After the huge success of Everything Everywhere All at Once at the Oscars last year, most of us are pretty well-versed in the concept of the multiverse. But take a second…and imagine that in all of these billions of parallel universes… you ended up in alternate versions of your high school. 

Davey & Jonesie’s Locker, a new series on Prime created by Evany Rosen, takes this bizarre concept and runs with it, leaning into the weirdness and wackiness of parallel universes while exploring the messiness of being a teenage girl, and the joys and pitfalls of an inseparable friendship between two lovable weirdos.

Toronto actresses Veronika Slowikowska and Jaelynn Thora Brooks star as best friends and eclectic outsiders Davey and Jonesie. The duo can’t wait until high school is over. But when one of their signature protests at the school dance goes awry, they discover that their locker is a portal to the multiverse. 

Thrilled to finally escape their mundane reality, they’re ready to go on a multi-dimensional adventure…until they discover that every universe is a bizarre version of their high school, AND they’re being chased by a super intense multiverse deputy.  As they leave behind a trail of chaos with every trip through their locker, their friendship is tested throughout multiple universes. 

Davey & Jonesie’s Locker isn’t afraid to embrace the silly or the strange. It’s a coming-of-age comedy with a fresh perspective and bizarre yet charming humour, starring two young women who fearlessly take on the new challenges their characters face in each universe.

We had a lovely chat with stars Veronika and Jaelynn ahead of the series premiere.

What were your first impressions when you read the script for Davey & Jonesie’s Locker?

Veronika: I was so excited to read a character that’s genuinely funny and knows she’s funny, and is kind of larger than life. A lot of roles for women are a bit dull sometimes, but having a real, funny character and my sense of humour, I was like, okay, we can we can definitely work with this!

Jaelynn: When I got to read the full pilot for the callback, I was like this is my language… in a way that felt really special. I felt really connected to it.

The dynamic duo of Davey and Jonesie and your chemistry is the heart of the series, and it’s refreshing to see a female friendship at the centre of the story! What did you enjoy most about portraying that friendship?

V: They’re gross and they’re silly and are wrong about things and they’re overconfident. They’re insecure, they’re fully dimensional characters.

J:  They’re in all these universes but they’re so happy to be there because they’re with each other. They find their confidence in each other, and that’s kind of their downfall sometimes, their overconfidence in each other.

V:  You get to see that throughout the show, why they are the way they are and how some of these things help them but they also hinder them.

If you found yourself in a multiverse situation like Davey and Jonesie, what do you think you would do?

V: I would freak out. I would not be chill.

J: I would be most interested in talking to the people that I’m close with and seeing what’s different about them.

V: Yeah, because it’s kind of fun to have a day where no one is really going to remember.

J: I also feel like I’m the kind of person who would make up a rule in my head about the space-time continuum… I don’t know anything about that and I’d just be anxious!

What it was like to work with Evany Rosen, as both a showrunner and a co-star?

J: She’s amazing, and it’s funny because sometimes, I’m like, I don’t know how to behave around you, because not only did you just write my new favourite show, you then cast me in it and I get to act with you in it??

V:  I was a huge fan of hers when I was in high school. She was part of the sketch comedy troupe Picnicface. I never met her before and I was like, oh, okay, this is gonna be really good because she wrote it. 

As Toronto actors, and Veronika, you’re also into the comedy scene through stand-up and TikTok, what’s something you would want to see more of from Canadian comedy?

V: More risks. I like when we take risks in Canada. And new voices. I think we sometimes reuse and recycle the same people…and I hope to be one of those people one day but I think we do need new younger voices in media… let us in, let us have a chance!

J: This is something Veronika does so well— her comedy is SO her sense of humour. You would make those jokes whether or not people are in the room. I love comics that are so themselves and so tied to their personality, and sometimes they have a really niche audience but they’re okay with that. I love to see people doing their own thing. 

Why should people watch Davey & Jonesie’s Locker?

J: I think it’s for everyone. That’s my favourite thing about the show. There’s no cap on the age, anyone can watch it. You’re gonna find something funny. 

V: Yeah, there’s a ton of heart which I think shows. We had a great time on set. Everyone who was in it was putting everything they had into it. The Canadian talent and voices we had, everybody from the crew to the writers to the cast are all Canadian. It’s just a funny, female-driven comedy. It’s funny! It’s awesome!

Davey & Jonesie’s Locker is streaming now on Prime.