Patrick Gilmore is a busy man. Perhaps best known for his role on SyFy’s “SGU Stargate Universe,” he can currently be seen starring on Netflix’s new series, “Travelers,” alongside Eric McCormack as well as his recurring role on the DirectTV comedy “You Me Her.” I caught up with him to talk the craft of acting, freedoms as a performer and what he’s learned about himself through his art.
What initially inspired you to be an actor?
My parents bought a video camera when I was five or six. This was in the early 80s, long before handycams were a thing. I became enamored with the magic of creating movies. It just seems obvious to me now that I was meant to be an actor.
What sort of freedom do you have with a Netflix show that you might not have with a network show?
That’s more of a question for the producers, but, from what I saw, Netflix gave us the freedom to fully realize Brad Wright’s vision. There was never that feeling of breathing down our necks.
How has “Travelers” challenged you as an actor?
Having worked with the majority of the crew before, and knowing Brad for as long as I have, [the] set felt like home for me and allowed me the freedom to explore and relax with complete support. It was a luxury to stretch and discover.
What did you learn about yourself as a person while making this show?
I learned that there is still so much I don’t know. Every episode I would end up chatting with a different department on set and try to learn how their job works and how I can help make their job easier. I can’t stress enough how collaborative this process is. “For want of a nail…”
What’s next for you?
I’d like to keep exploring and stretching, figuratively & literally. Finding roles that challenge me and finding adventures in the real world that I can draw from creatively. It’s a big world & there are a lot of roles I haven’t played. Plenty to explore.