mark addy atlantis bbc america newscom 325 'Atlantis' Mark Addy: 'You see this stuff in the movies'Zap2it: Did you grow up knowing the Greek myths?

Mark Addy: We learned about them in school.

Zap2it: When did you know you wanted to be an actor?

Mark Addy: I had work experience at York Theatre Royal in the workshop crew. And I started doing that, and I was in theater from the age of 14. And watching actors work, I found fascinating.

Zap2it: Were you in school plays?

Mark Addy: I can’t remember.

Zap2it: What other jobs have you had?

Mark Addy: Not a huge amount, really. They told me about drama schools. I was auditioning, and I tried and got into Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. On holidays, I would work crew on shows. You can learn a lot by watching actors work.

Zap2it: How does this version of “Atlantis” strike you?

Mark Addy: I think we are doing stuff in this that I have not seen on TV before. It’s stuff you see in the movies. For a TV show to take on the kind of stuff they are doing is unusual. If you are doing harness work — with a wire — you have to know what you are doing.

Zap2it: Would you watch this with your children?

Mark Addy: Yes, in thinking about my kids, I would watch. Whoa — it’s an adventure! They (the show’s creators) are showing concern. It’s not an adult show. You don’t want parents writing in. You don’t want anyone doing anything they shouldn’t. I think that is a good thing. I am just having an absolute ball.