In a universe filled with unique characters, Jaq may very well be the most. The spawn of Delle Seyah and D’avin Jaqobis, viewers first meet Jaq moments after he’s born. But by the end of Friday’s newest episode, “Greening Pains,” he’s grown into a young man.
That young man is played by Jaeden Noel. He’s appeared on such shows as The Expanse, Rogue, Murdoch Mysteries and Odd Squad; now Jaeden Noel checks in as Jaq. We sat down with Noel during a break in filming part of “Greening Pains” earlier this year.
What can you say about your character, Jaq?
Jaeden Noel: He is new to the world. And he grows really, really fast. He’s actually only currently two years old, but he looks like me and I’m 15. It’s an interesting storyline. He’s very new, so he walks through the world trying to learn everything, and he’s like a sponge, he absorbs everything. He’s very attentive and he listens a lot. But he’s also very curious. He follows Dutch around and almost praises her because she’s like the coolest character ever, right?
What’s the relationship between Jaq and D’avin like at this point?
JN: I think it’s very awkward for him. He can’t talk to me like I’m a teenager, but he also can’t talk to me like I’m a baby. But I feel like he does still have that fatherly instinct to protect his son. So that will definitely be there.
Had you seen Killjoys before you got the role? Did you go back and watch episodes?
JN: I got cast for it. I had heard of it, obviously, but I got cast for it and I was like, ‘I should probably brush up on some of this so I know what I’m doing.’ So I watched some of Season 3, I had seen some of Hannah and Luke, they’re great actors, it’s been great working with them. Stefan [Pleszczynski], the director, everyone here is super nice. I find them always making sure I’m OK, asking how my day went, how was my weekend?
As an actor, having the costume and being in this scene, it becomes a little bit easier because you’re able to put yourself into that mindset when you’re surrounded by everything like this, right?
JN: Plus I find this kind of genre of television very interesting. So it’s easy for me to like almost get in and become the character.
How do you juggle school? Because you need to get some schooling in there while you’re working too.
JN: We have school here. We have an on-set tutor. But also I’m not really bad at school, besides maybe math, but I mean a lot of people aren’t the greatest at math. But I also go to an arts school. And they’re very lenient with things like this. It’s almost like one of the reasons why I go there. It’s like, ‘Oh, I’m filming.’ The teachers are like, ‘OK, just I’ll give you your homework, just have fun, do whatever.’ Whereas other schools, I think it would be more of like a … I’d have to sit down and explain it to the principal.
What have you learned from working with Hannah, Luke and the rest of the cast?
JN: They are incredible actors. I’m sitting there picking their brains, trying to learn everything, what they’ve done, looked at old stuff and watching them while they act, watching their scenes. Because the only thing I can do from them is learn. So I might as well, if I’m going to be on the set with them and be working with these people, I should be learning from them.
Killjoys airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Space.