British actor Oliver Stark quickly became a fan favorite as Evan "Buck" Buckley, the young firefighter, on Ryan Murphy’s 9-1-1 series on FOX. Alongside veteran actors Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stark hits him mark.
The actor chatted with us about Season 2 of the show, what it’s like working with veteran actors from Bassett to Krause and what other Ryan Murphy-led show he’d like to join if he were given the opportunity.
Congrats on Season 2 of 9-1-1! What can we expect to see during the second half of the season? OLIVER STARK: We have a lot of big episodes ahead. They’re strong, standalone episodes with real heart coursing throughout them.
What’s it like working with acting veterans like Angela Bassett and Peter Krause? OS: It’s lovely. For me, it was obviously quite daunting at first. Once you step on set with them, they have no ego and are true professionals and just good human beings. I’ve been able to learn a lot and make really good friends. I feel almost duplicitous because I’m stealing some of their secrets at the same time.
If you had to join another Ryan Murphy show, what intrigues you the most? OS: I’m very happy where I am on 9-1-1. I’m having the time of my life on the show. I think maybe I’d be interested in Pose. It’s very forward, changing things and doing necessary work. I am very happy where I am though.
You have an extensive background in theater. What were some of your favorite plays you were in and would you ever consider acting in a theater setting again? OS: I loved doing theater and would absolutely do it again. It would have to be the right place as theater is a big-time commitment. Things would have to make sense and line up properly. I would love to and do intend to go back. I used to do a lot of smaller, French theater back home. It’s always nice to be part of grassroots stuff with new writers and actors, seeing people grow together. It was always my favorite thing to be a part of when I was back home.
You worked many jobs before acting, including a call center operator and nightclub promoter. Did you learn such a work ethic from your parents? OS: I think it was from my parents. They made it clear from a young age that if I wanted to buy things and have things for myself, as soon as I am able to work I should go get a job. That instilled that in me and I am very thankful for it. I’m in a different line of work now but I still carry that same work ethic, if you have a job you work hard and do it to the best of your abilities. I definitely credit that to them.
Did you study acting and theater in school? Did you ever dream you’d be where you are today? OS: I always did it at school. Back then, it wasn’t my career choice until later in my schooling years. It was something I enjoyed but never really thought of it as being a viable career choice. I remember when I was about 16, we had these students who were 18 or 19 from a proper drama school come in. I said to one of them I wanted to be an actor but I felt like I couldn’t say it because it’s such a ludicrous thing to think I could be. I remember she said to me if you want to do it, go out and do it, don’t let anybody tell you that you shouldn’t be able to. I have to say that sparked and ignited something in me. I don’t know who the person is or what their name is but I owe it to them really.
What are some of your upcoming projects? OS: Everything now is 9-1-1. It is a show that keeps us very busy. We work long hours for a large portion of the year. I don’t have anything else coming up right now, which is part of being on a network TV show. I’m very lucky to be where I am. We will be moving into our hiatus soon so I’ll see if I can pick anything up for the little break, but part of me is kind of wanting a little rest, so we’ll see what will happen.