Supernatural Horror Series LOCKE & KEY premiered early 2020 on Netflix and it was little surprise to see that fans responded well to this adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez‘s Comic Book series of the same name. The Series centers on a widowed mother Nina (Darby Stanchfield) and her three children Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones) and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) who relocate to her husband’s family home, only to discover mysterious magical keys scattered throughout the home that lead to several revelations. Filmed mostly in and around the Greater Toronto Area, two additional seasons were filmed during the Pandemic. Season Two arrives later this month.
We had the opportunity to chat with Toronto-born star Jessup, who plays the eldest son in the family, Tyler and what we can expect in this upcoming season.
We asked what we can expect of Tyler‘s character arc in season two of LOCKE & KEY.
Jessup: “In season one, Tyler was really weighed-down by this enormous grief and guilt he carried about what happened with his dad. Really a lot of his arc in season one was letting go of that weight. At the beginning of season two you find him in a much lighter and more comfortable place. They think they’ve won against Dodge. He’s settling-in with Jackie (Genevieve Kang) in his life, his relationship with his family is much better, so really things are looking good for Tyler. He very quickly realizes he and Jackie and are on the edge of becoming adults and we know that adults for whatever reason can’t remember magic, so he starts becoming increasingly worried about what it means to forget magic when other memories go with that. His driving focus is holding onto his memories and this life he’s built.”.
Part of what makes the Series so wonderful is the strongfamily bond we see between the Locke family on-screen.We ask how this is chemistry is built.
Jessup: “I feel like I have to invent an answer because it’s just so easy. We shot season one in 2019 and we had an extended break because of the Pandemic, starting later than we were supposed to. We shot Season Two and Three back-to-back for pretty much a full year together. Essentially, the only people I would see every day were these people. Everyone was so happy to be working again and being outside their homes. And it was this was a very special sort of bonding process. I feel so grateful to Emilia, Jackson, Darby and all our Crew. It really didn’t require a lot of work to imagine they were my family.”.
Netflix in Your Neighbourhood has just launched, the website giving fans a glimpse into some of the Canadian locations seen in their favourite Netflix series. Jessup is well aware of the sitewe see!
Jessup: “I was at a bar near my house – kinda like a diner – and I was walking a couple weeks ago and saw on the ground this sticker that said ‘LOCKE & KEY shot here’. And I was like ‘Oh wow!’.”.
We ask Jessup about his favourite filming locations in this Series.
Jessup: “We shot allover Toronto, the GTA and Nova Scotia and I still think the place that gave me the most shivers was the exterior of Key House. It was this set they built on the outside of this lot north of Hamilton in Freelton, and they built the entire first two floors of this house and all the property. You see the roads, the garden shed, the welhouse and all the greenery, all that was built for the show. I’ve never seen something of that scale before and it’ feels so lived-in and because we shot for a year, we saw every season. Fall and Winter we were hiding inside the house. Spring and Winter people would start to come out and the Crew was all lounging on the lawn. It really felt like home, so I’m gonna miss that. Driving away from that set was hard.”.
Jessup had the pleasure of appearing as a guest on Season Two of Canada’s Drag Race and we ask about this as a fellow fan.
Jessup: “I’m a super Drag Race fan. My memory is like a black hole. I was so nervous and so full of anticipation that my mind went blank. I arrived and ten hours later I left. I really hope that wasn’t all a disaster, but I guess we’ll see in a few weeks. It was so much fun. There’s a moment towards the end when we’re watching the Lip Sync and my job was done and the judges weren’t talking anymore and I thought I could release a little bit of stress, and I was sitting there on the desk thinking, ‘Wow! I’m watching this in real life!’.”.
See Video from the Chat below:
S2 of LOCKE & KEY arrives on Netflix October 22, 2021.
Filmed right here in Toronto, LOCKE & KEY is set to premiere next month on Netflix!
Based on the best-selling graphic novels, Locke & Key follows 3 siblings who, after the murder of their father, move to their ancestral home only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities.
See the Trailer:
LOCKE & KEY Season 1 premieres on Netflix Friday, February 7, 2020.
Productions are in flight again around Toronto, utilizing our snowy conditions. Taking advantage of a snow-free afternoon, several stars in town working enjoyed milder weather for once.
LET IT SNOW
Filming for Netflix Feature Let it Snow has been underway and it stars a talented, young up-and-coming Cast including Odeya Rush, Kiernan Shipka, Liv Hewson, Shameik Moore and Isabela Moner. Based on the Book by JohnGreen, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson, the Romantic-Comedy centers on a group of people brought together by a snowstorm on Christmas Eve.
We spotted Matthew Noszka (Star), Moner (seen next in Dora The Explorer), Shipka (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Rush (Lady Bird) and Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) out and about.
The Production wraps end of March.
Spinning Out centers on a figure skater on the comeback trail as a Pairs skater, after sustaining an injury. The Netflix Series wraps in May and we spotted stars Willow Shields(The Hunger Games) and Evan Roderick(Arrow) earlier out and about. The Series stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) and January Jones(Mad Men) also.
LOCKE AND KEY
This Netflix Series based on Joe Hill’s Comic Book Series, is about three siblings brought together after their father’s gruesome murder. They discover a set of keys which must be used against an evil creature looking to hold power and possess the keys. Connor Jessup (American Crime), Jackson Robert Scott(It) and Emilia Jones (Brimstone) star. We spotted Laysla de Olivera out, and she appears next in Toronto-made Code 8 starring cousins Robbie and Stephen Amell, which also is set to stream on Netflix. Executive Producer Andy Muschietti (It, It: Chapter Two) is no stranger to Toronto having directed both Blockbusters here.
Production wraps in June.
FALLING Green Book star Viggo Mortensen makes his directorial debut in Falling, which sees a conservative father who moves in with his gay son and his family in Los Angeles. Veteran Actor Lance Henriksen has been at work in Toronto, being greeted personally by his Co-Star and Director at the airport upon arrival.
The Production wraps late April.
THE HANDMAID’S TALE Golden Globe and Primetime EMMY winner Elisabeth Moss certainly is a busy woman, currently filming season three of dystopian Drama THE HANDMAID’S TALE till April. Moss was just at SXSW in Austin promoting Jordan Peele‘s upcoming Film, US.