When people meet Jordan Gavaris for the first time, the reaction is usually the same: “Wait, you’re not British?” But don’t feel sorry for Gavaris. He brought this all on himself with his flawlessly flamboyant portrayal of Sarah’s foster brother Felix on BBC America’s Orphan Black. The accent employed by Canadian born and bred Gavaris to play the English Felix is so convincing, in fact, that even after hanging out several times on and off set with Gavaris, I’m still not entirely convinced that it’s not his normal accent that he’s faking. The distinction became even murkier when I caught up with the actor in his trailer on set of filming for season 2 on Orphan Black (which returns on BBC America April 19), because when Gavaris is filming scenes as Felix, he stays in accent all day long rather than flipping back and forth. He also uses different words and employs many of Felix’s mannerisms to help stay in character. So, essentially, you’re talking to Jordan as Felix. Or is it Felix as Jordan? Like I said…confusing. In any event, here’s part of our chat in which Gavaris talks about meeting the fans, understanding the scripts, and trying to convince people on his show that he’s not actually from the U.K.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do people still get freaked out when they find out that you’re not actually British and that is just a phony accent you use for Felix?
JORDAN GAVARIS: Oh, yeah. Michiel Huisman is playing a character on the show and he was notably frightened when I turned it off at the end of the day. At the read through I’m also in character because…well, I’m just a weirdo. Even the way I interact with people and the gestures I use are different. But to answer your question that I’ve prattled on about, yes, they get weird. READ FULL STORY