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April 13, 2007

MeeVee Exclusive! Interview with Drive Star Nathan Fillion

Nathan Canadian-born actor Nathan Fillion is a familiar face on American television. During the past decade, he's been a regular on One Life to Live and Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. Nathan gained critical acclaim and a large cult of fans in 2002 when he starred as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the Joss Whedon TV series Firefly. Whedon also gave Nathan a chance to display his range as the twisted preacher Caleb in the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

When Firefly was prematurely canceled, the show's cast, crew, and many fans were devastated. Whedon vowed to resurrect the series in some way, and Nathan returned as Captain Reynolds in the feature film Serenity. Since then, he's has had notable guest appearances on Lost and Miss Match, and some fun on the big screen in the horror-comedy Slither and the paranormal thriller White Noise 2: The Light.

Nathan returns to television to star in the FOX action series Drive, a drama about various individuals competing in an illegal cross-country road race. MeeVee’s Steve Czarnecki recently caught up with Nathan just long enough to get the answers to three burning questions.

You played Evangeline Lilly’s husband in a recent episode of Lost. How was your experience working on that show?
A dream! Number one, it's my favorite show in the world. But let me tell you the bad part -- the only bad part of being on Lost. You're reading the script, and as a fan, you don’t want to read the bits that you’re not in, but you can't help it. I mean, you hear someone talk about them or watch them film it, and then that episode is spoiled for you. I like watching it and screaming in my armchair. I like jumping up, pausing it and reacting. Otherwise, they’ve got a really good group down there. They run a really smooth ship, they work extremely hard. They are very comfortable, and very, very welcoming. They are excellent hosts and they treated me kindly. It warms my heart to know that they are still so very successful, and still so very generous.

Having been the star of a cult sci-fi series like Firefly, did you find yourself opening up and embracing other sci-fi programs, or are your spaceship days behind you?
Funny thing is, I’ve always appreciated sci-fi -- I’ve always loved sci-fi. The only problem with watching sci-fi now is that I’ve seen all the Star Treks, so everything I watch now is a repeat. We actually need more sci-fi -- we need fresh sci-fi.

Between Firefly and Drive, what other TV shows have you ended up getting hooked on?
I never miss The Office. I never miss Lost. Arrested Development, I will watch all the time. There are shows that I have to watch because I have friends on -- Battlestar Galactica, Smallville. I catch those episodes once in a while, so when I talk to my buddies I’m able to say, "Oh, that must have been tough."

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