TV Fanatic shared their exclusive one-on-one with Fringe actor, Joshua Jackson, on a recent visit to the set of the FOX veteran series. The conversation explored Jackson’s portrayal as Peter towards his relationship with Olivia (Anna Torv) and daughter Etta (Georgina Haig).
Here’s a few excerpts from the said interview, watch out for spoilers on the way!
Is there a little bit more to that back story than we’ve seen in the premiere? Peter’s all about trying to be a better man than his father, but it also seems understandable that he would want to stay and look for his little girl.
Peter essentially committed the exact same sin his father did, which is a totally understandable … I mean, part of what was always so dynamic about the thing that Walter did wrong is, I think, just about any person — not even any parent — can understand why. He had lost his child and was given an opportunity to have his child back. You would have to be Jesus to say, “No, actually. That’s wrong.” So everybody gets that. And Peter, I think, in much the same fashion, wasn’t capable of processing that. And you know, I think he pushed everyone in his life away. He pushed Olivia away, I think, because he just couldn’t accept the idea that he wasn’t going to be able to fix this.
And having the family back together, now that they found Olivia in the premiere and Etta’s with them again, does that help Peter and Olivia’s relationship? Does that kind of mend some of the fractures?
You know we’ve been this damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t couple. And for Peter, damned-if-you-do a lot. But in an odd way, this year’s crisis for the family happens off-camera. The romantic and dramatic tension of will-they-or-won’t-they has been resolved. They’re married. They have a child. The loss of the child clearly did something bad to them in the off-camera portion that we don’t get to see between the end of season 4 and the beginning of season 5.
And so, yes, I think the … Putting the family back together definitely goes toward healing the rift. .
Awakening from amber into a dystopian future has to suck, but with that comes reuniting with Etta, which must soften the blow. What’s his drive now he has her?
Well, to answer the first part first, I think a utopia now without Etta, Peter would choose a dystopian future with Etta, right? I think that’s a much happier place for him to live. I don’t think that there’s any part of him that’s upset that … I mean, he’s been working in the Fringe Division. The shit’s been bad.
So I think for him, the fact that he has his child back, so what’s the drive? To not lose his child again. To have his wife and his child in his life, to be, to have his family back. That’s the theme that comes up quite often for him in the first couple episodes. This is, put any name on it you want, in his world, this is a miracle.
Source: TV Fanatic