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Why Joshua Jackson Wouldn’t Star In The Affair Today

“I would not want to actually do that now.”

Spoilers for The Affair follow.

At this point, Joshua Jackson is a straight-up veteran of TV. He’s been on plenty of shows you’ve watched, as well as a few you might need to catch up on.

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One of Joshua’s most memorable recent roles was in Showtime’s twisty drama The Affair as grieving husband Cole Lockhart, whose son dies just before the show’s official timeline kicks off.

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Playing Cole meant flexing some serious chops for Joshua, and it undoubtedly elevated his profile as an actor. But would he do it again? Not quite.

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In an interview with Entertainment WeeklyJoshua revealed that, if he were offered the role of Cole today, he’d more than likely turn it down – and his reasoning is understandable.

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In the interview, Joshua explained that welcoming a child with actor and wife Jodie Turner-Smith has likely changed his perspective when it comes to taking on a role like Cole.

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“I would not want to actually do that now,” he said. “I’m so glad I shot that before I became an actual father, because it was a place of imagination.”

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Joshua added that keeping track of the show’s overlapping storylines and narrative concept – which often featured multiple differing perspectives on the same plot point – could be “challenging” at times, but rewarding as well.

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“It was a lot of fun,” he said, likening the show to his turn on the trippy sci-fi drama Fringe. “We had to keep the iterations separate in your head, and then I jumped into this other show, which had a very science fiction – conceived idea, even though it’s played as a straight drama.”

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He added, “InThe Affairthe plot stakes were less, being more human scale, but the emotional stakes were higher. “No kidding!

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Read more of the interview here.

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