Interview: Robert Sheehan and Justin H. Min Talk Season 2 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’, Klaus Starting a Cult, Ben Getting a Bigger Role & More
Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy is almost here!
Continuing my ongoing coverage of the series, I had the chance to sit down with brotherly duo Robert Sheehan and Justin H. Min who play Klaus and Ben Hargreeves in the series. During my interview with Sheehan and Min, the two spoke about how much fun they have on set together, Sheehan spoke about his initial reaction to Klaus becoming a cult lead, and Min talked about Ben getting a bigger role this season.
Check out the interview below:
Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy premieres on July 31.
Official Season 2 Synopsis
Five (Aidan Gallagher) warned his family that using his powers to escape from Vanya’s 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right – the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three year period. Starting in 1960.
Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which – spoiler alert! – turns out is a result of the group’s disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?). Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. But seriously, no pressure or anything.
Where Are Klaus and Ben Now?
Klaus lands in February 1960 (with Ben). We find Klaus as the leader of a free-loving spiritual cult. Despite fame, fortune, and thousands of devotees, Klaus is still battling his inner demons. As they continue to struggle with their co-dependent relationship, he and Ben experiment even further with their “combined” powers.
Ben Lands in February 1960 (with Klaus). Everyone’s favorite ghost is back, haunting Klaus with his conscience, wisdom, and sense of humor. But this time, he’s determined not to be invisible to the ones he loves, willing to go further than ever before to make his presence known.
About Robert and Justin:
Robert Sheehan: Sheehan first received wide acclaim and a 2011 BAFTA nomination for Misfits, and later starred in RTÉ One’s acclaimed crime drama Love/Hate. Sheehan’s other television credits also include Red Riding, Me and Mrs. Jones (BBC), the ABC telefilm The Borrowers, the miniseries Young Blades (as Louis XIV), ITV’s Rock Rivals and Foreign Exchange. On stage, Sheehan most recently starred as Richard III in The Wars of the Roses at the Rose Theatre Kingston. Previously, he starred on London’s West End in John Crowley’s 2011 production of J.M. Synge’s comedy The Playboy of the Western World at The Old Vic.
Sheehan most recently co-starred in the second season of Genius: Picasso (National Geographic) as ‘Carlos Casagemas,’ a Spanish art student and poet who was one of Picasso’s closest friends, as well as in the indie film Song of Sway Lake. Sheehan produced and starred in Charlie Belleville’s independent feature Jet Trash. His filmography also includes The Messenger, Moonwalkers, The Road Within, Mortal Engines, Bad Samaritan, Mute, Geostorm, Anita B, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Killing Bono, Season of the Witch, and Cherrybomb.
Justin H. Min: In addition to The Umbrella Academy, Min will be seen as the title character in A24’s drama film After Yang directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Kogonada. Min plays Yang opposite Colin Farrell; the story centers on a father and daughter as they try to save the life of their robotic family member in a world where robotic children are purchased as live-in-babysitters. In the story, Yang has been programmed to help his little sister learn about her cultural heritage.
Min is second-generation Korean American from Cerritos, CA who speaks fluent Korean and is passionate about Asian American representation in Hollywood. He is an avid reader and took speed reading classes growing up, in addition to competing in oratorical competitions throughout the country, where he won many state and national titles. Min went on to study Government and English at Cornell University, and worked in international development and journalism before deciding to become an actor. Also a skilled photographer and writer, he freelances for various creative publications and is currently writing both a book of essays and a scripted podcast.