Season two of The Umbrella Academy raised the stakes up a notch when the Hargreeves family were thrown back in time to the turbulent 1960s. Master-manipulator Allison still refrained from using her powers, even as she played a major role in the civil rights movement during the Netflix series. Some insightful comments from the star have revealed why.
Emmy Raver-Lampman reprised her role as Allison Hargreeves/Number Three in the thrilling second season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.
As one of the mysterious, super-powered children adopted by Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), Allison has the ability to manipulate people into doing whatever she wants.
The phrase to activate her power, ‘I heard a rumour’, earned her the nickname The Rumor during her time with the superhero team.
However, since the Hargreeves reunited at the beginning of The Umbrella Academy’s first season, Allison has been reluctant to use her uncanny abilities of persuasion.
Some viewers were surprised when, even during the tension and violence of the 1960s civil rights movement, she refrained from overusing her powers of manipulation.
Although Allison briefly had a lapse of judgement and used the power during a sit-in protest, she usually kept her ‘rumours’ to herself as she joined the historic fight for Black rights in segregated Texas
At the start of the series, Allison is still recovering from her throat being sliced by Vanya (Ellen Page) when her powers were revealed and she lost control at the end of the first season.
Despite her wound healing by the time season two jumps forward three years, Allison is still reluctant to ‘rumour’ anyone into doing her bidding.
This includes Allison’s painful experiences with violence against Black Americans, as well as drawing from real sit-ins which occurred in white-only restaurants and diners across the States.
The break-out star explained the wish of herself and the writers to depict these historical events faithfully led to the decision to hold back on Allison’s ability to bend reality.
She continued: “Living through it and working through that as Allison, specifically, I wanted to make sure that she didn’t just use her powers and end the civil rights movement in one rumor from her. That would have been an easy way out.”
Throughout season two, Allison finds a husband in civil rights activist Raymond Chestnut (Yusuf Gatewood), although in the present she has a daughter named Claire (Coco Assad) with her ex-husband Patrick (Braden Hendrickson).
The star also confirmed her character’s concerns for her daughter in the future fed into Allison’s restraint from using her powers to end the movement.
She added: “If she wants a quick fix for civil rights, is that going to affect Claire, decades from where she is?”
Unfortunately, the season finale revealed the Hargreeves’ actions in the past had a catastrophic effect on the timeline when they came face-to-face with the sinister Sparrow Academy.
The Umbrella Academy season 2 is available to stream on Netflix.
Published at Wed, 02 Sep 2020 04:49:00 +0000