Newfoundland-born actor Jonathan Watton has gone from being a fan of The Handmaid’s Tale, which starts its new season Sunday, to a cast member.
Watton — who has worked in TV, film and theatre for two decades — will play Commander Matthew Calhoun during the award-winning show’s third season, which airs on the Crave service in Canada.
He got the role “the old-fashioned way” after auditioning, but Watton said he had followed the Toronto-shot series closely during its first two seasons.
Coming in as a fan required him to disconnect from that before he started filming, he said.
“I’ve got to go to work now and I sort of have to put the fandom away, for sure,” he said, “and then just show and sort of jump into that world.”
Return to Gilead
That world is a dark one, as the series tells the story of Gilead, an authoritarian and deeply religious society that emerges after a civil war in the United States and a mass societal panic caused by the effects of environmental degradation and disease.