Joshua Jackson is interviewed by Esquire for his new miniseries Dr Death, which premieres this Thursday on Peacock.
Interview excerpts and photos behind the cut:
- Joshua says that the peak of his fame in the early 2000s, during the Dawson's Creek years, was for the most part “really uncomfortable.”
- Regarding his umbrella prop on the red carpet of the Dr. Death premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, he reveals he injured his back. He jokes people may have thought he was being pretentious for laying on the floor in the green room.
- He thought a lot about the bad side of the medical profession while filming, especially since his brother represented the good side. His brother is an ER doctor in Manhattan, so Joshua heard of the best and worst of humanity during the pandemic.
- Joshua says of the American medical system: “The institutions are not actually built for patient outcome. Christopher Duntsch is an extreme outlier, but way too often in the American medical system, the patient’s needs are actually pretty far down on the list of priorities. That’s a big part of what our show is about. It’s not just, how this man was broken, but the reality that there did have to be a system around him, and institutions around him, that continued to support him. You see that all of these peripheral pieces led to life-altering results for 33 people. For two people, life-ending.”
- He goes on to criticize the American healthcare system: “We so want to believe in doctors...I’m not going to say that the hospital administrations that supported Christopher Dunstch are necessarily evil but I will say that the systemic breakdown and the bureaucratic breakdown that allowed [him] to happen is evil. And because the social safety net in this country is so threadbare—the most unbelievably punitive version of a safety net—you’re just left to your own.”
- Joshua feels his wife Jodie Turner-Smith's experiences during her pregnancy and subsequent birth of their daughter, along with her mother and nanny moving in, opened his awareness of some of the struggles and pain black women experience. He says the constant conversations he has with his wife and mother-in-law about racism and the experiences of black women has led to an intimate understanding which he has never before experienced.
- Three decades into his career, he has chosen to be picky, opting for projects with meaning. This has led to Joshua picking projects that explore a perspective other than the constantly-favored white male gaze or those that meditate on societal strictures, and he happily took secondary roles in Little Fires Everywhere and When They See Us for this reason.
- He believes white people, including himself, need to have a reckoning over their past and present in regards to systemic racism.
Joshua also explained career moments to Esquire:
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