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Forgiving Yourself: An Interview with Countdown’s Jordan Calloway

If you could know the exact moment of your death — would you want to know?

In Countdown, an ambitious, young nurse Quinn Harris (Elizabeth Lail of TV’s You) is pressured to download an app that claims to predict exactly when a person will die. As her friends and colleagues reveal the many decades left on their lives, including Dr. Sullivan (Peter Facinelli of the Twilight franchise), Quinn is shocked to see her clock will run out in only three days.

Initially, she dismisses the app as a passing internet hoax, but when she discovers people are violently killed at the exact second their clocks run out, she starts to fear the hype.

To change her fate, Quinn cancels plans on the day the app says she will die, breaking the user agreements and unleashing something truly evil. With her clock ticking away and fearing a sinister figure is following her, she meets Matt Monroe (Jordan Calloway of TV’s Black Lightning) whose time is also running out while dealing with a guilt-ridden past.

As the two make increasingly desperate attempts to delete or alter the app, Quinn realizes something worse than death is fast approaching. To save her own life, she must find a way to confront the demons haunting her before time runs out.

With Countdown, this timeless temptation of wanting to know when you will die is tied to a timely theme — the obsession with our phones — giving it the foundation for a high-concept horror film capable of pushing cultural buttons.

Born and raised in Southern California, Jordan Calloway currently plays Khalil/Painkiller on CW’s Black Lightning and Chuck Clayton on CW’s Riverdale, and will soon be seen on the big screen as Mark in the romantic comedy Always A Bridesmaid.

The Koalition spoke to Calloway about his role taking on a horror movie, how his role in Black Lightning helped to craft Matt, the success of his career and more.

Check out our interview below.

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