I wished to speak a bit of bit about your audition in your position. When do you know within the course of who precisely you have been taking part in, when it comes to the character’s parentage?
Through the preliminary audition, I did not have a clue, actually. I used to be given some pseudonym, some working title, one thing that was linked to one of many producers. But additionally, you understand who was concerned, so fairly rapidly you learn between the traces. As soon as there was curiosity, my agent advised me what was actually occurring, after which I had actually prolonged chats with [“Picard” season 3 showrunner] Terry Matalas about what was going to happen, who this position was, and the importance.
Once you came upon explicitly, how did you put together for that? Did you take a look at Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden’s previous performances of the characters? Did you attempt to seize some other mannerisms? How did you’re taking that and convey it into your character?
Yeah, I imply, I did assess sure issues. I used to be given a protracted checklist of episodes from “The Subsequent Era” to return and watch, and I used to be given very particular movies to go and watch, however that wasn’t essentially with the mindset of, “I must emulate sure mannerisms and create one thing that is already been there.” I really feel that I used to be given some free rein as a result of the character had the posh of getting no affiliation together with his father. On account of that, that gave me the chance to make my very own mark.
That stated, the scripts have been very enriching and allowed me to choose moments to point out, really, that there are similarities between these two particularly, between Jack and Picard. They’re fairly totally different characters, however there are particular issues they do — there is a fearlessness to each of them. There’s an actual grounded ethical compass understanding of making an attempt to do the correct factor. The one distinction is Picard has the safety of Starfleet. Jack will at all times do it in a bit extra of a rock-and-roll nature. He’ll ruffle feathers as a way to get what he desires. And perhaps that comes a bit of bit extra of Beverly coming into him there. Beverly introduces additionally a barely extra delicate facet; she’s a really sturdy girl, however I really feel that she desires to assist others. She’s a physician, and I really feel that want to assist others and see one of the best in others is one thing that Jack inherits as properly.