Oliver Stark stars as the scene-stealing firefighter Evan “Buck” Buckley on Fox’s “9-1-1.”
Now in its fourth season (Mondays at 8 p.m.), the hit sequence follows the lives of a number of first responders in LA, together with Buck’s 911 operator sister Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt), LAPD sergeant Athena Grant (Angela Bassett), LAFD station captain Bobby Nash (Peter Krause), firefighter/paramedic Howie “Chimney” Han (Kenneth Choi) and extra.
The British-born Stark, 29 — additionally additionally recognized for “Into The Badlands” and “Luther” — answered some questions for The Post.
What do you want the most about Buck?
I get to play this character who’s so totally different from different [characters] on TV. He’s super-cocky at occasions and performs a bit an excessive amount of into the macho stereotype — however then, at the similar time, he might be susceptible and delicate. It’s one thing that I’m actually having fun with.
Is there something about your real-life persona that you just’ve added to Buck?
I feel as an actor you at all times convey a sure aspect of your individual life expertise to a component. When I first auditioned for the position, one in every of the issues that I wish to suppose helped me safe the position is [that] I attempted to convey a little bit little bit of London charisma and London attraction, moderately than play the stereotypical California firefighter that we’ve seen earlier than. This is kind of a British phrase to make use of, however I believed, “Let’s make him a little cheeky.” I feel pulling that from my very own expertise actually gave Buck this new aspect that folks appear to hook up with.
This present is understood for its outlandish disasters. Was there one which was the most enjoyable to movie?
One of my favorites goes all the manner again to Season 1. It was this episode the place, as a result of there was a full moon, all people was going significantly loopy. Myself and Peter Krause’s character, Bobby, go into this yoga studio with a yoga class for pregnant girls — three of whom occurred to enter labor. It was simply such a chaotic evening, however chaotic in the greatest manner. We had enjoyable with it. That one at all times stands proud in my thoughts.
You’ve bought a variety of nice co-stars, is there any that you just significantly get pleasure from working with?
Kenneth Choi and Peter Krause have actually develop into fairly vital folks in my life. They’ve taken on this pal/mentor position to me, the place we’re nice buddies however at the similar time if I need their recommendation on something, I can go to them. It’s been a beautiful bond to kind over the years.
Has something stunned you about “9-1-1” over the years?
The greatest eye-opener for me was simply the large number of emergency calls that firefighters find yourself on. I fairly naively thought that they combat fires — and it seems that 80 p.c of the calls they find yourself on are medical calls. It simply goes to point out the big selection of coaching they’ve, to have the ability to cope with so many various kinds of emergencies. Now greater than ever it’s vital to focus on the position of first responders and all that they’re doing. We all really feel fortunate to have the alternative to shine a light-weight on them and hopefully pay tribute to them by means of our present.
What’s forward for Buck for the remainder of the season?
He’s had a comparatively attempting begin to the season, he’s looking for some lightness once more. He’s going to attempt to put himself on the courting scene — to not a lot speedy success, however getting again up on the horse is his first step.