John Noble, who plays fan favorite Walter Bishop on Fox’s cult sci-fi smash “Fringe,” says the writers have some amazing ideas to follow up on the sensational third season finale. “They’ve really put a cat among the pigeons because everyone is asking, ‘What have you done!’ and ‘What do you mean Peter doesn’t exist?'”
Noble chatted with Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria from his home in Sydney, Australia where he is enjoying a well-earned rest after a prolonged shooting schedule in Vancouver, Canada. He said it was both a joy and a challenge to show the numerous sides to his character — a flashback to 20 years ago, a flash forward 15 years, a doppelganger in the parallel universe. Noble noted his pride in co-star Anna Torv, who he says also thrived playing a quartet of characters.
There is a Facebook campaign calling for Noble to finally get an Emmy nod for Supporting Drama Actor. He sees such fan support as “hugely humbling” and “a tribute to the character.” As to whether the Emmys will recognize “Fringe,” he admitted, “I’ve been disappointed that the writers on the show … [creating something like] a piece of literature … have not been recognized” and that, “we produce basically a film every two weeks; so it’d be nice for that to be recognized by the profession, even if they don’t recognize the actors.”
Noble could be in with a chance as playing multiple facets of the same character is proven Emmy bait. Sally Field won TV Movie Actress in 1977 for portraying 16 personalities in the biopic “Sybil.” That same year, “The Bionic Woman” star Lindsay Wagner scored an upset in Drama Actress winning for an episode that had her cyborg character split into good and evil. More recently, Cynthia Nixon prevailed as Guest Drama Actress in 2008 for playing a woman with multiple personalites on “Law & Order: SVU.” while Toni Collette won Comedy Actress in 2009 for a similar role in Showtime’s just-cancelled “United States of Tara.”