Joshua Jackson “Fringe” Interview
By Abbie Bernstein
Joshua Jackson describes his visit to 2012 Comic-Con and his subsequent meeting with the press at the 2012 summer Television Critics Association tour as his “victory lap.” Jackson has spent five seasons playing Peter Bishop on FRINGE, the Fox series created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. In that time, Peter has reconciled with his mad scientist father Walter Bishop, played by John Noble. Then Peter learned that he’s actually from an alternate universe, the son of an alternate Walter (also played by Noble), but kidnapped as a child by this universe’s Walter when his own Peter had died. Then Peter fell for Fringe Division FBI agent Olivia Dunham, played by Anna Torv, and her alternate universe self. In order to save both universes, Peter put himself in a machine that caused him to never have existed – but he fought himself back into existence. Now he, Olivia and Walter are in 2036, fighting to save the world from the Observers.
It’s not every role that let’s an actor do all that (in fact, no other role comes immediately to mind). Jackson, a native of Vancouver, B.C., who originally rose to fame as Pacey on six seasons of DAWSON’S CREEK and in the big-screen MIGHTY DUCKS franchise, is well aware of this. He’s also well aware that, due to the Nielsen ratings, a fifth season of FRINGE was in doubt, and that the Fox network took the passion of the show’s fans into consideration when deciding to order a final thirteen episodes to wrap up the storyline.