The real star of US teen smash Dawson’s Creek tells BEN SLOAN why he’s ready to tread the boards in the West End
If you were a young, photogenic North American actor, the place to be in 2002 was the West End. Kenneth Lonergan’s slacker master class This is Our Youth saw Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Summer Phoenic and Hayden Christensen in its various casts, like a live equivalent of those ‘young Hollywood’ Vanity Fair covers.
‘I really wanted to do This Is Our Youth,’ says 26-year-old Joshua Jackson, slightly bearded and under cover of a baseball cap after rehearsal. ‘The ladies [producers Clare Lawrence and Anne Waterhouse] offered it to me twice. But because of the Dawson’s Creek schedule I always had to go shorten my rehearsal period, and I was too nervous about being on the West End to do that.’
In Italy to receive the Golden Graal award for Best International Actor – Joshua Jackson talks about his new movie Ti “Vengo a Prendere” – The Shadow Dancer, a delightful comedy with Harvey Keitel set in our country. Dawson’s Creek is way in his past, and the 28 years old actor is looking at the future and at two new movies ready to premiere in the USA: Aurora Borealis with Donald Sutherland and Emilio Estevez’s movie based on Robert Kennedy’s murder, simply called Bobby.
Ti “Vengo a Prendere” – The Shadow Dancer shows that the character who made you famous (Pacey) is – somewhat – very ‘far’…
You know him as Pacey from “Dawson’s Creek” but now 28-year-old actor Joshua Jackson wants us to know that, although he owes some of his success to that series, he’s grown up a lot and moved on. Josh is actually “moving on” with an old pal for whom he has great respect. Back in the early to mid-’90s, a very young Josh was one of The Mighty Ducks, a kid hockey team in films that was coached by ’80′s brat-packer Emilio Estevez. Now, Emilio is directing grown-up Josh in the political drama Bobby. Josh plays a insider, preppie campaign worker for the Bobby Kennedy presidential campaign in 1968. The role made Josh think more about our very different political world today.
Jackson looked very polished in a designer gray suit with gray and white stripe shirt and tie for our interview in Beverly Hills recently. He is also a very well-spoken actor who has no problem talking about his character, his director, research for the role and some confrontations with a very outspoken costume designer who made him think seriously about just what a young, well-educated guy would wear in the 1960′s. Check out Pacey grown up…
The IFA presents an exclusive interview with the amazing Joshua Jackson who’s film career began before he was a year old, when he appeared in The Changeling with George C. Scott.
Because Joshua Jackson was born in Canadian Hollywood — Vancouver — and his mother was a casting director, it’s no surprise that his film career began before he was a year old, when he appeared in The Changeling with George C. Scott. The blue-eyed actor is probably best known for his mercurial role of Pacey Witter on the popular TV series Dawson’s Creek, but he also has quite the cinematic resume. It includes starring as Charlie in all three Mighty Ducks films, playing Blaine Tuttle in Cruel Intentions, appearing in the Warner Bros. kids’ film Racing Stripes, and starring opposite Christina Ricci in the poorly marketed Cursed. Then there are his stage credits, foremost of which is his recent stint opposite Patrick Stewart in A Life in the Theater in London. Jackson has two big indies on the horizon, Aurora Borealis, in which he takes on the role of the troubled grandson of an aging infirm played by Donald Sutherland, and Bobby, which about to make its way to the Toronto Film Festival. Bobby centers on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and 22 people who were in the Ambassador Hotel at the time. It was written and directed by Emilio Estevez, who also stars. The luminous cast includes Laurence Fishburn, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Nick Cannon, Shia LeBeouf and Harry Belefonte, among others, so Jackson is in good company.
IFA caught up with Jackson shortly before the release of Aurora Borealis. He spoke about his most recent film, Canada, hockey, and big studio films vs. independents.