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Friday / March 29 / 2019

Interview with Hollywood Life

Jake spoke with Hollywood Life and discussed his character on What We Do in the Shadows and his (hilarious) first day on set.

Jake McDorman stars as Jeff, an average human guy who Nadja thinks is the reincarnation of her old lover, Gregor. Nadja spies on Jeff and catches him masturbating in one of the funniest scenes from the premiere. That scene was actually the first scene Jake filmed for the show, and his recollection about it is absolutely hilarious.

“They sprung that on me like the day I had to do it,” Jake told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “That was my first day at work, by the way, with my heroes, Jemaine and Taika. I went to set at midnight, because the show is all about vampires, so it’s night shoots. I meet Taika and Jemaine, and the first scene I’m doing is that scene. The first experience I had on What We Do In The Shadows was laying in bed with a walkie talkie next to me with Taika Waititi giving me direction on my ‘O’ face. He’s like, ‘That’s good. More teeth. More teeth. Now be happy about it. Be happy about it. Now angry. More angry at yourself. Hate yourself a little bit. Good, good. Hate yourself. Hate yourself.’ I’m just going to town trying to take his direction, and he goes on and on and on until I finally broke. I was like, ‘Oh my god. Someone call cut.’ He goes, ‘Oh, mate. We called cut ages ago.’ I asked Jemaine, ‘So was that everything that you’d imagined when you wrote it?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, pretty much.’ As much as I would’ve died if I got a call from them personally about getting the part, I think this introduction was even more special.”

While Jake couldn’t reveal whether or not Jeff is actually the reincarnation of Gregor, he teased that “Nadja is dead certain, so that will play out for sure, and we’ll find out if that’s real or if she’s mistaken.” Even though Nadja is a vampire, Jeff is just excited to have some female attention. “He’s just so stoked to have someone even into him that he doesn’t stop to ask why,” Jake continues. “He’s just going to roll with it. You want to look like a vampire from hundreds of years ago? That’s all right. I’ll take it. It’s the most innocent intentions.”

Before What We Do In The Shadows, Jake was working on the Murphy Brown revival, playing Candice Bergen’s onscreen son, Avery. These projects were polar opposites. Once he was finished filming Murphy Brown, Jake jumped at the chance to be a part of Jemaine and Taika’s show.

“I’ve seen almost everything both of them have done, and that was how I went into this project, and that’s always an exciting way to go into anything,” Jake said. “It was also humbling and terrifying. But they did such a good job of making you feel like, hey, you’re here for a reason, and we’re going to have some fun, and just have a blast. There was no pretension. There was no ownership. It was really, really, really a great environment to improvise, play around, take suggestions, and get ridiculous.”


Wednesday / March 13 / 2019

What We Do in the Shadows First Look Featurette

The creators and the main cast discuss the show and their characters in the special first look on What We Do in the Shadows!


Friday / March 08 / 2019

Meet the New Bloodsuckers in What We Do in the Shadows

Austin Chronicle got to interview one of the cast of What We Do in the Shadows, Natasia Demetriou, who plays Nadja. There’s finally a mention on Jake’s character!

Demetriou plays Nadja as the perfect sex bomb. She swoons wistfully while daydreaming about lovers, and her carnal desires in the series are currently fueled not by her beau Laszlo, but by a human who looks exactly like a knight she accidentally killed in bed hundreds of years ago (played by Jake McDorman). One man she is not interested in (as of the moment) is Nandor. A soldier from the Ottoman Empire, he takes on a similar role to that of Waititi’s Vladislav in the feature film – delightfully eager and charming as he overdramatizes everything for the cameras. His big entrance involves his familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillen), shaking jazz hands in his direction as he (not so gracefully) emerges headfirst from his coffin.


Wednesday / February 06 / 2019

What We Do in the Shadows Official Trailer

FX has released the full official trailer of the new vampire comedy series, What We Do in the Shadows, based on the feature film of the same name. The series will premiere on March 27th, 10 PM on FX! There’s no word on the character that Jake is playing though, but he will be a recurring guest star.


Saturday / February 02 / 2019

CBS Boss on the Future of Murphy Brown

During the CBS panel on this year’s Television Critics Association’s winter tour, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl addressed the future of Murphy Brown, via Hollywood Reporter.

Murphy Brown likely didn’t perform the way you would have hoped. Looking back, is there anything you’d have done differently? Why do you think it didn’t find a larger audience?
No. It actually improved the time period from a year prior. I heard from people that they really enjoyed the show. [Creator] Diane English came to us and said this was the show she wanted to do and we let her do that show. I think she would agree with that. It was a very fun show to be involved with and it certainly remains in contention for next year.
I’d heard from sources that multiple people associated with the production wanted some sort of additional episode order beyond the initial 13 it was picked up for. But in success, had Murphy Brown delivered a Roseanne-like rating, would you have done a back order?
Diane and Warner Bros. TV came to us from minute one and said we’d like to do 13 episodes of the show — and only 13 episodes of the show. We understood we were doing 13 episodes of the show and planned it that way. There was really no talk of anything beyond that because that’s what we understood; that was the deal with the show when it came to us.
So even if it popped, you would not have ordered one, two or five more?
I stick with what I just said.
Would you want another 13 or a shorter order?
It depends. You get to May [upfronts] and you have to look at all the pieces in contention and piece together a new season. You have to try to make everything fit the schedule to the best of your ability.


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