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Jarod Joseph Talks Working on the Hot New Shows ARROW and ROGUE

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Arrow, Rogue on May 15, 2013 at 11:55 am
Jarod Joseph

Jarod Joseph

For a young, upcoming actor working on one hot TV show is the dream – but getting to work on six within one year is an abundance of riches.  So actor Jarod Joseph is having a hell of a year having had the pleasure of working on ARROW, ROGUE, ONCE UPON A TIME, FRINGE, THE L.A. COMPLEX and the CBS pilot BACKSTROM. In an exclusive interview, Jarod talked about getting his first real break as a series regular in the DirecTV drama series ROGUE and some of his favorite memories from working on ARROW and FRINGE.
This past year looks to have been a busy year for you. What are you currently working on?
JAROD:  I finished ROGUE last November and started work on ARROW, of which I’ve done 3 episodes of at this point and the finale for that airs this next Thursday.  I also shot a pilot with Rainn Wilson from THE OFFICE called BACKSTROM, which is hopefully going to get picked up by CBS.  Though I did a guest appearance on BACKSTROM and I probably wouldn’t be back, but you never know.  It’s a strong show and I think it should be on TV.

Jarod Joseph

Jarod Joseph

On ROGUE, you played Detective Nicholas Fleming. What did you like about portraying that character?

JAROD:  It’s cool. He starts out as a young, excitable, spunky detective in the Oakland P.D.  He’s really by-the-book in a traditional sense and he wants more responsibility but the higher ups are reluctant to give it to him.  But as you watch as the season unfolds, he gets a little bit more over his head.  It was nice to play that because of the growth.  The character is not really defined by the first or last episode, so there was a lot of room to grow, which I enjoyed doing; and it was cool for me to get more responsibility script-wise.
ROGUE certainly is dark and twisty. You just never know where it’s going to go.
JAROD:  Absolutely.  It’s darker that’s for sure.  There’s no rules on that show.  It’s one of the few that doesn’t have any rules.



Did you find it inspiring to work with other actors like Thandie Newton and Marton Csokas?

JAROD:  It’s crazy. I’ve always said that Thandie is a huge inspiration to me as an actor of color and as someone who has sustained a career as long as she has.  She’s someone I’ve watched my whole life, so to be on an even playing field for a bit was cool.  And Marton is going to stay a friend of mine, as is most of the cast. He and Ian Hart and everyone I worked with was awesome.
One of the things that surprised me about ROGUE is that it is very cinematic. Did you have any idea when you were working on it that it would turn out so visually strong?
JAROD:  I did. Our DP Kieran McGuigan was brought on because of the specific style that he had and the knack that he has for color.  He just has an out of the norm way of shooting things.  So we all pretty much trusted that it was going to look great.  I think it is the only show that has the tone that it has.  It has a very interesting tone and I think that they covered Vancouver very well.
It looks like they painted some of the episodes. It just looks very visually like its art. It has to be something to work on a show that wants to be more than just a procedural, it wants to be art.
JAROD:  Absolutely. I knew that from the get-go it was going to be in the same vein as the darker procedural shows of the past and I knew it was going to be stylistic. Just from the storyboards they had up before the characters were put in front of the camera and the outfits that they chose.  Everything was pretty meticulous.



Were you surprised by any of the twists in the ROGUE storyline?

