‘9-1-1’: How Oliver Stark Approaches His American Accent for Role of Evan Buckley

by Joe Rutland

When actor Oliver Stark took on the Evan Buckley role on 9-1-1, he had to learn how to speak with a different accent than his native Britain.

Stark talked about this in a 2018 interview with BriefTake.

“That’s always one of the biggest compliments that I get because it was something that I was very worried about,” he said. “There’s sometimes an accent on TV and it’s like ‘are you American?’ because I can kind of pick up on it a little bit and I never want to be in that position.

“It’s something that I work hard on, so when people don’t know, it’s something that I take as a huge compliment,” the 9-1-1 said. “People like to talk about my birthmark a lot, which is on my face, which has never really been an issue or a thing in mind.

“But being on a show with this level of exposure, yeah, a lot of people have picked up on it and want to talk about it, and that’s fine, I’m all for it.”

Stark has been on the FOX first-responder drama since its first season. He works alongside Peter Krause, who plays Bobby Nash on 9-1-1.

Catch the next episode of the show on Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, on FOX.

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Stark loves to get new work opportunities. They come in the form of scripts that leave the 9-1-1 star asking questions.

He said that his first thought “nine times out of ten when we get a script is, ‘How do we pull that off?'”

So, Stark, in an interview with AssignmentX, said, “Thankfully, I’m not the one in charge of making it happen; I just have to show up. We really do have an incredible crew of people that, by the time we turn up to set, it’s all done, it’s all ready for us.” 

The actor knows that there are many action spots and twists in the episodes.

But that may not make the show interesting enough. The actors have to rely on the characters, too. 9-1-1‘s first responders are constantly putting themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others.

“I think with any show, action is great, and spectacle is fantastic, but it’s when you care about the people involved, then you have a good show, and you have a show where people are going to come back,” he said.

Stark believes that as the seasons have gone on “and the audience has connected more and more with the characters, and become more invested, I feel like the emergencies become more urgent.”