“I’m so happy to be sharing what I’ve been doing for the last couple of years!”, MacKenzie Porter excitedly told us over the phone recently. The multi-talented actress-singer-songwriter is set to launch the first two tracks from her worldwide debut EP this Friday (we had the opportunity to listen to the new tracks, and they are outstanding). And if that is not enough, Porter’s Netflix original series Travelers (in which she features as the complex Marcy) returns for its third season in a few weeks, thus making her the biggest breakout star in a popular sci-fi series and soon-to-be worldwide country pop icon since…you know, the Alberta-born MacKenzie Porter just might be the very first! That being said, she’s also one of the most humble, generous and self-aware individuals that we have ever interviewed, so the prospect of dual stardom clearly won’t get to her head.
The following is a condensed and edited version of our chat with the lovely MacKenzie Porter.
Brief Take: Why do you think Travelers appeals so much to such a wide audience?
MacKenzie Porter: I think that even though it’s a sci-fi show, a lot of it is based in relationships and how people feel, even though they are going through a situation that is a little bit more far-fetched, like time travel. But it is still showing human emotion through that, which is an overall concept that is immediately present through seasons 1, 2 and 3. And specifically in 3, I think that it touches on it even more, the realness of how people feel. We talk about coming from the future, and they don’t think that they are going to be affected by love or by family, like Nesta (Cooper)’s character with her baby. None of us have expected to feel the things that we feel now, coming back in time. So I think that this is a cool thing that we touch on throughout the season. So when I talk to people, I say “if you’re not a sci-fi fan, you’ll still be a fan of the show”, because there’s so much love in it, it’s almost like a drama / sci-fi.
BT: You’re part of an interesting team on the show and the ensemble seem to get along like a team, on and off set. Tell me about that group dynamic.
MP: With all of the actors on set, it’s really been amazing how tight we have all gotten. I think that inspired me every day to go to work. Nesta is one of my best friends, Jared (Abrahamson) is one of my best friends, Eric (McCormack) and I are super close, Patrick (Gilmore) and I are super close, and Reilly (Dolman) too. I feel like it doesn’t happen that often. I’ve been on other shows in which the show wrapped and you don’t hang with those people any more. But in three weeks, I’m going to New York to hang out with Jared and his girlfriend, my boyfriend and I are going to hang out with them, we’re super close, Nesta and her boyfriend might come. So it’s like a family, and that just makes everything on set because the team is like a family. It’s almost like this tangled web of reality and script, which is really cool. All the personalities click and we all play different roles within the family. For example, Eric is obviously the leader of the show and our little crew, and he’s more of the father figure within the group, where he has to somehow wrangle all the kids to settle down. [laughs] Jared is the goofball of the group, and everyone has their part.