Meet co-creator, writer and star of Sloppy Jones, Jonathan Neil Alexander who plays the handsome, hilarious and a tad bit neurotic Thomas Collins. We sat down with him on the set of season 1 to get to know more about his love of horror movies, the inspo behind his character and his next big project.
Jonathan Neil Alexander interview
Why don’t you introduce yourself and your character?
Hey my name is Jonathan Neil Alexander and I play Thomas Collins. Thomas is a go-getter. He’s ambitious, in the best and worst ways I think. He takes things seriously but then when things get serious he doesn’t get serious.
A couple of character inspirations for Thomas [Collins] are Courtney from Jawbreaker (1999). She plays this really powerful queen. Played by Rose McGowan. The second inspiration would be Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). There’s a fearless naivete that I like.
I would take anything that is similar between us and multiply it a thousand-fold and that’s the level he’s [Thomas Collins] at with it. He takes everything so seriously and is so intense. But I get it, I’ve worked in crazy restaurants and the steaks were really high. It comes from a real place but also on a life and death level.
Where did his love for horror came from and what’s his next big project?
I was born in Nova Scotia, a small-town boy. Then I grew up and moved to Toronto and started acting, did a lot of theatre, then moved into film. I just finished a new project, it’s a Guillermo del Toro series that’s coming out in October 2022 and that’s really fun as well.
I love writing, but I will always choose acting. But here’s the thing, if I had to choose between writing and acting I just like to be around people a lot. I know writers are around people but actors are really really around people.
Sloppy Jones is a really cool combination of stuff I’m really interested in. A little bit of queer, a little bit of thrill and a little bit of slash. I live for slash and thrill and horror. My go-to bedtime movie is Hereditary (2018). I really love comedy and these fierce female comedic icons. Like Linda Kash – are you kidding?! She’s the best.
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I wanted to write a series like this because it encompassed a number of things that we were all genuinely interested in. And genres that we wanted to pull bits and pieces from. A little bit of campy horror, early 2000s Y2K, and some 90’s moments. There’s that whole coming of age that happens with teen thrillers. This is a nod to that.
Watch the season 1 trailer HERE.
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