Interview: Tom Hopper, Ellen Page and Emmy Raver-Lampman Talk Season 2 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’, The Civil Rights Storyline & More
Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy is now streaming on Netflix! You can check out our review for the series right here! In celebration of the new season, I had the chance to sit down with the cast members of the show.
Featured in this interview are Tom Hopper, Ellen Page and Emmy Raver-Lampman who play Luther, Vanya and Allison Hargreeves, respectively, in the series. During our chat, Hopper spoke about what it was like returning for the second season and how he was able to reconnect with the character. Page spoke about about the new version of Vanya that we meet this season and she teases her relationship with another character. Most importantly, Raver-Lampman spoke about her character’s story arc and how it tied to the Civil Rights Movement and just how timely and raw that is with what’s going on in today’s society.
Where Are Luther, Allison and Vanya Now?
LUTHER – Lands in 1962.
We find Luther working as a driver for the owner of a burlesque bar, who becomes a sort of father figure- for him. When he’s not looking for his family, or racing with Five to stop the nuclear doomsday and get back to 2019, he’s using his super strength in underground boxing rings.
ALLISON – Lands in 1961.
Allison lands during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, thrown into a segregated and racist American south that she now must endure, in addition to the loss of her voice and being separated from her siblings. As her time in Dallas progresses, she finds new purpose in the fight for justice, until reuniting with her family pulls her back into their fight against the apocalypse.
VANYA – Lands on October 12, 1963.
Vanya’s memory has been erased in the time jump. While she’s stuck looking for answers about her past, she falls for an unexpected love interest. Vanya is taken in by a family, whose son she forms a unique bond with. Before long she (re)discovers her mysterious ability, which helps Five track her down and reunite her with the siblings.
EMMY RAVER-LAMPMAN – “Allison”
Emmy Raver-Lampman is best known for her starring role as Allison Hargreeves in Netflix’s series, The Umbrella Academy opposite Ellen Page and Tom Hopper, and can currently be seen in the independent feature, Wednesdays, opposite J.Lee and Seth Green. Raver-Lampman has recently been cast to replace Kristen Bell in Apple TV’s Central Park and will next be seen in Nick Simon’s Untitled Horror Movie which is a comedy-horror film shot entirely during lockdown with the entire writing, pre-production and filming process taking place remotely.
She was part of the ensemble for the original Broadway cast of Hamilton and went on to originate the role of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton’s First National Touring company. This past winter, Emmy starred alongside Solea Pfeiffer in the Signature Theatre’s world premiere of the new musical Gun & Powder. She starred on Broadway in the original cast of the 2011 HAIR revival. Her other theater credits include starring as Pearl Krabs in the Spongebob Squarepants musical in Chicago and appearing in Wicked as an ensemble member and standby for the role of Elphaba.
ELLEN PAGE – “Vanya”
Ellen Page is an Academy Award®-nominated actress, producer and director who currently stars as in Netflix’s hit series, The Umbrella Academy. The show premiered in February 2019 and will launch its second season on July 31. Page’s directorial debut, There’s Something in the Water, premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim and began streaming globally on Netflix on March 27. Based on Ingrid Waldron’s book of the
same name, the film explores the injustices and injuries caused by environmental racism in Page’s home province of Nova Scotia.
Off screen, Page continues to be an impactful voice in the LGBTQ community, as well as a passionate advocate for environmental protection.
TOM HOPPER – “Luther”
Tom Hopper has quickly established himself as a highly sought-after actor in both film and television. He will next be seen in the sequel to Lionsgate’s action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard 2, alongside Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek. Hopper recently wrapped production on the Magnus Martens directed action film, SAS: Red Notice in which he will star alongside Sam Heughan, Ruby Rose and Andy Serkis. The action-thriller is based on the book by former UK soldier turned bestselling author Andy McNab.
He has been seen opposite Amy Schumer and Michelle Williams in STX’s comedy I Feel Pretty directed by Amy Kohn, and his other film credits include the independent film, Kill Ratio; independent film, Northmen: A Viking Saga, the revenge thriller Tormented, as well as the independent film Leopard. On the small screen, Hopper is best known for his breakout roles as “Dickson Tarly” in season 7 of HBO’s explosive hit series Game of Thrones, and “Billy Bones” in Starz’s Treasure Island prequel Black Sails. His television credits include The History Channel’s event series Barbarians Rising and BBC1/Syfy Channel’s Merlin.