If you were counting on seeing Joshua Jackson or Anna Torv jump right into another TV role after Fringe wraps its series finale, you might want to take residence in the alt universe. Because both actors tell TVLine they likely will sit out the coming pilot season.
“I’ll probably skip this pilot season, for a variety of reasons,” Jackson shared with us at Fringe‘s 100th episode party held Dec. 1 in Vancouver, just days before filming began on the Warner Bros. TV drama’s final hour (airing Jan. 18 on Fox).
Among the TV vet’s considerations: “With the intensity of 22-episode television, I don’t know how healthy it is to try to jump from show to show,” he noted. “And I had the benefit, because of my first show (Dawson’s Creek), to be able to wait out on something really good like [Fringe], and they don’t come around every year just because you’re unemployed. So the next time around, I’ll be waiting for something as good as this.”
In the meantime, he said, “Lots of sleep!” is on his itinerary.
Torv, meanwhile, told TVLine that since pilots for the 2013-14 TV season start casting “pretty soon” (aka early January) — after five intense Fringe seasons — “I really want to take a deep breath.”
A relative newcomer to U.S. audiences when she first inhabited the role of Olivia Dunham in 2008, the Aussie actress explained that “after any little jump that you do, you go through a period where you have to let go of your character. You sort of think about them and miss them, and then you put them to bed and you grieve them, and then that’s it. I’ve never played anybody for five years, so it’s going to take a bit of time for me to get her all out [of my system].”
Forgoing pilot season “is my immediate plan,” she added. “And then… I don’t know!”