‘9-1-1’: One Star Doesn’t ‘Sense’ Angela Bassett’s Work as an EP on Set

by Jacklyn Krol

9-1-1 actor Oliver Stark spoke about what it’s like working with two co-stars that are executive producers.

In an interview with Assignment X, Stark talked about Angela Bassett and Peter Krause. The two manage to act and executive produce the hit Fox series. Stark explained that he felt the difference more on Into The Badlands compared to 9-1-1.

I was very conscious of the fact that [series lead] Daniel Wu was an executive producer,” he explained. “On this, when Angela’s at work as an actress, I feel like she’s at work as an actress. You don’t sense that at all. So I don’t consciously think about it when we’re working, which is nice, because you don’t want to think, ‘Oh, I’m doing a scene with this person, who’s shouting at me in the scene, and she’s also my boss.’ There’s no element of that in play, which is nice.”

So what happens if they want to change a line or make a change? Producer John Gray, who is solely the producer/writer, takes the reign.

“They’re a really collaborative group,” he added. “They encourage a lot of improvisation and a lot of dependence on us to form those relationships. And that’s been really liberating as an actor, and I think we’ve all kind of enjoyed that, and grown from it. So yeah, it’s been a really collaborative process, from day one, really.”

How Peter Krause Makes ‘9-1-1’ As Realistic As Possible

Peter Krause spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how the crew keeps everything in perspective.

“Any time we’re experiencing difficulty on set, all of us always remind each other that this isn’t the real deal,” he said. “The hours that they have to keep, the number of hours they have to be awake and do what they have to do. It’s a difficult job.”

He said that though his job is difficult, it “doesn’t even come close” to firefighters.

“They understand that it’s television, but they enjoy all the elements of the show,” he added. “The fact that their lives — not just their heroic moments, but their lives — are explored, the difficulty that they have with certain things.”

To make 9-1-1 even more realistic, Krause wanted to get inside a real-life hero’s head. To do this, he befriended a Long Beach firefighter captain. They spoke about what the job entails and the situations that his character would encounter.

“[He] talked to me about the story about my character and his inner life,” Krause revealed. Although he has never served, he knows how serious this role is.

“He had just lost a friend of his in the past couple of years to suicide. I was surprised to find out how many first responders end up taking their lives,” he continued. “It’s startling.”

9-1-1 airs on Fox on Mondays at 7 PM CT.