I recently had the privilege to interview Corin Nemec. He is best known for his roles as Jonas Quinn on “Stargate” and Parker Lewis on “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.”
Kurt Manwaring: Welcome! Before we begin, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you first caught the acting bug?
Corin Nemec: It was the movie “Goonies.” My father was the Art Director in that film and after seeing it, knowing what life was like on set, knowing how much fun the actors had making that movie, I just had to do it too.
Kurt Manwaring: You recently published your first novel, “Venice High.” Could you tell us a little bit about the book, why it is important to you, and how people can get a copy?
Corin Nemec: The book can be purchased at lulu.com and searching the title “Venice High,” mine should appear at the top. It is what I call a “scripted novel” due to the style the book is formatted in.
I was compelled to write it because my early teens were spent immersed in the graffiti scene in LA. My experience was so wild, I wanted to find a soft way to share it with others, so I decided to write a fictional story drawn from real life experience and put it out there in the universe!
Kurt Manwaring: What kind of pressure did you feel joining “Stargate” as an established show and replacing a beloved character?
Corin Nemec: There was not so much pressure as excitement. The cast, crew, and creative team were so down to earth, they made walking into their world as easy as it could be. It was a dream job, really.
Kurt Manwaring: Could you tell us about the audition process for the role of Jonas?
Corin Nemec: ActuaIly, I did not audition but I did submit my acting reel. It was a right place/right time moment. I was at MGM auditioning for a different project and bumped into the casting directors for “Stargate”; from there it was a miracle of fortune. God bless “Stargate!”
Kurt Manwaring: In what ways did your reception by the cast and crew change over time? Did it mirror the journey of your character who grew to be more accepted over the course of the season?
Corin Nemec: The longer I worked on the show, the more fun and exciting it became. The bonds became tighter and relationships of the characters more interesting. I just would have loved to do more!
Kurt Manwaring: One of your fans won the chance to ask you a question. Brad Bourbina of Pittsburg, KS, asks, “Whose idea was it for Jonas to be eating constantly — yours, the writers, or the directors? That was a GREAT little quirk of the character.”
Whose idea was it for Jonas to be eating constantly? Yours, the writers, or the directors? That was a GREAT little quirk of the character.
— Saber Khai (@bbbourb) April 6, 2018
Corin Nemec: That eating thing was my idea! I figured since Jonas was from a different planet that his relationship with food would be very important.
Kurt Manwaring: How were you told about the return of Michael Shanks? Did you feel disappointed or had you begun the season knowing your character might not be around for multiple seasons?
Corin Nemec: Michael originated with that show, his return was very welcome. Though of course disappointed, I still was happy for Michael. Being an actor on a great show like “Stargate” is the best life ever.
Kurt Manwaring: Who is one of the most talented directors you worked with on “Stargate”? What did you appreciate about his/her approach?
Corin Nemec: All the directors shared equal talent. “Stargate” is a huge show to direct and it is not for the short of talent. Peter Deluise was surely a favorite to work with, he was always a crackup and he approved of my eating a banana in outer space in one episode.
Kurt Manwaring: Would you be willing to reprise your role as Jonas Quinn if there is a “Stargate” revival? What do you think Jonas is up to now
Corin Nemec: Jonas was president of Kelowna until the Goauld blew up his planet. Hopefully he made it through their Stargate before incineration.
Kurt Manwaring: You are active on Twitter discussing political topics. What could politicians today learn from SG-1?
Corin Nemec: Ohhhhhh no, I steer clear of politics. I dabble but don’t play the game.
Kurt Manwaring: Let’s say you are tasked with writing a Jonas-centric pilot for a fourth “Stargate” series. Where will viewers discover Jonas, why might he be hesitant to come back — and why does he ultimately return?
Corin Nemec: Hmmmm… Well if I am writing it… everyone comes back. A parallel universe where Jonas never goes home. And Dr. Jackson never died.