Under the Dome's Mike Vogel Discusses Barbie's Unlikely Hero Status: 'He Is a Good Guy'

Under the Dome Mike Vogel PreviewAfter watching the debut installment of CBS’ new summer smash Under the Dome, one thing was abundantly clear: Maybe-murderer or not, Mike Vogel‘s Barbie is the man you want on your side should your city find itself trapped beneath an enormous invisible barrier.

But what’s the real deal with the mystery man? Will he be able to embrace Chester’s Mill as his own? Is Julia safe under the same roof as the man who probably killed her hubby? Can Barbie hold his own against young (psychotic?) Junior? And what’s with that nickname?!

Here, Vogel answers TVLine’s burning Dome questions and reveals what surprises lie ahead on the thriller (which airs Mondays at 10/9c).

TVLINE | Congrats on that huge debut! What was the mood like on set when you got the news?
We’re pretty excited about it. I’d like to think that we’ve caught people’s attention and now we get to [start] deepening all those relationships.

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TVLINE | Having just finished watching you on Bates Motel, I’ve got to say that it seems Barbie’s journey will be the exact opposite of what Shelby’s was: from ne’er-do-well to unlikely hero instead of the other way around.
That’s a really good assessment. [Laughs] Barbie is just caught walking a tightrope for this entire series. He’s having to balance his actions, which speak volumes as to who he is as a person. But he’s also battling the town and some other characters who have ulterior motives. Being the outsider, he becomes a scapegoat for a lot of things and has to use his skill and his wit to overcome it all.

TVLINE | Murderous secrets aside, should we expect to see Barbie and Julia working side by side moving forward?
There certainly are some things starting to bubble with Barbie and Julia. There’s always that underlying skepticism, which continues to get played even more so in the next episode.UTDEpisode2 This week we have a big fire that breaks out, and in a normal circumstance that’s a difficult situation — but you put it in a small town under a dome where your fire department is stuck on the outside? Now you’re faced with a situation where the entire town could go up.

TVLINE | And what is Barbie’s role in all of that? There’s really nothing tying him to the town or its preservation.
Escaping [the dome] is left to some other characters. Barbie’s just trying to cover his tracks. He’s in a town that he wants to avoid and disappear in as much as possible, but he keeps finding himself drawn into these situations where, because he is a good guy, it’s innate in him to protect and to defend. As much as he tried keep a low profile, things keep happening that force him to intervene.

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TVLINE | So, basically Junior keeps happening. How does that uncomfortable dynamic progress?
[Laughs] To my knowledge thus far, we’re going to deepen that dynamic and both parties will be very wary of the other. Barbie is a good judge of character and it’s quite clear, in his mind, the kind of person Junior is. But again, things shift over time with Junior — not necessarily between Barbie and Junior, but he does start to get some more answers as to what’s behind Junior’s motivations and why he’s acting how he’s acting.

TVLINE | Was that quick moment of bonding with Angie enough for Barbie to notice she’s missing?
There is more to come with those two, but the whole point of that moment was for Junior to misconstrue a harmless encounter, which, in turn, was enough to cause Junior to act out. As we’ll see, it’s another situation that Barbie’s thrown into [where he’s] going, ‘What the hell is this guy’s problem?’ [Laughs] Barbie and Angie’s paths diverge for a time, but we will see them come back together later.

TVLINE | Last but certainly not least, will we learn the origins of that nickname?
Yes, and in fact, you’ll find out this week. It’s done in a really good way. He doesn’t just have an obsession with Ken dolls and red Corvettes… That would be weird. [Laughs]

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  1. katrina says:

    I really hope this show gets renewed! I’m hooked already. :)

    • johnhelvete says:

      According to Vulture.com, the show was profitable before it aired, due to the streaming deal with Amazon, selling the show overseas and tax credits for filming in the state of North Carolina. The only reason it doesn’t get renewed after the boffo ratings from the premiere would be creative , such as deciding to end the show after only 13 episodes.

      • katrina says:

        That makes me feel better John, Thanks!

      • Midori says:

        But creatively they already said they have ideas for many seasons, they explained that in interviews here.

        So why why isn’t the show renewed again?

        Also CBS doesn’t give a damn if the creators of the show want a season season or not, it’s all about how much money they can make.

        • Maryann says:

          I expect that renewal is only a matter of timing since the ratings for the first episode were spectacular.

    • KMG says:

      I believe this show is basically a mini-series, meaning it’s planned to end after 13 episodes. I’m not sure that renewal is even an option.

  2. Elyse says:

    I can’t wait to see more. the pilot was awesome!

  3. Dave says:

    I really hope they dont drag this out for god knows how many seasons. Its a simple idea but the longer it gos on the more plot holes there will be. Im a fan of tight writing that knows were its headed knows how long its gonna take to get to there. Btw i wish barbie wasnt a good guy but you know he is. Be nice for a change the main hero turns out to be the big bad.

    • Lyn says:

      Totally agree. I think someone said the novel covers only a couple of weeks! I understand people want to keep their jobs and make a return on their investment, but sometimes dragging out a concept just ruins it. Not to mention, if the dome stays in place, there goes the time-honored TV tradition of revealing that key characters suddenly have long-lost parents, siblings, college sweethearts, frenemies, etc., etc., who appear so as to create new plot lines.

  4. Josh says:

    This show is awesome so far!

  5. Jane says:

    The Simpsons Movie Anyone?

  6. joey says:

    good interview. glad Mike got to be on this show after Bates Motel. he’s a good actor. I can’t wait for the next episode.

  7. Mila says:

    Hoping Barbie and Angie stay platonic

  8. Mel says:

    Looking forward to seeing more of Mike Vogel, and glad he’s not bad like Shelby was on Bates Motel (that was very disappointing). Thrilled he’s on Under the Dome, and I am looking for him to be the ultimate good guy/hero. Loved the pilot (except for junior).

  9. Adam Bramble says:

    In the book there was no doubt that Barbie was a hero….
    Also The SImpson’s movie comparisons need to stop. He started writing this book before they even aired the first Simpsons episode. Ty :)

  10. The Pilot was great. Can’t wait to see more.

  11. Steve says:

    Well this is based on a book so if anyone wants to know what happens, just read it or google it and read a summary on a site like wikipedia

    • Trista says:

      The book and the TV show are completely different. The fire that is referred to happens at the end of the book and I just read it’s happening in the second episode, and that’s just one example of things being different.

  12. JLC says:

    I’m reading the book now and the differences are night and day. Consider them 2 different stories that just happen to be about the same main topic, the dome. It’s a little confusing though as they are using the same characters from the book but in such different ways. The book is by far better. And The Simpsons Movie was a spoof on the book, not the other way around. Duh.

  13. Reblogged this on HORROR BOOM and commented:
    There’s not a lot I can see, but this was marked as a “spoiler” on TV Line, so for what it’s worth… spoiler alert!

  14. Sandra says:

    Barbie wanted to drop Angie when he picked her up, wow you haven’t showered since the dome came down, man i was kidnapped by Junior. Barbie, I know that guy was a sick MOFO.