JAROD: Definitely.  I got stuff that involved me that I had no idea was coming and I’d read it and think, “Really?! That’s what you’re doing to me?!”  It’s pretty cool.  I liked the unpredictability.
Like after the episode where they beheaded a couple of people and you probably started thinking, “That’s not going to happen to me, is it?!”
JAROD:  (Laughs) Exactly. Matthew Parkhill was very private.  He would say, “Here’s the script. Here’s what we’re doing” and it was like, “Okay, cool.”
hat can you tease about what’s upcoming for the last couple episodes of the season of ROGUE?
JAROD:  Everything will be answered. I’ll say that much.  It’s not really one of those shows that is going to leave you hanging until an entirely new season.  It’s going to be positioned in a way that it’s going to have new people in the forefront and some people sent down, I guess you could say.
What’s going on with ARROW? What was the most recent episode you worked on?
JAROD:  Episode 22 and 23, the finale.  There’s some closure to come.
This last episode (Episode 22) was off the hook and we’ve heard it gets even more intense.  What role did you play in the finale?
JAROD:  You can kind of see where it is going with my position. I played a hostage in Episode 15 and it was revealed that by Oliver not releasing me that he made the correct decision because I turn out to be a bad guy.  I work with fires. And we’re going to just continue where we left off in terms of the flashbacks and we’ll see who makes it out alive.
We’re a little worried that there’s going to be a bulls-eye on some familiar faces in the finale.
JAROD:  (Laughs) People have got to go down – and people are going down.

Jarod Joseph

Jarod Joseph

What has it been like for you to work on ARROW?

JAROD:  It’s like any other show that has been on where it has a rapport and a kind of system that they work on.  You just kind of want to show up and blend in.  Everyone was very gracious.  But there’s designated roles and a procedure to follow.  It’s not that militant as it sounds, but overall it was very neat.
Between ROGUE and ARROW, those are intense shows with a lot of physicality. Did you get to participate in that and jump into the fray?
JAROD: Yeah. We did gun training at the beginning of ROGUE with Thandie and Marton and Josh [Sasse]. Thandie knocked us out of the park. We were terrible; she was great.  But we did all terrains so that when we shoot that nothing is TV-cop. We wanted to hold the guns they way they really hold it and all that stuff. But in terms of the action, I had to recommend that I wanted to do a lot of my own stuff.  So I definitely get into the mix there.
Is that a preference when you’re looking at a role? That you look for ones that a little more physical.
JAROD:  Not necessarily.  I like roles that are human.  If it is a guy in a fight, then I like to do as much of it as possible.  If it’s a guy that is spilling something, I want to spill it.  So it is not necessarily the action aspect, but I definitely want to bring it to life as much as I can.  I like storytelling and I like the human aspect of it.
You have done such a variety of roles in the past year.  How do you choose your roles?  
JAROD:  The selection process for me at this point is once in a while you get something you really dig and you put it on tape and you cross your fingers. I just happen to be getting some cool roles. Most of them that I’ve crossed my fingers for I’ve been getting. So I’m just really fortunate to be this young and to be doing such diverse work. It doesn’t always happen that way, so I’m pretty lucky.

"Once Upon A Time"

“Once Upon A Time”

You have also been playing a recurring role on ONCE UPON A TIME.  Are you going to do more in future?

JAROD:  I have no idea.  I never have any idea. I only find out days before.  It was like that for FRINGE and pretty much everything I’ve ever done where I would only find out a few days before.
As fans would probably want to know, what was your favorite memory from working on FRINGE?
JAROD:  Talking with Josh Jackson.  We’d be talking between takes a little bit about making it as a Canadian actor.  He had such great fortune at such a young age and he grinded it out. So I wanted his point of view since he is such a success story.  Those were invaluable moments. They weren’t extensive, but I’ll take them with me. It’s great advice that you can’t get anywhere else. So talking with Josh was great.

"The L.A. Complex"

“The L.A. Complex”

Of your more recent work, what have you loved best? What made you think, “I just loved that and I can’t wait to do that again”?

JAROD:  ROGUE.  It as my first series regular position will always stick with me. The naiveté that I had coming on board and the discovery that I had as an actor towards the end.  And the comfort that I got with each episode was probably the most valuable thing that I’ve experienced.  So I’m proud of the season we have and I hope people like it.
Sounds like you’re on a real lucky-streak and you’re having a lot of fun.
JAROD:  (Laughs) That’s exactly what’s going on.  I couldn’t have written this better. This is crazy.
To see what is next for Jarod in the dark, twisty world of ROGUE, be sure to tune in for all new episodes on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on DirecTV.  You can also catch him in the epic season finale of ARROW on Wednesday, May 15th at 8:00 p.m. on the CW.  (And with a little more luck we’ll see a bit more of him as Billy on ONCE UPON A TIME in some fun flashbacks next season.)
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Saying Goodbye to FRINGE: One Last Fight For The Future

