LOS ANGELES – Connor Jessup, 25, is a rising teenage heartthrob and a star on the Netflix fantasy series “Lock and key,” It was ready for its premiere. But first he wanted a new nail polish color.
So he walked in on Tuesday afternoon Helen Nail, A no-frills salon near her boyfriend’s apartment in Highland Park, Los Angeles. He surveyed the wall of color rainbow and narrowed his choice with a silent midnight blue and fire engine.
“I spend a lot of time typing mine, so I’m only seeing a lot of them,” said Mr. Jessup, who is obviously not afraid to accessorize with color. She was wearing a red and blue Eisenhower jacket, pale gray dad jeans and authentic white sneakers. Her brown hair mop frames her eyes and shades her pale green eyes.
Another color soon caught his eye. “Beautiful lavender,” Mr. Jessup said openly. “What I was surprised at was that no matter what color you choose, it goes all the way to your own, even though it is the exact opposite”
Mr Jessup took a lavender to a nail technician station A non-nasty woman sitting at station No. She then lowered her cuticles and cut off the offending skin. He was a little surprised as the blood clung to the pink nail.
But the pain will be worth it. The next day he will be the center of attention at the Egyptian Theater, where he will be walking the red carpet in a spacious green suite alongside his onscreen siblings Emilia Jones and Jackson Robert Scott.
Based on Joe Hill’s comic book, and in “Lock and Key” portrayed by Gabriel Rodriguez, he plays the brooding Tyler Lock, who moves into a mysterious mansion where magical keys unlock alternate reality. Family and friends traveled from Toronto to his birth to encourage him.
“When I was a kid, I used to spread deep and I didn’t even have a hobby, but I had the power to burn,” said Mr Jessup. “I loved fantasy books: Harry Potter and Narnia and “His dark stuff. ‘When I was 10 and just started acting, I dreamed about doing just that.”
The show can be described as a family fare with a fantasy slant but there are more dark themes. It calls for the ultimate supernatural element to address real-world traumas such as death and adolescent angst.
“Growing up, especially with trauma or bereavement, to understand what it means to grow up in the show, is a beautiful, absurd exploration,” “Tyler can’t deal with his feelings and puts it all inside. I understand that. “
Mr. Jessup has his own share of personal development. Last year, on his 25th birthday, Mr. Jessup Took to Instagram to come out as gay. A new relationship and his birthday on the same day in Toronto Pride seemed to have fallen “the mark of a gay deity above,” he said.
He writes in the post, “I’m a white, cis man from a middle-class liberal family. “Acceptance has never been a question. But nevertheless, all these privileges halted, I laughed. It took me years It’s running now I’m saying it because I haven’t explicitly stated it before. I have been out for years in my personal life, but have never come out publicly.
“I’m not removing anyone, but how many people who are pushing for gay projects, talk about it as a universal story,” said Mr. Jessup, a technician when he started painting his nail lavender. “And of course it’s true. However, for me, being gay is not straightforward with any other title. It’s a different experience. The softness of art in life can give you something, you know? “
While he was in Toronto where “Lock and Key” was filmed, Mr. Jessup spent more time in Los Angeles to be with his boyfriend, Miles Haizer, 25, the “13 Reasons Why” actor. The two met in 2018, when Mr Jesup played an internet crash and posted a message to Instagram on Mr Heizer (some glasses may be associated with wine). “I think it could have been worse,” he said. “It could be a grinder.”
The couple went last weekend Instagram official When Mr. Jessup posted a billed Valentine’s Day selfie with Mr. Heizer with the caption “I’m late but I love you”.
After a second coat of nail polish, Mr Jessup praised his lavender nails in the afternoon sun. Then he stopped Kitchen mouse, A nearby cafe with chalkboards and hanging plants, to meet caffeine and chat about her career behind the camera.
He has written, directed and co-authored several short films including “Boy” and a documentary about a Thai filmmaker Epichatpong Weirdest. “As soon as I started acting, I also started watching movies and I became really interested in it,” he said. “It’s about learning what acting is. Beneath acting, or I guess inside acting, this desire to make a movie was always there.
Mr Jessup noticed that the sun was setting, and he had just flown in and needed to travel to Hollywood to greet his mother. One of the things that works for Netflix is a black SUV. He was waiting to take her wherever she needed to go. It goes without saying that he was ecstatic.
“He is the type of person who goes to therapy and is advising a therapist after three sessions,” she said. “He’s my gay icon.”