Making strides in diversity and representation isn’t just one person’s job. It’s a responsibility that filters down to everyone involved in the production of a TV series. For stunt coordinator Alicia Turner, that’s a lesson she learned during her work on Killjoys and now tries to apply to every job she takes. Thanks to a background in both athletics and musical theater that led her to stunts, Turner has now worked on a variety of shows across Canadian TV such as Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Expanse, Warehouse 13, and Nikita.
Turner joined our Women Behind Canadian TV series to provide deeper insight into what it’s like working as a female stunt coordinator and the judgement she still feels in the industry. She walks us through the process of taking what stunts and action are on the page and bringing them to life on screen. Turner also discusses what she will miss most about working on Killjoys, and how the sci-fi series attempted to hire diverse performers at all levels.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
The TV Junkies: A career in stunts can be exciting but also dangerous. How did you become interested in them and get into the industry?
Alicia Turner: Like everything else, it was a long road that started out heavily rooted in athletics. I was a gymnast for a long time, and then a springboard and platform diver, and from there, I ended up getting a scholarship in the U.S. I was also heavily involved in musical theater when I was younger, and I thought I wanted to be an actress for a long time. When I was younger, I realized that the part of acting I was most interested in was being the person that did cartwheels and acrobatics on stage. I didn’t realize that was actually a possible career so I kept telling people I wanted to be an actress. It didn’t suit me, though, and as I got heavier into athletics, I realized a career in stunts was something that was viable.