Hello there Manifesters! We are Josh Dallas and Jeff Rake, the star and co-creator (respectively) of NBC's show MANIFEST, which came back for Season 2 this week. We're here to answer any questions you have about Flight 828 and the mystery of Manifest.
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EDIT: Thanks for all your thought-provoking questions! We loved talking with you, and can't wait for you to see what Season 2 has in store for you. Catch new episodes of Manifest Mondays at 10/9c on NBC and streaming the next day.
Until next time!
Hi Jeff, I love that the two main characters are a brother and sister since that's not usually the central relationship on a TV show and it's refreshing to watch something different, did you always have Ben and Michaela as the mains when you were developing the show?
I did. Centering the show around a brother and sister was one of the earliest components that landed for me. It obviously allows two different relationship strands to emerge from the core heroes. Also, it allows them to be each other's sounding board in regard to their various relationships and journeys. Twice the bang for the buck! -JR
How is Olive more involved in the story this season? Love her character and her relationship with Cal.
This is a big season for Olive. You're going to see her go down a very deep rabbit hole, then have to dig herself out in ways that you'll find surprising and ultimately very satisfying, I hope. As for her relationship with Cal, I'm so with you. One of my favorite aspects of the series. -JR
Manifest is finally playing on the Dutch TV, what do you think about the fact that Manifest is going international?
Loads of love from the Netherlands
We LOVE that it's international, and we love our international Manifesters! -JD
Josh, my wife is a HUGE Once Upon a Time Fan. Her name is Melissa and she would be so happy if you could say hi to her. Also, what was your favorite episode of Once to film?
Hi, Melissa! "Snow Falls" was my favorite to shoot. -JD
has there been any pranks on set this season? 🤣
Melissa and I pranked each other a lot during Season 1. She was the last to get me, and I'm waiting for my revenge. -JD
I am so interested in finding out more about Zeke. Are we going to get to see a lot of his character this season?
Zeke is in for the ride of his life this season. Literally. -JR
When will we get answers about Captain Daly and Fiona? My prediction is that they are still alive and either went back in time or into the future!
That is a viable theory. -JR
Manifest was n°1 new serie in France !
What is like to have a successful show in so many country?
Lots of love from France !
That is so exciting to hear! The fact that our story is exposed to so many people around the world is incredibly gratifying and also humbling. What a pleasure it is to be able to engage with people like you who live so far away, and yet obviously are so similar to us over here. It makes the world feel smaller and more unified, which is very rewarding. -JR
Were you shocked at how strongly people felt about ships on this show or were you expecting people to fall in love with the couples like they did?
I'm continually surprised and impressed by the level of passion our fans bring to boards like these each week. I admit to paying close attention to all of these conversations, particularly those about ships. But I'm sorry to report that the opinions I read will have zero impact on the storytelling. The show is what it is. -JR
For Jeff : What is the best part of creating a show like this ?
For Josh : How did you prepare to play Ben ? Would you like to direct an episode of Manifest if there's a season 3 ?
For Both : Which plot would you like to happens on the show ( anything that isn't on the show ) ?
Thanks you for this show it's amazing !
JR: Wow! Where to begin? For starters, working with Josh Dallas. Secondly, to be able to world build an entire mythological universe from the very beginning, and to surround myself with the greatest partners in order to build production from the ground up is a writer's dream come true.
JD: I did a lot of reading on faith vs. science, on shared trauma, and I would love to be able to contribute to our story in that way.
Does Saanvi tell The Major everything she wants to hear? or does she realize something is up before she reveals the secrets of 828?
Not easy to answer within the confines of this space. But all will be revealed early-ish this season. -JR
Will we get a gracen wedding flashback?
Probably not this season, but you're going to get some other flashbacks. Not necessarily romantic, but... -JR
How’s it like working with Athena?!
LOVE working with Athena. She's an incredible actress and an even better person. -JD
What he said. -JR
Quick question that has been driving me nuts. Were you in a Kentucky Walmart recently by the energy drinks in my small town? I was like yeah that's him 100% but then my rational brain said nah, until I was telling someone about it and we had seen you're from Kentucky! Anyways, if you could put my mind at ease with a yay or nay I would be grateful.
Looking forward to checking out Manifest! I haven't watched much television lately but I always seem to enjoy projects by actors that I've enjoyed in the past.
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Nay, but I do love my old Kentucky home. Rest your weary mind and tune into Manifest Monday nights on NBC, and streaming the next day. -JD
What was it like to meet your wife on the set of ouat?
The greatest day of my life. -JD
Any special Gracen moments to look forward to in season 2?
So many! So many. -JD
What is your favorite Gracen scene this season? Can you tell us anything about it 👀
Hey Alyssa! My favorite scene happens in the next episode, and it may or may not occur in a hospital hallway. -JR
Does the relationship between Ben and Micheala become strained in season two?
