Rachael Ancheril Runs A Tight Ship as The Warden on Killjoys

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No one will argue that Warden Rennika (Rachael Ancheril) doesn’t run a tight ship over there on Killjoys. Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), John (Aaron Ashmore) and D’av (Luke Macfarlane) all learned that right away when the trio found themselves in supermax prison earlier this season. Once there, it was abundantly clear to Team Awesome Force that The Warden was definitely in control and wasn’t going to be putting up with any shenanigans. But over the course of Killjoys’ final season, which airs its series finale this Friday at 10 p.m. on SYFY and CTV Sci-Fi, The Warden has started to soften a bit and work together to help out Dutch and her team.

For fans of genre TV, seeing Ancheril show up on Killjoys seemed almost natural after her turns on shows like Wynonna Earp and Star Trek: Discovery. The Rookie Blue vet recently took some time out to share what her Killjoys experience was like, why The Warden’s wardrobe made her feel so special and what may be ahead on the finale later this week. “I am so happy I got to join this group in their last season,” said Ancheril. And while she is remaining tight-lipped, the actress also gave some hints as to why 2020 may be another big year for her as well.


The TV Junkies: Killjoys is not only an established series with a strong fan base, but you joined during its final season. What was it like joining this group near the end of everything?

Rachael Ancheril: I feel like I’ve been very lucky throughout my career joining awesome shows with awesome people — this group was no different, they opened their arms and welcomed me in and I had such a good time. I can only imagine what it must feel like after 5 years together.

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TTVJ: One of the coolest things about Rennika is her wardrobe! Can you talk a little about what you thought when you saw what she’d be wearing and how that maybe helped you get into character?

RA: The Warden’s wardrobe is one of my favorites. Trysha [Bakker, costume designer] and her team are phenomenal and it seemed like such an organic process watching them build their costume, essentially on me. I REALLY wanted a tie, I felt the warden in personality was very controlled, neat, orderly…and they built this incredible look, vest and all, and the jacket — I mean COME ON! It was the warden materialized in clothing.

There was this awesome long walk from base camp to set. I’d have everything on, but wouldn’t do it up until I was walking through, and every time I did up my tie and my vest then my jacket, my posture would straighten right up and the Warden would emerge… it was crazy. I’ve never had a wardrobe have such an effect on me.

TTVJ: The Warden and Johnny seem to have some pretty nice chemistry going on. Might anything happen between those two and what’s it like working on that relationship with Aaron?

RA: I think so too, but it’s funny, I met with Adam [Barken] before we started filming, and we were talking about the role and I said, ‘I think the Warden is in love with her ship.’ And I think the tech side, plus the charm — of course — makes Rennika slightly softer when it comes to Johnny. I think it’s an interesting sort of commonality/kinship.

TTVJ: We’re heading into the series finale of Killjoys this week. Without spoiling, is there anything you can preview about that episode?

RA: Hmm, series finale… so, it’s been a while but… letting loose? Wrapping up with a bow? Celebrate good times?

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TTVJ: With this role on Killjoys and your other roles on Star Trek: Discovery and Wynonna Earp, you’re starting to become quite the familiar face in the world of sci-fi. What do you love about working on genre TV series?

RA: My other half has said to me for years, ‘I have a feeling you’ll be doing a lot of sci-fi.’ I never believed that I would be doing so many! Beyond genre series, in general, I feel so grateful, to not only be able to work on such great productions, but to work at home. It’s a blessing. I love my work, but my personal life is what keeps me grounded and balanced and able to do what I do for a living.

TTVJ: Do you have any other upcoming roles we should keep an eye out for?

RA: I do! I got to play around with comedy and had SUCH a blast! Comedy is truly my favourite genre, I have always been intimidated by it, so it was nice to have a run at it and again, on a really great set. I have returned to the sci-fi world as well, I believe these will be airing in 2020.


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The Killjoys series finale will air Friday, September 20 at 10 p.m. ET on SYFY and Space.