Nathan Parsons has been experiencing an incredible run with his acting. Dubbed as “one of daytime’s most riveting young characters” in the March ‘09 issue of Soaps in Depth, the former “General Hospital” star landed pivotal roles in HBO’s “True Blood,” The CW’s “The Originals,” and the just released ABC Signature Studios rousing Amazon Prime pilot “Point of Honor.” Examiner caught up with this hard-working talent to talk about “The Originals” [The series picks up again with the first episode of 2015 airing tonight 8/7c on The CW!], “Point of Honor,” and the universal elements of great storytelling.
“What can you tell us about what’s coming up on ‘The Originals?’” Examiner probed.
“Well, I can tell you that we’re sort of spiraling towards this whole relationship with Hayley [Phoebe Tonkin] and Jackson [Nathan’s character],” Parsons offered. “Is it going to happen? Is it not? We start to get some more details about what they are going to have to go through, which, of course, raises a whole lot of tension with Klaus [Joseph Morgan]. Also, we have the baby [Alexandria & Victoria Collins], and Elijah [Daniel Gillies] has something going on that just throws another wrench into the works. Coming up, we are charging ahead into all of that!”
What makes “The Originals” so effective, oddly enough, is the fact that the series focuses on the drama, not the supernatural.
“It’s not kitschy,” Nathan agreed. “And, it doesn’t fall into that sort of Gothic comedy realm. When you start playing with supernatural characters where everyone has these weird superpowers, the show can easily become a little absurd. But ‘The Originals’ doesn’t do that, all of the supernatural elements are secondary to the actual conflict that is happening. It’s about siblings, it’s about family, and it’s about love and betrayal… all the classic Greek myths really.”
Parsons went on to explain how he had a “crazy fascination” for Greek and Norse and American mythology. “I found them all so profoundly relatable.” All of those stories are universal because, at their core, they are rooted in the conflicts that stem from human emotions.”
The intense Civil War drama, “Point of Honor,” that stars Nathan as John Rhodes (currently available on Amazon Prime), also features those same essential human elements that are found in “The Originals.” “My character is the head of the household. He is a young guy and he’s just coming out of West Point when the war breaks out,” Parsons informed. “However, instead of doing the thing he should’ve done — which is going off and fighting for The North — he decides to go to Virginia and defend his home. He ends up freeing his slaves and that’s a huge conflict because he’s fighting for a side that is fighting for something that he does not believe in… but it’s still his home, and his family matters more to him than anything else.”
Point of Honor is an actual plantation located in Lynchburg, Virginia. The one-hour pilot revolves around the family that owns and runs the plantation, but it is a fictional story, not a historical documentary. It’s about how the family deals with the chaos created by the war. “There really hasn’t been a show out there that has had the ability to tackle such a powerful moment in our history the way we’ll be able to on this series. Amazon is very hands-off when it comes to what they let us do, so that gives us the leeway to really explore just how difficult and impactful the decisions that were made during that war were,” Nathan explained. “Something happen during that war, something powerful that unified everyone. Before the Civil War, the United States were considered separately… it was the United States are the greatest country as opposed to the United States is the greatest country.”
“The Civil War was an identity crisis on a nationwide scale,” he continued. “I think it forced everyone to take stock and really be accountable. It was literally brother against brother. Could you look at your neighbor and point a gun at him? How strong are your beliefs? Are you willing to die for them?”
“These are the human elements, the human emotions, interactions, and reactions that have been present from the very beginning of storytelling. We’ve just spiffed them up a bit with some cool bells and whistles,” Nathan concluded. “Whether it’s set to the backdrop of a war [‘Point of Honor] or the supernatural [‘The Originals’], at the end of the day, these stories recognize the human conflict that lives within every single one of us. And, it is important that we tell these stories because there are people who feel very alone with what they are going through. These are crazy characters and their lives are a mess… but they are still fighting, they are trying to figure out ways to make it through. And that’s what’s important.”
The first 2015 episode of “The Originals” airs tonight (January 19) on The CW at 8/7c. For more information, visit the show’s website, like it on Facebook, and follow along on Instagram and Twitter. For more information on Nathan Parsons, check out his IMDb and follow him on Twitter.
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