After growing up playing for the Simcoe Warriors, Kolton Stewart’s newest role in the Netflix original Locke & Key sees him as the captain of a hockey team.
Locke & Key follows the story of an American family whose father was mysteriously murdered. After his death, the mother and children move back into their family home in Massachusetts. The family members find keys all over the house that lead to different realities.
Stewart’s character, Brinker Martin, is the captain of the local hockey team in the town to which the family moves. One of the kids in the family joins the hockey team and gets to know Brinker.
The show, which was released to Netflix in early February, is based on comic books written by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez.
“It’s been cool because on TV I’ve never played a pre-existing character,” said Stewart. “It’s been cool to get comments from fans like, ‘Oh, that’s so cool. We didn’t think Brinker would be interpreted like that.’”
The show has been approved for a second season, which will allow for more development of Stewart’s character in the series.
“In the comics, Brinker has some pretty cool things, so hopefully that gets developed in the show.”
The Lynedoch native said he enjoyed his time on the set.
“Locke & Key, in particular, was a really great set to be a part of,” said Stewart. “The entire cast is really awesome, all of us are really close. We’re all pretty close in age and everyone was just really accepting and loving. It felt like such a collaborative experience.”
Stewart is also working on other projects.
He just finished working on a musical in Calgary, called The Louder We Get.
The production is working on taking the show to Broadway and they are keeping Stewart on board.
While everything is currently shut down for quarantine and self-isolation, Stewart is also working on a music project. He hopes to have an EP or album out soon, with the hopes of performing some shows in Norfolk in the summer or fall. A single is set to be released on April 24.
“I’m always trying to balance the acting and the music, I’m really fortunate that so far my career has allowed me to do both,” said Stewart. “When I’m doing Locke & Key it’s amazing because my acting is at the forefront but then the second I’m not, I’m able to do my music. I just hope that throughout my career I’m known for doing both.”
Previous roles Stewart can be found in include starring in YTV’s Some Assembly Required. The show, in which Stewart’s character won a lawsuit making him the owner of a toy company, ran from 2014-2016.
Other projects Stewart has worked on are Saving Hope, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, The Expanse, and The Next Step.