Interview By: Brian DePasquale
Nathan Fillion has had a more wide-ranging career than most actors. He performed on ABC’s One Life to Live for three years and subsequently bounced around television shows on an episode by episode basis including Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place. He also starred in the cult-favorite and box-office disaster Slither from which he gained an award titled “The Dude You Don’t Want to Mess With” from the 2006 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. Most recently, he stars alongside Keri Russell in the new romantic comedy Waitress.
“I really wanted to work with Keri Russell and I loved the script so I wanted to be involved in any way possible,” says Fillion. “I was really busy at the time and director Adrienne Shelly was doing a Broadway show so we met in a diner in a diner in New York and chatted about the movie.”
Fillion explains, ironically, that the entire twenty-day production was shot in a diner outside Los Angeles out in the middle of nowhere. But the actor felt that the project was worth the experience because of how strong the characters were. He plays Dr. Pomatter in the film, the man who has an affair with Keri Russell’s character during her pregnancy.
Both these people understand that in everyday life there is comedy and everyday life there is darkness. The poignant, smaller moments have a lot of lightness to them. We laugh at their inability to be confident. We laugh at their awkwardness. Plus, these two people have difficulty expressing themselves. The only way she can express herself is through her baking and there is obviously something missing for my character.”
The actor also had a lot to say about his dual role in the film as a comedic character and as a sexy actor on the screen.
“There is comedy in everything.
Fillion, a man of Canadian descent, was a drama major and art minor in college and originally thought to pursue a career in teaching, despite his overwhelming dream to become an actor. The idea of teaching was out of fear of not making any money. He is currently in the process of looking for his next role.