Drew Roy, one of the stars of TNT’s Falling Skies, says he feels like pinching himself every day that he’s on the set, just to make sure this dream job of his is real. “From the very beginning, from the day I got to audition, I was in heaven,” says Roy, who plays a teen resistance fighter battling alien invaders. “I could have bombed the audition and not gotten the job and still been happy, because this is a Steven Spielberg production. Just to be a blip on his radar was enough for me.” But Roy got the role of Hal, the son of Noah Wyle’s Tom, and the experience just keeps getting “cooler and cooler,” he says. “Hal is a 17-year-old kid who should be in high school playing sports, but he has been put in this position of leadership,” Roy says. “He has a gun, he’s fighting for his life and he’s having to protect others. What an amazing character. I get to do action sequences. There are love interests — and as a red-blooded American male, I can’t complain about that. And there’s lots of meaty dialog. I mean, I would be greedy to want anything more.” But more he will get. Falling Skies, which ends season 1 at 8 p.m. CT Sunday, Aug. 7, recently got a Season 2 pickup.
Are you a fan of science fiction?
“Here’s my thing. I’m all about some sci-fi, but I’m not going to rush out to see something just because it’s sci-fi. I am going to want to see something because it’s a great story. Whatever genre, if it’s a good story, I’ll watch it. But if you don’t have a good story to tell, I’m not necessarily on board. So often in science fiction, people abuse science fiction just for the sake of making some nasty alien creature or some wild planet or something. When science fiction is truly great is when it has some extra meaning, some other issue from our world that can be expressed through the aliens. I like our show because I feel like we do that.”