'The Orville' star Mark Jackson wishes to check-off Star Wars next; Is Jon Favreau listening?
Meaww spoke to Jackson about some behind-the-scenes tidbits, Isaac's origin story that will be uncovered in the coming season and the potential romance between Isaac and Alara
Seth Macfarlane's 'The Orville' is returning with season 2 on December 30 and us fans can hardly wait for what is to come. From all the information we have gathered so far, there is a lot to look forward to in the coming season, and giving us an inside scoop is U.S.S. Orville's artificial, non-biological Kaylon-1 representative who is also the science and engineering officer, Isaac aka Mark Jackson.
Meaww spoke to Jackson about some behind-the-scenes tidbits, Isaac's origin story that will be uncovered in the coming season and the potential romance between Isaac and Alara. Read on for edited excerpts from the interview:
Isaac is an integral and one of the most interesting characters on USS Orville. What does it mean for you to play this character?
It’s wonderful to see how Isaac’s been received from the first season. I thought he would go down well because he’s so weird. People love weird, and I’m no exception. Over the years, as hard as I’ve tried, I’ve never been cast as the everyman, and now I kind of like it. To the weird!
What makes Isaac so unique and loveable is his bluntness and fans have been promised a deeper look into Isaac’s history, his planet and his people. How excited were you about this and how satisfied are you with the outcome?
By the time this goes to print, I suspect we will have just finished. This is a big season for Isaac, and we do go to his home planet for the first time. What is incredible about Seth’s writing is that what you think Kaylon’s history will be is exactly what he doesn’t give you. Seth writes some big ideas, and it goes a huge way to coloring in Isaac’s character arc. I was very pleasantly shocked at what happens.
Is there any mild spoiler you can give us regarding the upcoming season?
Of course not. You want me written off the show?!
What are some of the adventures you would want to see the crew of USS Orville take part in next season?
Season three? Well, fingers crossed that we get it. Again, back to the writing on the show: the writers have responded brilliantly and incorporated current political and socioeconomic issues that are happening all around us. I suspect season three will hold a mirror up to the next six months, whatever they may bring.
Do you see a romantic future for Isaac and Alara – you know, after she is done working on herself?
Isaac? Romantic? Well, maybe he has it in him somewhere...
I assume you more or less live in the Isaac suit while shooting. How uncomfortable is it? Do the others taunt you, seeing as you are the only one who has to be in one?
No taunting; they’re all sweet as pie. To be honest, it’s not uncomfortable at all, and it’s so easy to take off I often go swimming on my lunch break. Kudos goes to cast members like Peter Macon who is often full Bortus for sixteen hours at a time. Now that’s graft.
What is it like being on the cast of a sci-fi show? Were you a fan of the OGs like Star Trek and Stars Wars growing up?
It’s a dream come true. I always wanted to be on Star Trek when I was a kid, teenager, and adult. In a weird sort of way, I suppose you could say I am because Seth has harnessed the magic of Next Generation in a way which has gone down very well with the Trekkies. I gobble up every Star Wars that comes out, and I’m super happy that Jon Favreau, who directed our pilot, is directing the TV series. Now if only he’d give me a part...
What is like working with Seth Macfarlane? How often does he regale the cast and crew with his many voices?
I think I’ve heard him do ‘the voices’ once or twice. He’s far too busy acting, writing, producing and directing for a bit of Peter Griffin on the side. Having said that, when he has a moment, it’s lovely to sit with a cup of coffee and shoot the breeze with him. As you can imagine, he has a pretty interesting life.
What is the set of ‘Orville’ like? Could you tell us funny/silly rituals you have behind the scenes?
The set is extraordinary. There are actually two, sometimes three, studio buildings full of sets. One houses the ship itself which is every geek’s dream to walk around. It’s easy to forget what time of day it is when you’re in there which is very similar to being in space I guess. We have such a kind and supportive crew that work tirelessly to make the show look as good as it does. They’re so professional that if there are any silly rituals going on, which I’m sure there are, you’d never know it.