ACTRESS DEVERY JACOBS Standing Up For Diversity And What Is Right

Updated: Apr 6, 2019

DEVERY JACOBS stars in American Gods which aired Sunday March 10 on Starz and March 11th on Amazon Prime Video.

"I'm going to continue fighting for diversity until I actually see more representation behind the camera as well as in front. I want to see the stories actually be influenced by these perspectives. ' - Devery Jacobs shared in Daily Extra interview recently.

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, photos by Justine Nelson and Amira de Vera of Project Four PR

With a growing social media of 25.7k followers on Instagram is Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs.

"Just a kid from the Rez who decided to go for it." - G.M. Davis

Devery was born in Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada as Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs. She is an actress and writer, known for American Gods as Sam Black Crow @americangodsus, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), Sam Doucette in Cardinal (2019) and Lilith Bathory in @theorder.

Devery Jacobs' Q and A by Blaine Schlechter

You have a very successful week with two shows premiering almost at the same time! Let’s start with the Netflix Original series that just debuted this week – THE ORDER. You play the character of LILITH BATHORY…tell us a little about the character and about what viewers can expect when they watch the show?

Yes, it seems like all of the projects I’ve done recently are coming together all at once! Lilith is a bad ass. She is a double agent between the two sworn secret societies. Lilith is really like not having this guy; she hates the order, she doesn’t agree with what Jack’s doing, but even though she’s kind of a tough character with a bit of a mean streak and some blood lust, she’s also a really good friend deep down. It was a really fun journey in exploring such a sassy character. It’s a fun show.

Devery Jacobs plays Lilith Bathory in @theorder on Netlfix

Speaking of great shows…another one that will have its season 2 premiere – AMERICAN GODS, where Devery plays SAM BLACK CROW. What’s in store for the fans in the second season?

Sam Black Crow is the biggest female characters in the novel, which I was a huge fan of. Sam represents two-spirited indigenous people and it was a character that I was hounding for years, because I have been such a fan of the novel. So I’m happy that I was cast in it and there’s been a huge outpouring of support for Sam and wanting me to play Sam and I’m really excited for everybody to see the introduction of Sam in the season. I make an appearance in episode three and its Sam’s first encounter with Shadow Moon. Sam is really sarcastic, she’s another tough…I don’t know what it is but apparently I’m like really good at tough character’s (laughs). She’s tough and sarcastic but she’s also innately curious about life, but also about Shadow and they have a really amusing encounter that exposes a side of shadow that we haven’t seen in the show before. This is the introduction to Sam in this season and there’s so much source materiel to pull from the book…I’m excited for everybody to see us dive into Sam.

Devery Jacobs in Amercian Gods.

You also write and direct projects that are pretty close to your heart, like STOLEN and RAE. Is there anything you’re working on now that you can tell us about?

I’m co-writing a feature film called This Place, which received Telefilm Talent to Watch funding. I’m co-writing it with V.T. Nayani, who is also directing and she is the daughter of Tamil refugees and our friend, Golshan Abdmoulaie who is an Iranian refugee poet. We are combining each of our voices and perspectives. I live in Toronto now and we are creating a film that is so innately Toronto, where it follows the journey of these two lovers, two women. One of them is a young woman who is the daughter of Tamil refugees who’s dealing with the passing of her father, and the other one is a half Mohawk, half Iranian young woman who’s traveled to Toronto to seek out her father who doesn’t know that she exists. It talks about how the past influences the present and explores how the refugee experience has very similar parallels to the Indigenous community. We’re writing it and I’m going to be acting in it…later this spring is when we’re set to shoot.

You are obviously proud of your Indigenous roots, what does it mean to you to be considered a role model for other indigenous actors or any young female actor for that matter?

I definitely feel the pressure of that and the pressure of representing my community properly. I think it’s something that I take on because the history of media and the history of film and television has, since the beginning of the inception of the industry, has always been filled with misrepresentation; like white washing and red face. Now is a time where we can finally take control of our stories back and to share our truths on screen, which is something that is so important and I’m so grateful to be able to do that in my work. I take it on and being able to help Indigenous people is something that I’m hugely passionate about in my life and something that I love exploring through art.

Being so busy, I’m sure you take time to recharge…what do you like to do for fun?

