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October 14th, 2017 by admin

I have updated the gallery with some older images of Jay from 2012 and 2013. You can check them out now via the links below.


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August 24th, 2017 by admin

Unlike most actors, Jay Ryan has no problem with lines and wrinkles.

“Ageing has done me good,” says the 35-year-old Kiwi, who first found fame playing Neighbours’ Jack Scully 15 years ago.

“I always had a very baby face and I’ve been waiting for the lines to settle in a little bit and now they finally are and people are seeing me for much more grittier roles.

“Being an actor is tough. You take what you are offered. You can’t be too picky in the early days but finally I’ve got my chops up and people have seen me in a different light.

“A lot of that has to do with Jane (Campion) casting me in Top Of The Lake. That was a real page-turner for me in my career. It got me in front of certain people who I really wanted to work with.”

Three years in Neighbours and roles in Being Eve, Go Girls, Sea Patrol and Offspring led to Ryan’s US breakthrough as Vincent Keller in four seasons of the big-budget glossy prime-time series Beauty And The Beast.

His new series, Mary Kills People, a black comedy about the controversial practice of euthanasia, is something very different.

It follows Dr Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas from Off The Map and Hannibal) who works at the emergency department of the Eden General Hospital and has a side business as an end-of-life counsellor. Ryan is Ben Wesley, a cop who pretends to be terminally ill, in an attempt to bring her – and her plastic surgeon partner Des (Covert Affairs’ Richard Short) – to justice.

Ryan says the six-part series – which has already screened in the US and Canada (where it is filmed) – has polarised viewers and promoted vigorous debate on social media.

“A lot of people thought Mary was a downright serial killer, posing as a doctor, but many people believe in the subject, mainly people that have had their own personal experiences with terminally-ill loved ones,” he says, from Australia, as he prepares to return to Canada to film the second season.

“I know a lot of my mates who I’ve shown it to over here told me stories about their experiences with their loved ones,” he says.

“One said before her mother was sick she didn’t believe in euthanasia. She thought it was interfering with natural ways. But, after her mother’s illness and what she went through, and what the whole family went through, she had a different view on the subject. She saw Mary Kills People and was filled with praise.”

Ryan says he welcomed a chance to be part of such a groundbreaking series, which is written by Tara Armstrong, a recent graduate of the Canadian Film Centre.

“She wrote the pilot as part of her graduation piece and it was pretty much shopped around straight away. It was picked up and within six months was in production which is an unheard of in the business,” he says.

“Beauty And The Beast is very formulaic television which is written by many different writers so I wanted to start working again with a creator who had the reins over their project.

“I’d done that with Jane Campion in Top Of The Lake and then gone on to Beauty And The Beast – very chalk and cheese type of projects – so I wanted to get back into the zone again. I was looking but funnily enough they came to me because they had seen Top Of The Lake and liked my character.

“They wanted a little bit of the essence of that in their project, so I met with them and we got on really well and it went from there.”

Ryan is looking forward to learning more about Detective Ben Wesley in season two.

“It wasn’t wrapped up in the six episodes about who exactly he was and I was never sure if I was going to get to play him again. We wanted to play that ambiguity in him. I like that about him, that you never knew who he really was and there wasn’t a lot to say who he was or who he used be.”

Source: Stuff NZ


August 24th, 2017 by admin

“Mary Kills People” will be introducing two new characters for season 2 next year.

Rachelle Lefevre and Ian Lake have signed on to join the Lifetime drama’s upcoming installment, according to Deadline. Lefevre will take on the role of Olivia Bloom, a mysterious woman who later discovers she has deep ties to Mary’s past. They cross paths when she meets Mary for a special task. Meanwhile, Lake has been also been tapped to play a series regular role. He is set to portray Olivia’s husband Travis.

Lefevre’s next TV drama appearance will be in the season 4 finale of NBC’s “The Night Shift.” She is a guest star on the medical drama as Major Natasha Anthony, a role that might be upped to recurring status should the network decide to pick up the series for a fifth season.

Lake recently appeared on Canadian fantasy drama “Bitten’s” third season. His TV acting credits include “Rookie Blue,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Remedy” and “The Divide.”

