TORONTO – Canadian actor Joshua Jackson has found himself telling books lately – for two very different audiences. Professionally, he does so with the new Canadian suspenseful audiobook “Oracle” on Audible.ca’s all new Plus catalog.
TORONTO – Canadian actor Joshua Jackson has found himself telling books lately – for two very different audiences.
Professionally, he does so with the new Canadian suspenseful audiobook “Oracle” on Audible.ca’s all new Plus catalog.
And personally, he reads daily to the one-year-old daughter he welcomed into the world in April 2020 with his actress-wife, “Queen & Slim” star Jodie Turner-Smith.
“She gets a full performance every night,” the former Vancouver-born “Dawson’s Creek” and “Fringe” star said in a recent video interview.
“We have three books rotating for story time.”
“Oracle” is a psychological and supernatural noir written especially for Audible.ca by Andrew Pyper of Toronto, award-winning author of 10 novels, including “The Residence”, “The Demonologist” and “Lost Girls”.
Audible.ca also has an upcoming “Oracle: The Dreamland Murders Series” featuring the same protagonist, Nate Russo, an FBI investigator who uses psychic abilities to solve kidnappings and homicides.
Jackson recounted both the audiobook and the “Oracle” series.
“It’s very engaging, it gets you in really fast,” said Jackson, whose other credits include the “The Mighty Ducks” movie franchise and the “When They See Us” miniseries on Netflix and “Little Fires”. Everywhere ”on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. In 2018, he made his acclaimed Broadway debut in “Children of a Lesser God”.
“You start at 100 miles an hour, then slow down and catch your breath for a second, then it continues for the rest of the story.”
Jackson said he recorded the audiobook – his very first – in a studio while filming his new Peacock series, “Dr. Death,” in New York City from September through March. “Dr. Death” premieres September 12 on Showcase with Jackson in the true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a Dallas neurosurgeon known as Dr. Death for gross malpractice.
Jackson recorded the rest of the “Oracle” series at his home in Southern California, where he spent the first few months of the pandemic bonding with his family. As he recently told men’s fashion magazine Mr. Porter, he grew up in this same house until he and his mother returned to Vancouver at the age of eight, but he bought it. for himself in 2001.
“I worked out, which was good, a bit of releasing the pressure. But really, the year for me has been falling in love with my wife and my baby,” Jackson said from the basement. of the House.
“She arrived a few weeks after our confinement and I had this amazing experience of being able to be with my wife for pretty much the entire pregnancy, to be there for the delivery, obviously, and then really to be. the.
“I didn’t get back to work until the end of September, so we spent almost six full 100% months at home, all three being family. And it’s terrible to say in the wake of this extremely difficult year for everyone, but it was actually a wonderful experience for us. Because there is no other version of my life, certainly my professional life, that would have really given me this period of free time. “
Jackson said his mother was there for the birth but had to return to Canada when the lockdown and border restrictions were implemented.
“My wife’s mother lives with us, not all the time but for a long time, because she lives in the United States,” he said.
“So the Jamaican side (the baby) has met. But the Canadian side, the Irish side, we have to get mum here. She has a second shot (of vaccine) now. So we’re just trying to figure out (IT out. ”
It was Jackson’s mother, casting director Fiona Jackson, who got him hooked on literature when he started acting at a young age and eventually rose to fame as self-deprecating Pacey Witter in the drama for WB / Global teens “Dawson’s Creek”. The series is enjoying a resurgence in popularity as viewers re-watch or discover it on streaming services during the pandemic.
“My mother instilled in me the love of reading from an early age and gave me the joy of books,” he said.
In recent years, he says life in Los Angeles has fostered an appreciation for audiobooks.
“There’s a lot of commuting here, so there’s a lot of time in your car to listen to books,” Jackson said. “It is an amazing experience to have a well read book in your space and to be your companion on the way to work in the morning.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Monday August 23.
Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press