Born in Toronto, actor and singer/songwriter, Hallea Jones, stars in Netflix’s LOCKE & KEY as Eden Hawkins– the “it” girl who does her own terrorizing of the show’s protagonists. Hallea talks about discovering the comic books by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez and what she loves most about being a part of the adaptation below!
Hi Hallea, thank you for doing this interview with us! Tell us about your new show, Locke & Key, and your character, Eden Hawkins. Can you tell us about the role she will play in the story?
Thanks so much for having me! Ah, there’s so much to say. First off, Locke & Key is about a family moving back into their ancestral home after their father is murdered, only to find magical keys which border fun, and danger. While the kids are warding off a key hungry demon, the two oldest kids, Kinsey and Tyler go to school to deal with Matheson’s very own haute demon– Eden Hawkins. She’s the Regina George of the town, and does it all with a little smile on her face.
Comic book fans are super excited to watch Locke & Key. What were you most excited about when you joined the show? What did you find intriguing about the graphic novel and how it will translate on the screen?
It was thrilling in general to be a part of a show, especially one that’s filled with so much passion from a long run of trying to get off the ground. I was most excited to see how the production would create the magic. It’s such an integral part of the story, and CGI can really make or break a show– but seeing the final product made me so excited because they really did such a great job of it all.
The day I was told I was cast in the show, I told my friend about it– not thinking it was already so well known; but my friend jumped up and handed me his six part series and lent it to me to read. I finished it in less than a week– SO GOOD!
How do you hope fans of Locke & Key would respond to the show? Personally, what do you think is the best part about the series?
Of course I have always hoped they would respond well to it. We’ve put so much love and passion into creating the world of Locke & Key; it’s so electrifying hearing the outpour of positive response from fans of the comics, as well as people who have never read the books. I personally love how many real life topics are tackled throughout the show, no matter how prevalent they may be in the whole story. From bullying (thanks to Eden), to alcoholism, to grief, and family relationships. There are so many hard hitting topics explored throughout the series, and it’s also great to see the diversity in the show (from POC to characters like Rufus and Logan representing humans not usually represented properly on TV). And of course, the magic!
If you could have one of the keys, which one would it be and what would you use its powers for?
Of course, the Anywhere Key. Traveling the world would be so cheap and hassle free!
How did you get into acting? What or who inspires you and what do you hope to achieve in your career in the near future? What would be your dream role or project right now?
I have always been a performer since I was a little one, but I really only got into it professionally after Degrassi came to my high school for an open audition and I was one of four called back for the role. I didn’t have any on camera training at that point, but was excited to discover that maybe it could be something I could take seriously! And that I did! And here I AM!
I’m really inspired by Charlize Theron– She has such a vast range and has constantly produced a good performance. Her role in Monster inspires me more than anything because 1) she morphed physically into the character 2) it’s such a role that women don’t get to play often. I would love to get down and dirty into a role, strip back the makeup, and tell a story that doesn’t involve being a love interest to a man!
You’re also a singer and songwriter! Are you working on anything music related right now that you can tell us about? What do you love most about creating music?
I am constantly working on music and currently working towards releasing an album at some point. I have so many songs that are waiting to be shared with the world, but seeing as I only got into the studio for the first time April 2019, I think I need to give myself some time to really centre in on what I want to release. That doesn’t mean there won’t be little snippets posted on Instagram! I like to post improvised jam sessions with fellow musicians on instagram to show the process of creating a song, and that nothing is perfect at first.
I love so many things about music, but the thing I love most is that I can do it anywhere, anytime. It’s connected me to so many beautiful people throughout the last year, and I have developed relationships I don’t think I would’ve ever found without it. Writing music is such an incredibly vulnerable thing to do, but with the right people, it can bring out some of the most beautiful secrets of a soul.
For our last question, if you could have any super power, which would it be and would you be a super hero or a villain?
Oooh! Good question. I would probably be a villain, but a villain with good intentions that may not be initially obvious. And I’m stuck between having the power of invisibility, or teleportation!
Photos by Tiffany Tremaine.