Returning for season 2 is lead star Caroline Dhavernas as Mary Harris — an emergency room (ER) doctor by day, a killer by night. She and her partner work together as they help terminally ill patients end their lives on their own terms. Also coming back for next season are Mary’s partner in crime Dr. Desmond “Des” Bennett (Richard Short) and Ben Wesley (Jay Ryan), an undercover cop investigating Mary.

The next installment will see Mary become more involved in the criminal world as she tries to get more supply of pentobarbital, a drug used to kill people. Olivia enters the picture when she turns to Mary and her partner Des for a deadly request. Things become complicated when her dark secrets come to light.

The second season of “Mary Kills People” is scheduled to premiere early 2018 on Lifetime.

Source: Cristian Post


July 29th, 2017 by admin

Lifetime has renewed “UnREAL” for Season 4 and “Mary Kills People” for Season 2, the network announced Friday at the TCA summer press tour.

The renewal for “UnREAL” comes ahead of the show’s Season 3 premiere in early 2018. The scripted series offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a hit dating competition program. THe series is led by Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer. It also stars Caitlin FitzGerald, Craig Bierko, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Josh Kelly, Brennan Elliott, and Genevieve Buechner.

Co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and produced by A+E Studios, Seasons 3 and 4 are helmed by showrunner and executive producer Stacy Rukeyser. Season 3 is also executive produced by Shapiro, Robert M. Sertner, Sally DeSipio, Peter O’Fallon and David Solomon.

“Mary Kills People,” which also returns in early 2018, follows single mother Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas), an ER doctor by day, but by night, she and her partner Des (Richard Short), a former plastic surgeon, moonlight as underground angels of death helping terminally ill patients slip away on their own terms. Jay Ryan will return as Ben Wesley.

The series is executive produced by Tassie Cameron, Amy Cameron, Jocelyn Hamilton and Tecca Crosby. It will be directed by Kelly Makin, Norma Bailey and David Wellington with Holly Dale as co-executive producer. Tara Armstrong created the series and is executive producer and writer. Entertainment One and Cameron Pictures Inc. produce, in association with Corus Entertainment.

In addition, the network has greenlit the Toni Braxton-led original film”Faith Under Fire” and the biopic “The Simone Biles Story.”

“Faith Under Fire” stars Braxton as Antoinette Tuff, a clerical worker who talks down a school shooter. The other film will explore the life of Biles, America’s most decorated gymnast with 19 Olympic and World Championship medals.

Source: Variety


June 20th, 2017 by admin

Mary Kills People is an unlikely name for a show but, at the very least, there can be no confusion around what it’s about.

A woman called Mary kills people, and a New Zealand man called Jay Ryan plays one of her voluntary victims, in what’s being hailed at one of 2017’s best breakout series.

Kiwi fans will know Jay Ryan from comedy series Go Girls or Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, but since he left here in 2012 to pursue acting in the US, he’s starred in a long-running and hugely successful teen sci-fi series on one of the biggest networks in the world.

Now however, he’s sinking his teeth into something a bit more substantial, like the topic of euthanasia.

It’s certainly timely. When Mary Kills started filming in Toronto last year, euthanasia had recently been legalised in Canada. And here in New Zealand, Act Party leader David Seymour’s voluntary euthanasia bill was pulled from the ballot just last week.

And, Jay Ryan adds: “The judge [Neil Gorsuch] that Trump’s just brought in [to the US Supreme Court] is the kind of frontrunner against euthanasia. So it’s an interesting time for this show to come out, I think.

“On top of that it is a really intriguing, entertaining watch,” he says.

The six-part mini-series has a 100 per cent rating on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes with the Washington Post’s reviewer saying “it had me hooked until the end” and Variety calling it “one of the most impressive debuts of the year”, plus it’s officially been signed for a second season.

For a dark comedy about assisted suicide, this was a surprise.

“We thought, ‘how is this going to be perceived? It could be quite polarising’. But it has that dark comedic tone throughout, which makes it easier to digest … that was one of the things that was lauded most by the critics … the way the tone shifts so it’s not a depressing watch, it’s actually quite thrilling,” Ryan says.

