Q&A with Revolution’s Zak Orth and Matt Pitts

Eric Kripke is the creator and executive producer of NBC’s drama Revolution, airing Mondays at 10pm. He is also the creator and executive producer of the TV show Supernatural.

When the power goes out, you live a little closer to nature — whether you want to or not. No one knows this better than the characters on NBC’s Revolution, who have no choice but to exist in an electricity-free world reclaimed by nature, thanks to a (seemingly) permanent global blackout. Charlie, Miles and the gang must rely on the planet for food, water and shelter.

Lucky for most of us, we don’t have to live without power, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show our appreciation of all the great things that nature provides.

In honor of Earth Month, we will reveal a weekly green-themed Q&A with Revolution cast members featuring their favorite eco-friendly tips, tricks and nature encounters. This week, we’re talking with actor Zak Orth, who plays Aaron Pittman, and Revolution writer Matt Pitts. In case you missed it, check out last week’s chat with Daniella Alonso who plays Nora Clayton.

Conservancy Talk: What’s your favorite movie set in nature?

Actor Zak Orth: Never Cry Wolf. It’s a beautiful, sweeping epic about the years Charles Martin Smith spent alone in the Alaskan wilderness eating mice. I was 12 or 13 when it came out and I absolutely loved it. I made my daughter watch it a few years ago. She thought it was okay, but didn’t care for Brian Dennehy. I told her that was the point.

Conservancy Talk: What was your most memorable experience in nature?

Zak Orth: As a kid I spent a couple summers in Colorado, and my family would go hiking all the time. There was a place near some falls where the water had blasted a giant hole through the rock over time, leaving a balance beam just over the surface. In the middle of that is a section the size and shape of a saddle: you climb out over the water to sit on it. It’s the loudest thing you’ve ever heard, and it’s terrifying, and I deeply resent my parents for making me do it.

Conservancy Talk: What do you do to go green in your daily life?

Zak Orth: I spend a lot of my time picking up other people’s litter on my block. Apparently people will just drop whatever they feel like on the ground. So I go outside a couple times a day and sweep it all up and put it in a trash can. Because I am an adult.

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Conservancy Talk: What would you do if the power went out?  

Writer Matt Pitts: My wife asked me this question at the beginning of season one. My nonchalant answer was to drink all the cold beer. But while writing this first season, something awesome happened — we had a baby. Now my answer to that question is quite different. Family. Family. Family. It’s what the show is about. It’s what life is about. We are very “green” when it comes to our son. He wears cloth diapers and his baby wipes are homemade from a mixture of distilled water and olive oil. Between that and breastfeeding — our son is ready if the power went out.

Conservancy Talk: What would you miss most if the power went out?  

Matt Pitts: There is a wonderful moment where Neville hears a recording of one of his favorite singers for the first time in 15 years. His face is priceless. It’s a great moment. Giancarlo Esposito’s acting is amazing. But it got all the writers thinking — what if we could never hear our favorite singers again? Of course, I could go on a quest to find Robert Plant or Eddie Vedder. Maybe pay them grain to sing me a song. But what about the great ones who have passed? You’d never hear Lennon sing “Imagine” or Elvis sing “Jailhouse Rock.” Their voices would be lost forever. That would be sad.

Conservancy Talk: Where’s your favorite Revolution shooting location?  

Matt Pitts: This is sort of a trick question. We have a few sets, and they are AWESOME. But for the most part we are a road show. Our characters travel across the country and will continue to do so. Every week is a different location. Woods. Lakes. Fields. Rivers. We go everywhere. And then there are the abandoned buildings and factories. These are places that exist in North Carolina that have no use to anyone — except us. Our production designer, Doug Meerdink, is able to take these locations and transform them into places like the children’s home in “The Children’s Crusade” or Monroe’s secret facility in “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.” You know what they say: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Revolution airs Mondays at 10pm on NBC. 

Zak Orth (center) with Billy Burke and Tracy Spiridakos. Image source: Courtesy of NBC]

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