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Introducing Jaeden Noel, The Killjoys Kid [Exclusive] 

Introducing Jaeden Noel, The Killjoys Kid [Exclusive]
Photo Credit: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY
Photo Credit: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY

Friday night’s episode of Killjoys picks up in the aftermath of the Kid’s arrested development before he reached the same age as dad D’av and Uncle Johnny. This week, Auntie Dutch tries a little hand-to-hand training that goes a mite too far for D’av’s tastes. I’ll have a proper preview tomorrow, but first up, I chatted with Jaeden Noel, who plays Lucy’s newest resident, when I was on set for this episode back in March.

As a young performer, Noel’s first loves were dance and drawing, until a family photography session nudged him toward acting. “My Mom booked a photo shoot for our family and the photographer was best friends with an agent. She told my Mom [that she liked our look] and sent us to the agent for a meeting,” he recalls.

Photo Credit: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY

“I started doing commercials and TV and [realized] I could pursue this as a career. My parents said if I liked it I could continue, and now it’s my life. I love it so much.”

A relative TV newcomer who viewers may recognize from this past season of The Expanse, Noel was excited to join Killjoys. He credits his love of anime and his work in The Expanse for helping him settle in. “I watch a lot of anime and try to draw like them. I think that’s part of the reason being in a fantasy world is so easy for me, because that’s sort of what I draw,” he says.

“Playing in the sci-fi world comes very naturally for me. When I was really young, I could do an entire monologue from Transformers. [On The Expanse], I played the boy who turned into a monster. I think it was a hallmark role. It was very important to me because it was one of my first big roles.”

Photo Credit: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY

When Noel auditioned for Killjoys, directing producer Stefan Pleszczynski was in the room alongside the casting director, and he says that put him at ease. “It was a very comforting environment,” he says. “I hadn’t watched [the show] but I had heard of it. When I got the role, I watched some of Season 3. I watch a lot of shows like this. They’re easy to work on because they’re very interesting to me, and [this] set is insane.”

While we saw Noel’s character physically grow very quickly, we learn this week that it doesn’t mean he’s automatically at the same level emotionally or psychologically. Noel points to his real-life role as a big brother to help him play that arc.

Photo Credit: Space Channel

“It’s been very different, but I feel like I have had a similar experience watching my little sister grow up and learn things,” he explains. “[Portraying] a character who is learning and open to new things is different from anything I’ve ever played.”

Killjoys airs Friday at 10 pm/9c on Syfy and Space Channel. The first five episodes this season are online at both sites and on their apps. All of our Season 4 coverage is here.

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