Cast as Meghan in the 2016 X-Men spin-off, Hickson enjoyed a small speaking role alongside fast-talking star Ryan Reynolds. But while her scene may have been short, it was enough to get Hickson noticed in the wider film industry. Indeed, the movie would eventually gross an astonishing $783 million around the world.
Buoyed by the success of Deadpool, Hickson soon received plenty of offers for major parts. Later that year, she scooped the regular role of Brianna in the cable TV company Syfy’s apocalyptic drama series Aftermath and again garnered considerable attention. However, the rising star’s career would take a nasty turn later in 2016 after she joined the cast for French-Canadian horror movie Ghostland.
Hickson played a younger version of one of the lead characters in the film and had many intense scenes to act out. The interior portions of the movie were shot in the Canadian city of Winnipeg. On her last day of filming on December 15, 2016, the actress was required to bang her fists repeatedly and violently against a door on set. And while some glass fittings may have given the star caution, Hickson alleges that she was reassured that every care had been taken to maintain her safety.