‘Locke and Key’ Star Laysla De Oliveira on the Logistical Nightmare of Filming With Actual Locks and Keys

Dodge’s travels with the Anywhere Key posed a problem for the 5-foot, 9-inch actress

Last Updated: February 17, 2020 @ 3:40 PM

(Warning: This post contains mild spoilers for Netflix’s “Locke & Key.”)

Laysla De Oliveira’s “Locke & Key” character, Dodge, was in possession of the Locke family’s Anywhere Key for the better part of the 10-episode first season of the Netflix fantasy series.

And while viewers of the final product got to see the demon look pretty damn cool each time she seamlessly put that magical key in a lock and entered a door in one location only to step through and exit out into a completely different one, De Oliveira spoke to TheWrap about the logistical difficulties viewers didn’t get to see, when it comes to using actual keys to open actual locks.

“So they put a green screen or blue screen with a little bit of space for you to walk through it and then you do the same thing on the other side and then you go to the other location and you enter the other location with the screen on the other side,” De Oliveira said, breaking down the entire Anywhere Key shooting process for us. “So there was a lot of green screen. Like, green screen was my biggest scene partner, I would say, for this show (laughs).

The “In the Tall Grass” star says she went through at least 100 doors while shooting the first season of Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill’s TV adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s beloved IDW comics. But the nightmare of changing locations to shoot both sides of an Anywhere Key entrance/exit was nothing compared to the the difficulties the 5-foot, 9-inch actress faced because, well, she’s 5’9”.

“You have to put the key into the keyhole, right? But it didn’t always fit. So that was even more than just going through the doors, to be honest,” she said. “Especially with Dodge, because you have to do it in such a way as to not fumble, it has to be so slick. And I’m really tall and a lot of these doors were lower, so I couldn’t really look while I put the key in or bend to put the key in. So those took a lot. It was a lot of takes. It was really funny.”

De Oliveira says, “We should just have like a whole series of just trying to walk through doors and put the key in the keyhole, because it was a lot of what we did. I guess I didn’t really realize it when I signed on — but then I was like, oh, it is called ‘Locke & Key,’ so.”

Readers can find more from our interview with De Oliveira — in which she breaks down that big finale twist — here. And if you’re looking on scoop about Season 2, you can check out our chat with showrunners Averill and Cuse here.

The first season of “Locke & Key” is streaming now on Netflix.

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