Kiana Madeira shines a light on the final season of ‘Trinkets’


Teen drama “Trinkets” heads into its second and final season Tuesday on Netflix.

The series stars Kiana Madeira (Moe), Brianna Hildebrand (Elodie) and Quintessa Swindell (Tabitha) who, in Season 1, met at a Shoplifters Anonymous meeting and struck up an unlikely friendship — keeping their relationship a secret from their classmates.

The Canadian-born Madeira, 27, spoke to The Post about Moe, her-co-stars and her upcoming role in “Fear Street,” a movie trilogy adapted from R.L. Stine’s teen fiction book series and premiering next year on Netflix.

How important is Moe’s “punk” style to her personality?

She is definitely not one to sacrifice how she feels in order to look a certain way or appeal to anyone. Moe is independent, unconcerned with impressing others and she’s confident in her own skin. She can be seen wearing a crop top, track pants or even jumpsuits. Everything she wears is because she feels like wearing it, not because she’s trying to belong. That’s just who she is.

Kiana Madeira as Moe.
Kiana Madeira as Moe.COURTESY OF NETFLIX

Are you friendly with Brianna and Quintessa off-screen?

I truly love Brianna and Quintessa. We have a beautiful friendship. The very first day we met, our director [Sara St. Onge] took us bowling and we instantly realized we all have a very similar sense of humor. This carried onto the set from Day One of Season 1 to the last day of Season 2. We were constantly laughing and cracking jokes on set. Portland was such a great place to be while filming because there were a lot of things to do when we weren’t shooting. The Living Room Theater was one of our favorite chill spots.

How has Moe changed since the series began?

Moe was pretty closed off and guarded Season 1. Although she wanted real friends and real love, she wasn’t quick to show that side of herself. Throughout the first season and even more now, she’s a lot more open and vulnerable. I think developing a friendship with Elodie and Tabitha showed her that connection is liberating. Over the course of the final season, Moe begins to realize the value of honesty with herself and in her relationships. She gets herself in a lot of trouble trying to hide her actions from the people in her life, like we saw in Season 1 when she lied about being a thief. With time, she starts to learn that she can rely on others and that the truth won’t lead to people abandoning her or hurting her. I think that realization allows an even deeper relationship with herself.

Kiana Madeira as Moe.
Kiana Madeira as Moe.Allyson Riggs/Netflix

Tell me a little about “Fear Street.” Will you star in all three movies?

Yes! I am so thrilled for audiences to be able to see them. Our movies are … nostalgic, chilling and wildly entertaining. The films cover three different time periods, including the 1600s. I can’t give too much away about the plot yet, but … they were the most fulfilling and challenging roles of my career thus far!

What kind of music is guiding you through these times?

Music has been such an important part of my life these past few months. There’s a certain feeling I get when I listen to something that vibrates in my soul. One of my favorite albums that I’ve been listening to lately is Midnight Machines by Lights. She’s an amazing artist, in so many ways and she’s Canadian! I promise this is just a coincidence but my favorite song right now is also by a Canadian artist. His name is Efflo Tu and the song is called “Be There.” He’s my big brother and the lyrics are really personal to our journey together. Music is so healing. I hope everybody takes the time to experiment with what music they listen to, it can be life-changing.

Brianna Hildebrand, Quintessa Swindell and Kiana Madeira.
Brianna Hildebrand, Quintessa Swindell and Kiana Madeira.COURTESY OF NETFLIX

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