Jake recently spoke with Esquire Latinoamerica via Zoom to discuss his latest project, The Right Stuff, and more! This article is originally in Spanish, so apologies if the automatic translation is inaccurate.
ESQUIRE: Tell us about The Right Stuff.
JAKE MCDORMAN: The series is based on Tom Wolfe’s book of the same name, which tells the story of a group of astronauts in the American Space Program , where they tested experimental aircraft and rockets.
It tells who they were, what they did, enters their personal lives and shows us what their relationships with their wives were like.
It was very interesting because they became famous in the world, the American media projected them as celebrities and they were not necessarily prepared for that level of fame.
ESQ: What made you decide to participate in this production?
JM: Honestly, it was a bit of everything. The pilot script was fantastic, one of the best I’ve read in years for a single camera drama.
He had a lot of different characters to introduce and juggle ; all that, in one hour of broadcast, is impressive. I think Mark Lafferty (the producer) did incredibly well.
Plus, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company was involved, which has a certain pedigree and makes you feel like you’re in good hands, and the fact that it was for NatGeo (Disney + wasn’t involved at the time) gave it even more exposure.
ESQ: Do you have anything in common with your character, Alan Shepard?
JM: Yes, I think you always find coincidences with the characters you play. I would say insecurities can be pretty universal, and even though these guys did very brave things, they are still human.
Alan’s reluctance to be famous, as well as his ongoing struggle with being a celebrity and the fame that came with the Space Program, are things any actor can relate to.
Alan and the other six astronauts were among the most famous people in the 1960s; I, obviously, have not lived something like that or at that level, but in my microcosm I can understand the anxiety of being in the public eye.
ESQ: Of all the characters you have played so far, which has been your favorite?
JM: Brian Finch from Limitless. I didn’t play it for that long, but it was a show focused on this character’s experience and the show’s writers were terrific, they wrote according to my strengths and allowed me to have fun with it.
I also really enjoyed my experience on HBO’s Watchmen, the character was kind of nefarious, but it was a fun world and I’m a huge fan of comics.continue reading