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By Suzanne

Taylor Hickson (Petra)

Interview with Taylor Hickson of "Deadly Class" on Syfy 3/25/19

I interviewed Tom Stevens last month, so Syfy asked if I would be interested in doing another interview. Time was short, so they suggested an email interview. I was happy to do that!

1. How did the audition for your role come about?

I believe I got a self tape for Brandy, actually, and following that, received a self tape for Petra. I was booked off of that one tape. Which was nothing like the broody character you see today.


2.  Had you read the comic book before taking role?

I had not! I was only introduced following booking the role.


3. Are you a comic book fan in general?

I read Archie and Spiderman growing up, but my knowledge to the world of graphic novels/comics was fairly limited until Deadly Class.


4.  Did they tell you ahead of time how it would end?  If not, when did you find out about what happens in the last few episodes?

We were always kept on our toes. We got the scripts generally one at a time, a week or so before we'd shoot the content. We would ask questions, and we were wary, but we were always observing how closely the story arc was sticking to the comics.


6.  It seems like Petra didn't see as much action as the other students. Did you wish you had done more fight scenes?

To some extent yes, though exhausting. Petra is more brain than brawn, and that's actually something that I've admired about her that sets her apart from some of the other students. She plans beforehand. She's a strategizer, and thinks quickly on her feet. I think it makes her interesting, but that's not to say she can't whoop ass when she needs to.


7. You remind me a little bit of Willow in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," in the early years. I hope you don't go dark on us! Have you seen that show? 

I actually have! My grandma owned the entire box set when we were little and it was always playing as it was her favourite. No promises though, murder school and all that.


8. Did you know much about the 1980's, or the music from that era, before you did this show?

The show takes place in 1987, which my Mom would've been 17, as I am in the show. So yes, I have fair knowledge about 80's pop from my Mom, and 80's rock/punk from my Dad. My mom also kept a lot of her clothes from then, which I wore growing up and even today. In high school, I listened to a lot of The Smiths and The Cure. Yes, I had an emo phase too.


9.  What would you like to see happen to Petra in Season 2?

I want to see her grow in her abilities, as well as see her connection with Billy blossom. It's something that didn't exist in the comics, so I'm unsure of what to expect out of their relationship. Very curious!


10.  Do you have any other projects you're working on, or coming out, that you can tell us about?

I have a feature film, "Giant Little Ones" written and directed by Keith Behrman, playing in theatre's in USA and Vancouver/Toronto currently, and it comes to theatres for the rest of Canada March 29th! I also start prep for my other tv series, "Motherland" produced by Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay on April 1st.

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