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 identified 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 completely 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 identical time, he will 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 have added to Buck?
I feel as an actor you at all times deliver a sure aspect of your personal life expertise to an element. When I first auditioned for the position, certainly one of the issues that I wish to suppose helped me safe the position is [that] I attempted to deliver somewhat little bit of London charisma and London allure, fairly than play the stereotypical California firefighter that we have seen earlier than. This is kind of a British phrase to make use of, however I assumed, “Let’s make him somewhat cheeky.” I feel pulling that from my very own expertise actually gave Buck this new aspect that individuals appear to connect with.
This show is thought for its outlandish disasters. Was there one which was the most enjoyable to movie?
One of my favorites goes all the method again to Season 1. It was this episode the place, as a result of there was a full moon, everyone was going notably 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 finest method. We had enjoyable with it. That one at all times stands out in my thoughts.
You’ve bought a whole lot of nice co-stars, is there any that you simply notably take pleasure in working with?
Kenneth Choi and Peter Krause have actually change into fairly vital individuals in my life. They’ve taken on this buddy/mentor position to me, the place we’re nice buddies however at the identical time if I need their recommendation on something, I can go to them. It’s been a beautiful bond to type over the years.
Has something shocked you about “9-1-1” over the years?
The greatest eye-opener for me was simply the extensive number of emergency calls that firefighters find yourself on. I fairly naively thought that they battle fires — and it seems that 80 % of the calls they find yourself on are medical calls. It simply goes to show the big range of coaching they’ve, to have the ability to take care of so many several types of emergencies. Now greater than ever it is vital to spotlight the position of first responders and all that they are doing. We all really feel fortunate to have the alternative to shine a lightweight on them and hopefully pay tribute to them by way of our show.
What’s forward for Buck for the remainder of the season?
He’s had a comparatively attempting begin to the season, he is looking for some lightness once more. He’s going to attempt to put himself on the relationship scene — to not a lot instant success, however getting again up on the horse is his first step.