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Events, * Interviews, * Showcases, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, Fringe on January 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm


The time has come to say goodbye and FRINGE fans across the globe are preparing for a teary-eyed finale. It won’t matter if it is a happy ending or a sad ending for our heroes, it will be just hard to say farewell to characters that become like family. Will Friday nights ever be the same again without Walter, Peter, Olivia, Astrid and Broyles? Will it be enough to know that somewhere out there a “fringe” division exists and they are working diligently to save the universe or multiple universes from mad scientists, wormholes, dark matter, converging timelines and much, much more?

When it came time for the cast and producers of FRINGE to say goodbye to the fans at last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, there was not a dry eye in the room. Even the normally impervious press were not untouched by the extreme emotion displayed that day.

So recently when the FRINGE Benefit event was held at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, it was similarly emotional. Attending to say one final goodbye were executive producer J.H. (Joel) Wyman and star Lance Reddick. They even took a few minutes to share a few last minute memories and final words for the fans:

J.H. Wyman:

Lance Reddick:

All along FRINGE has promised that it will deliver answers and which will not leave its fans hanging wondering what might have been; yet it is impossible to not suspect that, even after the end, whether we will wonder for years to come the final fates of our FRINGE heroes. Could they be living wondrous lives out there, somewhere? We certainly hope so. It is too painful to imagine that they would not be having more adventures – in our dreams at least.

The only thing for certain is that the 2-hour epic series finale of FRINGE, which airs Friday, January 18th at 8:00 p.m. on Fox, should not be missed. It is time to conquer the Observers and return the world to those who truly deserve it. It is one last fight for the future and we are certain that Walter, Olivia, Peter, Astrid and Broyles have one last trick up their sleeves – and with a twirl of one last red vine, Walter shall vanquish the Observes once and for all. That’s the FRINGE we know and love. So raise a glass and celebrate with them. The time has come to say goodbye. So long and farewell, long live FRINGE!


“Fun candid photos and video interviews with the cast of FRINGE at San Diego Comic-Con (2012)”

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Jill Scott Talks About Her Dream-Come-True Role on FRINGE

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Fringe on December 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

With FRINGE counting down its final episodes to its series finale, this is the last chance for actors to make a special appearance on the show. Clamoring to be one of those privileged few is guest-star Jill Scott, who was delighted to get a role on FRINGE before it ended. In a recent press conference call, Jill previewed her new character Simone and shared what she loves about FRINGE.

Can you about your new character and the part she’s going to play in FRINGE?

JILL: Her name is Simone and she’s a quiet warrior. She’s sort of an oracle of someone who can foresee the future. There is an integral part of Olivia’s quest, and Simone has an intuition about how to help her on her quest.

How did you get the part of Simone?

JILL: Well, at first I asked for it. FRINGE is one of my favorite television shows from its inception. I absolutely love all of the science fiction of it, the mystery of it, the science in it. The characters are wonderful and so rich. Walter, of course, is my absolute favorite, and I had met with pretty much every company, television broadcast company in America. I kept saying these are the kinds of shows that I want to be involved in. I just put the word out there and, of course, I asked for it. I believe in saying things out loud, and I had FRINGE, so I asked

Because you are such a huge fan of the show, what does it mean to you to be a part of the final season?

JILL: I wish it wasn’t the final season. I’m really upset about that. It means a lot to me, just simply because putting those kinds of requests into the universe and having it come back to you is again is another confirmation personally. The show and the quality of the show, the writing is splendid. The vocabulary is just delicious. I mean any one that enjoys X-FILES or shows like that where you’re on the edge of your seat and you’re so invested in these characters for any one like me who’s grown up watching STAR TREK and X-FILES and reading Edgar Allen Poe and enjoying the darker side of things as well as the light, this was a dream come true. I wish I wanted more powers. I mean to be able to see into the future is pretty incredible or to have an intuition about things like that is pretty awesome, but I definitely wish I had something growing out of me.

