Killjoys’ Aaron Ashmore Discusses the World of the Hackmods

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

Johnny Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore) has always had a way with the ladies and if that Season 3 premiere of Killjoys was any indication, he’s not going to be slowing down in that department any time soon. He may still be looking for Clara (Stephanie Leonidas) in Rat City, but he did run into another pretty sweet and pretty badass lady, Ollie (Tommie-Amber Pirie) who just so happened to have Clara’s arm, Alice. Even after getting a pretty sweet new mod of his own implanted, this week’s episode, “A Skinner, Darkly,” Rat City still proves to be a pretty dangerous place for John.

While Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) will be dealing with what those cloaked Hullen ships mean, John will be in a bit of hot water as he and Ollie happen upon a mysterious skin rejuvenation centre. Ran by the mysterious Niko (guest star Viktoria Modesta) who could be hiding a bigger mystery underneath the surface of the spa. While Ashmore has already promised a darker Johnny this season, The TV Junkies were curious about what this mystery could mean for John and the team. Ashmore also gives us some idea about what to expect from Ollie, Niko and the Hackmod world.


The TV Junkies: Johnny seems to have a knack for hanging out with super cool women and in the premiere he meets Ollie. What can you tell us about their relationship?

Aaron Ashmore: I think cool women are attracted to John like a moth to a flame, and sometimes what ends up happening to these poor women around John, they get burned. Ollie is super badass, tough, sarcastic and they end up having to reluctantly work together to track down Clara.

TTVJ: Johnny gets a pretty cool mod in the premiere episode with the laser finger. Is that something we’ll get to see him utilize throughout the season? Do you have any idea what kind of mod you would’ve asked for?

AA: The fingerbanger you mean? Let’s call it what it is. [laughs] It’s really, really cool and unfortunately no, I don’t get to keep it because RAC agents aren’t allowed to be modified at all. But it was really fun to get to play with that stuff, and the effects and way they make it work is really cool. As far as mods, I liked the fake mod John had on, the eye piece. I think that would be really, really cool to have surveillance capabilities and be able to see two miles away. Maybe John is a bit of a voyeur, I don’t know. [laughs]

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: The premiere episode started really setting up this world of the Hackmods. Is that going to be explored this year and if so, how will John be involved?

AA: Well Bridget, you’re just going to have to wait and see. You’re digging, but I can’t tell you too much. We get to see not just the Hackmods, but a bunch of different groups of people we’ve not seen before. The world gets bigger than it ever has and we’re introducing more characters. Michelle’s [Lovretta] supporting characters are more interesting sometimes than the main characters because she does such a fantastic job and there’s nothing wasted.

TTVJ: One of those interesting characters coming up is played by Viktoria Modesta. What can you share about who she is playing and how Johnny may be butting heads with her?

AA: She’s playing a character named Niko who runs a surgical spa that’s a front for what it really is, which I don’t want to get too much into. At the beginning they are getting along, but John doesn’t like evil people and she turns out to be a little bit evil, so we certainly butt heads. Viktoria Modesta is an incredible pop musician and performer and I think this is one of her first acting gigs but boy, did she do a fantastic job. The role was written for her and I can’t imagine anybody else playing the part. She really brought it and brought a really cool dynamic to the show.

The interesting thing about the Hackmods is that most of them are amputees, but the actors they cast, including Viktoria, are as well. It’s really amazing they found these performers and that we got to work with them and include them in the show. I think people are going to be really impressed with the performances.

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: We thought Turin was a tough boss to have at the RAC, but having met Banyon (Karen LeBlanc) now it seems like she’s going to be pretty tough for our team to deal with. How will the team fare with her as their new boss?

AA: Bosses are usually ballbusters and Banyon does not disappoint. She has some motives where we find out why she’s really there and what she’s looking to do, but you thought Turin was a pain in the butt, just wait til Banyon. She’s always trying to get into the Killjoys’ business and we’re trying to fight this war, but we’re not telling everybody this is going on quite yet. She starts digging in to find out what we’re doing so yea, she’s a pain in the butt. She’s played by a woman named Karen LeBlanc and she and Hannah have some really awesome scenes together.

TTVJ: Is there any particular episode that is happening this year that we should keep an eye out for?

AA: I think the general consensus is that Episode 307 is the best this year. There’s some really cool things happening in it and I think everyone will be impressed with that.


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Killjoys airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on Syfy and Space.