It does, at times, but Ben and Michaela are forever there for each other and always have each other's backs regardless of any tension that might arise. -JD
Wait for it...by the time we close in on the finale, you'll see their relationship tested in a more profound way than it ever has been in their lifetime. -JR
Hiiiiiiiiii Josh, so does the manifest story scare you for flying in an airplane?
Every time people see me boarding their flight, I hear "oh, here we go!". -JD
Thankfully Michaela survived that gun shot! But will her injury stop her from following a calling in any way? Will others have to step in and help her?
Her injury won't physically stop her, but there's a lot of collateral damage that will impact her ability to be both a good cop, a good friend, and a good sister. -JR
When we we find out who the Father of the baby is? I really hope it is Ben.
Ben does too. -JD
Hello Josh 😊 Do you believe in a poss love story btw Ben and Saanvi? Bisous! Je t’aime! Karine Bexpretty💙💚
There are all different kinds of love, and who knows where their story ends? -JD
I do. -JR
What was your favorite episode to film for Season two and why? ☺️
There are MANY episodes that I loved this season, but one in particular...you'll just have to wait and see it. -JD
Hey guys! I absolutely LOVE the show! What’s the craziest fan theory that you’ve heard about what happened to 828?
No theory is too crazy for Manifest... -JD
Hi Josh!! I have rewatched Once Upon a Time multiple times (my actual favorite show ever) and am loving Manifest! Do you (and Ginnifer) ever watch shows that you’re in like Once and Manifest?
what do you think would happen if there was a once upon a time x manifest crossover?
I think Rumple would f*** some stuff up. -JD
Any plans to visit UK and meet your fans?
I'm visiting the UK this year! And love meeting fans anywhere I go. -JD
Will it be long till we find out who the father is?
Not long at all. -JR
Tune in Monday night...enough said. -JD
will we see more plot twists this season? if so, will they help answer some of the questions we already have? another q (for josh) if you could have anyone guest star (apart from ginny!) who would you want? love you from dalia :)
So many! And yes, of course they will. -JR
Apart from Ginny and Robert Carlisle, I need me some O'Donoghue. -JD
Hey josh🤗 I’m a big fan and I just want to know, How did you start acting? Because I want to start acting myself but I don’t know rather I’m good enough or how to start 💙🧡
I started in elementary school. The only way to find out is to try! And remember, it's all subjective anyway. If you love it, you'll find a way. -JD
What about the family as a whole? Do they come together as unit this season ?
The Stones are called upon to come together as a whole more than once this season. Not necessarily for the best of reasons. You'll see highs and lows, but this is a family that has been through a lot. My money is on the Family Stone. -JR
Hi Josh, after playing Prince Charming for six years, how was it getting to bring a totally new, original character like Ben Stone to life?
It was a gift and a much needed injection of energy to put my focus into. I love Ben Stone and I love the story he gets to tell. -JD
What can you tease coming up for Zeke and Michaela fans?
As you see in Episode 201, the universe continues to bring these two closer together. That will continue in ways that are both mysterious and of course incredibly frustrating, at least to Jared. -JR
Grace told Olive that she may no longer be her only daughter. Did the ultrasound reveal the gender of the baby or does Grace have a mother's intuition?
That was just a mother's intuition. You'll find out whether or not she's right very, very soon. -JR
What's been your favorite fan interaction at a convention?
I think coining the fandom name "Manifesters" at SDCC last year was my favorite. We love our Manifesters! And of course, my Oncers. -JD
Does Bens hair get darker as the plot get thicker and more mysterious?
Well, it definitely gets grayer. -JD
For what it's worth, so is mine. Thankfully I'm not on camera! -JR
hey josh, was wondering if you could choose a guest star, apart from ginny ofc, who would you want? love you!
I'd love to get Bobby Carlisle on board. I'll buy his ticket! -JD
What’s a typical day on set like? And who’s the funniest on set? Lotta love ✈️
A typical day on set is exhilarating, exciting, and exhausting. Melissa's pretty funny! -JD
What would be the perfect role for Ginnifer Goodwin if she has a part on the show ?
Clearly something connected to Ben, and maybe not completely morally good. -JD
Did Grace ever finish fixing Cal's art project? That was quite the wooden dragon!
In my mind, she certainly did and did a great job! #WhatMomsDo -JR
Can you describe Manifesters in 3 words?
Passionate. Imaginative. Smart. -JD & JR
And if I were to add a fourth...hot. -JD
Will Ginny make an appearance one day?? ☺️🙏 Greetings from Paris, France 😘
We hope so! Luckily I have some connections. -JD
Will we see any OUAT/LOST guest stars in the future? That would be epic!
You never know... -JR
Can you say hi to Brazil? We love you
Hi Brazilian Manifesters! We love YOU! -JD & JR
In season two will we have answers about what made the plane disappear for five and a half years?
