‘9-1-1’: How Work as Evan Buckley Has Inspired Oliver Stark to Look to Work Off-Screen

by Joe Rutland
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When it comes to looking for work, “9-1-1” star Oliver Stark has found some inspiration through playing Evan Buckley on the show.

Stark was asked in a 2020 interview with Nerds and Beyond if he had an interest in looking at other types of work in his career.

“A year or so ago, I would have said no,” he said. “But I think as I’ve kind of come to understand more about what that other side is through becoming close with people like Tim Minear or our directors, and kind of understand their job a little bit, it is something that I would be interested in.”

‘9-1-1’ Star Sees Work Co-Stars Krause, Bassett Have Done, Too

Stark mentioned “9-1-1” co-stars Peter Krause and Angela Bassett as examples of doing other work beyond acting.

“I mean Pete has directed TV episodes before, he’s directed some of Parenthood,” he said. “Angela [Bassett]’s directed American Horror Story episodes. Jennifer [Love Hewitt]’s directed a couple of her shows. So it’s nice for me to get to see, ‘Oh okay, this is how the actor steps into that role,’ and makes it feel possible.”

He said his co-stars have helped him understand that what they have been doing.

Stark Said Directing Would Be Something He Might Do ‘At Some Point’

Stark said that their other roles are “just another arm of storytelling.”

“So it’s something that I would be interested in at some point,” the “9-1-1” star said. “I think I would be more interested, in fact, in directing theater, rather than TV. Where it’s maybe less technical, or technical in a different sense. I’m open to it, but I don’t think it’s something that I’m going to be doing in the next year or two. But maybe ten years from now … definitely.”

“9-1-1” kicks off its fifth season on Fox at 8 p.m Eastern, 7 p.m. Central on Monday, Sept. 20.

Bassett plays LAPD patrol Sgt. Athena Grant-Nash while Krause plays her husband, LAFD Station 118 Capt. Robert “Bobby” Nash.

Bassett Responded To Questions About Her Salary Price Tag

Recently, reports about Bassett’s $450,000 price tag per “9-1-1” episode caused some ripples.

In fact, there was a reporter from The Guardian who asked her about it. Well, Bassett didn’t confirm the dollar amount.

“You journalists, you say a lot of things,” Bassett said.

The Guardian reporter asked if it felt nice to be recognized in a big way for your value.

“You know what? One of the things I said early in my career is: ‘I want to work consistently and I want to be paid fairly,'” Bassett said. “I think that’s what all of us longed for and, if and when that happens, it’s a good day.”