Oliver Stark finds 9-1-1 role a joy and teases a March 18 return

by Scott Campbell for Toronto.com

Oliver Stark’s time on 9-1-1 continues to surprise and challenge him.

He wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s kind of unlike anything I have ever experienced before,” he said. “I mean that in a completely positive way. The job has fulfilled me in a way, I don’t think any job ever has before. I’ve got great friends, and I’ve learned so much from it. It really has been a joy from the get-go.”

9-1-1 airs Mondays on Global and Fox. It focuses on the lives of firefighters, police officers, paramedics and 9-1-1 dispatchers. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear created the drama. The three are known for their work on shows like Glee, American Horror Story and American Crime Story.

Stark is firefighter Evan ‘Buck’ Buckley. To some viewers the emergencies dealt with on the show may seem insane, and ludicrous. Yet, there are grains of truth to be found.

“I think the majority [of the emergencies] are at least based or at least influenced on something that has really happened,” said Stark. “The writers kind of have a tough time of combing through YouTube. Or [looking for] different headlines from different cities for finding stuff that could be turned into good television.”

Newborn baby stuck in a pipe? Is someone getting strangled by their pet python? A bouncy house flying through the air? Has a dance floor collapsed? Is a person stuck in a car wash? These were highlighted on the show and, in some form, all occurred in real life.

“We have great consultants on set who have been real firefighters. They make sure we are doing everything as we should,” said Stark. “We have a lot of respect for them, so what they say goes. It’s a balancing act between keeping it as real as possible, and servicing the story.”

Those wide range of other emergencies were a curveball for Stark. He admits he thought firefighters only worked fires, before the role of Buck came around.

“I think the way the show is written; the emergencies we go on are always so varied. We are doing different stuff each week. Even though it is technically a procedural, I don’t think it ever feels like we are working on one. The emergencies continue to get bigger and expand further … the writing is fresh. When I come to work as an actor, it feels fresh.”


There are even viewers who get surprised about Stark. He hides his British accent on the show.

“I feel like a lot of work had to go into [the accent.] So I was able to get to this point.”

Stark grew up in London. He admits to missing the city sometimes, but he doesn’t think he will ever live there again.

“And in all honesty, some days it comes more naturally than others. But the work was put in a while ago. I can take my foot off the gas, a little bit in that respect, and concentrate more on the character,” he said. “I didn’t have a teacher. I lived in California for a few years and it was definitely a case of practicing and being immersed in the accent was a big help.”

Stark did act in plays during school. He started making short films after that. Which turned acting into more than just being a hobby. Stark acknowledges there were lots of bad films made. It was part of the process though.

“I wanted to be a million different things when I was growing up,” said Stark. “Acting was always something I enjoyed, but I didn’t necessarily see it as a career choice until I was 18 or 19. Before that, I was focused on being a football player. Or whatever else had taken my fancy that particular week. But acting was never the career plan when I was young.”


The fire station on 9-1-1 is not a real one. Stark believes it was converted from a car showroom. Fox rented the fire trucks during the first season, then the company purchased three of them to use for the second season. An episode can take anywhere from nine to 12 days to complete. Some a bit longer.

“I think one of the biggest challenges, and something I enjoy being challenged by, is the physical aspect. It’s not only giving my lines, but it’s doing it while climbing a ladder. It’s being up really high or rappelling down a mountain. That’s been something I’ve never really had the chance to experiment and play with. That’s been a new challenge for me, but one I’ve enjoyed. It is, in fact, one of my favourite things to get to do.

“It’s not so hard to go work like that when you enjoy the people you are working with,” said Stark. “I trust in the writing of the show. The creatives behind it have such a proven track record. I know it will move in whatever direction it needs to move. Whatever part I get to play in that, I’m happy to be a part of it.

Stark is still filming the second season at this writing. There will be some downtime to enjoy and he likes to spend it with his girlfriend. He plans to explore nature, and there’s plenty around in California. He also likes to focus on good food when he eats and most of all, relax. It’s been a while since Stark has gone to the movie theatre. He mentioned The Favourite and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on his watch list. The two were recent Oscar winners.

9-1-1 returns to wrap up the second season on Monday, March 18 at 9 p.m. The show will be new for eight episodes.

“I think it’s certainly going to be a dark second half of the season,” said Stark. “It will keep its moments of humour and heart as it always had. Definitely, dark moments coming up. For me, this back eight are just very big episodes. I’m very proud of the work we have been able to do on it.”

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