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"Falling Skies" Mason Brothers Reunite In Japan For A Family Vacation

2013年8月6日
Drew Roy (left), Connor JessupDrew Roy (left), Connor Jessup
In July 2013, Drew Roy and Connor Jessup from the megahit series "Falling Skies" were in Japan together to promote the Blu-ray/DVD release of the show’s second season. TVGroove was blessed with an exclusive interview with the good-looking TV siblings and learned how this trip was originally supposed to be strictly "family" and what they think of their on-screen father, Noah Wiley.


TVGroove: Drew, I think this is your first visit to Japan. What was your first impression?

Drew Roy: Yes, this is my first visit and this is my first full day. First impression was, jet lag is serious.

Connor Jessup: Which is funny because you didn’t seem jet lagged.

Drew: Yeah, ’cause yesterday we actually got around. We went to dinner, we walked around town a little bit, and I thought I was fine but then when I woke up this morning and I actually felt like what you’re supposed to feel like and refreshed, I thought, "Oh man, I was a walking zombie last night."


TVG: Connor, we’ve heard you say how much you like Japan so we take it you’ve been here a couple of times?

Connor: Yes, two years ago I was here for a month traveling around. And this trip, I’ve been here since May.


TVG: What do you like about Japan?

Connor: All of it. When I was little, or littler, I fell in love from a distance with Japanese film and anime and manga -- very talented popular culture. So I’d always wanted to come here, I’ve always had a sort of ineffable fascination.

And then a couple of years ago, I got the chance to come and travel around and see different parts of the country and meet a lot of different people. I find you get a feeling when you go to a country for the first time -- you either respond to it or you don’t. And I responded very powerfully.


TVG: I believe there is a Japanese expert on the show, Peter Shinkoda (his mother was born Japanese). Did you discuss this visit with him before you came?

Drew: I remember when he went to Japan. I remember following him on Twitter and seeing his pictures of Sapporo doing all this drinking and just having a ball. I hang out with Shinkoda relatively often back in Los Angeles and back when he was on the show, before we unfortunately lost Dai, we had many a good times. I can only imagine what it would be like having Peter Shinkoda in Tokyo and partying with him. I’m sure it would be fantastic.


TVG: On the show, you two are brothers and you have quite a tight bond, but off the set, how do you guys really get along?

Drew: I feel like I’m in prison right now having to sit this close to him. It’s brutal.

Connor: For the next eight days on this vacation we have together, I’m going to be locked in the same room with him. It’s torture. Just pure torture.

No, we’re really good friends. We’ve gotten more friendly and more friendly and closer and closer every year. We tape auditions together, when I’m in LA I stay at his apartment, we go to dinner, we all go to movies together. We’re really good friends.

Drew: And this trip actually started out purely as me coming to visit him because he’s staying here. It was only once my publicist, managers and agents found out that I was coming over here that they thought, "Oh, let’s let everybody in Japan know so we can do a press day." So we’re close enough to travel together.

Connor: We vacation together.

Drew: Yes we do.



TVG: So what are some of the things you like about each other and some not so much and wish the other would do something about?

Connor: Why don’t you go first?

Drew: Let’s see. We’ll start with the positive. Well, when we’re in Vancouver, we really don’t know that many people so starting in the beginning, you really have to get to know the people around you just to be able to have somebody to hang out with. I think we bonded over many dinners and playing video games -- just doing things friends/TV brothers would do in general. So, on top of serving the purpose of having a friend, we were building that chemistry of brothers as well.

As far as what I don’t like about Connor... I don’t like the fact that he’s 19 years old and still doesn’t have a driver’s license. Blasphemy!

Connor: What I like about Drew. Short list.

Work aside, because that’s obvious, he is a really loyal, nice guy. We get auditions often, last minute -- like our agents will send us something and say, "Can you have this on tape tomorrow?" You have to prep for it and it takes a lot of work but if I phoned Drew and said, "Sorry man, last minute. Can you come over in half an hour and help me tape this audition?" He’s always there even though it’s not his audition and puts a hundred percent of himself into it. That’s what friends are there for, I guess.

What I don’t like about Drew is that whenever we go into a bar every girl looks at him. It’s not fair.


TVG: Bar in Canada, right?

Connor: Yes, bar in Canada where it’s legal. Or, it doesn’t have to be a bar, it could be anywhere.

If you look at our show, (to Drew) what’s your count now? You’ve had Jessy and Sarah and... Every single female character on the show falls for him at some point or another.

Drew: Even that guest star, Tessa...

Connor: You’ve had guest stars? It’s unfair. I get to have scenes with Skitters.

Drew: In season 3, they got me taking the shirt off. It just gets ridiculous.


TVG: Season 4 has been officially confirmed. What do you think is the key to the series becoming a long-run hit?

Connor: I think we presented an interesting unique look at the genre that we’re in, which is that we’re an alien invasion show which takes place after the invasion. Most alien invasion fiction takes place during or before the invasion. You see "Independence Day," "V," and all these movies and shows about war of the worlds but this show answers the question of what would happen if it went on. I think that arouses people’s attention and curiosity.

We also have elements like Steven Spielberg involved and Noah Wiley‌ involved and a great cast and a nice balance of young and old people... Older people. (jeering from Drew)

In all the departments we balance things well. We have a nice balance of sci-fi and genre elements for the more otaku fans. We have drama and developed characters and more mature thematic plot lines for the older audience. We have a pretty broad appeal.


TVG: You mentioned Noah Wiley but what is he like in person? And what’s it like to work with him?

Connor: I do all these interviews and we talk about Noah so much and I only have positive things to say. I’d list adjectives and it can go on and on.

As an actor, he is incredibly talented, incredibly experienced, and incredibly giving. When you’re in a scene with him, you feel like you need to, without even having him say anything, try and push yourself up to something like his level just because he does operate in a higher hemisphere.

As a person, acting and work aside, he’s incredibly intelligent, incredibly interesting, well-read, beautiful storyteller -- he’s just a fascinating person. I think for all of us, especially the younger cast members, he takes on an almost parental role. In the same way that we’ve become somewhat brotherly (pointing to Drew), he’s become somewhat fatherly.

I could talk more but I would just be repeating myself.


TVG: Your show shares some similarities with another hit series "The Walking Dead" being that they both are about the survival of mankind. Do you watch it? Think of it as a competitor?

Connor: Speaking for myself, I think "The Walking Dead" is a wonderful show. I’ve read a fair number of the graphic novels that are out. The TV shows I’m not completely caught up but I’ve watched quite a bit of it and it’s really really strong. We don’t feel any sense of competition with them but we’re happy to see good TV because if there’s good TV it means that more good TV will get made. That’s always a good thing.

Although, on another note, I would say that zombies are very easy compared to aliens. Zombies, what do they do? They walk around slowly... like, come on, get over it.

Drew: You can smell them coming. That’s so easy.

Connor: Stop complaining. Zombies don’t shoot at you.

 
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