PRUNE: Introduce yourself to our readers
DEVERY: Shé:kon sewakwé:kon/hey everyone! My name is Devery Jacobs, and I'm Indigenous; from the Mohawk Nation and was born in raised in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory. I'm an actor (mainly known for my role as Sam Black Crow in American Gods, and Lilith in Netflix's The Order), and I'm also a filmmaker. I'm currently based in Toronto, Canada but I'm always on a plane, traveling somewhere for work.
PRUNE: How did you first get into acting?
DEVERY: Growing up on the rez, I'd always been that introspective, creative kid, and I'd joined the Turtle Island Theatre Company. My mom saw how much I loved performing and she signed me up for a talent agency in Montreal (which borders my reservation) and I booked my first feature film when I was thirteen. I wasn't any good - I was a child-actor who essentially did what was on the page. It was when I was older, and I realized how difficult acting truly was that I didn't think I'd have the chops for it.
PRUNE: What was your first big acting role?
DEVERY: I didn't think I would ever be able to make a career as an actor, so instead of going to theatre school after graduating from high school, I studied to become a counsellor and worked at the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal. It was then, that I was cast in my debut leading role, as the hardened Aila in the award-winning indie feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls. That project changed the course of my career, and life.
PRUNE: You are taking over our screens currently with American Gods, The Order, and Cardinal. Break down these projects for us and what each one means to you.
DEVERY: Cardinal (on Hulu) is a crime-drama set in Canada's north, and I play the role of the art-student, Sam Duchene, who is stalked by and is the target of a serial killer's obsession. This project was incredible to work on, because it brought three-dimensional Indigenous female characters into the modern light; Sam isn't perfect, she's having an affair with an older married real estate agent, she's an incredibly talented illustrator and embarks on a whole journey of becoming a woman throughout season three of Cardinal. It was an emotionally taxing role, but meant so much for me to play.
The Order (Netflix) follows Jack, a college student who pledges a secret order and lands in a war between werewolves and practitioners of dark magic. In the show, I play the bad-ass Lilith Bathory, a tough-minded young college student who could eat you for breakfast, literally. Because Lilith is also a werewolf. As a member of the Knights Of St. Christopher, she’s a sworn opponent of The Order. She belongs to a secret society of werewolves that hates and despises a rival secret society of magic practitioners. Lilith has a very hard time mastering the virtues of tact and restraint, because her bloodlust is strong. Acting in The Order has been so much fun and I have such a love for each of my cast members (they honestly feel like teammates). The fan response has also been overwhelmingly positive and I'm so grateful for it.
American Gods (Amazon Prime Video/STARZ) is about America and its melting pot of immigrants and their beliefs. The series is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman; of which I've been a fan for years. Being both Indigenous and queer myself, I thoroughly identified with the character Sam Black Crow whose experience reflected my own so much, that I hounded my agent for years to make sure I auditioned. I'd never fought for a role so hard in my life - I still pinch myself to know that I've actually landed a role I've coveted for the greater portion of my acting career.
PRUNE: How have these roles changed your career?
DEVERY: Each of these projects have helped me
PRUNE: What character do you relate to most of the three?
DEVERY: A portion of myself is in each of these characters, but I think I relate most to Sam Black Crow (with the fashion sense of Lilith).
PRUNE: What show can you not stop binge watching yourself at the moment?
DEVERY: I binged The Act so hard - I previously worked with Joey King on the Blumhouse thriller, The Lie, and I figured I'd support and watch her work on the Hulu series - but WOW! I was completely blown away by the incredible female cast and harrowing story of Gypsy Rose and Deedee Blanchard.
PRUNE: If you could play any role in the remake of any movie, past or present, what would it be?
DEVERY: I wanna act in the POC remakes of The Craft, Thelma and Louise and Avatar: the Last Airbender.
PRUNE: Who inspires you in the industry?
DEVERY: Where do I begin?! Lena Waithe, Taika Waititi, Tessa Thompson, Janelle Monae, Oscar Isaac, Donald Glover, Barrie Jenkins, Amandla Stenberg. I can go on.
PRUNE: Celebrity crush?
DEVERY: Same answers as above ^
PRUNE: What summer trend excites you most?
DEVERY: Queers and people of color reclaiming that yeehaw style.
PRUNE:Where can we follow you on social media?
DEVERY: You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter! My handle is @kdeveryjacobs for both.