After leaving us with almost the best cliffhanger yet, “The Umbrella Academy” has returned to Netflix’s streaming platform to answer and reveal the burning questions that left fans puzzled at the end of season two. Not only does this season have the original fan favorite cast, but there is also a new addition and threat of the “Sparrow Academy.” This crew exists in a different timeline where Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopted a new batch of seven supernatural kids.
I had the amazing opportunity to interview one of the leading stars of the series, David Castaneda played as Diego Hargreeves. This trajectory legend dropped gems on what it truly means to be dedicated to your craft as an artist within the industry; no matter the obstacle.
Castaneda spoke highly of his role and experience with “The Umbrella Academy” from the past three seasons and hinted at the series getting picked up for season four. One new aspect of Diego Hargreeves’ life that may shock fans is the revelation of his 12-year-old son being dropped off to him by Lila, his ex-girlfriend from the past season. Audiences are able to see Diego in a new light of fatherhood and how exactly it’ll challenge him as a person. Despite his character being completely not ready for fatherhood, Castaneda looks forward to having a family of his own one day.
With massive recognition that the series has grown with the fanbase of “The Umbrella Academy” and how easily the writers were able to incorporate the transition of Vanya Hargreeves to Viktor Hargreeves, played by Elliot Page, there’s only been an increase of praise and support. The success of the show and of Castaneda’s career didn’t come without hard work and he places values on exhibiting the actions that you want to see over your life. “I really do believe that anyone who wants to get into this career, it’s more about action. And, putting your thoughts into action, regardless of what the outcome might be,” Castaneda said. “That’s the most important thing. Because you know if you’re looking to get into this business to get a result, that’s not really what this business is about; you’re going to get chewed up really fast. you’re going to get discouraged really fast.”
Castaneda emphasizes that as a creative and artist, it’s important to always focus on growth. “Always be proactive for what you’re trying to do. Whether it’s learn about plays, scripts, take a class, but always be constantly feeding your artistic needs no matter whoever comes across from you. You have to prioritize that.”
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By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas