Vampires, werewolves, fairies, demons, angels, come on what could be better and more exciting? The Freeform series, Shadowhunters, based on The Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare, has fans hooked. The series has everything fans loved about the book series and then some.
From the moment the show was first announced people waited in anticipation to see who would be cast as their favorite characters. The excitement was almost too much to handle. One of our favorite castings came when they announced that Jade Hassoune would be playing Meliorn, an exceptionally diverse character with so much to offer. Clearly you can imagine our excitement when we were given the chance to speak with Hassoune about Meliorn and what his take on the book series is.
BECCA ROSE: How much research about your character did you do prior to filming?
JADE HASSOUNE: Hi , Thanks for chatting with me! As soon as I found out about the show and knew I had an audition I went online to find everything I could to get a sense of the Shadow World that Cassandra Clare created. I watched the movie before my second audition and by the time I started shooting I had already read book 1 and 2 of the Mortal Instruments. I didn't want to start shooting before I had been introduced to Meliorn.
BR: Have you read the Mortal Instrument books?
JH: I've almost read the entire series. I've read book 1 to 5. I'm saving the last book (City of Heavenly Fire) for later. I was told by the fan-base to go and read the prequel series first (The Infernal Devices) which takes place in the past, 1878 London, and the cool thing is that Meliorn is mentioned and was alive at that time as well, being over 130 years old, so it will give me even more backstory. :)
BR: If you could be any supernatural creature, which would you be?
JH: Definitely would be an elf-type being, a warlock, or a Merman.
BR: What is your all-time favorite book?
JH: Very tough question so I'll give you a few. In non-fiction I'd say: Oneness by Rasha, The Vortex by Jerry and Esther Hicks, and Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock.
Fiction: Entangled by Graham Hancock, City of Glass (book 3 of the Mortal Instruments) and my best friend Ryan Meti's new novel The Second Sentience (not out yet!)
BR: Are you on social media? Where can our readers find you?
JH: Yes I am! My facebook page is Jade Hassouné.../jadehassounecollection. And my instagram and twitter are @jadehassoune