Jack Gillett breaks down the shocking Deadly Class Season 1 finale

DEADLY CLASS -- "Kids of the Black Hole" Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Kevin as Harold the Herald, Jack Gillettt as Lex -- (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)
DEADLY CLASS -- "Kids of the Black Hole" Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Kevin as Harold the Herald, Jack Gillettt as Lex -- (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY) /

Jack Gillett should be on your list of actors to watch. After that shocking Deadly Class season finale, the man behind Lex breaks the character down.

As a word of caution, there are major spoilers for the Deadly Class Season 1 finale. This is your one and only warning!

If you hadn’t heard of Jack Gillett before Deadly Class, that’s understandable. He’s mostly known for his stage work, although was in an episode of Legends of Tomorrow before landing the role of Lex in the graphic novel adaptation.

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Now he’s going to be on your list of young actors to look out for. Charismatic and talented, this is a guy who will be able to take a role and make it his own. That’s certainly something he did with Lex.

Now we’ve shockingly said goodbye to this lovable, kind-hearted young man in the series. Gillett spent some time chatting to Hidden Remote exclusively about the end to his character and hopes for the future.

Hidden Remote: Lex was such a wild, crazy, dynamic character. What was it like playing with him?

Jack Gillett: Oh, it was an absolute dream. It’s always great to get a character that you can really invest in to and is wild and crazy and exciting. Every time you read a new script, he surprises you. It was a dream role.

HR: Did you read the graphic novels before going into the role?

Gillett: I’d read them before going into the audition to prep the character.

HR: So you knew what was eventually coming? What was that like?

Gillett: Yes, I did! It was a little sad because it was finite, but I had to make every moment count and invest in it for the audience.

HR: What will you miss the most?

Gillett: Oh! Being able to have the hair and tattoos, wear the amazing punk costume. Just living in Lex’s shoes for a bit. I will have to do it at home. I’m not ready to give it up.

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HR: So, break down what it was like filming these final scenes. Lex got so much attention in the last two episodes and then we got that shocking ending.

Gillett: The last two episodes were a lot of fun to film. The last three actually, including the threesome one. They were a fun way to end the season.

This final one was especially exciting. The whole going into the F**kface Manor. The first time I’d seen inside the house since the house party was when Marcus and I were walking through, so a lot of my reactions were real. That place was mental.

Then hooked up and dragged down the corridor. The chainsaw bit. Filming was a lot of fun.

DEADLY CLASS — “Noise, Noise, Noise” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Siobhan Williams as Brandy, Jack Gillett as Lex — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)
DEADLY CLASS — “Noise, Noise, Noise” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Siobhan Williams as Brandy, Jack Gillett as Lex — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY) /

HR: There seemed like there was so much more to explore for Lex. What would you have liked to go into if there was the chance to do it?

Gillett: I would have loved to have met his brothers if they had turned up in San Francisco. It also seems like Lex has a lot of great contacts, so it would have been nice to see more of those. And what he gets up to outside of Kings Dominion.

HR: The guys have lost their explosive guy!

Gillett: Yeah, who will build the bombs now?

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HR: This has been your biggest role in TV so far. What have you learned from it that you can take to other roles?

Gillett: So much! We did some screen training, but most of my training was in theater. Just getting into the delicateness of the craft of screen acting where the viewers are in your face and you’re not acting to the back row of a theater. You’ve got to make the subtleties come to life, which was a lot of fun to get into that.

Lex is a big and expressive character anyway, but getting into the finer parts of the craft was really fun.

HR: What was it like working so closely with Rick Remender? It’s not often you get the person who created the source material as the showrunner.

Gillett: Amazing! I think that’s why Deadly Class is so true to its roots and source material. Rick and Miles [Orion Feldsott] were there. If there was anything we couldn’t work out for ourselves, there was a source there to draw on.

A lot of how I’ll describe this is as a dream. I don’t believe it happened. I’m still pinching myself.

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HR: I think a lot of people from Deadly Class have said the same thing. It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime shows.

Gillett: Oh, it really is.

HR: Have you got any advice for those starting out, do you have any advice?

Gillett: You have to be a special kind of crazy. It’s exciting. Following your dream. If you want to act, go for it. Only you can do what you can do. You are your own actor. Nobody else can do what you can do.

If they don’t like what you can bring to the character, fine. So what? Move on! Don’t get hung up on it. Move onto the next one.

My father always said growing up, which I’ve taken on with life, is, “Some will. Some won’t. So what? Next!”

HR: You can’t please everyone.

Gillett: Yeah, I live by that.

HR: It’s the same with writing. You can’t please everyone so there’s no point in trying. The right audience [or in acting’s case, roles] will find you.

Gillett: Exactly.

DEADLY CLASS — “Kids of the Black Hole” — Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY — Acquired via NBC Media Village
DEADLY CLASS — “Kids of the Black Hole” — Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY — Acquired via NBC Media Village /

HR: Can you share any projects that you’ve got coming up?

Gillett: There are a couple of things rumbling. Always trying to keep busy.

HR: Is it screen or are you moving back to stage?

Gillett: Mostly screen for the moment but, at some point in my career, I’d like to go back to stage. It’s an amazing art form, but for the moment, I’ll stick with screen if I can. I’ll go where the work is.

HR: I know you said this was a dream role, but if you could do anything else, is there another dream role you’d love to do?

Gillett: Something with a lot of action and explosions.

HR: Did you not get enough with Lex?

Gillett: Oh no! I think both Lex and I are both pyromaniacs. Maybe also something with sword fighting. I’m a sword fighter, so something with that would be amazing.

HR: It’s a shame you didn’t get to do much of that, especially in the final episode. I loved seeing Lex with all this bravado, but he was actually terrified. We got that extra layer with him at the end.

Gillett: I hope I got to see his depth. What I loved about him is that most people in Kings Dominion had this nice exterior but on the inside were rotten. Lex was an a**ehole on the outside but he was a nice guy on the inside. It was juxtaposed to what you should be like in Kings.

HR: It felt like all the rats were like that to fit in. I’m going to miss seeing the trio [Lex, Billy, and Petra] together. They had some of the best scenes.

Gillett: Thank you. I’m glad you thought that.

HR: If you had the chance to somehow return, would you?

Gillett: Of course! I’d drop everything to be Lex again. I’d sell everything I own. I would love that!

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What was your favorite moment with Lex? What did you think of that shocking ending? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Deadly Class has finished airing but stay tuned for an update on the renewal/cancellation status.