Interview: The Man in the High Castle’s Jason O’Mara and Alexa Davalos

Alexa Davalos and Jason O'Mara talk about their characters, alternate realities and what it was like for O'Mara to join the cast.

The cast of Amazon’s, The Man in the High Castle, ventured down to Comic-Con to talk about the show and the upcoming season, which premieres this coming October. Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans) and new cast member, Jason O’Mara (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Terra Nova), sat down to talk about their characters, alternate realities and what it was like for O’Mara to join the cast.

Jason O’Mara: Wyatt Price is an Irish immigrant, and has come to America and moved to the neutral zone, to get away from the Nazis. And he’s set himself up in Denver in the neutral zone, and has set up a black market business, where he offers goods and services and employs this massive network that’s he’s created. And he’s found a way to thrive, a little more than just survive in this very difficult situation. He’s the go to guy if you need to get something done. Which is how he meets Juliana in episode One, season three.  Then obviously, you know, that changes the course of his life.

The men who meet Juliana Crane seem to have a bullseye on them? Are you a little worried a little?

 Jason O’Mara: Yeah, just a little bit. I mean, yeah right. No, well we don’t know, we don’t know. Anything could happen. But look, Juliana is like, they all want a piece of Juliana, and anyone in her immediate sphere is a target.

With the big reveal at the end of the last episode for season two, it completely shocks Juliana. How were you during that scene? Were you excited to see your sister?

 Alexa Davalos: I mean, Trudy, just the name Trudy has become this really strange trigger for me, so absolutely. Yeah, it’s when you lose someone, you always wish you could see them again. That’s what that moment was.

With all the alternate realities of season two, is it hard for you as an actress to keep which one is really real straight? Or all they all real?

 Alexa Davalos: No, thankfully. I mean there’s this sort of High Castle world where in talking about them it can be complicated, and referring to which one. But no, for me, no, absolutely not. They’re very, very different. You know they all had different environments, and different upbringings, and different experiences. And war and all these things that infuse who we are. No, there’s definitely a clear differentiation for me.

How’s it coming into an established cast already and kind of being the new kid on the block.

 Jason O’Mara: It’s a little intimidating. It’s way more intimidating than I thought it would be. But only because I had my own ideas about, “Oh my God, this is such an amazing cast.” It’s so talented, and it’s serious, and dark, and dealing with quite difficult subject matter, that I felt, and also because I respected Phil A. Dick so much, I really wanted to do it justice. And I didn’t know how I was going to fit in, and play into the whole, the whole world storyline. So yeah, I was a little bit anxious about it actually. Having said that, Alexa and the rest of the cast, and the crew, put me at ease very quickly. Once I got that first day under my belt, I felt better about it all. And yeah so I just wanted to do it justice. I didn’t want to let anybody down.

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