Actor Jason O’Mara

Celebrity Q&A, People
on December 2, 2011

Where would I have seen Jason O'Mara before Terra Nova? He looks familiar.

—Sean Murphy, Brockton, Mass.

The native of Dublin, Ireland, 39, has struck out twice before on a U.S. television series, so he is hoping third time is the charm with Terra Nova. His other two series were Life on Mars, a remake of the British show, and In Justice.

But O'Mara, who is married to actress Paige Turco, with whom he has one child, has made a lot of guest appearances on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Men in Trees, Criminal Minds, The Closer, CSI: Miami and Band of Brothers, so you may recognize him from one of those.

The fact that Steven Spielberg is involved with Terra Nova and the well-written script were two of the factors that decided him to get up to bat one more time for a series. "I said, 'Hey, man, it has Steven Spielberg, it has dinosaurs, and it's one of the most ambitious TV projects of all time. That sounds like a dream. Sign me up.' I did, and I haven't regretted a single thing."