Fancy Lee (Sean Baek) in Killjoys' season two opener "Dutch and the Real Girl." Photo copyright of Bell Media/SPACE.
No matter what your chosen profession, most people try to put their best foot forward in order to always look good in front of the boss. The same applies in the fictional world of Killjoys. As a Level 5 bounty hunter or “killjoy” working for the RAC (Reclamation Apprehension Coalition), Fancy Lee will scour The Quad together with the rest of the J Star Cluster in order to close an assigned warrant and bring in his man (or woman). While not especially interested in making new friends, he is very much interested in one day achieving the coveted ranking of Level 6 killjoy, and will pretty much do whatever it takes to do so. Although definitely not at all like his cunning alter ego, actor Sean Baek felt immediately comfortable slipping into Fancy Lee’s boots.
“The audition process for this role was very, very interesting,” recalls Baek during a break in filming season two of Killjoys on the show’s Toronto set. “Usually you get a phone call from your agent, which I did, and not only did I go in right away to read for the part, but this was one of those roles that I could connect to quite easily. Fancy jumped off the page, I understood who he was, and I had no problem memorizing the lines. After that first audition, I had a callback, followed by a second, and then, I believe, a third one,” says the actor, smiling.
“A bit more time passed, and then I got another call from my agent telling me I had the job. I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Before I knew it, we were shooting the opening episode of Killjoys [Bangarang]. My first day of work was on-location in downtown Toronto doing a scene with Hannah John-Kamen, who plays Dutch, in which our two characters were talking about a Level 5 warrant that they both had. There was a lot going on that day, and I remember trying to learn each and every person’s name, from the executive producers as well as writers and everyone on the crew. I was also trying to suss out the energy and mood on-set. It was exhilarating. I had never done a Sci-Fi show before, so I was having a great time, and still am,” enthuses the actor.
In the aforementioned Bangarang, Dutch and her partner Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) cross paths with Fancy Lee when he moves in to take over an expired kill warrant issued for Johnny’s estranged brother D’avin (Luke Macfarlane). Fortunately, our heroes manage to outmaneuver their fellow RAC agent, rescue D’avin and later have the kill warrant filed against him rescinded. Fancy reappears a little over halfway through season one in One Blood when a Black Warrant (where multiple killjoy teams compete for the same target) is issued against an ex-killjoy and Dutch’s former mentee, Big Joe (Tony Nappo). This gave Baek the chance to peel back another layer or two of his character.
“I would describe Fancy as sort of a lone wolf-type figure,” he says. “In real life, as Sean, I’m a very social person. I like to meet new people and chat with people, so I’m rather outgoing in that regard. Fancy, however, while not really a loner, because he belongs to the RAC, is a bit of a lone wolf operative who has a very high standard in terms of work ethic and what he has to do. In One Blood, Fancy has to do something that’s difficult for Dutch, which was handling the warrant for Big Joe. I’d say that was one of the biggest moments in the story of Killjoys when it comes to who Fancy is or was in the first season.”
In Killjoys’ season one finale Escape Velocity, D’avin is abducted by Dutch’s childhood mentor/trainer Khylen (Rob Stewart) and taken to the top secret Red 17 facility on Arken, the smallest of the moons orbiting the planet Qresh in The Quad. Fancy is also at the facility and undergoing some type of invasive-looking medical procedure. Could this be the first step in turning him into a Level 6 killjoy? Baek is understandably mum in revealing details about what lies ahead for his character in season two, but cannot wait for all to be revealed to viewers.
“Fancy gets busy in season two and does some interesting stuff,” teases the actor. “Fans will have to watch to see what happens, but I promise it’ll be worth the wait. We’re going to dig far deeper into the world of The Quad and more layers of that universe are going to be peeled away. I felt the same way this year as I did back in season one, in that when I receive and start reading a new script, it’s a real page-turner. As one of the actors involved in the show, if I feel that way, then I’m pretty sure the viewers will, too.
“When it comes to my character, in particular, Fancy will be doing things that are going to surprise people. I’ll also tell you that I love doing the stunts and fights on the show. I’m actually an actor who has a martial arts background, so I know how to use my body in these types of situations. I’ve been doing martial arts since I was 16 years old, so I can handle certain fight scenes and I enjoy the balance between those scenes and the more character-driven ones. I welcome any physical challenges associated with this role, and, again, that’s part of what is going to keep Fancy busy this season.”
Season two of Killjoys premieres Friday, July 1st @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST on Syfy (US) and Canada's SPACE Channel. As noted above, photo copyright of Bell Media/SPACE, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!