That is a series-long mystery, so you'll have to bear with us. That said: by the end of Season 2, you will understand far more than you do now, and also discover new plot points about the plane itself as well as the fate of the passengers. -JR
Premise - "Montego Air Flight 828 from Jamaica to New York City experiences a brief period of severe turbulence. When they land, the passengers and crew learn that over five and a half years have passed while they were in the air, during which time they were presumed dead. As they reintegrate themselves into present-day society, the passengers begin to face the fact that their lives—and loved ones—are not the same as they were before, while they also begin to experience guiding voices and visions representing events yet to occur."
Certain researchers and philosophers argue that there were two fundamental types of morality: "master morality" and "slave morality" in all societies. Master morality values pride and power, while slave morality values kindness, empathy, and sympathy. A morality is inseparable from the culture which values it, meaning that each culture's language, codes, practices, narratives, and institutions are informed by the struggle between these two moral structures.
How quickly do the characters learn about and adapt to the moral structures that exist in their new reality with the new people in it? Do any of them adapt quicker than others?
Fascinating theories. There's obviously a lot of these themes in play throughout the series. More specifically, the tension between passengers who quickly get on board with the moral imperatives suggested by the Callings -- and those who choose to resist the Callings -- will become increasingly central to our storytelling in the back half of the series. -JR
Josh, you’re an amazing talent. What made you want to be an actor and what advice would you give to actors at the beginning stages? I’m just starting out and would love your insight. Love watching the story unfold on Manifest every week. Great job to you both!
Thank you! I love storytelling. The advice I would give is train and study the craft, and find other people you can do it with. You can't act alone! -JD
season 2 premiere was amazing! I love Benvi!! I have a two part question; was Saanvi developing feelings for Ben always the plan? and are we gonna see something happen between them this season? thanks :)
It was always part of the game plan that Saanvi and Ben would grow so close that the line between a friendly alliance and something more than that would be gray and fuzzy. You'll see this tension blow up a bit in each of their faces as the season progresses. -JR
Hey Josh! My name is Amanda and I’m one of Once Upon a Times biggest fans! My question for you was it difficult to transition to a show about fairytales to a show about a plane? Thx!
No, it all has to do with the story and Manifest is certainly a compelling one to dive into. -JD
hi josh and jeff!! i'm hannah
was wondering, what's the best part about working with such amazing people? and are here any chances of there being manifestcons? 💓💓
Hi, Hannah! Where to begin? I guess with the fact that we feel like we just get up and go play with our friends. On most days at least. As for ManifestCons, that's up to you! If you have them, we'll be there. -JR
Hi josh, if you had to choose between Manifest or once? Wat would you choose?
( ps: you are one of my favoriet actors)
Xx yentl (from the netherlands)
Impossible to choose! It's like choosing your favorite child. (PS - thank you!) -JD
you plan to come back to paris one day ? and if so, it will be for a conference with your fans ? sorry for my spelling i speak french
J'adore Paris! One of my favorite cities and I hope to come back for a conference and for fun! -JD
And by the way, your spelling is excellent. Way better than our French. -JR
Josh, How is Ginny and the kids doing? For the both of you, What has been your favorite moment of Manifest so far?
They're great, thanks! My favorite moment so far is right now, answering your questions. -JD
You played Fandral in the first Thor movie - if you and Ginny were Marvel characters who would you be and why?
I'd be Fandral The Dashing. -JD
I love the show so much! I'm just wondering will we get to see Ben and Saanvi grow closer this season?
Yes! Ben and Saanvi have a great relationship and their journey this season brings them even closer...but it's not always going to be easy. -JD
Hi Josh and Jeff! I love Manifest, and I am a huge OUAT fan. What are your guys’ favorite hobbies?
I just bought a guitar yesterday! It's a New Years resolution of mine that I'm going to make good on, dammit. I also love to go to concerts and of course hang out with my family. -JR
I have been thinking about guitar lessons as well. Maybe Jeff and I can start a band? -JD
Josh, do you miss BGD/the yeehaw girls? Jeff, do you want to meet more of us?
Yes! I love you guys. -JD
Bring it on. -JR
How does Ben and Olive’s father/daughter relationship evolve this season?
Ben and Olive are going to get a lot worse before they get better. So much of Season 2 is centered around this complicated relationship, but it will pay off in dividends when they get to the other side. -JR
was manifest inspired by any other shows? if so, which?
I'm a huge fan of mythology-based stories. I loved LOST, The 4400, and so many shows like that that have popped up in recent years. They paved the way for Manifest and hopefully we're paving the way for new shows down the line. -JR
what is each of your favourite episodes of season 2?
Episode 7 is a big one, and an important one for pushing the mythology of the show. -JD
For those fans of the Ben/Olive relationship, Episode 8 is a highlight. (Tears!) -JR