INTERVIEW: Jade Hassouné On Fandom and the Final Season of Shadowhunters
Defective Geeks is feeling particularly lucky with this interview, featuring actor, Jade Hassouné, who stars in Shadowhunters as Meliorn an extremely handsome and alluring fairy (aka Seelie). Jade himself is as alluring in real life– get to know him more below and find out about fandom, acting and his journey into his music,
Hi Jade, thank you for doing this interview! First of, what has it been like being a part of a show as big as Shadowhunters? What has been the best part about it?
Hello! Thank you for featuring me!
Well it has been a dream come true, that’s for sure. And the two best parts has been the life-long friends I’ve made on the show, with who I get to travel the world now to meet (the other best part): the fans. The fandom is something extremely special, it is rare that a TV show gets such a huge following and we are all very fortunate to have this ocean of love constantly ready to support our every move.
How did you land the role for Meliorn in Shadowhunters? Did you have an idea on how you wanted to portray the character before you got the part? What has been the most interesting and most fun part about playing this character for you?
I auditioned! It was a process of about a month with five auditions. I auditioned for other characters before Meliorn, but when I saw what/who Meliorn was, I knew right away that it was meant for me. The character was clear for me from reading his appearance in the Mortal Instruments books. He was written in a clear manner and his speech was something that stood out to me. The most interesting part for me was to play a being that comes from a different dimension. To look at everyone I interact with through the eyes of a being that is not from this world is super fun. Also it doesn’t hurt to be an epic knight-elf with pointy ears and a badass armour and fighting skills.
Is it a little crazy knowing how huge the Shadowhunters fandom is? What is your favorite part about the fans?
It is not crazy in the sense that I was part of a fandom like that with Buffy [The Vampire Slayer] (still am haha!), but my favorite part is the connection that I have with the fans, a connection that is not going anywhere, even after the show “ends”, it will remain. It’s partly the reason why I am launching myself into music, so that this connection lives beyond the airing of the show and forever onward. It will be a way for the fans to take “me” anywhere with them. Forever. And then continue to do conventions around the world, combined with music concerts etc.
How did you get into acting? When did you know you wanted to work in entertainment?
I knew I wanted to be an actor since I was 10 years old. I had a sort of heart-opening/vision of my life when I first stepped on stage at that age. Then I just followed that feeling every time I sensed it. And it led me to my dreams. That’s the feeling of being tuned-in to your dreams, it’s a feeling of joy that comes from the heart, a deep knowing that “you are on the right path”. I would tell all my teachers “I’m going to be an actor, why do I have to learn about this thing I will never use?” and they wouldn’t know what to say. Well, I was right!
What has been your most memorable experience as an actor so far? What kind of projects or roles do you hope to work on in the future?
My most memorable, wow, there have been so many. But I have to say, this past October in London at the MCM Comic Con London, when we did our main stage panel in the giant stadium-sized space with over a thousand people attending our Q&A panel was something that really struck me. I was having a sort of out-of-body experience looking at my friends and I and all the people and the lights and the mega screens and feeling awestruck and such pride for how far we’ve come. I’ll never forget it. Each year tops the last.
How do you feel about the (somewhat slowly) growing diversity and representation within the entertainment industry and Hollywood? Do you think it is headed in the right direction? How do you think it could be better?
It’s definitely headed in the right direction! Even our show is full of diverse people. I think everything gets better and dwelling on how slow the process is just slows everything way down. We are a lot more involved in the process simply by our observation and/or judgement of it all. Our focus adds to the creation of a reality. So let’s continue looking forward and be/aim for the change we want to see. The past is the past and looking at how bad things used to be is counter-productive.
You are also a musician and have an upcoming EP, Love Letter to Fandom. Is music something that has always been a part of your life? What can you tell us about Love Letter to Fandom?
I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!! Yes. Music has always been what I have wanted to do and be. I’ve just been waiting for the right time and the time is now. My artist name is J4DE and my first single “insta story” is to be released in June on all downloadable/streaming platforms. This is a whole new era of my life which I am spending every second of everyday creating until the music comes out. The fans will be very involved and part of how I release the whole project, they will even participate in creating the art for the songs and the album and also the merch! I’ve been working on the business plan and music for many months now and it’s all coming together. The fans can expect some great changes but also an homage to the past years we have lived together. I have a free teaser download of my first single on my website for the ones who want to subscribe to my newsletter and be the first to receive all the news and perks. You can do so at jadehassoune.com
Finally, if you could have one super power, which one would it and will you be a super hero or a super villain?
It would be to be able to manipulate the very fabric of our reality. Kind of like Dr. Manhattan. And I would obviously be a good guy, but with a balanced state of being, sometimes you have to be harder to assert yourself. Just depends on the circumstance.