Tasya Teles’ Nat Is Ready To Go Head-to-Head with Shoresy

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Is it possible that after all the chirping, Shoresy (Jared Keeso) has met his match? The new Letterkenny spinoff series Shoresy shows us that just may be the case when it comes to his new boss. The foul-mouthed, chirp-serving, mother-loving, fan favourite hockey player has now joined the Sudbury Bulldogs of the Northern Ontario Senior Hockey Organization (The NOSHO), and in doing so, he may have met his match in the team’s general manager, Nat (Tasya Teles).

Like Shoresy, Nat hates losing above all else. That’s why she has agreed to help him on his quest to never lose again, but that doesn’t mean the two won’t have a few clashes along the way.  Created by and starring Jared Keeso and directed by Jacob Tierney, the six-episode, half-hour hockey comedy premieres Friday, May 13 on Crave with two new episodes and then on Hulu in the U.S. on May 27. Teles recently spoke to The TV Junkies about Nat and what’s kind of clashes with Shoresy may be ahead for her on the series.

The TV Junkies: Were you already a big fan of Letterkenny when you heard about Shoresy? What was it like to get to be a part of the new series?

Tasya Teles: I was already definitely a big fan. I had been watching Letterkenny since the beginning. When I heard about Shoresy I went back and rewatched everything and revisited it. I rediscovered the brilliance of the comedy and it amped me up even more than I already was.  

TTVJ: This is obviously a spinoff, featuring a character we know from Letterkenny, but how is Shoresy different from Letterkenny?

TT: It’s a little more episodic and the filming styles are a bit different. There’s different lighting and different ways that the stories will intertwine and unfold throughout the season, but it’s still got that Letterkenny punchy, comedic vibe that we all love so much.

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TTVJ: You’re playing Nat, the General Manager of the Sudbury Bulldogs. What can you share with us about her?

TT: She’s cool, calm, and collected. She’s really unfazed by Shoresy, which you’d have to be. If you’re running a hockey team that has Shoresy on it then you have to understand how to deal with that energy. It makes for these really great standoffs between the two of them where she’s really strong, really resilient, and she’s really resourceful and tough.

TTVJ: From what I’ve seen so far, I don’t think we’ve ever really seen anyone stand up to Shoresy in the way that she seems to do. 

TT: Well that was a big question when I first got the script. I thought ‘who is the energy that can handle Shoresy?’ I myself would lose my patience, but Nat is able to ride it out and keep her cool. She will lose her patience a couple of times, but for the most part, she really keeps it cool. 

TTVJ: Well I noticed that you really have that power stance down.

TT: [laughs] That is just how she stands. It’s like ‘I will not be blown over!’

TTVJ: Are you a big hockey fan? Did you bring any personal knowledge to Nat?

TT: Definitely! Understanding the game helped me with the character a lot. When you start researching a show and character you always sort of go back and make sure you understand things on a deeper level than you did before. So I did even more hockey research – how the leagues work, how the players interact, what it means when they are chirping each other, what enforcers are – things I knew growing up but didn’t think about for a long time.

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TTVJ: In watching the first few episodes, I immediately liked the relationship between Nat and the two women who help her run the team, Ziigwan (Blair Lamora) and Miigwan (Keilani Rose). What can you share about those two and Nat’s ties to them?

TT: I just love that format so much that there’s three strong women at the helm. They operate as this tight unit together that almost feels like the mafia. They are the muscle and they just look at each other, give a silent nod, and know what to do. It’s almost as if the three of them are their own team and own front line that’s able to balance out all the chaos of the hockey players.

TTVJ: Jared is obviously really involved in the show and Jacob Tierney directed all the episodes. What was it like working with them on this project?

TT: It was honestly a dream. Jared’s discipline is unbelievable. He’d wake up early and be there for all of the scenes. He wrote, created, and starred in his own show and did so many things at once. To see him be able to do all of that and maintain his composure, stoicism, and sense of humor throughout was really incredible to watch. Jacob is his perfect counterpart and so fun. They are both so talented and work together really well.

TTVJ: What is it like having to come into this new show, that centers around this team, and have to try to build that feeling amongst the cast off-screen when you don’t really know each other well?

TT: You sort of walk into it like ‘here we are, let’s do this’ and hope for the best outcome. That’s exactly what we got with Shoresy. Everybody was very fluid and gelled together really, really quickly. We kind of took over this hotel when we were filming and so we’d leave our doors half-open. We’d walk up and down the hallways to visit each other and read scripts together. We tried spending as much time together as possible to accelerate a relationship and that dynamic on set. It was actually really beautiful.

TTVJ: Is there anything else fun that you’d like to preview for us about Shoresy?

TT: The one thing I really walked away with after filming Shoresy was a sense of just how important sports are as community builders, as methods of keeping kids off the streets, and keeping kids active. Especially post-COVID, getting together to cheer and rally for sports teams is something that’s so important and such glue for society. It’s important for us to have that camaraderie and we talk about it on the show quite a bit. Because of COVID, there were a couple of years there without big stadiums and so, this show really reminded me of the value that sports play in community building. That was a big takeaway from the show for me.

Shoresy premieres Friday, May 13 on Crave and May 27 on Hulu.