Last week, the Haven-verse bid farewell to the Guardâ€™s resident badass, Jordan McKee, and Kate Kelton, the woman behind Jordan’s killer touch, took the time to talk with us by phone this afternoon about playing Jordan, keeping Lincoln in the Haven family, and whatâ€™s next.
When Kelton auditioned for the third season of Haven, she initially came in to read for Claire. When that role went to Bree Williamson, she came back in to read for Jordan, but because of a prior commitment to the IFC series, Bullet in the Face, she was limited in her availability and the Haven producers had to work out an arrangement so she could be available for the nine episodes they wanted her. Kelton was very glad it worked out. â€œIt was very unexpected and awesome. It was six episodes at first [and then they called me to come back],â€ she says. She adds that the season finale wasnâ€™t a sure thing and she kept wondering if sheâ€™d be in it. â€œI was really curious. I kept bugging everybody to sneak me a copy of the script. One of the writers finally told me, â€˜I suspect you might be getting one.â€™â€
Kelton loved the role. â€œThere were so many different levels to what sheâ€™s going through,â€ she points out. â€œIt was challenging and a joy to play [her]. She could be so snidely funny and completely heartbreaking.â€ Part of becoming Jordan was not touching people, something the usually tactile Kelton had to retrain her brain not to do. She thought back to her own waitressing days when she would touch people without realizing it. â€œI remember somebody telling me they had a traumatic childhood and didnâ€™t like being touched,” she says. â€œI tried to remember that when I was workingâ€”that everybody didnâ€™t like to be touched.”
Some of her favorite moments on the show reveal the lighthearted funny, woman she is behind Jordanâ€™s seriousness. She and Balfour exchanged laughs during the scene in the fourth season premiere where the boys drove back into Haven and Duke smarts off, calling a shotgun-wielding Jordan â€œCrazytown.â€ The riff escalated to Balfour calling her â€œFatal Attractionâ€ and she responded back to him with â€œBunny Boiler,â€ which he loved but didnâ€™t catch as a reference to the film and she didnâ€™t tell him.
Swinging the rifle in that scene, and in “The New Girl,” was no easy feat. While Kelton knew guns from Bullet in the Face, where they shot blanks on camera, in Haven, she was given a rubber photo-ready shotgun that she says was super heavy. â€œI kept asking for a lighter rubber gun,â€ she laughs, â€œand they told me â€˜no.â€™â€
In the scene where Audrey came through the door out on the bluff, Lucas Bryant joked that the Guard were onto them because he Tweeted the location and Kelton burst out laughing during the take. â€œFor a Luddite to make that joke land it perfectly was hilarious,â€ she says.â€ She adds that itâ€™s a shame Bryant isn’t on Twitter because heâ€™s made for it with his humor.
When Kelton returned for season four, she knew Jordan would die, and she said she spent most of season three worrying about it. â€œI had the inking she would die because most guest stars [on Haven] do,â€ she says. â€œI kept asking everybody how she was going to die, and then [she] didnâ€™tâ€¦[so] itâ€™s been a long time coming.â€
She was glad Jordan went out still protecting Audrey. â€œIt was discussed that she would get this wonderful little redemption and really pull the heartstrings,â€ she says. â€œEven if you hated her, you had to give her that–she did have Audreyâ€™s back when it counted. She wasâ€¦fighting for what she believed in and it made for crazy, unexpected moments.â€
After she wrapped, Kelton got to take Jordan home with herâ€”she has the entire wardrobeâ€”including the jackets, the boots with the skulls, and the green gloves. She was thrilled when the big box arrived with everything. â€œI couldnâ€™t say anything before because then people [would have known],â€ she says. She adds itâ€™ll come in handy for Halloween. â€œIf I go out, Iâ€™m nailing my Jordan costume.â€
Next up for Kelton is an independent film called Unearthing set to shoot outside Toronto thatâ€™s been pushed to spring to wait out the winter. â€œItâ€™s a beautiful script [that] I fell in love with,â€ she says. â€œItâ€™s [about] a couple of people sci-fi mystically drawn to field, and at the heart of it is a beautiful love story.â€
Right now, though, you can catch her in the first of a series of Lincoln commercials voiceovered by Eric Balfour. When she went in and read for it, she knew one of the creatives from a previous Cadillac commercial. After she had the part, she asked if any of them had known beforehand about the Haven connection, but they hadnâ€™t.
A quick visit to Keltonâ€™s website reveals her many talents as a writer, artist, and actress. She says theyâ€™re all equally her passion. â€œI need them all. I think they feed off each other,â€ she says. â€œIf I donâ€™t have one of them, I start getting itchy.â€
She is also active on social mediaâ€”something that started when she moved from Toronto to Los Angeles during the nascent years of Facebook. â€œIt was an ideal way to keep in touch with people back at home. When the Tic Tac fans started adding me, I realized talking to my fans and talking to mom in Germany felt really similar,â€ she says. â€œThey feel a little bit like family. There hasnâ€™t been that much difference. Now itâ€™s my old friends, and my new friends, letâ€™s call them. The Haven fans are incredible. Theyâ€™ve made feel like part of the family.â€
Weâ€™re so glad we got to spend 13 episodes getting to know Jordan and we canâ€™t wait to see what Kelton does next.
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