It’s weird when you work in an industry that you love so much, because it’s like your work becomes fun and your fun becomes work. So even if I want to binge watch a season on Netflix, I can’t help but break it down like a film maker and see it through that lens. Something that I love to do is I’m an avid reader, so I’m always trying to read new books and find time for that. I’m also a huge foodie, so I love preparing food and I love going to restaurants. I also love going back home to my community. Just trying to keep a balance of it all and also live my life while I’m trying to achieve these wild dreams.

So being a self-proclaimed foodie – which do you prefer, dining out or cooking at home?

I used to say dining out for the most part, because there some really talented chefs out there from other cultures that I don’t understand the flavors of cooking with yet. But I’m getting into combining flavors and experimenting in the kitchen, so I need that balance of both.

So actress now and future restaurateur?

I love it. One of my goals is to become a celebrity guest judge on Top Chef and just eat all the free food (laughs). That’s the plan!

That would be awesome, I will watch for that. THE ORDER is on Netflix right now and AMERICAN GODS premiers Mar 10. Thanks for chatting with me Devery.

Awesome, thank you so much, have a good one.

DEVERY JACOBS, photos by Justine Nelson and Amira de Vera of Project Four PR

Devery Jacobs was born and raised in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory. Devery found her passion for the arts from a young age. Whether it was reenacting her favorite Disney movies or starring in summer plays at the Turtle Island Theatre Company on her reserve, she had her sights on the world of showbiz. While pursuing her acting career, Devery also studied to be a counselor and worked at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. It is this life experience, she credits, where she learned the depths of what human experiences can look like, making it the best training she could have received.

Devery would go on to attend the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) Acting Conservatory, an intensive six-month program that explores the different techniques of acting. Her first big break came when she was cast as the lead role in the award-winning feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013). This role resulted in her nomination for Best Performance by An Actress In A Leading Role at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Devery has amassed a significant body of work in several film and television productions including Cold (go90) and This Life (CBC). She also won Best Performance in a Canadian Film at the 2016 Whistler Film Fest and Best Actress at the 2017 American Indian Film Fest for her work in the feature film, The Sun at Midnight (2016).

Coming up next, she can be seen starring in several highly anticipated projects including the fantasy drama series American Gods (Amazon/Starz) based on author Neil Gaiman's novel, season three of the hit television series Cardinal (CTV), the new Netflix Original The Order, and feature films The Lie (Blumhouse Productions) andThe Road Behind.

DEVERY JACOBS, photos by Justine Nelson and Amira de Vera of Project Four PR

In 2017, the Hollywood Reporter named Devery as one of Canada’s Rising Stars, which featured a list of breakout actors who are making an impact in Hollywood. In the same year, she was also honored by Telefilm Canada at the 2017 Birks Diamond Tribute, celebrating women in film. Most recently, Devery was given the title of TIFF Rising Star at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Each year, TIFF Rising Stars showcases new Canadian and international acting talent during the Toronto International Film Festival, placing the emphasis on the next generation who are poised for international


Devery has also explored the other side of the camera, with her directorial debut of the short film STOLEN (2016), which won Best Aboriginal Film at the 2017 Yorkton Film Festival. Her second short film Rae (2017), garnered Best Youth Work prize at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival. It was also an official selection of the 2018 Palm Springs Shortfest and was named as one of the Best Female-Directed Films by Refinery29. The feature film This Place (2020), co-written by Devery, was named a recipient of the Talent to Watch fund from Telefilm Canada. Currently, Devery is producing the film adaptation of the best-selling novel, So Far From God (2020).

Outside of acting and filmmaking, Devery is an avid reader, journals daily and is currently fulfilling her goal of continuing to learn her native language and taking Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) classes. A self-proclaimed foodie, Devery loves to try new and different restaurants, binge-watch cooking shows and search for interesting recipes on Pinterest.

Devery’s other passion lies in Indigenous rights activism. She was the original founder of the Kahnawà:ke Youth Forum where she led and organized protests and rallies. She was also an active participant in the Idle No More Movement. Mostrecently, Devery has been focusing her activism through her art, hoping to create change within communities, and to alter the perspective of how Indigenous people are seen.

DEVERY JACOBS stars in American Gods which aired Sunday March 10 on Starz and March 11th on Amazon Prime Video.

American Gods on Starz. Created by Bryan Fuller & Michael Green Stars: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Kristin Chenowet, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Ian McShane, Devery Jacobs and more.

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