jessica was in The Karate Child Half III, and her perspective is necessary in informing Amanda about Daniel’s previous historical past with Terry Silver. What was it like attending to reunite all these years later?

I didn’t get to see Sean [Kanan] till the Netflix premiere. Thomas [Ian Griffith] and I noticed one another at Ralph [Macchio]’s celebration. My episode [filmed] on the similar time Ralph had his celebration. So I acquired to see Thomas and his spouse, Mary Web page Keller, who’s an actress as effectively. She and I had been in Johnny Kapahala collectively years in the past with Yuji [Okumoto]. So it was simply unimaginable. My first day on set, I used to be screaming a lot. It was a reunion of epic proportions.

If given the chance, would you come back for extra Cobra Kai?

You don’t even want to complete the query. Completely! To be a legacy character is such an honor and thrill for me. And to have the ability to reprise the position of Jessica Andrews on Cobra, Kai, which is such a incredible present, I used to be thrilled. I’ve been so excited to be part of it. And it’s been the hardest secret for me to take a seat on for the previous 12 months. Surely, the reply is sure, sure, and sure.

What has it been wish to see the fan reactions to your return?

It has truthfully surpassed my expectations. I hoped they had been gonna be excited, however the quantity of [positive] feedback makes me so comfortable as a result of, in fact, you hope that that’s gonna be the response, however you by no means know. I’ve to present quite a lot of credit score to the writers and the creators for arising with such an attention-grabbing storyline that nobody was anticipating. Not even me. And now she will be able to inform Amanda what actually went down. She generally is a voice of purpose. It simply felt like such a full-circle second.

Cobra Kai, Season 5, Streaming now, Netflix