Shadowhunters Jocelyn

Shadowhunters' Maxim Roy Defends Jocelyn, Previews More Past Reveals

Shadowhunters is peeling back a few layers on the mysterious onion that is Jocelyn Fray Fairchild.

Tuesday’s episode (Freeform, 9/8c) delves into her untold history, which should encourage viewers to feel a little more sympathy for Clary’s comatose mother — something actress Maxim Roy has tried to achieve through her performance since Day 1.

“I read fan comments, and I know some people don’t like Jocelyn because she hid the truth from Clary,” Roy admits. “I felt she was misunderstood, so it was really important to me to portray her in a good light. … Her goal was always to come clean and be honest, and she regretted not doing it sooner. Personally, I would have told her sooner — at least a couple of days before her 18th birthday.”

Additionally, the flashback episode will shed new light on Jocelyn’s history with Valentine, another sore spot for the sleeping Shadowhunter. “I think she’s a heartbroken woman,” Roy explains. “Jocelyn really did love Valentine, truly, and she was torn when it came to leaving him.”

Shadowhunters Jocelyn(Side note: Although Jocelyn, Luke and Valentine are played by younger actors in most of the flashbacks — Susanna Fournier, Nykeem Provo and Owen Roth, pictured to the right — Roy says we will also see her in the role of Clary’s mother.)

And here’s one final tease to send you on your way: “Episode 10 is a lot of fun,” Roy says. “It’s something that’s not in the books, and the fans are either going to love it or hate it, but I thought it was so interesting. Basically, all of our characters are the opposite of what they are.”

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6 Comments
  1. anon says:

    I love this show. I will continue to love this show unless the majorly screw up huge plot points. I’m excited to see what happens next and am seriously hoping for a season 2. This is an amazing book series and I feel the fans deserve at least a 2nd season. lol.

    • Kristen says:

      I can’t wait for the point where Clary realizes she can create runes. I’m not sure why that part of the books is one of my favorite, but it is. It’s like her own hidden talent that sets her apart from everyone. Yet another reason she’s so sought after, other than the Mortal Cup. Also, another part of the books I can’t wait for… the reveal of the Mortal Cup. Eek! Can’t wait!

  2. Sara says:

    I am excited at the prospect of seeing Jocelyn, Luke, and Valentine when they were younger and to see more of their history! I really like what they have been doing with this series and the way they have been telling the story so far. It is a little bit different from the books, and I rather enjoy that it isn’t a cookie cutter retelling.

  3. meatwad says:

    i’m not sold on this show yet. but so far i’m ok with most of the story so far

  4. tvjunkie says:

    Will they explain why Clary’s best friend is such a whinny loser?

  5. Catherine says:

    I absolutely love this show! And I believe it deserves a season 2 for the feels you get while watching Shadowhunters