EXCLUSIVE: Mark Pellegrino Goes Inside The Fanatic’s Mind

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Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural) is back at it again. Landing his role as Dr. Jedikiah Price on The CW’s Tomorrow People, Pellegrino tells Hollywood.com exclusively about his new character as well as a recap on the other bad boys he’s previously played.

Can you tell us a little about your character in The Tomorrow People?

What makes the role unique for me is the mind of Jedikiah: The fanatic’s mind. The mind so devoted to one purpose and so assured of the righteousness of that purpose that he will stop at nothing and sacrifice almost anything to attain it.

Do you see this character as good or bad?

I never view my characters as bad (unless the character views himself that way) because I feel that objectifies him and makes him an intellectual construct and not a living person. In this case, I think what Roger Price says in the pilot may be apropos for Jedikiah (and I paraphrase) ‘don’t believe everything you see’. Jed makes a hard first impression, but there is definitely more there than meets the eye. Stay tuned. 

You have played quite a few ‘bad’ men. Revolution, Supernatural, Dexter, Being Human. Is there something that draws you to these roles? 

Well I’m not a writer, but it seems to me that the ‘bad guy’ drives the story. Without him or her, the hero would never be challenged and would probably never realize his or her potential as a hero. So, in terms of story, I like being the engine.

 We can’t avoid asking about Lost. How did it feel to be a part of that cast?

It felt great to be a part of television history and to work with such a talented group of people.

I never watched the show before I was cast. Ha. And after I was cast I was afraid to. I think because I didn’t want to come into it with any preconceived notions. I thought that over thinking it would make it less pliable. Odd right? For a guy who loves to rehearse and do tons of homework, I begged off of that for Lost and opted to be as open to the moment as possible. In any event it kind of worked. Jacob had a deep innocence to him, and I think the openness lent itself to that.

 What’s next for you?

I did a little film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and by all accounts is doing very well. It’s called We Gotta Get Out of This Place. And then there’s The Tomorrow People. I hope that sticks around for a very long time.