‘Lost in Space’ – Molly Parker sees young actors grow

Exploring the family dynamic in space

Molly Parker

Molly Parker says one of the most amazing aspects of filming Netflix’s “Lost in Space” over three seasons was watching the three young actors who play her children on the Netflix sci-fi adventure series grow and mature.

That was driven home for her in a scene that was shot in Season 1, rescued from the cutting room floor and used in a flashback sequence in Season 3, between her character Maureen Robinson and son Will, played by now-16-year-old Maxwell Jenkins.

“He was just a little boy,” the Canadian actress and mother of a 15-year-old son exclaims. “He was like 11 when we started and now he’s taller than everybody and a young man and it really had that bittersweet quality of watching boyhood or something like that where you just really go, ‘Oh my God!’ You know, you see time pass when you have children. It’s like you see it in real time and we get to have that experience.”

The third and final season, which begins streaming Wednesday, Dec. 1, finds Maureen and husband John (Toby Stephens) separated from offspring Will, Penny (Mina Sundwall) and Judy (Taylor Russell) after they sacrificed the Resolute to save them at the end of Season 2. The couple are stranded on a Jupiter with no way of contacting their children or even knowing if they’re alive.

For Maureen, that means a lot of guilt for having taken her kids away from the safety of Earth and placed them in danger, as well as alienation between her and John.

It’s yet another chapter in the life of the Space Family Robinson.

“What I have always loved about this show,” Parker says, “is that at its heart it is about these sort of real family dynamics, and then we get to explore them in this really fun, adventuresome, fantastical way.”

Molly Parker

Birth date: June 30, 1972

Birthplace: Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Family: Divorced; has a 15-year-old son, William

TV credits include: “The Outer Limits,” “Highlander,” “The Sentinel,” “Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years,” “Poltergeist: The Legacy,” “Titanic,” “Twitch City,” “Six Feet Under,” “Deadwood,” “Swingtown,” “Party Down,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Human Target,” “Shattered,” “Dexter,” “The Firm,” “House of Cards,” “Goliath,” “Wormwood”

Movie credits include: “Kissed” (1996), “Bliss” (1997), “Wonderland” (1999), “Waking the Dead” (2000), “Men With Brooms” (2002), “The Wicker Man” (2006), “Hollywoodland” (2006), “The 9th Life of Louis Drax” (2016), “Deadwood: The Movie” (TV, 2019); “Pieces of a Woman” (2020), “Peter Pan & Wendy” (forthcoming)

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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