Can you tell us a little bit about your experience working with this cast and with these writers?

JILL: I was waiting for that moment to work with [Leonard Nimoy]. Ever since I heard his line, he said something about he skeeted a little when he was in the backseat of a car and he peed on himself just a little out of excitement, I knew that this was a show that I wanted to be involved in. I did not get a chance to see him and I’m hoping to. I need the show to go a little longer just so that I can meet him.

What was the challenge for you in getting ready for this role?

JILL: I had a lot of wild expectations and hopes for my character. When I found out who she really was based on my conversations with Dennis, the director, based on those conversations, I had to adjust her quickly. She is a hard worker and a leader and lives pretty much in a state of exhaustion. The cold — just as a human being — the cold was sincere. It’s on location. I understand where I was going. The challenge was having to readdress her, because I had so many ideas, because this is FRINGE, and I had so many ideas of who this person was. The redirection on her was my challenge; having to do an about face was my challenge.

We saw from a clip that your character meets with Olivia first. Did you have any scenes with any of the other characters?

JILL: No, I did not. . . [Olivia’s] exactly what I thought she was. The character is smart and lovely and strong, and it honestly bugged me out because this is a show that I genuinely enjoy and there’s Olivia being all of those things right in front of my face. I let those things go because it’s time to work, but I was thoroughly geeked. My inner child is jumping up and down like “Yes!” It was a pretty incredible moment.

When you first got there and started to work, was there maybe something like on set or something you saw that because you’re such a fan made you geek out?

JILL: Well, I never have had to use any kind of futuristic products or any kind of future apparati. I’ve never had to do anything like that before, so all of a sudden there’s this screen that I have to use — what else can I call it — it’s a 3D scanner thingy that I have to know how to use. That was really, really cool.

You’re also a very accomplished musician. Were you able to use any of those musical skills during your guest spot on FRINGE?

JILL: No, Simone is not a singer. Simone is an emoter. She’s a quiet, strong- willed, focused in a sense maybe even a freedom fighter. She’s a big part of the resistance and she doesn’t sing. She works and she’s a hustler, too. She makes ways to finance her community.

What do you think about the direction for this last season of what’s happening with them in the future? Then, do you have a favorite episode or a favorite moment from the show aside from the episode that you’ve done?

JILL: Oh man, let’s see. Favorite episode, I always go back to the episode when Walter gets out of the mental institution and where he’s sitting in the back seat of the car and he says he skeeted a little. I never forgot it. I thought that that was just so free, such free writing and his acting was just impeccable. I liked the episodes when the guy was living … was living inside of Olivia. I enjoyed the episode where—oh boy, there are so many. I should know this off the top of my head. Let me think. Let me think, the episode where, oh, I love when Walter had a cow in his office in the lab. I couldn’t understand that. I thought that was great. The reason that I love the show is that I never know what to expect. I never know what Walter is going to say. I love that he’s obsessed with food. I love that he’s mad and a genius. I prefer him a mad genius.

What do you think it is about FRINGE that really continues to make it such a fan favorite show?

JILL: I think it’s the writing. I do. I think it’s how intelligent and how realistic everything is without looking overly manufactured. I think human beings will always still really enjoy using our imaginations and FRINGE allows you to do that. It’s slightly scary and believable. There just might be an alternate universe. There just might be people on the other side that are like us living a different life. The thought of that is pretty intriguing; that there are that people who can stop time and change their bodies, morph into someone else. And the conspiracy theories in it all, I think it just taps into our curiosity and makes us wonder and ponder. I think that’s the gist of the show, and like I said it is slightly scary. There are moments where I definitely grab the pillow or the blanket and gasp for breath.

To meet Jill’s new character Simone and to see what key piece to the final puzzle Simone provides, be sure to tune in tonight for an all new episode of FRINGE at 9:00 p.m. on Fox. The end is coming; don’t miss one second of it!

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