Interview: Chris Diamantopoulos on Accents and Action in ‘Mrs. Davis’ and Memorable Past Roles

In the new Peacock series Mrs. Davis, Simone (Betty Gilpin) is a nun with a mission: to destroy the world’s most powerful artificial intelligence. Among her most eccentric allies in trying to take down this all-knowing entity with unlimited resources at its disposal is JQ (Chris Diamantopoulos), whose strong Australian accent is just one part of his magnetic ridiculousness.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Diamantopoulos, who has previously appeared in series like Silicon Valley, Episodes, and The Twilight Zone, about the chance to work with executive producers Damon Lindelof and Tara Hernandez and take on this terrific role. About the character and his accent, Diamantopoulos shared:

“One of the Peacock execs is Australian, and she asked Betty…what part of Australia is he from? And Betty said, he’s from Toronto! So that’s pretty nice. I had a ball. I loved the character, I loved the show…The notion of the Australian was a last-minute thing that Damon asked about. I thought about a regionalism, and we thought, he can’t just be Australian. It’s got to be like Russell Crowe meets all of the Hemsworth family blended up and then cinematically spewed out. It had to be epic Australian, and that certainly made it great fun.”

On how the show has helped him view AI and its potential:

“Everybody is doomsday-predicting. I think, certainly in our industry, anytime technology has been produced, first people scoff, and then they freak out. They’ll never be talking pictures! Color? Ha! Hogwash! I think AI and any technological advances we have will ultimately find a way to be another color in our palette of storytelling. I just think, as long as humans are the ones watching the stories, then there has to be a human element to the stories being told. That doesn’t mean it can’t be influenced, impacted, or helped by virtue of technology.”

Watch the full conversations below.

New episodes of Mrs. Davis debut weekly on Thursdays on Peacock.


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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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