Noble is accustomed to the paranormal on Fringe, but when shooting the opening episode of the fifth and final season the actor needed time-out. He told Entertainment Weekly:
“I couldn’t even think, mate. I was working and going: ‘This is really hard.’”
With Noble integral to the sci-fi serial’s final season, the powers that be were able to give him some time off to seek treatment in LA.
Noble has suffered from a combo of insomnia and sleep apnea for several years but coming off the back of a busy summer of international travel, which included an emotional final Comic-Con panel, Noble hit the wall:
“I basically hit a wall, and we had to deal with it. I went to the hospital, had all the tests, and we put the strategies into place to deal with both of those issues, including the space-age mask that I wear to bed now. [laughs] It’s pretty unsightly.”
Now back at work in Vancouver, filming the second episode of the season, Noble says he hasn’t caught as many Z’s in years:
“People were so bloody supportive, it was really touching. I’m feeling more well rested now and sleeping better than I have in 20 years.”
The final season of Fringe is still slated to launch Friday, Sept. 28 on Fox.
Bonus Reading: Fringe Season 4 Reloaded – “Neither Here Nor There”