We got to speak with the stars of the new SyFy original series Killjoys, Luke Macfarlane, Hannah John-Kamen, and Aaron Ashmore, about their show, science fiction, and who would be a great space librarian.
Hi. I really enjoyed the first two episodes that we’ve gotten to see. And all of you have really great chemistry together, was that kind of — did it happen right away, can you talk about the first time you guys kind of met and work together as a group?
“Sure. I mean, it’s always – and so much of it is credit due to the casting process, we had a really great casting director that took the time to really kind of do mix and matches. So as we’re sort of slowly assembling this group, we kind of auditioned with like various people and that’s was terribly nerve racking as an actor but I think ultimately it’s really a useful sort of thing to do. Because yes we got along from the beginning almost immediately, very similar sense of humor. This is Luke Macfarlane by the way, I play D’avin.”
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, and I think that as far as chemistry and stuff like that, you know, you either have it or you don’t. That is something that obviously due to casting process and when they’re doing a show like this that obviously revolves around the characters having that sort of dynamic chemistry, it’s really important. But, you know, sometimes you just really luck out and I think the three of us have become, you know, really good friends and we got along so, so well, and it’s kind of rare. So I think it’s special and I think that we all appreciate it and it’s kind of lucky too that you get three people that just get along so well.
Hannah John-Kamen: And I think it’s really – but it’s really important to like have the chemistry on screen and off. And I think that we all have the same sense of humor which really helps and…
Luke Macfarlane: Weird, weird. I think we’re all weird.
Hannah John-Kamen: We’re fun. And we sing a lot too.
Luke Macfarlane: Yes, we do, we make up songs on the set all the time
Look, I know Firefly already has been mentioned and you’re an original show but I believe these comparisons are really intended to be a complementary and I wanted to know what you guys thought about, you know, the inevitable comparisons that will come up along the way?
Aaron Ashmore: I think it’s fine because until people really get the personality of our show, it’s like that’s the easiest way to sort of understand something or put it out there as to sort of compare it with something. So I think that that’s totally fine. I think that people who are fans of Firefly, I think there are definitely some similarities just in the genre obviously of the show, so I think that that’s great.
But I also think that Michelle Lovretta, our creator and the whole creative team have also created their own unique world. And as much as there maybe some similarities in a broad sense I think the specifics of the show and the characters and the details are definitely going to become something all to themselves. So I think the comparisons are like totally cool, I think it’s flattering too because as genre fan myself like Firefly is obviously, you know, one of the biggest shows, one of the most beloved shows so any comparison to that are cool.
Luke Macfarlane: Yes, I definitely think about that. I mean, that’s the way we understand things is by comparing them to each other, I mean it really is. I mean, my hope is that, yes, eventually it steps into its own unique thing and then one day they’ll compare us to something that we haven’t yet seen or understand…
Hannah John-Kamen: Yes, exactly.
Luke Macfarlane: But I would also say and I think I said this before but like, you know, Firefly was essentially a rouge group of individuals. The Killjoys operate within a system and I think that is very, very key to sort of what makes us different. We can’t do whatever we want, whenever we want, we have to operate with inside the system called the (R.A.C.). And I think that’s really a fundamental difference that makes the world actually fundamentally different.
All right, I was just wondering, if we were in space right now, what would be your kind of space dream job, like could you be a pilot, or a bounty hunter, or an explorer or what would you like to do if we lived in space?
Luke Macfarlane: Oh, gosh, that’s…
Aaron Ashmore: We’re already in space.
Hannah John-Kamen: Maybe like for me – for me I’d just love to be like a – maybe like a ship engineer so I actually get to go out in space with my space suite.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, do the space walk.
Hannah John-Kamen: Like actually something to do with being completely – (just in space) with my space shoe on.
Luke Macfarlane: I would like to be like the curator of like a space museum and like I would like to talk to people about the history of space. I’d have this like really cool museum, and like, you know, “Many years ago we had the challenger.” And that was a terrible thing, then have like a tutorial, I would teach people about the history of space.
Watch Killjoys Friday’s at 9/8c on SyFy.