- Netflix recently released Locke and Key, based on the comic series by Joe Hill.
- The series features the character Scot Cavendish.
- Here's what to know about actor Petrice Jones, who plays the fun character.
In Netflix's Locke and Key, based on the comic series of the same name and written by Joe Hill (birth name "King" and son of horror legend Stephen King), Petrice Jones plays Scot Cavendish. Scot is a gregarious high schooler and leader of a wallflower, film-obsessed crew. The show's 'Scot' is based on Scott Kavanaugh from Hill's comics, a friend of protagonist Kinsey Locke. In the series, he meets Kinsey at an ice cream shop, pursues her for the next few episodes, and then quickly steals his way into the heart of probably every Netflix viewer, with his accent, love for campy horror movies, his much-need comic relief, oh, and his accent. The accent is English, by the way. Scot is awesome. Awesome and English.
Here are some more things to know about Petrice Jones, who plays the lovable Brit with only one "t."
He originally wanted to be a preschool teacher.
Jones grew up in a town outside London, where he lived in a two bedroom apartment with two older brothers. Jones said in an interview he had his heart set on becoming a preschool teacher after working in a classroom. He was terrified of performance until a friend convinced Scot to give it a try (Scot would often recite lines from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.) He auditioned for a school musical and, as it were, caught the acting but, which he found "electrifying."
He starred in Step Up: High Water (and can seriously dance)
After four years in London, Jones decided he needed to make the move to the States. He auditioned for YouTube Red's Step Up: High Water, based on the massively successful film franchise of the same name. Jones then got a call back, and everything changed. Here's how he described it:
I changed my flight, squeezed my entire life into 2 suitcases, and about 12 hours later, after a heartbreaking goodbye, I left my mother at the door step and was sat in a taxi on my way to a new life. I landed in L.A. with the understanding that I really may not even get this role and was ready to spend the next few years hustling to make it through the door (and breaking them down if need be). Luckily, that wasn’t the case.
The series ran for two seasons to positive reviews.
Like his character, he wants to get behind the camera
In Locke and Key, Scot loves campy horror movies, and might love directing his own horror movies even more. Last year, the real Petrice Jones actually co-produced a short film called Issac and Emma. He's also looking to get into branding and entrepreneurship. A smash hit Netflix show would certainly help with that.
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