Netflix has just launched a thrilling new TV series globally called The OA.
A desperate woman is glimpsed diving from a bridge into the icy waters below. Her name is Prairie Johnson, and she’s been missing for seven years. Blind since the age of seven, she’s found in a hospital with her sight restored—and a new identity. She is now The OA.
The 8 part series stars Irish actor, Patrick Gibson, in the role of Steve Winchell.
The character, Steve Winchell, is a physically aggressive but deeply wounded boy who is unable to find a healthy outlet for his inner rage.
Patrick’s role is pivotal given the strong connection Steve develops with The OA, and Brit Marling said she was deeply impressed by Irish actor Patrick Gibson when he came to New York to discuss the part.
“He had this notebook in his lap labelled ‘Steve Winchell,’” Marling says. “He opened it and showed me page after page of watercolour drawings he’d done, playlists for the kinds of music he would listen to as Steve. It was the kind of notebook that I would have made to prepare for a part I had gotten already—he had made it just to come audition. The depth of work that he had done on that character was stunning.”
“Steve’s relationship with Prairie is something truly profound,” Patrick Gibson says. “She is, in many ways, Steve’s saviour. She isn’t afraid of him like many others because she is one of the few who sees him for what he really is. Initially, that puts Steve on edge but that quickly changes… Ultimately Steve just wants to fit in, something I think we can all relate to whether we admit it or not.”
Patrick Gibson is best known for his work on the Showtime series The Tudors and for his leading performance as Tommy in the acclaimed BBC series, The Passing Bells. His other television work includes Primeval for ITV/ BBC America and the Sky Movies/SyFy series, Neverland, also starring Bob Hoskins, Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans. His previous film work includes the coming-of-age drama, What Richard Did, from director Lenny Abrahamson and the indie comedy, Gold. In 2017, the Ireland native will star alongside Idris Elba in Sky Atlantic’s Guerrilla, a new political drama from the Oscar-winning writer of 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley. Other upcoming projects include a leading role in the anticipated follow-up to The White Queen, Starz’s historical drama series, The White Princess and the international release of Lone Scherfig‘s feature, Their Finest.