‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Jim Parrack Revealed the Most Difficult Part of Playing Judd Ryder

by Keeli Parkey

Playing a firefighter in “9-1-1: Lone Star” is a job that actor Jim Parrack loves doing. And while playing a firefighter on television is not at all as stressful as actually being a firefighter, Parrack also has difficult moments at work.

He talked about the most difficult part of playing Judd Ryder in “9-1-1: Lone Star” during a February 2020 interview with Assignment X. “Playing Judd, which is more difficult for you, the physical aspect, or the emotional aspect?” the 40-year-old actor was asked.

Parrack began his response by getting right to the point. “The emotional,” he said of the most difficult part of bringing his firefighter character to life.

He then shared his thoughts on the physical aspects of his “9-1-1: Lone Star” role. “The physical isn’t as difficult as it is uncomfortable. But it’s not hard,” he also explained.

So, what makes the emotional work of playing Judd Ryder the most difficult part of his Parrack’s job. Well, according to the actor, the emotions of a role can be a challenge to dive into.

“The emotional on top of being uncomfortable – it’s elusive sometimes, right? It’s not normal for grownups to try to experience difficult things. In fact, we spend most of our life avoiding that,” Jim Parrack shared.

Luckily for the actor, who also played the character of Hoyt Fortenberry in “True Blood,” a mentor of his taught him how to wrestle with the intense emotions an actor can experience while bringing a character to life.

“So I’m grateful that I have really good training from my acting teacher, Robert Carnegie at Playhouse West, who taught me some principles that have let me grow into acting a little, and they don’t involve injuring myself in order to reach a personal place emotionally, so I’m grateful for that,” the “9-1-1: Lone Star” actor also said.

Jim Parrack Explained Why He Loves Playing a Firefighter in ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’

Even though his role as Judd Ryder in “9-1-1: Lone Star” can be emotionally difficult, Jim Parrack finds a lot of joy in playing a firefighter. Portraying a firefighter has also led the actor to really appreciate the work those brave and men do.

“When the opportunity came, the feeling was a strong one of, this is a really good thing to get familiar with and get to act. I think I like comfort far too much to pluck it out as a life choice for myself.

“My admiration for these people and what they do has gone through the roof, and the kind of courage that they have, and the willingness they have to do what has to be done, is something we’ll probably only ever approximate with the acting. There’s no way (without doing it in reality) to really know what that’s like,” the actor also said.