Himesh Patel on the Pandemic, Fatherhood and ‘Station Eleven

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The first publication of this Himesh Patel and “Station Eleven” story was in TheWrap’s awards publication’s Down to the Wire: Drama issue.

Himesh Patel on the Pandemic, Fatherhood and ‘Station Eleven

Himesh Patel on the Pandemic, Fatherhood and ‘Station Eleven

Himesh Patel, who plays the lead character in “Station Eleven,” a superb limited series from HBO Max that was adapted from the same-titled novel by Emily St. John Mandel, wasn’t a father when production on the show began back in January 2020.

Himesh Patel on the Pandemic, Fatherhood and ‘Station Eleven

He was also not caught up in a worldwide pandemic. But my, how times have changed.

Himesh Patel on the Pandemic, Fatherhood and ‘Station Eleven

Patel excels as Jeevan Chaudhary, a character whose first instinct is always to act decisively and whose second impulse is to question that action right away.

Himesh Patel on the Pandemic, Fatherhood and ‘Station Eleven

After all, that is why he finds himself caring for young Kirsten (Matilda Lawler) after a tragic accident and why he reluctantly accepts the role of her caregiver as their world comes to an end.

Himesh Patel on the Pandemic, Fatherhood and ‘Station Eleven

“I’ve experienced periods of aimlessness in my life, as well as insecurity and doubt about my choices. Regarding finding an instant connection with Jeevan, Patel said, “And I’ve definitely felt out of my depth. “You know, I still frequently feel out of my element.

Himesh Patel on the Pandemic, Fatherhood and ‘Station Eleven

The production of “Station Eleven” was halted due to COVID-19 after the first and third episodes of the series were filmed in Chicago, sending the cast and crew back to their homes.

Himesh Patel on the Pandemic, Fatherhood and ‘Station Eleven

Suddenly, fiction had become fact. It would be an understatement to say that the show had much greater emotional resonance, but with that increased emotional resonance came a greater understanding of Jeevan and the decisions he makes in the face of difficulty.

Himesh Patel on the Pandemic, Fatherhood and ‘Station Eleven

 

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