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Stephanie Beatriz: Samoa Joe Is ‘Absolutely F*cking Terrifying’ As Sweet Tooth

Stephanie Beatriz can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store on Twisted Metal.

Beatriz (Encanto, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) portrays a mute woman named Quiet in Peacock’s Twisted Metal series which is based on the popular video game. She has done voiceover work in the past, but Quiet has to rely on body language and mannerisms most of the time.

Beatriz spoke with WrestleZone* and said this role was a good challenge and she relished the opportunity to create emotional beats without speaking.

“That’s a great question. I don’t know that it was a challenge in a way of like, ‘Ahh, I have to ‘insert grumble here.’’ It wasn’t that kind of challenge, it was the kind of challenge that I was excited by because so much storytelling happens on film in movement, facial expression, physicality,” she explained. “To use [Samoa] Joe as an example, he plays Sweet Tooth, the physicality that he brings to that character, you know who that person is right off the bat from that silhouette, but the way he moves within that silhouette.

“For me playing Quiet and not being able to talk, there’s a lot you can do. There’s a lot of story you can tell with your face,” Beatriz added. “There’s quite a bit of emotion slash comedy that you can get out of not saying a word at all.”

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Smile For The Camera

Beatriz spoke more in detail about working with Samoa Joe, the current ROH World Television Champion. Samoa Joe is a wonderful person off-screen, but she put over how exceptional he was at bringing the physical embodiment of Sweet Tooth to life.

“I love Joe, I think he’s a doll. He’s a really, really lovely person, like a great human, dad, husband. I think he’s absolutely fucking terrifying in that costume and mask,” she stated. “He puts that mask on and he just becomes Sweet Tooth. It’s horrifying and fantastic to see at the same time. You’re just watching this incredible transformation take place in front of you. There was a day where Anthony [Mackie, who plays John Doe], and I had a scene with Joe and he had to do this very physical, special effects thing with a big prop that was going to have to break.

“We only had two. Everyone on set is nervous that he’s not [going to make it work]. Joe gets up there, there’s a complicated camera move and Joe does everything perfectly the first time. Perfect. Perfect! He finishes, and everyone bursts into applause. Joe’s like, ‘Oh well, I messed up this little [part]…’ Joe’s such a fantastic perfectionist. He’s so good at what he does,” Beatriz added. “His physical presence just adds so much to the character. I think fans of the game are going to be so happy when they see how his character develops over the season.”

All ten episodes of Twisted Metal will be available to stream on Peacock on Thursday, July 27.

*This interview was recorded prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike