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By Suzanne

Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, and Luke Macfarlane

Interview with Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, and Luke Macfarlane of "Killjoys" on Syfy 6/15/15

I wasn't able to attend this call, but they were nice enough to send me the transcript, anyway! I've spoken with Aaron Ashmore before, and he's really great. It's a fun adventure show.

Moderator: Gary Morgenstein
June 15, 2015 1:00 p.m. ET

Operator: At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Killjoys conference Call.

Gary Morgenstein, you may begin your conference.

Gary Morgenstein: Hi everyone, Syfyís new scripted series about a trio of badass interplanetary bounty hunters, premiers this Friday June 19th at 9 and weíre delighted to have all three of the badasses with us today Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, and Luke Macfarlane. Welcome.

Luke Macfarlane: Hello.

Aaron Ashmore: Hi, guys.

Luke Macfarlane: Hi. Hi, hello

Hannah John-Kamen: Hi.

Operator: Your first question comes from the Line of Jamie Ruby. Your line is open.

Jamie Ruby: Hi. I really enjoyed the first two episodes that weíve gotten to see. And all of you have really great chemistry together, was that kind of -- did it happened right away, can you talk about the first time you guys kind of met and work together as a group?

Luke Macfarlane: Sure. I mean, itís always Ė 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 weíre sort of slowly assembling this group, we kind of auditioned with like various people and thatís always terribly nerve racking as an actor but I think ultimately itís 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 Díavin.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes, and I think that as far as chemistry and stuff like that, you know, you either have it or you donít. That is something that obviously due to casting process and when theyíre doing a show like this that obviously revolves around the characters having sort of dynamic chemistry, itís really important. But, you know, sometimes you just really lockout and I think the three of us have become, you know, really good friends and we got along so, so well, and itís kind of rare. So I think itís special and I think that we all appreciate it and itís kind of lucky too that you get three people that just get along so well.

Luke Macfarlane: Itís almostÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: And I think itís a great Ė but itís important to like have the chemistry on the screen and off. And I think that we all have the same sense of humor which really helps andÖ

Luke Macfarlane: Weird, weird. I think weíre all weird.

Hannah John-Kamen: Much fun. And we sing a lot too.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, we do, we make up songs on the set all the time.

Jamie Ruby: You got to release those, see

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, DVD extra, special behind the scenes.

Jamie Ruby: Yes, we hope you do.

Jamie Ruby: And then the other question I was going to ask is obviously weíve only seen the first three but it seems like this group they donít tend to always follow that rules that are set forth, is that going to become a problem or do the company just kind of doesnít care as long as they get what theyíre after?

Luke Macfarlane: Itís a good question. I think what is interesting with Killjoys is like, you know, thereís been a lot of comparisons to Firefly, that show. And what I think makes Killjoys really different as an entity and as a show is that we do have to abide by those rules.

So the tension exist within that sort of how far can you bend the rules. And I think that makes for an interesting thing, itís not like weíre just rogue cowboys, we really Ė we really do have to operate with inside the system so that it becomes a sort of like doubly complicated way of sort of bending the things as far as we can but yes of course it becomes complicated because we donít always abide by the rules.

Hannah John-Kamen: I mean, like the whole saying, is take no bribes, take no sides, to one is all, but itís really hard when youíre put in a situation like Dutch in the first episode with John and Díavin and taking on that warrant and basically kind of saving peopleís asses and kind of having that kind of morals Ė having those morals as well. They kind of gives that kind of dilemma and that conflict with the characters which I think is more interesting.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes, and I think it shows their sort of intelligence and their creativity and their knowledge of this world and how we sort of Ė to circumvent some of these things and make it work and I think that thatís kind of interesting as well to see us doing those things.

Operator: Your next questions comes from the line of Robin Burks. Your line is open.

Aaron Ashmore: Hey, Robin.

Robin Burks: Hi, thanks for talking to us today.

Hannah John-Kamen: Hi.

Aaron Ashmore: Itís a pleasure.

Luke Macfarlane: Hi.

Robin Burks: I havenít seen any of the episodes yet but I was wondering just for those of us who are going into it blindly, could you describe your characters?

Aaron Ashmore: Certainly.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, why donít you go ahead first.

Aaron Ashmore: Hannah why donít you start.

Hannah John-Kamen: OK. So Dutch, Dutch is a level-five Killjoy, which means sheís a top Killjoy, which means that she can kill for warrant. She lives on (Deluci) with John, and sheís known John the character for seven years. And Dutch has a really, really complicated past that is catching up with her in the current moment of when you start watching Killjoys. Dutch is also really, really badass, sheís very loyal, and (she feels over other) characters within the show, sheís very respected, and yes that kind of comes with her loyalty as well.

Luke Macfarlane: And sheís the leader, I think thatís important too.

Hannah John-Kamen: And the leader, yes, the leader, as a leader.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Aaron Ashmore: Most definitely our fearless leaders. I play Ė this is Aaron, I play John Jaqobis whoís a level-three Killjoy which basically means heís not as sort of skilled and dangerous as Dutch in sort of the tactical and combat aspects of things. But I think John is a more of a Ė would lean towards more of a pacifist in this group where he is, you know, a little bit more willing to talk things through instead of, you know, shooting and asking questions later.

Thereís also I think a really strong loyalty that lies in John and heís completely dedicated to Dutch, theyíre partners. But, you know, as we sort of said that Dutch is definitely the leader. And also that loyalty sort of we get to see (Rickís) brother as well and theyíve been Díavin and John has been sort of estranged for eight or nine years.

And in the first episode we see them comeback together but loyalty is still really there with his brother, he wants to work things out, he wants to figure things out. And I think John sort of role in this team that weíre forming as the sort of hold it all together, I think heís sort of the glue thatís trying to hold this team together. And yes thatís, you know, maybe more information than you needed but hopefully I get you started.

Luke Macfarlane: Heís Kofi Annan.

That might be a terrible analogy, I actually have now idea.

Iím Díavin, this is Luke Macfarlane, I play Johnís older brother and I donít join as a Killjoy, I sort of bump into John in the kind of weird sort of way and then we sort of you know, then I end up kind of sticking along with them for a ride. So as the show progresses I get very intrigued with the Killjoy myself.

My character is a former military man who tends to be a bit of a rogue kind of guy, probably less the military under sort of bad circumstances. And yes heís immediately taken with Dutch and kind of the power that she possesses and her fight skills, yes. And I like Díavin a lot, heís not very similar to me and that he is like kind of a bit of a super cocky bro, I wish I had more that in me but Iím not really like that.

Robin Burks: Sounds interesting. At the digital press tour last year we talked a little bit about how the ship is pretty much another character on this series, how does each of you kind of interact with that ship?

Aaron Ashmore: Well, I would say that John is sort of Ė does most of the work with Lucy although we all interact with her, in all the episodes we all sort of talked to her and stuff. But I think John is Lucyís favorite and I think thatís sort of addressed at times, even thought John denies that. But he definitely, you know, works with her the most and fixes her and heís definitely more of a tech guy.

So itís really interesting to have a character that we work with so closely in such a big part of the show but we donítí really get to see her or her voice until the final product. So itís really cool to see that character come alive when actors is finally sort of voicing it. And I think that youíre really going to enjoy it because it just is that really cool AI and she has a real sense of humor too, a real personalityÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes, sheís got a real personality.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes.

Luke Macfarlane: I think itís really telling the way we all decide to interact with Lucy too. I donít even bother to learn Lucyís name until I, you know, the seventh episode, I just call her ship, which I think is sort of funny. But like kind of speak to I think our characterís ability to emphasize, you know, and John being sort of really good at that and being able to understand people I think a little bit better than me.

Hannah John-Kamen: I think Lucy kind of sets the team well as well, sheís so professional. And that thereís situations in the show where even though Lucy is a machine, you know, sheís a ship, she really helps us gets out of our own, you know, help our characters get out of a situation as much as she can. And yes, I mean, thereís a sense of humor as well and itís really cool because itís just supposing seeing that with her voice but with what she says is very, very humorous. So itís a really cool character, really cool

Aaron Ashmore: Yes, I think fans will really like Lucy, I think sheíll beÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes.

Robin Burks: Great, I canít wait to see this first episode.

Operator your next question comes form the line of Heather McLatchy. Your line is open.

Heather McLatchy: Hi, everybody, thanks so much for talking to us today, I really enjoyed the first few episodes.

Aaron Ashmore: Great.

Hannah John-Kamen: Oh, great.

Luke Macfarlane: Thank you.

Heather McLatchy: And Díavin and Dutch kind of come into this, Iím not going spoil it for the folks who havenít seen it, but they come into this and we sort of balanced their past with their present. And John seems to be pretty happy go lucky for lack of a better term, he doesnít have something kind of hanging on for him. Will we see a balance of that through the course of the first season where Díavin and Dutch have to address the parts of their past that are still lingering for them?

Hannah John-Kamen: I thinkÖ

Luke Macfarlane: Thatís a great question.

Hannah John-Kamen: That a great question Ė I mean, Dutch and Díavin, I mean, the relationship between Dutch and Díavin is very interesting because itís starts off Ė I mean, Iím very, very, weary of this intruder coming into my situation with me and John. But then we seek out that we both have similarity and I think that gets Ė yet that gets me to a point where we have to address that. And I mean Ė you donít have to wait too much but there is an unravel with that.

And Luke what do youÖ.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, I know I think like any two people who have to sort of reconcile their pasts, they sort of clumsily reached for each other in a way to sort of I think because they identified a sort of thing in their past that they need to reconcile. And even though, you know, ultimately we might not be the best sort of (tell aid) to kind of get to whatever it is that sort of troubles our brains, we sort of reach out through each other in a way. And we do seek a certain level of conclusion or reconciliation, I think more on my part as far as, you know, this thing that happened to me in my past and how I try to take care of it. And much of that is due to, you knowÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Weíre not very good at talking about our feelingsÖ

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, exactly.

Hannah John-Kamen: So we kind of Ė we kind of like he said like clumsy reach and kind of solve it in our own way.

Luke Macfarlane: Right. Yes.

Heather McLatchy: Great. Well, thank you so much, I think fans are really going to enjoy the show and I hope you have a fantastic first season. Thanks so much.

Aaron Ashmore: Thank you.

Luke Macfarlane: Thank you so much

Hannah John-Kamen: oh, thank you very much.

Operator: Your next question comes from the line of Tom Gardiner. Your line is open.

Tom Gardiner: Thank you. Hi, badasses, how are you guys?

Aaron Ashmore: Good everything is fine

Hannah John-Kamen: Good.

Tom Gardiner: Look, I know Firefly already has been mentioned and youíre an original show but I believe these comparisons are really intended to be a complmentary and I wanted to know what you guys thought about, you know, the inevitable comparison that will come up along the way?

Aaron Ashmore: I think itís fine because until people really get the personality of our show, itís like thatís 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 thatís totally fine. I think that people who are fans of Firefly, I think there are definitely some similarities just in the genre of the show, so I think that thatís 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 characters and details are definitely going to become something all to themselves. So I think the comparison are like totally cool, I think itís 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, thatís 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 theyíll compare us to something that we havenít yet seen around the set.

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 to that is very, very deeply sort of what makes this different. We canít do whatever we want whenever we want, we have to operate with inside the system called the (R.A.C.). And I think thatís really fundamental difference that makes the world actually fundamentally different.

Tom Gardiner: My next question is for Hannah or for any of you guys, you know the answer to this. But Dutch one of the interesting things about her is that sheís got a mysterious background, is that mysterious background going to be a large part of the story as it unfolds throughout the season?

Hannah John-Kamen: Sorry Iím losing a bit of speaker hits, can you just repeat that for me please?

Tom Gardiner: Sure. I said that, you know, Dutch has a mysteries background, will that be a large part of the story as it unfolds throughout the season?

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes, I mean, you see hints of it at the beginning of the season, of kind of how tough all of these catching up with her. As the show goes on it kind of seems more like a massive change. And yes absolutely youíre going to expect a lot of unraveling of Dutch, and her character, and her past, and why she Ė why she is where she is now. Thereís going to be a lot of question after so thereís going to be more questions even, you know, as the show goes on.

Tom Gardiner: Also you guys look like a completely original show, was there any inspiration for this setup or was this completely original?

Aaron Ashmore: Well thatís something like probably Michelle Loveretta our creator would have more information about. So thatís kind of Ė I think itís kind of hard for us to answer this. As far as working or like as far as I know, I think, you know, it was totally sort of an original creation.. But Iím sure that she being a fan of the genre, you know, it was, you know, it was influenced by all sort of things over the years. But itís maybe hard for us to talk about exactly what those things were for her.

Luke Macfarlane: But as far as is it coming from a comic books, you know, absolutely not.

Tom Gardiner: One last question, whatís the good thing about going back to back schedule with Dark Matter, we going to have two ship based space shows all together in one night which Iím quite excited about? And what would you think about the possibilities of crossovers in the future?

Aaron Ashmore: Crossovers would be cool but I donít know if they could handle us because weíre pretty dangerous so if we had to go head to headÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes, weíre pretty badass.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes. Of course anything like that would be really exciting actually, the crossing into another show even if itís sort of like a, you know, a minor sort of thing.

Hannah John-Kamen: Mega cool.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, I would also though think itís like Ė it would be that funny thing of, you know, all of our characters kind of have, you know, big sense of humor and personality. And from my understanding of Dark Matter they are a little bit more sort of cold killer like, kind of Ė I donít know if theyíre funny so I think they might look at us like weíre a bunch of clowns.

But then we beat them up.

Aaron Ashmore: Dangerous killer clowns, thatís what we are.

Hannah John-Kamen: Weíre clowns but then weíd beat them up definitely.

Luke Macfarlane: But then we beat them up and we steal their ship.

Aaron Ashmore: How funny are we now?

Hannah John-Kamen: Exactly.

Luke Macfarlane: Go back in your cryo freeze.

Aaron Ashmore: But yes it would totally be fun probably to do crossovers.

Luke Macfarlane: Very fun.

Tom Gardiner: Thank you so much for you time, I appreciate it.

Aaron Ashmore: Thank you.

Operator: You next question comes from the line of Mynda Bullock. Your line is open.

Mynda Bullock: Hi, guys this is min Ė hi, this is Mynda. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some question for us. Iíve seen the first four episodes, and I thank you guys, itís going to be really cool. It seem like a lot of fun to do the fight scenes you guys had, you have all these cool gadgets that either any of you have any favorite gadget that you work with or that you like to have in real life or in a fight?

Hannah John-Kamen: My guns, I felt like my guns was part of my limbs. I thought wig but my gun wasnít there. I donít know why, I just had this bond with my gun, I fell in love with my laser gun.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Aaron Ashmore: I think we all had unhealthy attachments to our weapons by the time weíre done.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, certainly.

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes. And beautiful custom like leather leg harnesses were something Iíll wear as well, yes.

Aaron Ashmore: I think at a certain point the props guys would start asking us if they wanted us Ė to like to take the guns off us between scenes. And it sort of happen at a certain point where all of us were like no, no, no we prefer hanging on to them. And weíre very adamant about that so, yes, it was kind of that weird:

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, very coolÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes, they were like, all right then, OK.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Mynda Bullock: Thatís awesome.

Luke Macfarlane: Of course they can shoot lasers.

Mynda Bullock: How fun is that. What is with the green juice that you guys drink, what is it?

Hannah John-Kamen: Algae beer.

Aaron Ashmore: Algae beer which sort of took a backseat after the first episode because I think theyíre like Ė and itís so gross but thatís.

Hannah John-Kamen: It was so gross. But thatísÖ

Aaron Ashmore: What it though? Itís like coconut water mixed with something else, it was kind of lumpy.

Luke Macfarlane: They blendedÖ

Aaron Ashmore: Spinach. So I think.

Hannah John-Kamen: I think itís like a really healthy like L.A. smoothie or something but to be host Iím like mad on it. And then we have like algae buns as well that like you guys hey, I never got to eat it, it was made up like beans, isnít it?

Aaron Ashmore: Yes, some sort of bean curd.

But I think that he spinach started to get stuck in our teach from the algae beer and like, you know, you just couldnít have that in scenes so theyíre like yes, weíre going to lose that because you guys are all smiling in those green junksÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: So it was pumpkin beers. So yes we kind of changed it to pumpkin instead of algae.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes. Yes. Iím glad you asked about that. I actually asked the writers a similar question, where did the algae beer go, itís stuck in his teeth.

Hannah John-Kamen: Where the L.A. smoothie has gone.

Mynda Bullock: So one last question, are you guys going tweet it from here, everyone would love to speak with you?

Aaron Ashmore: Iím going try Ė Iím going to try and do that for sure Ė well, Iím not going to try, I am going to do that, yes. The only thingÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Iím going to do that.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes, but your time zone, youíre going to be, you know, Hannah is going to be like in the middle of the night when weíre airing.

Hannah John-Kamen: Iím going to be Ė Iím dedicated.

Aaron Ashmore: Whatís commitment?

Hannah John-Kamen: Itís going to be 3:00 in the morning for me. I going to have a wedding to go to the next day but I should be up in the morning.

Aaron Ashmore: How can we offer commitment?

Luke Macfarlane: Thatís making me feel very bad because I havenít Ė I donít have a Twitter.

Mynda Bullock: Oh, you donít have a Twitter.

Luke Macfarlane: I donít.

Aaron Ashmore: But donít be Ė itís not for everyone, itís truly not.

Hannah John-Kamen: Not for everyone.

Aaron Ashmore: No.

Luke Macfarlane: I have two, you know, I have two Ė I donít have fingers, how about that.

Aaron Ashmore: Those are all PG in the show.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Mynda Bullock: All right, thank you very much.

Aaron Ashmore: Thank you.

Operator: Your next question comes from the line of Lisa Macklem. Your line is open.

Lisa Macklem:: Hi, guys.

Aaron Ashmore: Hi, Lisa.

Lisa Macklem:: Thanks so much for talking with us, I really enjoyed the premier. And just a quick aside, Luke Iím actually calling from London, Ontario soÖ

Luke Macfarlane: Youíre kidding me.

Lisa Macklem:: No, Iím not kidding.

Luke Macfarlane: Oh, thatís fantastic. My mother wish I was there right now.

Lisa Macklem:: Oh, well, itís very humid, so maybe not.

Luke Macfarlane: Not as humid as Richmond, Virginia Iím sure.

Lisa Macklem:: No, probably not.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Lisa Macklem:: So I was wondering about the stunts and the fighting are great and you guys do a lot of gadgets and all that stuff, did you have any special training going in or how did that work?

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes, like we all had stunt training, military training, and physical training as well. And the stunt coordinator was called (Alam), and (Alex) and (Allison) and kind of see what we can. So during the week before and off the scenes and kind of plan out with that stunt double, the fight sequence, and it was so much fun, it was so much fun.

Luke Macfarlane: It really was.

Hannah John-Kamen: One of my favorite parts, yes.

Luke Macfarlane: No, it was kind of this, you know, when I first gone to the business there is a sort of mythological idea that you have like an action show, that youíre a trainer. And I remember hearing the, I mean like cool. And this is actually the first time that I was Ė ever got a trainer. We worked out and, you know, they took pictures of our shortlist which they sent to the producers. It was like Ė I mean, itís always like this badass thing that I like wanted to have and they did it, and it was great, you know, it was really great, it was a great excuse to sort of workout.

Aaron Ashmore: And the physical stuff that we got to do at the beginning, the military stuff, the working out, the fight training is really kind of neat because the three of us didnít know each other so weíre sort of thrown into all these really intense training together. And I think that itís kind of fun when you start on it and itís a good way to sort of bond with your fellow actors through all this training and physical stuff. And we really get to know each other. And everybody was sort of slightly out of their elements because none of us are martial artist or anything like that. So youíre all thrown into this new experience in doing it together and yes it was actually a lot of fun.

Hannah John-Kamen: We bonded pretty violent.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes. Oh, my goodness.

Lisa Macklem:: Do you guys get to do a lot of your stunts?

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes, I think we all did them, didnít we?

Aaron Ashmore: Yes.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Aaron Ashmore: For sure. And obviously thereís stunt doubles for stuff that, you know, they donít want you to get hurt and all that but they actually let us do a lot of it ourselves.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, they did. We had amazing stunt doubles. And speaking of London, Ontario. My mother came to set one day when my stun double was acting. And then my, you know, the stunt double do the scene, and, you know, the actors do the scene. And obviously the camera operators are a little more inclined to show your faces. My mother says in front of the stunt double, I think you did a much better job as he did. And I said mom, thatís absolutely incorrect, heís amazing. But, you know, moms will be moms.

Aaron Ashmore: Sheís just so proud of her boy.

Luke Macfarlane: She was so proud of ass-kicking boy.

Lisa Macklem:: Thatís adorable. I got a quick question and maybe just a little bit more detail about your characters. I know sometimes actors work a background for themselves, can you tell us something about your character that maybe only you know about your character?

Hannah John-Kamen: Something Ė So I didnít heard the last part, sorry.

Lisa Macklem:: Something that only you know about your character, maybe something that you made up for yourselves for background?

Luke Macfarlane: Sure.

Aaron Ashmore: I think for myself Ė oh sorry, go ahead Luke.

Luke Macfarlane: Well, you know, not to get too dark but I think that I think that John and Díavinís father, I think he used to beat up Díavin.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes. I mean, thatís interesting too because like weíd never discussed anything like that and thereís nothing in the show like that. But I had, you know, thought of similar things like John and Díavinís background. You know, we donít really get into the details of it in the show but it was very, very difficult so I sort of thought of things like that too about scenarios, about Ė and I sort of pictured that too that Díavin was the, you know, the older brother and so he probably took a brunt of a lot of that growing up. And probably was protecting John, so for me thereís slightly guilt dripping in some of those potential things about, you know, itís kind of dark, itís kind of dark.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes. Yes.

Aaron Ashmore: But I thought a lot of those things too but we didnít really discuss that stuff and itís not on the Ė itís not on the page butÖ

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, in season one.

Aaron Ashmore: But hey, the show is still fun, itís not all dark

Lisa Macklem:: OK, last question and a happier one. So is there a really funny scene that stands out in your mind that we would be looking for?

Aaron Ashmore: Say, again, did you say a really funny scene?

Lisa Macklem:: Yes. Your favorite funny scene that we should be looking for.

Aaron Ashmore: Kind of think back to all the stuff.

Hannah John-Kamen: OK, thatís very much the stuff that happened kind of on camera that makes me laugh. Funny scenes.

Luke Macfarlane: Gosh. Oh, I know something to look that I think is very funny. In a much later episode John comes in contact with a super computer and he gets really excited about that super computer.

So Iím just going say that much, I laughed really hard when I saw that.

Aaron Ashmore: Good, Iím so glad. So Johnís nerdiness that you find Ė thatís good I like that.

I think this is a lot of Ė I think the sense of humor, the show is not necessarily like always ha, ha funny like knee slapper, I think itís sort of subtle and itís really in the sort of way that these characters sort of tease each other or interact with each other. So I think itís just so peppered throughout the show this sort of current of humor on the way that they sort of gab at each other. So I think to me thatís really where the humor lies, itís not like, oh my God thereís this one hilarious like comic scene. Itís really the tone of the way these people rib each other and tease each other that to me is where the sense of humor really lies.

Luke Macfarlane: Right, right. Yes.

Lisa Macklem:: Thanks so much Iím really looking forward to the rest of the series.

Aaron Ashmore: Awesome, thank you so much.

Hannah John-Kamen: Thank you.

Operator: Your next question comes from the line of Tim Holquinn. Your line is open.

Tim Holquinn: Hi, thanks for speaking with us today.

Aaron Ashmore: Hey, Tim, thanks.

Hannah John-Kamen: Hi.

Tim Holquinn: Hi. I was wondering if each of you could share something about each of your co-stars that surprised you the most perhaps their, you know, their personality or their process anything that comes to mind.

Aaron Ashmore: Oh, telling tales on each other, oh my goodness. I was surprised at both of Ė and I was very pleasantly surprised at how sort of funny and not just funny but weird both Luke and Hannahís sense of humor.

Hannah John-Kamen: I think yes, yes

Aaron Ashmore: Because, you know, and I think thatís one of the really unique things about the three of us together is that weíre just so weird. And our sense of humor is just kin of rip off each other and so I was really pleasantly surprised to see how strange their sense of humor were and then how as a whole bonded together.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, definitely, itís likeÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Like I think itís the sense of humor. Because on set like one of us is like saying something with and then without even any questions the other one would join in and then it wouldnít start for like an hour.

Aaron Ashmore: In harmony nonetheless.

Hannah John-Kamen: In harmony. That was like surprise to me is kind of like similar to Aaron this kind of crazy sense of humor, no questions asked just really join in.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes. And thatís not always the case right, you know, the way that you - the things that you think are funnier, the things that really sort of tickle you have other people that youíre working with and itís flows, that was sort of really surprising and lucky I think.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes. Yes.

Tim Holquinn: OK. And yes action oriented show sometimes the actors will use mood suitor conjure up certain mental queues to kind of inspire them to kind of pump them up for the intense action scenes. Do either of you have device that you utilize?

Luke Macfarlane: Cool. I didnít use any of that, not for myself.

Hannah John-Kamen:L No.

Aaron Ashmore: I find like emotional scenes sometimes that works better, you know, like to set the mood if itís sad or anger or something. But the action stuff is sort of like youíre just thrown in and you got to run or you got to kick butt itís like Ė itís sometimes thatís not the hardest thing to sort of motivate yourselves into. But sometimes for emotional scenes that works a little bit better to just kind of put you in a place emotionally.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, definitely. In fact thinking about, you know, thinking about the first fight scene that we filmed which is John and I in the cage fight right at the beginning, it was so amazing to have that whole crowd of people around us yelling just that was sort of enough to get us into the mood. Like it was really cool to have 100 or whatever extras all screaming, they donít know what the show is, they donít know what theyíre screaming for. But stillÖ

Aaron Ashmore. It was interesting too I remember we did a first take right after lunch and everybody was still kind of coming back from lunch, they just had something to eat, everybody was kind of quite. And then Chris Grismer our director was like, OK, guys weíre back from lunch, I need you to like screen and yell. And then when we did another take it sort of changed everything because when you have like a 100 people sort of like screaming and like beating on the cage like that sort of energy really amp everything up for us. And, you know, yes, that was really cool actually.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes. I think for me I just literally went in there and just basically kick some butt in the scenes.

Aaron Ashmore: Hannah needs no inspiration sheís justÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: I think (inaudible)Ö

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, she gotÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Ö So all of these guys knows like, right, youíre all done.

Tim Holquinn: OK. One last question, once you realized that you had gotten the job that youíre going to play a bounty hunter, did you do any like research and perhaps find that you had a favorite real life fictional bounty hunter that you might have drawn inspiration from?

Aaron Ashmore: My dad is a big ďDog The Bounty HunterĒ fan so I just Ė and I already watched a ton of Dog. But thatís not Ė thatís not really what weíre going for here so I kind of did the opposite that I strip away anything that Iíd seen from Dog and decided to just go off the script.

Luke Macfarlane: That was wise.

Hannah John-Kamen: To me I think like Ė I thinkÖ

Luke Macfarlane: He came with a mullet the first day.

Aaron Ashmore: I should, the mullet, I got rid of that pretty quick.

Hannah John-Kamen: I donít know, I think for me I just basically did like character research and building on more of this character building with Michelle and Chris Grismer where we had meeting. And the skills come with the training and within the character. But for me it was kind of who is Dutch first before what does that do.

Aaron Ashmore: Totally.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes. I remember feeling very entered to this, I had, you know, I think both Hannah and Aaron had experience in Sci-Fi world, I was like intimated, Iíve never done in Sci-Fi world, so I actually watched a lot of Sci-Fi programming thinking that like, you know, oh, Iím going to be interacting with these people and fans that know kind of the Sci-Fi world much more deeply than I do and I donít want to look like irreverent to their genre.

Tim Holquinn: Well that was probably a good decision.

Luke Macfarlane: Everything.

Tim Holquinn: All right, well it was a real treat to get to speak with you today. Thank you.

Aaron Ashmore: Thank you.

Hannah John-Kamen: Thank you.

Operator: Your next question comes from the line of (Claire Pratt). Your line is open.

Claire Pratt: Hi, guys, I hope you Ė hi guys.

Luke Macfarlane: Hi.

Hannah John-Kamen: Hi.

Claire Pratt: Hi, thank you for speaking with us today. I havenít gone to see the episode yet but Iíve seen some clips and it looks awesome so Iím really excited.

Aaron Ashmore: Cool.

Hannah John-Kamen: Great.

Claire Pratt: 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 live in space?

Luke Macfarlane: Oh, gosh, thatísÖ

Aaron Ashmore: Weíre already in space.

Hannah John-Kamen: Maybe like for me Ė for me I just love to be like a Ė maybe like a ship like engineer so I actually get to go out in space with my space suite.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes, do the space walk.
Hannah John-Kamen: Yes. Actually something to do with being completely in space, in space.

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 like the history of space. And I have this like really cool like museum, and like, you know, ďMany years ago we have the challenger.Ē And that was a terrible thing, they have like a tutorial, teach the people the history of space.

Hannah John-Kamen: The battle.

Luke Macfarlane: The battle, yes, the great old battle ofÖ.

Hannah John-Kamen: The great battle..

Luke Macfarlane: And (Jules) burn that Ė yes, thatís what I would do.

Hannah John-Kamen: Alright, do that

Claire Pratt: All right, that sounds cool. So if you could travel anywhere Ė if you could travel anywhere in outer space where would you want to go?

Aaron Ashmore: To a planet where thereís alien life maybe.

Claire Pratt: OK, cool.

Aaron Ashmore: Wherever is that, I donít know the name of it unfortunately, I canít be that specific butÖ

Luke Macfarlane: If you could I would beÖ

Aaron Ashmore: Very impressed. I would be wasting my skills as an actor if I could tell you where that is

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, itís hard, thereís not a lot of place that you could go. That phone is really loud.


Operator: Your next question comes from the line of Jamie Ruby. Your line is open.

Jamie Ruby: Hi, again guys. So you guys talked about some of the Ė Iím sorry, my dog is barking. Talked about some the comedic moments and I know Aaron you said theyíre more subtle. But you guys have some great lines, do you guys have any favorite lines that you said in the show?

Aaron Ashmore: I like when IÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Mine is the crashy two hander.

Luke Macfarlane: Oh the old crashy two hander.

Hannah John-Kamen: Itís the crashy two hander line I think for me because I think itís just cool.

Jamie Ruby: OK.

Aaron Ashmore: I like my Ė in the first scene of the first episode thereís a great line where one of the characters asked me if itís, you know, if itís uncomfortable walking around because I have such big balls and Iím like yes thereís some chasing. I think that kind of funny and like thatís sort of a tone of the show, the subtlety of the humor sometimes, I just think thatís kind of quite humor.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, that was very funny yes.

Hannah John-Kamen: That was wonderful. Luke.

Luke Macfarlane: Oh gosh, I donít know, I mean thereís this, Iím not sure if this was in the episode that you saw but we need some nuns and they have done what I thought was very funny..

Aaron Ashmore: I know a line Luke of yours that I really like and it sort of speaks to the, you know, the character, the difference in the characters and stuff like that. John is, you know, heís trying to do something in a scientific sort of way and he gets himself in trouble and Lukeís character, I canít remember the exact lines but heís like, see what id I tell you like science is dumb, you know, these sort of characters.

Luke Macfarlane: I remember being very concerned about that line because Iím going alienate our audience. Like I think these people that watch the show are going to like science and theyíre going to hate me.

Aaron Ashmore: No, no because itís like very funny. But you donít come across as dumb, itís a really funny sort of character I thinkÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Itís funny.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes, itís funny.

Jamie Ruby: All right, and then as a follow-up we know that obviously Dutch has a lot of secrets and Luke also kind of about whatís happened in his past in the war and everything, so Aaron my question is does John have any kind of secrets that weíre going to be finding out about?

Aaron Ashmore: In this first season not really. And I think that thatís kind of that sort of needs to be that way because the whole thing is that, you know, Dutch and Díavin have these two secrets that are sort of holding the team apart because theyíre not really wanting to share those and trying to deal with all these things by themselves. And it causes a lot of strain on the team and I think Johnís position in this first season is to like his main, you know, purpose in the show and, you know, his goal is to keep the team together because theyíre sort of just ripping each other apart.

So I think if you then throw, you know, John into the mix where he got things, I think it would be a bit convoluted and a bit sort of like, you know, you needed somebody who was just, you know not being torn apart by all these stuff to kind of keep it together. So I hope that in if we get other season that weíll get to start to see, you know, a little bit of Johnís past and the things that he had to go through, the difficulties and stuff.

So I really hope that we will get to do that but I think in this season it would have been a bit much to sort of have all three of them really, you know, trying to explore these dark secret and stuff.

Jamie Ruby: Hopefully weíll see more next.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Jamie Ruby: All right, thanks so much guys.

Operator: Your next question comes from the line of Robin Burks. Your line is open.

Robin Burks: Hello again. What has been your favorite part about working on Killjoys so far?

Hannah John-Kamen: To me honestly I think thereís a shoot Ė the amount of fun I had off screen and off. I mean the set have been amazing, I think the fighting as well for to me which has been so cool. But I think with like Aaron and Luke theyíre just so amazing to work with. They just made the whole time and experience just, you know, just ejected with fun.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, itís really true. You often hear actors talking about, ďOh, you know, we all like so much.Ē But really legitimately it was like a real Ė a really great group, like I love showing up to work, it was wonderful.

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes.

Luke Macfarlane: And just to use your imagination in a really profound way. You know, itís not often that you get to in kind of scripts where youíre required to imagine so much and that it makes you feel like a kid again when youíre looking out the window of your spaceship and you seen a green screen having to imagine whatís on that, you know, often your job is sort of entering into a living room with cup of tea. So you can use your imagination that massive way is super fun.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes, I agree, I think, you know, first and foremost not just like as the actors but the whole creative team and the whole crew, I think everybody really, really enjoyed themselves. And again thatís not, you know, weíre working in such a fun business and that, but the experiences are not always amazing, amazing. And I think like on a personal level the fun of working with everybody was way, way up there.

I think another thing for me was getting to start on a show, Iíve done lots of shows where I kind of come into them while theyíre already been successful and then become a lead on the show or reoccurring. But to come in to a show from the very start and feel like youíre really, really part of something.

And like Luke was saying, itís just not really part of something where it set in New York or wherever where we know everything but weíre really getting to explore and create the world and this characters that nobody seen before. You know, coming from Michelleís imagination and the writers and then we really get to inhabit these places that donít exist, and these societies, these cultural levels and stuff that are not real in real life. So who gets to do that, some people get to fantasize and get to think about those things but we actually get to sort of act them out and create them. And thatís been the really, really exciting thing that very few people get to do, so itís a lot of fun.

Luke Macfarlane: I remember the first time we all were on the cockpit together, you know, and weíve been watching the ships get build because weíre filming on our station and we see them and like, ďCool, thatís our spaceship.Ē

And then all the sudden we were on the spaceship and they build this beautiful thing but nobody knew how to drive it and we got to make up how to drive the ship. And we got to imagine what button to your press to try to make it go up and make it go round and thatís like thrilling.

Jamie Ruby: OK, letís turn that around and what challenges did you face when filming the first season?

Luke Macfarlane: I was just going to say, you know, itís a small cast and we all worked a lot, it was really long hours. You know, sometimes when cast of shows are bigger and thereís more sort of screen time to go around but this is, you know, very equality spread among three people so we had really long days.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes.

Hannah John-Kamen: To me I think like the challenges at the begging, I remember when we had this gun and it was so heavy. And I think it actual kind of like getting to use to it, the equipment and the armor, and making it look like Iíve been carrying this gun for years. I mean I think for me it was Ė it was really embodying a killer, as a bounty hunter, and getting used to, you know, the kind of physical way of that.

Aaron Ashmore: I think for me and even up until very recently I felt this way throughout the whole season, so youíre really excited to do this, this is an amazing opportunity. But, you know, youíre really like, I hope that we do all of this justice, I hope that all this hard work that we do and we put in, you know, that it pays off, that people really enjoy it.

Because like again, you know, weíre not just doing a cop show where weíre emulating something thatís already out there and people will buy into it. Weíre creating a whole new world and so youíre just like the tone of things you really want to get right and you really wanted to create something that people are going to Ė characters and a world thatís believable and people are going to buy into.

And, you know, thatís just, you know, comes with the genre, I think that thatís thereís a lot of actual work that you have to do and pressure thatís sort of put on you because itís like people have to buy into this. Itís not easy as thing to buy into and the Sci-Fi audience is very discerning, theyíre very intelligent, and you want them to like it, you want them to really buy into this world that youíre inhabiting and creating.

So thatís, you know, thereís some pressure in that and that doesnít just fall on us obviously as the actors, thatís sort of, you know, as production what we all have to accomplish together. But after seeing the show I feel very confident and very proud of the work that everybody did and Iím really hoping that everybody is going to enjoy it.

Luke Macfarlane: Thatís really good point, yes. And specially being aware of I think there is more reverence sort of the intelligence of the audience in this genre than any other genre I think Iíve worked in and wanting to do them, to do them right.

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes.

Jamie Ruby: Thank you.

Aaron Ashmore: Thank you.

Operator: Your next question comes from the line of (Kris Kwan). Your line is open.

Luke Macfarlane: Hi, (Kris).

Kris Kwan: Hi everybody, thanks for talking to us.

Aaron Ashmore: No problem, no problem.

Hannah John-Kamen: Hi.

Kris Kwan: So Killjoys is created by the creator of Lost Girl Michelle Lavretta and itís produced by the producers of Orphan Black, (Temple Street), and Iím a huge fan of those shows and really looking forward to Killjoys. So what do you think fans of those shows would like about Killjoys?

Aaron Ashmore: Well, obviously theyíre, you know, coming from the same sensibility, the same minds, so I think obviously our show is going to be very different because the content and the world and stuff that weíre in but itís still coming fro the people who have the same sensibility who make those other shows that obviously tons and tons of people enjoyed. So itís kind of hard to say exactly what it is but I think that the sensibility are going to be the same. So hopefully that, you know, the things that you enjoy about those other shows, theyíll be, you know, assembled in our show as well.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Speaking a little bit about Lost Girl, I think thereís something about, you know, not to be sort of lied about it but thereís a sort of sense of female empowerment that I think is definitely something thatís really strong (in viewers), strong female characters that arenít just, you know, strong for the sake, you know, that they beat people up but they also, you know, theyíre very comfortable with their sexuality. Michelle writes a lot about sexuality in a really I think unique way that sort of very different than most TV sort of characters have sex and not feel ashamed about it. So, yes.

Hannah John-Kamen: Yes. And wow thereís not really kind of a big thing about sex, sexuality. I think the thing is any women can do any man (inaudible), any man can see the bus.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Hannah John-Kamen: Itís kind of, you know, thereís this massive freedom there.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Kris Kwan: Sounds great. Thanks. Also you guys just talked about this a little bit but Ė and I know Aaron is probably used to it by now but are you guys ready for the vintage genre fans youíre about to have.

Luke Macfarlane: Bring it on.

Hannah John-Kamen: Weíre ready.

Luke Macfarlane: I would loveÖ

Hannah John-Kamen: Bring it on.

Luke Macfarlane: I would love it.

I have a lot of flight attendant sort of fans right now, I like to sort of broaden my fan base.


Kris Kwan: Great, thank you guys very much.

Aaron Ashmore: So Luke you get upgraded at everything.

Luke Macfarlane: I often get like Ė theyíre like, ďOh, you know, the first class wine is a little bit better than the coach wine. Let me see if I can scrounge a glass for you.

Aaron Ashmore: Thatís exactly a bonus.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes, itís very nice..

Hannah John-Kamen: Nice.

Gary Morgenstein: We have time for one more Ė one more question please.

Operator: Your final question comes from the line of Mynda Bullock. Your line is open.

Mynda Bullock: Hi, guys, itís Mynda again. Luke I have a question for you, we talked previously about Dutchís past and whatís going on with her. But what can you tell us a little bit about Díavinís search for the military doctor and whether his search will come to a resolution this season?

Luke Macfarlane: Well, heís definitely looking for this person all the way through the show and, gosh, I donít know how much I should tease but yes he finds her, he finds her. And that she is a her. And eyes I think itís really interesting because, you know, thereís sort of a lot of comparisons that I think that a lot of soldiers, you know, returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are encountering like sort of how to reconcile with their sort of violent past and, you know, I think itís a great story line. But he does, he does get I think more completion and closure than Dutch does

Mynda Bullock: OK.

Luke Macfarlane: Yes.

Mynda Bullock: Thank you.

Gary Morgenstein: Thank you everyone, thank you Hannah, Luke and Aaron.

Hannah John-Kamen: Thank you.

Gary Morgenstein: Thank you everyone for participating in the call. Take care. Bye-bye

Luke Macfarlane: Bye.

Hannah John-Kamen: Thank you.

Luke Macfarlane: Bye guys.

Hannah John-Kamen: Bye

Aaron Ashmore: Love you, bye.

Luke Macfarlane: Love you too. Bye.

Hannah John-Kamen: Bye guys.

Aaron Ashmore: Bye.

Luke Macfarlane: Bye Hannah.

Hannah John-Kamen: Bye.

Operator: This concludes todayís conference call. You may now disconnect


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