ComingSoon Associate Editor Spencer Legacy spoke with shoresy co-creator Jacob Tierney, consulting producer Kaniehtiio Horn, and star Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat on the series. shoresy debuts on Hulu on May 27, 2022.
“Shoresy, foul-mouthed, servant and mother-loving, joins the Sudbury Bulldogs of the Northern Ontario Senior Hockey Organization (NOSHO) on a quest to never lose again,” reads the official synopsis for the series.
Spencer Legacy: Jacob, as the co-creator of Letterkenny, what made Shoresy stand out as a character who should have his own show?
Jacob Tierney: Jared [Keeso, co-creator of Letterkenny and Shoresy and actor for Shoresy] I had an idea. That’s really it. Jared had an idea for a show about Shoresy. Clearly, we like hockey. We love hockey on our show and he wanted to do a hockey show and Shoresy was the way to do that. That was how it happened.
Kaniehtiio, you have extensive experience on both the camera side and behind the scenes for both Letterkenny And now Shoresy, do you have a role you prefer out of the two?
Kaniehtiio Horn: No, because they are very different. arriving to shoresy as a consulting producer it was really cool because I started to realize that all this experience that I had as an actress for almost 20 years, I was exercising these other muscles now and I could still be creative and I could still see all the casting, get to help design some of the costumes of the characters. And I was able to use all these other muscles that I didn’t know I could flex.
Harlan, Sanguinet is one of the few people who willingly accepts Shoresy as a close friend. How natural was the chemistry between you and Jared, and how did that contribute to the way you played your character?
Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat: Oh, even when we first got on set, I felt right away that this guy could be my big brother if he wanted to be. And then I feel that it continues shoresy and Sanguinet in the show. Yeah, that’s where I feel like we’re standing with that.
Jacob, as Canadian as Letterkenny is, Shoresy is even more so because it revolves around hockey. So how difficult is it to convey that distinctly Canadian identity in a sea of American shows?
Jacob Tierney: We’re just doing it. It’s like that’s the show we did, you know? There is no attempt to make it Canadian other than actively reflecting what hockey is like in Northern Ontario. You’re going to have French people. You will have indigenous people. That’s the way it’s going to be. There is no bigger agenda than that. And then there’s always a part of us that says, when we release something new… I guess we feel that way when we release cartakennyfor the first time in the United States, we thought, “Will people give a damn about this? Will they give a shit?
And there’s a part of me that feels the same way about shoresy, but I trust our fan base. They have been together during a good trip in the United States. They seem to love the show. so i hope you love it shoresy also. Or they can just keep imagining that we can do a dubbed version where they say football every time you say hockey.
Kaniehtiio, how different is working on this show compared to Letterkenny? Was it more or less challenging?
Kaniehtiio Horn: again in cartakenny, I just go in and do the Tanis thing and get out of there. But this one, I got to sit behind the monitors and, to be honest, it’s not that I don’t know anything about hockey, but it’s like… I come from an all-female family, none of us played hockey. We did sports. So I’m into sports. If you tell me to cheer for a certain team, I’ll be like, “Okay, so that’s who I’m targeting.”
Jacob Tierney: You just want to pick one side!
Kaniehtiio Horn: When things were written about it, I said, “I have no information on this. I trust all of you.” I was more to help guide indigenous representation. I think because of Jared and Jacob’s experience with me in cartakenny making me come to shoresy, it was an easy thing. I didn’t have to say “no” to anything. It was more like, “Hey, what if you do this? And then maybe add a little bit of this and that will make it super authentically indigenous,” you know? Having worked with me before, I think they already understand.
You can see that it was very important to have that indigenous representation. Was it something difficult to do or did it come very naturally?
Kaniehtiio Horn: I think it came quite naturally to them from the time they spent on cartakenny. Like there were things where I had to get beaded lockets, or I was like, look, we’re going to dress Harlan up when he dresses up, oh my God, women are going to love him because he’s going to have all his hair in braids , and have a beautiful large medallion. And I was like, trust me on that. and those are some of the things.
I wanted to make sure it was authentic that way. And as I’ve told other people, what’s exciting about this show is that it’s just indigenous being indigenous, playing hockey. There is no big revolution happening. The revolution itself is simply that we are going to be ourselves. We got to be there, you know? And we’re part of the landscape that is Canada and that is hockey and we’re just allowed to be there. It would be weird if we weren’t, you know?
Jacob Tierney: Yes. I think that’s an important point: If you were going to tell a story about hockey in Northern Ontario and you didn’t include any indigenous people, you would specifically cut them out of that. They are there, you know? That’s part of the makeup of it. It would be like trying to tell a hockey story in this country without involving any French or you would say, “well, that’s not something that we all know, that’s nothing.”
Exactly to Tio’s point. People are just there, that’s the makeup. And something that we have always been very proud of, but also taken seriously as a responsibility because God knows that few white people will put indigenous people on television. So it’s something we care about. Harlan is the one I regret though, he’s not in this room, is he? Oh! Hi Harlan!
Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat: Oh hello!
Jacob Tierney: Oh, that’s awkward. You can’t, you are, he was silent. Wait, it doesn’t matter. Go ahead, ask Harlan a question.
Harlan, how similar are you in Sanguinet? Is the character informed by you or was it already written?
Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat: I think there is a good balance between the two. I tried to do a bit like the cartakenny stuff. I remember at one of my auditions and it was like, no, Sanguinet is a little more shy and reserved. I was like, “oh, so I’m just playing myself? Okay.” So there really wasn’t much to try to do that… except the fact that Sanguinet has all these ladies looking at him and I have maybe one, and that’s maybe one, maybe.
Jacob, what made Big Nickel the place that made sense for this show?
Jacob Tierney: We’ve been working on the Big Nickel.
Kaniehtiio Horn: We live there.
Jacob Tierney: Yes really. We feel like we live there. So it was really just finally giving in to where we are, I guess. And also, I think we were both sure that we could shoot this city. We know this city, we trust this place. We’ve literally spent basically every summer and some winter there for seven or eight years. So Sudbury chooses you, you don’t choose Sudbury.
Kaniehtiio Horn: I also think what’s cool is that Sudbury is a character, like he’s a character that he would say on the show. because he is interesting enough
Jacob Tierney: Yes it is. I mean, until you’ve been there, you don’t know.