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Kamloops actress stars on new global Netflix show

Connor Jessup (left) and Genevieve Kang, who play Tyler Locke and Jackie Veda, respectively.
Image Credit: INSTAGRAM / Genevieve Kang
February 27, 2020 - 12:10 PM

A Kamloops native is a star on the new Netflix show Locke & Key, which is streaming across the globe.

Genevieve Kang started acting while in high school in Kamloops. A few months later, she was scouted by a Vancouver talent agent while putting on a stage performance in the River City.

“I fell in love with it. I acted for a couple of years and then did TV-film out in Vancouver before graduating high school and then I moved to Toronto to study theatre, and I just moved back from Toronto after almost 14 years,” she tells iNFOnews.ca.

The show, which is based on a comic book series by the same name, was mostly filmed in the Greater Toronto Area and the remainder in Nova Scotia. Although Kang hasn’t yet read the series, she says she would like to.

Kang plays the role of Jackie Veda in Locke & Key and says it is one of her biggest performances and productions yet.

“I play Jackie, who is very much described as the moral compass of the story. She befriends Tyler, who’s one of the Locke kids, who the story is centred on. She befriends him early on and over the season a gradual romance starts between the two,” Kang says. “She plays a nice contrast to Tyler, who's going through a lot after his father’s mysterious murder.”

Kang hopes Locke & Key will be given a second season, although she says Netflix will first gauge audience reception before moving ahead with the plan. For now, she’s just happy to have been a part of the globally-watched show.

“It’s available on Netflix all over the world, which is crazy,” Kang says. “It’s kind of crazy to think that on Feb. 7 when the show premiered, all of these countries and people were watching.”

Kang has moved back to B.C. and now calls Vancouver home. Her parents still live in Kamloops and she says she visits the River City about once or twice a year.

“My parents are still there, and they’re the biggest pull to come and visit,” Kang says. “Being in Vancouver now, they come to visit here because my brother lives here too.” 

— This story was updated at 9:35 a.m. on Mar. 2 to clarify Kang was scouted a few months after her first performance.

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