Jane star Mason Blomberg shares his passion for animal rights, his favorite scene, and becoming an ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute!
Mason Blomberg has a passion for conservation and animal rights. He was able to bring his passion to life with his character David in the new Apple TV+ series Jane. Jane Gooddal’s legacy and work are what inspired the new show and Jane will really help not just kids who watch it but also adults to have a better understanding of what we could do to save the endangered species.
Blomberg chatted with Chae’ Jones over Zoom to talk about Jane, becoming an ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute, his favorite scenes to film, and more.
Blomberg began acting at 6, but acting isn’t his only passion. He is also passionate about conservation and animal rights. When asked where his passion for conservation came from, Blomberg replied, “Well, I’d gotten interested in conservation throughout my life. I’ve slowly gotten more sympathetic for all these animals that are dying out. Like these Northern White Rhinos. There are only two of them left in the entire world, and it’s just so sad, but as I got older, I started to understand. Okay, this is happening. That’s a problem. What’s the solution? The solution I realize is that people need to start pitching in and helping. Anything you do could really help, like completely. Picking up trash helps a lot. Not littering helps a lot. Everything helps a lot. Something that I do to help the environment is like becoming a vegetarian cause animals die because of poachers trying to get the meat. Something else I do is walk around the park, and I always pick up trash. That’s always in my brain. This is helping. This is helping. The more I thought that, the more I became more interested in the environment, and now look at me! I am on a show based on the environment. Saving the environment. It’s just so good sometimes.”
Jane follows the character of the same name, who is a 9-year-old budding environmentalist on a quest to save endangered animals. Using her powerful imagination, Jane takes her best friends, David and Greybeard the chimpanzee, on epic adventures to help protect wild animals all around the world because, according to her idol Dr. Jane Goodall: “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, can they be saved.”
There are endangered animals all around the world, and the way the show really shares these stories is to travel the world and show the audience in the most authentic way. When asked what his favorite scene to film was, Blomberg said, “Yeah, we had a lot of fun because we got to travel around the world, which was amazing. We had so many fun moments. It’s really hard to choose one of the cooler moments was definitely when I was scuba diving in the middle of the actual ocean. It was near Catalina, so we went into the ocean, and we were in a shark tank. I had to even get trained for a little bit to go in the water. I was amazed. We saw these jellyfish that were always floating by, and we saw this really cool fish. Called the sunfish or mola mola, and it’s huge. It’s like a flat fish, almost about this wide. It swims in a weird position. It eats jellyfish, and the captain said that it was rare for mola mola to eat jellyfish or see them eat really. So we got to see that, which was really cool, and my mom got it on video. So even the captain himself was like can you please send that to me? That is something you don’t see that often, and then everyone on the boat was so amazed because it was cool!”
The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals, and the environment. When asked what it means to be an ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute, Blomberg stated, “What it means to be an ambassador for this institute means I will be one of the faces other than Jane and Greybeard, this guy right here(gesturing to his shirt). I’ll be one of the faces of the new programs Roots and Shoots. Where it’s inspiring kids to help do things for the environment. Which is a really cool program. Just like the Jane Goodall Institute. As an ambassador, it is my duty to make sure that most kids are helping protecting the environment.
Jane releases on Apple TV Plus on April 14th. The theme song will be performed by Leona Lewis, who is also an animal advocate, and the song was written by Diane Warren.
To find out what Blomberg hopes fans will learn from the show, his favorite place they traveled to while filming, the importance of using one’s imagination, where he and his character David differ, and more by watching the full interview.
Jane Goodall says, “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, can they be saved.” We all can make a difference. All we have to do is take that first step.