That, he says, and it leaves room for viewers to make their own minds up on the issue “without shoving it down their throats”.

Mary Kills is the brainchild of Tara Armstrong, who wrote the pilot episode while studying at the Canadian Film Centre and it was picked up as soon as she finished there.

Ryan credits that, combined with the fact that the show’s director – Holly Dale – and most of its writers and creative team are women, as what gives the show its “fresh tone”.

“People are talking about [having more women in the lead] in the industry like, ‘Yes this is what we should be doing’, but this is actually one of the projects that has managed to pull it off and create something amazing, and successful and fresh,” Ryan says.

The Mary Kills team approached Ryan for the part of Ben Wesley, based on his performance in Top of the Lake and, having spent the past four years playing a modernised “beast” in the CW’s Beauty and the Beast, Ryan jumped at the chance.

“I was looking for something very different to sink my teeth into – something a bit more solid … something a bit more grounded in reality and maybe with a bigger purpose than just entertaining people,” he says.

Although Ryan says he learned a lot, got his foot in the door and built a strong fan base, the gruelling filming schedule, publicity requirements and questionable writing tipped the balance.

“You never know what the ending is,” he says. “You never know what’s around the corner, whereas with things like Mary Kills … you can see the overall story arc straight away so there’s no sudden surprises and everyone knows from day one what you’re actually making.

“I feel like I’ve done my dash. Now I’m much more interested in working with creators who have that hands-on approach to crafting a story, as opposed to a big team of hired writers who are just there to spit scripts out on a deadline.”

That is why Ryan’s next project is another six-part series, this one called Fighting Season, about the effects of the Afghanistan war on its Kiwi and Australian soldiers.

“It’s a really strong project. It’s quite confronting but it’s also another piece that’s going to start a conversation.”

It’s obvious that after five years in the States, Ryan is finally where he set out to reach when he left for Hollywood, so congratulations seem in order.

“I’m glad you’ve got something solid to sink your teeth into,” I say.

He laughs: “Yeah, me too.”

Source: NZ Herald


May 10th, 2017 by admin

Shooting begins this week in Sydney on Fighting Season, a new Foxtel drama that follows Australian soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

The six-part series looks at a possible cover-up where the “lines between killer and family man, between hero and victim, between truth and imagination, are constantly shifting.”

Producer Kylie du Fresne said the series is based on extensive research and interviews with former soldiers about their time in Afghanistan and the realities of coming home and reintegrating into society.

A Goalpost Pictures production, the show will be helmed by director Kate Woods (Looking for Alibrandi), who returns to Australia after a decade working in the US on programs like Law and Order SVU and Suits. Wasted on the Young’s Ben Lucas will also direct.

The cast is led by Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast, Top of the Lake), Ewen Leslie (Top of the Lake, The Daughter), and Kate Mulvany (Secret City, The Great Gatsby).

Fighting Season will also star George Pullar (A Place to call Home), Marco Alosio, Julian Maroun, Paul De Gelder, Sarah Armanious and Sabryna Walters as well as Lucy Bell, Lex Marinos, David Roberts, Camilla Ah Kin, Ching Po and Jay Lagaiai in supporting roles.

The script has been penned by Blake Ayshford, whose recent credits include Barracuda and Devil’s Playground. Ayshford will also produce, along with du Fresne and Elisa Argenzio. Executive Producers are Foxtel’s head of drama Penny Win and Goalpost’s Rosemary Blight and Ben Grant.

“With exquisite scripts and a talented cast, along with directors Kate Woods and Ben Lucas, Foxtel is looking forward to Goalpost delivering an amazing drama,” said Win.

Fighting Season has development and production investment from Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Shooting will take place in Sydney and on location in Broken Hill.

Sky Vision will handle worldwide distribution outside of Australia and New Zealand.

Source: If.com.au


March 8th, 2017 by admin

Screen captures of Jay from the sixth and finale episode of Mary Kills People which was titled ‘Morning Glory’, have now been added to the gallery.


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March 8th, 2017 by admin

Screen captures of Jay from the fifth episode of Mary Kills People which was titled ‘The Judas Cradle’, have now been added to the gallery.


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