In conjunction with the premiere of the fifth season of Cobra Kai, several cast members of the show gathered to talk about the series with Netflix. During the conversation, Mary Mauser briefly touched on the rivalry that has long shared her character, Samantha LaRusso, and Tori Nichols (Peyton List). Specifically, Mauser admitted that she was relieved to see Tori and Samantha finally start to put aside their differences in the fifth season of Cobra Kai, noting, “It was hard to hate [Peyton].”
Mauser went on to reveal that he and Liszt actually have a pretty friendly relationship in real life. The Cobra Kai star noted that she and Liszt actually “hang out” when they’re not filming the show, telling Netflix they even got into the habit of “going to karaoke nights together.” Mauser also told the streaming service that he and Liszt often hang out together at Ralph Macchio’s birthday parties.
In other words, it’s safe to say that List and Mauser developed a good relationship during the time they filmed Cobra Kai together. Luckily, in the season 5 finale of Cobra Kai, Tori and Sam take the first steps towards becoming friends, which means their characters’ relationship is finally better reflecting the one Leaf and Mauser share in real life. .