Interview by Rafy Mediavilla w/ Hulu’s Series “Maggie” / Actor Chris Elliott (Jack). Where we spoke about Jack moods, & living with a psychic daughter. Out July 6! #MaggieOnHulu
Dating is hard enough – it’s even harder when you also happen to be a psychic. Maggie’s gift allows her to see into the future of her friends, parents, clients, and random people on the street. But when she begins to see glimpses of her own destiny after meeting an unexpected stranger, her romantic life suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Can you let yourself fall in love when you think you know how it ends? She probably should have seen this coming…
Jack has two moods. Sometimes he’s like, I don’t care. And then he’s like, Do you need money? Do you need something? Was it something you brought into the table, or was that just directly in the script?
I think it was just written in the script. I generally don’t bring anything to the table. I that’s that’s just a roll with me, you know, you have to give me everything and I’ll I’ll do it. But I don’t usually add anything because that’s, you know, it’s you know what I mean? I know it was written and it is very reflective of who I am as a dad. You know, I was always kind of goofy and a laugh off as a dad.
But at the same time, you have to rise to the occasion and help your kids when they need help and need guidance and all that. I was certainly there for that. So Jack does that. He definitely avoids controversy. He avoids any kind of, you know, any complications. And in his daily life, he has a routine. And most of his routine, you know, is sitting in a lounge chair. You’d like to do that? Most of it most of the day. But when he has to, he gets out and does what he’s told.
Let’s talk about Maggie as your daughter. How would you approach in real life the situation that your daughter can know what you do in the future and you’re kind of getting something. You’re planning something and she knows. How would you handle that? How would you tell the hey, don’t tell mom?
I would totally take advantage of it. I would pay her to tell me what is going to happen every 10 minutes in my life. If I knew that and I knew what to wear and I knew who was coming down the driveway and who to avoid, I would be so much happier. And at the same time, on a serious note. Life is about, you know, changes and about things happening out of the blue and all that. So. In general, I probably wouldn’t, you know, take advantage of it farms and jump in there because, you know, I mean like, you know, it’s it’s that a if you knew everything that was going to happen to you every second, then, you know, what’s the point in going through it? And that and then Maggie, she doesn’t really know exactly what’s going to happen. She gets images, she gets visions, but they don’t spell out things completely where he can. Jack does use it, but in general, it just brings up a lot more, you know, controversies that he doesn’t want to be part of.
I want to talk about the multicultural aspect of the story, which I just absolutely love. What is your take on it? Do you think this is really good that we continue to have stories like this where we have a more diverse groups or multicultural groups represented and how they are being represented so faithfully?
Yeah. I it it’s. If it doesn’t hit anything on the head, over the head, you know, it it just everyone is so great in this cast. And I was so lucky to go from Schitt’s Creek to Maggie with, you know, ten unbelievably talented young people. And I include Kerr Penny in that, who plays my wife and. The you know people’s the words to the Is there, but it’s not it’s not it’s not something that is in your face in a way that is in any way. The point of the show and the point of the show is that we’re all one thing. And if I could say anything about the show. It’s that. It’s not like what you know, we’re all exposed to just this tense news out there and this, you know, terrible, you know, anxiety that’s going on in the world right now. And this show, actually and the diversity is part of that makes you realize we can breathe easier when we watch Maggie. You know, we’re all together and it’s. It’s comforting.
What do you expect people get out from this show once they see it?
Yeah. Kind of what I was just saying. I want them to feel like it’s a respite from, you know, the world that’s out there that were exposed to it at the moment, that it’s a half an hour of breathing easily and laughing and enjoying these characters who are really well played by this cast. And it’s not that the show doesn’t challenge you, but at the same time, it’s kind of a throwback to television that actually made you feel better after you watched. It didn’t make you more anxious.
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