After a rich history in network television with “Dawson’s Creek” and “Fringe,” Joshua Jackson entered the world of premium cable recently by getting into bed with Showtime’s “The Affair.” In our recent webcam chat (watch below), he reveals, “the exciting thing about this project is that it takes a really basic story (of infidelity) that everybody’s seen a thousand times… and uses a science-fictiony high concept design inside something so simple.”
For Jackson, the unique way the show tackles the subject matter of infidelity is “to essentially challenge the audience with the idea that no matter who your favorite character is, no matter who your hero is, in the show everybody lives inside their own narrative. So there’s no objective truth. You can’t get comfortable with any of the stories you’re being told because every time you’re being told the story, you’re being told somebody’s perspective. It’s a heartbreakingly honest thing that you can’t actually — no matter how much you want to sometimes, or don’t want to other times — truly understand your spouses, your partners’ perspective. You can never actually walk a mile in their shoes.”
The actor sees his character of Cole Lockhart as “incapable of having an honest conversation with his wife about how ruined he is about the fact they lost their child. And because of that he is destroying his own marriage, even though it’s she who’s cheating. By not confronting it directly he’s forcing her to not to engage with him emotionally.”
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