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TV series starring West Kelowna actress launches second season

Motherland: Fort Salem stars West Kelowna native Taylor Hickson, right.
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June 19, 2021 - 10:30 AM

An American TV series featuring witches and the U.S. military starring a West Kelowna actress is launching its second season next week.

Taylor Hickson, originally from the Okanagan, said season two of Motherland: Fort Salem premiers Tuesday, June 22 on Freeform and the following day on Hulu.

Hickson, 23, stars as lead role Raelle Collar.

Her career began when she was 12, according to her IMDB, singing alongside her father on B.C. stages.

She began to write her own material and graduated high school a year early to focus on a music career.

According to IMDB, she got into acting when a relative encouraged to audition at 16.

Once Hickson began auditioning, one of her first roles was in the psychological thriller Blackway with Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta, and Julia Stiles.

Hickson also played a minor role in the 2016 Marvel movie Deadpool.

Freeform's 10-episode first season of Salem is set in an alternate, present-day United States where witches make up the armed forces and are fighting a shadowy terrorist threat.

It's the brainchild of creator and executive producer Eliot Laurence, who said the idea came to him years ago like a lightning bolt — witches plus military.

"I had not seen that. And who knows? In the history of fantasy writing, I'm sure many people have tackled this combo. But for me, it felt very new,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

In his world, witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the fledgling U.S. government — in exchange for fighting for their country, witches would no longer be burned at the stake.

- With files from The Canadian Press

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