The Umbrella Academy: Justin Min Has Us Feeling a Bit Self-Conscious

With only two weeks to go before Netflix's The Umbrella Academy graces our screens once again (with the second season set to debut on Friday, July 31), the cast and creative team are hitting the press circuit to start promoting the series. In our current social distancing, what that means is lots and lots of phoners (phone interviews) and Zoom/video interviews. Did we mention "lots"? So after running through the "car wash" long enough, you get a rhythm for the types of interview questions you're going to get: basically, a handful of questions asked dozens of different ways.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY JUSTIN H. MIN as BEN HARGREEVES in episode 206 of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Cr. CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS/NETFLIX © 2020
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY JUSTIN H. MIN as BEN HARGREEVES in episode 206 of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Cr. CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS/NETFLIX © 2020

You even get a sense of the types of interviewers you'll be facing, as Justin Min demonstrates in the video he posted to Twitter on Thursday. In the clip, he demonstrates the two extreme types of interviews: "The Master of Minutiae" and "Captain I-Just-Got-This-Assignment-2-Minutes-Ago." Hope you enjoy it, as we reconsider our entire approach to interviewing and our role in the pop culture universe in the midst of this unexpected existential crisis (with an interview with someone going in less than three hours):

Five warned his family (so, so many times) 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?).

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. Joining them on their time-twisted mission are Texas housewife Sissy; a devoted husband and natural-born leader, Raymond; and "chameleon" Lila, who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires. Unpredictable, mischievous, and sarcastic, Lila's gifted with a twisted sense of humor.

The Umbrella Academy season 2 stars Ellen Page as Vanya aka The White Violin aka Number Seven, Tom Hopper as Luther aka Spaceboy aka Number One, David Castañeda as Diego aka The Kraken aka Number Two, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison aka The Rumor aka Number Three, Robert Sheehan as Klaus aka The Séance aka Number Four, Aidan Gallagher as Five aka The Boy, and Justin H. Min as Ben aka The Horror aka Number Six.

The poster for The Umbrella Academy season 2 (Image: Netflix)
The poster for The Umbrella Academy season 2 (Image: Netflix)

The series also stars Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves, Kris Holden-Ried as Axel, Jason Bryden as Otto, Tom Sinclair as Oscar, Yusuf Gatewood as Raymond Chestnut, John Kapelos as Luther's boss, Ritu Arya as Lila, Stephen Rogaert as Carl, Cameron Britton as Hazel, Kevin Rankin as Elliot, Marin Ireland as Sissy, and Justin Paul Kelly as Harlan. Produced by UCP for Netflix, The Umbrella Academy is executive produced by showrunner Steve Blackman as well as Jeff F. King, Keith Goldberg, and Mike Richardson. Comic book series creators Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá serve as co-executive producers.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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