Joshua Jackson plays Peter Bishop on the hit FOX television show Fringe and took some time out of his busy shooting schedule for season two to chat with us about the new season and answer a number of questions from a variety of sites and publications. The season two opener aired on Thursday, September 17, the same day we spoke with Jackson.
The season opener starts with one heck of an entry and I have to say I was definitely engaged. Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is in one heck of an odd car crash and recovers in a hospital bed throughout most of the episode. We spend a good deal of time learning about new FBI team member Agent Jessup (Meghan Markle) and her perceptions of Fringe Division even as Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick) is fighting to keep Fringe Division open. The biggest surprise was with agent Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo) meeting an untimely end. I read elsewhere that Acevedo may be leaving the series this year. I think his calm demeanor and sense of humor will be missed on the show.
While speaking with Jackson, he seemed genuinely engaged by the questions and happy to talk about the show. His enthusiasm provided a great backdrop to the interview and rubbed off on many of the people on the call.
When asked what he enjoyed more — when an episode has a lot of action, fighting, or racing around; when there are crazy science elements involved; or when he's doing a scene with the cow — Jackson replied that what he really enjoys is keeping the dynamic between Peter and Walter (John Noble) growing:
"The cow’s a diva; it’s a little known fact. She’s not very giving. I don’t know that I have a particular favorite. I think if I did any one of those things too much each one would become boring in their way. The hope is to try and balance those things out as much as possible, if not in every episode, in every couple of episodes. I would tell you that the thing I spend the time thinking about is trying to keep the dynamic between Peter and Walter truthful and growing, but the beauty of being on a television show is that you get to do a little bit of everything all the time."
He also seems very aware of the craziness of the series from one episode to the next. Fringe science deals with some very intriguing, but not mainstream concepts.