In part five of our Killjoys set visit interviews, Thom Allison and Morgan Kelly talk about their expanded Season 2 roles, Pree and Alvis’ deeper connection to our favorite RAC agents, exploring their characters backstories and so much more. We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage from the Toronto set of Killjoys. Stayed tuned for many more exclusive goodies as we get closer to the Season 2 Premiere on July 1st. Introduce a friend to Killjoys, Season 1 is available at Syfy.com now.
We have been teased you both have larger roles in Season 2 and we will get to know you better, how much preparation did you have for that and did you get a whole load of information or get it episode by episode?
Thom Allison: Pretty much episode-to-episode. The surprise comes at us and you roll with it and start jumping.
Morgan Kelly: We were just saying before we get a script and it’s tick, tick, tick.
Are you looking specifically for yourself?
Morgan: Well the first time… I’m not going to lie.
On a show like this are you reading it backward to forward to make sure you are still alive?
Morgan: No I haven’t thought about that so thank you. I’m going to write that down!
Alvis has a very specific look so how long does it take to get that?
Morgan: The hair takes around half and hour and the costume, in Season 1 was tough, but we figure out a way for it to fall perfectly now.
Along the same lines, Pree has different changing looks every episode, do you have any input or it all wardrobe?
Thom: It’s very collaborative, I have an idea. I always name them, they have themes in my head. So I say “Oh it’s the gladiator!” So I suggest that. The makeup team is great and then it becomes this wild thing. It’s pretty fun, we talk a lot.
Is the hair purposeful, so you don’t take so long in makeup?
Thom: A little more genetic. They like it so we keep it clean.
Looking through the eyes of your characters, how do they see John and D’avin?
Morgan: Well Alvis and D’avin, they have history together, a lot of love, not necessarily romantic kind but a deep connection together. Then Alvis and John they found a rhythm and this year I have some good stuff with D’avin. Which is so funny as he’s quirky and sarcastic and Alvis is a bit more flat. I like it.
Thom: Pree has known Dutch for a long time then Johnny came in and adopted him as well. Then D’avin, it took a minute, he thought he was hot, but is he a friend or a foe? It took a second, they’re all under his wing, and he protects them and takes care of them, the older brother and sister.
Pree is sort of the therapist, when they can’t sort it out amongst themselves Pree’s there to cut through it.
Thom: I got the booze. It’s a bartender feel. I think where Pree has been before this, he’s got information, he’s smart and savvy, it’s a case of where did that come from and it’s fun to play with.
Tell us a bit about developing Alvis and learning about the religion and becoming a devotee of this new religion, this new thing, what kind of research did you do as far as the development of that?
Morgan: With Alvis, he tried to carry a lot on his shoulder and it burdened him with a lot of responsibility. I did grow up in a very religious household, a lot of rules and guilt. There’s certain heaviness to him but I also tried to play it off with humor and quirkiness. After Season 1 there’s a lot of work trying to find his rhythm, now I feel like I have found who he is and what he’s fighting for. In Season 2 there’s more history with the religion and more of a backstory. I’m understanding more where he’s coming from and the beliefs he’s fighting for, it’s coming together in Season 2.
Have the writers expanded your characters and taken them in a different direction than you thought?
Morgan: Oh yeah, when Season 1 ended I thought Season 2 would start this way, and they are like “Oh no, not even close.” They go into the past of the characters and where they are coming from and what they have experienced.
Thom: Because Pree being the way he is, I was ready for anything, I was waiting to hear he was the head of the company, or a sexor with talent. But whatever they gave I said “Give me!” But there were a few things I thought, “Oh you’re kidding!” So it’s exciting and I was surprised so I imagine people will be shocked in a cool way. But I was ready for a bomb of some kind.
Any face-to-face of your characters with yours and Khlyen?
Thom: I can neither confirm nor deny.
In the broader sense is there someone you have interacted with what you didn’t get to in Season 1 that you have had fun playing your character off of?
Morgan: Alvis and D’avin get to have some fun and an interesting relationship gets to develop which I enjoy.
Thom: You saw in the end I end up on the ship so there is certainly a little more time with the Killjoys which is fun for Pree. How much I can’t say but we have more playtime. I become friendly with Lucy, who knows.
With both your characters when you guys came in, did you know you would have a thread line through both seasons, or did it grow as you got more involved?
Thom: For me I never knew. Then it kept expanding, learning more about him, more costume, more makeup, and seeing what he’s made of.
Morgan: From what I understood I thought it was just two episodes that turned into five, then Season 2. I went in there super excited as I love sci-fi, then it blossomed as I became a season regular, I love it.
How much action do your characters get to see?
Thom: A little more. I get to come out of the bar a little more because of the nature of what’s happened. You get to see me from the bottom down which is nice.
Morgan: It’s a fast paced show so I get some cool stuff too.
Thom we hear Luke and Hannah are off breaking out into song on set, do you join?
Thom: Occasionally yes, it’s funny it’s a really musical group. Luke is killer. Their accents and songs. It’s a kooky fun energy on set. We were talking with Michelle how we could work it in somehow, a song for Pree. She’s pretty damn clever; she can do some great stuff in the season.
Morgan: She has a quirky sense of humor I wouldn’t be surprised if she did it.
Thom: What’s great is she’s smart about it and she does it. She finds ways, it’s not just a plug for the writer. I’m actually shocked how she worked things in, she’s a clever minx. She manages to be really smart about it. If anyone can, she can.
For each of your characters, what do you admire about the character itself?
Morgan: Alvis’ conviction. He has a strong belief system and fights for what is right. It’s nice to have that passion. He goes one hundred per cent even if it means he risks his life to do it. I think that’s an admirable quality.
Thom: Pree’s clothes and makeup are fun of course. But I love his sense of ‘suck it’. If you don’t like me, what I do or how I talk then get out. It’s great. A lot of us are learning from that. If you want to come in here and drink my stuff, it’s my world, and I think that’s awesome.
Has your emotional understanding of your characters changed at all as you have gone through the first half of Season 2?
Thom: For sure. As you get more into the back story and learn why Pree does what he does. I love how it gets more complicated in a way I can take him. It’s also living. I find each episode has a real sense of moving through different colors. That’s really interesting to play. Especially Pree is a little bipolar emotionally. In each episode he has a new color in him, whether he’s a matron, a caregiver, a friend, an ass-kicker. He takes on these roles in each situation with different people. That’s great and is one of the things I love about him the most.
Morgan: Alvis I could say has a rather large crisis of faith based on what transpired at the end of Season 1. That’s taking on the burden of Westerly being bombed. It’s like how do you wrap your head around that. It’s just something you sit with. I thought about it a lot the days ahead before we shot it, dwelled on that and what that would do to someone.
Killjoys Returns to Syfy on July 1st at 9/8c.