In 2008, J.J. Abrams’ science fiction drama Fringe premiered on FOX to stellar ratings, earning it a spot as the fifth most watched show of the week. Over the next five seasons while on the air, the series would go on to gain a cult following and turned its stars into bonafide genre celebrities. But the greatest of the main three to benefit from all the fame might have to be Australian actor John Noble, who until then was mainly known for his supporting part in The Lord of the Rings.
Since Fringe, Noble has been able to enjoy a healthy career in the U.S. and abroad. He joined the cast of Sleepy Hollow for two seasons and recently did voice-over work on Warner Bros’ video game Batman: Arkham Knight, all while guest starring on series like The Good Wife and Forever. Apparently, the sky’s the limit for the 66-year-old actor.
Noble recently sat down for a press interview at MCM Comic Con in London, where he talked about his burgeoning career; Sleepy Hollow season 3; his past work on Fringe; and whether he’ll do more voice-over work after Batman: Arkham Knight. You can watch the video above, but here are some excerpts.
Asked about his feelings on age, and how his career received a second wind in the U.S. at the age of 50, Noble answered by putting an encouraging spin on the topic:
“I think it’s a very positive story. Because we never know, do we? You know how we can get depressed and think, ‘Oh I’ve turned 40, my life is over.’ This can happen to all of us… I feel incredibly lucky, but I think it’s a testament to not giving up. All of us can get to the stage where we say, ‘That’s it I’ve had it. Look at my face, it’s not what it used to be.’ But it’s really an attitude thing.”
Noble’s perseverance has definitely paid off with starring roles on two hit genre series, Fringe and Sleepy Hollow. The latter had some well-documented growing pains this past season, but Noble wishes his former cast members all the best, even though he won’t be back for Sleepy Hollow season 3:
“There’s a new showrunner, and they’ve got a very simple brief, which is to reboot the show, go back to concentrate on the Ichabod and Abbie thing, which was the strength in the beginning. I’m so hopeful that it will come back, because it did lose its way… I thought the first season was fantastic, but with the second season, I really wondered what was going on.”
Noble also has nothing but nice things to say about his time on Fringe, for which he received numerous Saturn Awards, Satellite Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Awards:
“The character of Walter Bishop was just a gift to any actor, but also the concept. The relationships that were created, which I think ultimately were the strength of the show, the family relationship between Walter and Peter… It was a total joy. I’ve done other great shows, but that one was so special in an actor’s life.”
As for where Noble might show up next, the actor says he’s open to “whatever comes along.” While he does enjoy voice over work, he doesn’t see it as his direction in life. Noble’s optimist outlook has clearly worked for him so far, and so he gives one parting thought at the end of the interview: “You just gotta, somehow or other, put one foot in front of the other. And hope can spring eternal. If you keep that attitude, who knows what doors will open.”
Batman: Arkham Knight releases in stores on June 23, 2015. Sleepy Hollow season three begins airing in Fall 2015.