Tuesday, July 31, 2018

SDCC: The Man in the High Castle - Jason O'Mara Interview

Photo Credit: Kristin Hoebermann

Jason O'Mara was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Soon after graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Drama and Theatre he moved to London, England, to further pursue his acting career. Time spent in British repertory theater led to leading roles in acclaimed productions at some of Britain and Ireland's great theaters, including The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Almeida, The Donmar, London's West End (Apollo and Comedy Theatres) and the Gate Theatre, Dublin. Concurrently, he appeared in many British TV series for both the BBC and ITV. A permanent move to the US in 2002 resulted in Jason becoming a major presence on American and international screens, both big and small.

In 2017 Jason won the Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the real life character of Sgt. Jack Prendergast in the film 'The Siege Of Jadotville'.

Jason is an ambassador for The Lir, Ireland's National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin and for The Movember Foundation, the global men's health charity organization.

He lives in Los Angeles and visits Ireland as often as possible.


The Man in the High Castle is an American dystopian alternate history television series, produced by Amazon Studios, Scott Free Productions, Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions, and Big Light Productions. The series is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. In the series' alternate version of 1962, the Axis powers have won World War II and divided the United States into the Greater Nazi Reich, comprising more than half of eastern part of the continent, and the Japanese Pacific States to the west. These territories are separated by a neutral zone that encompasses the Rocky Mountains. The series follows characters whose destinies intertwine after they come into contact with a series of propaganda films that show a very different history from their own.

Premiering in January 2015, the pilot was Amazon's "most-watched since the original series development program began". The next month, Amazon ordered episodes to fill out a ten-episode season, which was released in November to positive reviews. A second season of ten episodes premiered in December 2016. with a third season announced a few weeks later, to be released on October 5, 2018. On July 21, 2018, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the series had been renewed for a fourth season.

Jason O'Mara and Alexa Davalos at Comic Con Press Room.


Video/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)
  • He has a degree in Drama from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
  • He received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 2002 Irish Theater Awards for his performance in "Bash", written and directed by Neil LaBute, at the Gate Theater, Dublin.
  • He also appeared in the multi-award winning production of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming", with Ian Holm, which played in Dublin, London and at Lincoln Center, New York.
  • In The Agency (2001) episode, The Agency: Thanksgiving (2002), Jason O'Mara's character, "A.B. Stiles", must go undercover, posing as an I.R.A. terrorist.
  • Despite the fact that O'Mara was born and raised in Dublin, his character is told at the end of the episode, "Do something about that phony Irish accent!".
  • In addition, in an episode of "Life on Mars" entitled 'All the Young Dudes', his NYC detective character went undercover in the Irish mafia. While undercover he claims to be from Sandycove area of Dublin, which is where O'Mara is really from. As opposed to his appearance on "The Agency" he is told by a fellow cop, "Hey I thought you really were Irish. You're good at accents!" His wife Paige Turco played his love interest in the episode, the sister of the mafia boss.
  • Father, with his now ex-wife Paige Turco, of son David O'Mara, born in 2004.
  • Became an American citizen in 2009.
  • Got his cauliflower ear (the right one) playing rugby.
  • Played Dr. John Ellison on Complications and Dr. Keith Winters on CSI: Miami episode titled Complications.
  • He has played the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in six animated films. The only actor to play the role more times is Kevin Conroy.
  • Brother of Rebecca O'Mara.
  • Has played both a Marvel Comics character and a DC Comics characters. Portrays Jeffrey Mace in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and plays Bruce Wayne/Batman in 6 different DC animated films.
  • With the story arc of the Framework in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." his character of Jeffrey Mace is living in a virtual reality, as was the case with his character of Sam Tyler in "Life on Mars". 
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