Let’s face it, whoever your best friend, he/she is cool. That’s why they’re your best friend. But it’s the rare friend who’s been your bestie since sixth grade and who ends up being your championship partner in crime in the WWE before bringing you onto his television show.
And yet that is exactly how things are working out for Jason “Jay” Reso, who begins guest-starring duties on “Haven” Friday (Dec. 5) on Syfy. The 41-year-old professional wrestler better known as Christian grew up with “Haven” regular Adam Copeland (Chief of Police, Dwight Hendrickson) before they both decided to become professional wrestlers. (Copeland is better known by his WWE moniker, Edge.) In fact, the pair won the tag team championships seven times with the then WWF.
Fast forward a few years and Copeland is now a fan favorite on “Haven,” so producers thought it made sense to bring aboard his real life friend.
“With ‘Haven’ airing on Syfy in the U.S. as the same night as ‘WWE Smackdown,’ there was a real tie-in there for the fan base,” Reso tells Zap2it. “Plus, with Adam and I being one of the most celebrated tag teams in the WWE, we have this dynamic when we’re together, I think they thought it would translate well. We’re like brothers.”
Life imitates art with Reso portraying the recurring character McHugh, one of Dwight’s oldest and closest friends. McHugh is smart, fearless, tough and has a hardcore sense of loyalty.
“They served as Army Rangers together and for whatever reason McHugh became a recluse,” says Reso. “But when Dwight needs an honest answer and to talk to someone he trusts, he tracks down McHugh.”
It seems Dwight finds himself in a romantic conundrum in the episode and McHugh is the first one Dwight turns to.
“He’s starting to falling in love and he’s having some mixed emotions about it,” says Reso. “He may also be doing this subconsciously in order to get McHugh back to the Guard.”
The timing was perfect for producers because Reso has been rehabbing an injury for the past six months and was looking for something that would challenge him.
“I’m still with the WWE but…the WWE is almost like an entertainment boot camp so to speak,” he says. “The difference between acting and performing on the WWE is that with the WWE there’s a stage and you get this instant gratification and reaction from a live audience. It’s almost like doing a play. It keeps you on your toes and teaches you how to adlib and those sorts of things. And also, you’re portraying a character…so, I think it gets you prepared for stepping into acting and things like that.”