"I'm a big fan of sci-fi anyway. So, I'm probably blinded to any possibilities of it not doing well. Because this is exactly the kind of show that I'd watch, even if I wasn't in it. You know?" ― Mark JacksonMark Jackson is an English writer and actor who plays the Kaylon crew member Isaac in The Orville.
Mark Jackson is an accomplished actor who has performed in British Television such as That Peter Kay Thing and The Royal Today. He has also performed in short projects Peppermint as well as the The Kissing Booth.
He describes himself as a "huge fan" of science fiction, having read it since he was a child.
Jackson was cast in The Orville December 8, 2016 after a "fairly straightforward audition process" in London, England where he read Isaac's lines. Orville executives enjoyed Jackson's performance and twice attempted to send him to Los Angeles, California, for screen tests, but both attempts fell through for unknown reason. Regardless, Jackson was hired anyway on the basis of his single audition tape. He moved to Los Angeles shortly after receiving the part, and co-star Scott Grimes (Gordon Malloy) helped him move into his new apartment.
As a United Kingdom citizen, the producers had to write lengthy, extensive petitions to the State Department for Jackson's entry into the United States. Jackson later recollected the first time he met the director of the first episode, Jon Favreau, who said, "You're Mark? You would not believe the letter I had to write for you, so don't be shit." After filming of Old Wounds concluded, Favreau approached Jackson anew to tell him, "You weren't shit."
During the first table read of the show Jackson felt overwhelmed once he realized that he was one of the only actors not to know MacFarlane personally. He calls the experience of playing Isaac "immensely liberating" because he can set his ego aside while portraying a character behind a mask.
- Mark Jackson is the only member of the main cast to have not yet had his likeness portrayed in the series. Always wearing a full body suit to mimic Isaac's Kaylon form.
- Interview with Zoe Hewitt of AfterBuzz TV
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "THE ORVILLE Exclusive Seth MacFarlane & Cast Interviews - #SDCC 2017". JoBlo TV Show Trailers. July 23, 2017.
- ↑ Description of the audition from "Episode123 - LIVE from the Paley Fest Blue Carpet feat. The Orville & Mom casts". On the Mic with Tim Drake. March 27, 2018. Location citation from "THE ORVILLE Exclusive Seth MacFarlane & Cast Interviews - #SDCC 2017". JoBlo TV Show Trailers. July 23, 2017.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Mark Jackson Interview | AfterBuzz TV's Spotlight On". AfterBuzz TV. Sept. 13, 2017.
- ↑ "Episode123 - LIVE from the Paley Fest Blue Carpet feat. The Orville & Mom casts". On the Mic with Tim Drake. March 27, 2018.