Exclusive Interview with Wayward Pines’ Jaime M. Callica

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MV5BMjQ2ODIzMTE3OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTAxNjU0Nw@@._V1._SX333_SY500_Canadian actor Jaime M. Callica grew up with a love for Michael Jackson and a knack for impersonating him. With his MJ impersonation days behind him, Callica has grown into a well-established performer in his own right, most recently having landed the role of Simeon in the second season of Wayward Pines, a psychological, mind-bending thriller with M. Night Shyamalan bringing it to life. Callica has also appeared in such hits as The 100, The Bridge, Almost Human, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

Wayward Pines is sort of this dark, psychological thriller with M. Night Shyamalan at the helm as EP, which must be pretty cool. What was your reaction when you got the part, and what’s it like to jump into a show like that?

Oh man, it’s crazy. I have to admit, I hadn’t even watched Season 1 when I got cast for my first episode. And I knew–Season 1, was shot quite some time before it aired, so I’ll admit, in that time, some of the hype around it was lost for me. But I knew that they were shooting it, and I love M. Night Shyamalan as a director and producer. So when I got cast in it, I was like, “You got to watch some of season 1 so you can have a feel of this show before you go into this audition.”

I watched a little bit of one particular episode, it kind of spooked me out, I’m not going to lie. (laughs). It definitely has that kind of Shyamalan creepiness to it and my mom can’t even watch. She’s like, “I’ll watch your scenes, but I’m not watching the whole season.” I’m like, “It’s alright, I don’t want you to have nightmares, Ma.” But yeah, it was really–it’s different from anything else I’ve ever been in, which is really cool.

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