With the imminent approach of The Boys Season Two approaching faster than a speeding A-Train, we had the chance to have a chat with Antony Starr (Homelander) and the newest supe to join The Boys cast – Aya Cash (Stormfront). We spoke about Stormfront’s introduction and how it might impact Vought, The Seven, and Homelander. Read the interview below and listen to the audio here!
There may be spoilers for Season 2 below, here’s your warning!
Nerds and Beyond: So, Stormfront is a new character that the audience is meeting, could you tell us a little bit about her, or if there’s anything you want the audience to know? And also, why do you think Vought International brought her into The Seven?
Aya Cash: I think that… what I can tell you about her is…. well, I don’t even know what I can tell you about her. And that’s the truth. There’s a lot of talking around things which is perfect for the world that we live in, because that’s all anyone’s doing these days anyway. Right? And she’s good at that. She’s very of this moment. She’s good with social media. She’s good with knowing how to take people’s emotions and channel them. And I think there’s the real reasons that Vought may have brought her and then there’s the reasons that she – Oh, God, it’s so hard to talk about! She obviously brings something new to The Seven with her social media savvy and with her ability to engage with an audience in a totally different way. And The Seven is like our business – like film and TV is now looking to different forms of content because the world is changing. And you see now that young people are looking at YouTube and vines, – there’s no vine anymore – that’s how old I am. Um, but there’s, there’s also different little ways –
Antony Starr: There’s no Vine anymore!? Oh my God!
Aya Cash: – to get content. And she is the next generation of that. So Vought has essentially brought her in to bring in a new audience and sort of bring it current. There are also reasons that Vought has brought her back that have more to do with who she is and her possible relationship with Vought.
Antony Starr: I think, yeah, she represents the new, whereas Homeland represents the old. Homelander is a pretty old school guy. He doesn’t do his own social media as we saw in season one where there’s a flashback scene with Butcher and Becca where he’s like “you handle my social media and you did a great job, blah, blah, blah.” Homelander doesn’t know anything about that. He’s an old school chop the wood kind of dude. And then this girl comes in, I mean right off the bat we see in that scene, that’s been out on the teasers. She comes in doing it, what do they call it? Oh my God, literally –
NaB: Instagram live?
Antony Starr: Instagram live! Right. She’s live screening, live sharing or whatever. And immediately puts Homelander on the spot. And that’s that imbalance of old versus new, and that’s exactly what I thought as a corporation – as a cold, economically and fiscally savvy corporation. They know that they need to approach all these different demographics and she brings a whole younger demographic into the fray. So it’s not out with the old, in with the new, it’s more like “Yeah, we have the old, but let’s introduce the newest too, with interesting results.
*Remember to watch The Boys season two starting September 4th on Amazon Prime and stay tuned for interviews with the rest of the cast!*
(Interview has been edited for clarity.)