September 25, 2023
Why Schitt’s Creek’s Eugene Levy is a ‘reluctant’ traveler



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He famously performed a motel co-owner in “Schitt’s Creek” and has been in a position to journey all around the world all through his appearing profession, which spans 5 many years.

However Canadian star Eugene Levy freely admits that he’s “not keen on touring” in any respect, describing himself as extra of “the nice indoors sort of man.”

“I don’t hate it. [Hate] is a really robust phrase,” Levy tells CNN Journey. “However I don’t actually like it.”

The Emmy winner is regularly pressured out of his consolation zone in his newest TV undertaking “The Reluctant Traveler,” an eight-episode Apple TV+ journey collection that follows Levy as he hesitantly travels to locations like Finland, Costa Rica, South Africa and Tokyo.

Well-known for his deadpan supply, Levy makes no try to even fake that he’s getting any enjoyment out of lots of the experiences, which contain going dog-sledding, visiting the rainforest and even taking a stool pattern from an elephant.

Why Schitt’s Creek’s Eugene Levy is a ‘reluctant’ traveler

He describes an evening hike by the Costa Rican rainforest as one of many “least nice” moments captured for the cameras, explaining that “the creepy crawly facet” was notably off placing.

“I might by no means have completed that [a night hike through the rainforest] in one million years,” he says. “However I’m doing this to have the ability to strive issues I wouldn’t have tried and kind an opinion. And I did kind an opinion and what: didn’t prefer it. Wouldn’t do it once more.”

So how did somebody who says they’d “fairly keep at dwelling” than go on any kind of wild journey journey find yourself fronting a journey present?

In response to Levy, the thought took place when he was approached to seem in a extra typical journey collection and determined to clarify to producers precisely why he was absolutely the worst particular person for the job.

“They mentioned, ‘That’s it. That’s the present,’” he explains, earlier than stressing that he’s conscious that with the ability to go to locations that many individuals may solely dream of is “type of a terrific job,” and he feels fortunate to have been in a position to do it.

“Eight billion folks would kill to be doing this,” he says. “However there’s an honesty about with the ability to say, ‘I actually didn’t take pleasure in that.’

“The place most individuals, I believe, wouldn’t say that, as a result of they really feel it’s not essentially a really optimistic factor to say.”

He hopes that ”The Reluctant Traveler” will enchantment to folks like him in addition to “extra seasoned vacationers.”

Levy, pictured while visiting the Maldives, admits that he's not

“I believe there’s lots of people on the market who will have a look at me up there and simply type of see me as a kindred spirit,” he says.

Nonetheless, Levy admits that he loved visiting Finland way over he anticipated to, and located the out of doors actions, notably driving a canine sled group throughout a frozen lake, as “exhilarating.”

“It was plenty of enjoyable,” he says. “I did love that. Ice fishing: didn’t take care of it. Wouldn’t need to do it once more.”

Whereas he additionally had a good time in each Lisbon and the Maldives, Levy doubts that he’ll ever be ready to do the 20-hour or so flight from Los Angeles as a way to go to the latter once more.

Levy, who performed Noah Levenstein, Jim Levenstein’s dad, in “American Pie,” was accompanied by his actress daughter Sarah Levy whereas filming a few of the episodes of the present, which premieres on February 24, whereas his spouse Deborah Divine additionally got here out to affix him.

He explains that Divine, in addition to Sarah and his son Dan Levy, who each starred alongside him in “Schitt’s Creek,” like to “get out and see new issues and take a look at new issues” whereas he “type of lags behind a bit.”

“I want I could possibly be setting a greater instance,” he admits. “However hey, that’s dad.”

In response to Levy, “laying out on a seashore chair” within the French Riviera or Hawaii whereas sipping on a cool drink is “extra up my alley.”

“You don’t must be transferring, transferring, transferring, seeing one thing, touring right here, ensuring you see this,” he explains.

“Gotta get there now, as a result of it closes at 5 p.m. There’s plenty of operating round that I don’t take pleasure in [about traveling] however put me in a beautiful seashore chair with nothing to do however simply chill. That’s not a nasty journey.”

Levy particularly enjoyed his time in Lisbon, one of a number of destinations he visits during his new travel series.

Levy is especially keen on Italy, declaring that “you possibly can’t get a nasty meal” there, in addition to New York, the place he additionally enjoys the culinary delights, in addition to “simply strolling round.”

“[I] don’t want an inventory of a dozen issues that I’ve to do right here,” he provides.

So has visiting a lot of locations he had no real interest in going to, and making an attempt issues he “would by no means remotely have thought-about doing,” made Levy a much less reluctant traveler?

The quick reply to that might be “no.” However he notes that he’s “opening as much as the concept you may need to drive your self to get out and go to a few of these locations that you simply won’t have gone to.”

“I believe on the core, between individuals who love touring and exploring and completely can’t wait to get out and discover new nations, new terrains and new cultures and no matter it’s. They get enthusiastic about it,” he provides.

“And I don’t. That’s simply the distinction. It’s not a lot that you simply hate to do one thing. It’s simply the query of, ‘the place’s the enjoyment issue?’”

And though Levy stresses that there’s little likelihood of him deciding to go mountaineering within the Himalayas any time quickly, he believes that he’s changing into a extra enlightened particular person by taking up completely different experiences, nonetheless reluctantly which may be.

“When you have been to ask me, ‘what’s the one place on the earth you need to get to?’ I might say, ‘I don’t have that location.’

“I’m nonetheless not enamored with touring. However not less than I’m keen to offer it a go.”