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    Joshua Jackson Says He Wouldn't Have Accepted His Role In "The Affair" If He Had Been A Father

    "I wouldn't want to actually do that now."

    Spoilers for The Affair follow.

    At this point, Joshua Jackson is a straight-up veteran of TV. He's been on plenty of shows you've watched, as well as a few you might need to catch up on.

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    One of Joshua's most memorable recent roles was in Showtime's twisty drama The Affair as grieving husband Cole Lockhart, whose son dies just before the show's official timeline kicks off.

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    Playing Cole meant flexing some serious chops for Joshua, and it undoubtedly elevated his profile as an actor. But would he do it again? Not quite.

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    In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Joshua revealed that, if he were offered the role of Cole today, he'd more than likely turn it down — and his reasoning is understandable.

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    In the interview, Joshua explained that welcoming a child with actor and wife Jodie Turner-Smith has likely changed his perspective when it comes to taking on a role like Cole.

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    "I wouldn't want to actually do that now," he said. "I'm so glad I shot that before I became an actual father, because it was a place of imagination."

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    Joshua added that keeping track of the show's overlapping storylines and narrative concept — which often featured multiple differing perspectives on the same plot point — could be "challenging" at times, but rewarding as well.

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    "It was a lot of fun," he said, likening the show to his turn on the trippy sci-fi drama Fringe. "We had to keep the iterations separate in your head, and then I jumped into this other show, which had a very science fiction–conceived idea, even though it's played as a straight drama."

    Joshua with The Affair costar Ruth Wilson, who is holding a baby
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    He added, "InThe Affair, the plot stakes were less, being more human scale, but the emotional stakes were higher." No kidding!

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    Read more of the interview here.