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Meet Topher, the newest villain

Luis Castellanos in a promo photo for Marvel Runaways
Jan Luis Castellanos discusses his new position on Marvel Runaways

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There’s nothing like a brand new villain to roll into city and shake issues up, and on Hulu Unique’s teen angst drama Marvel Runaways, good-looking model-turned-actor Jan Luis Castellanos is filling the invoice with fangs and a six-pack.

His character Topher is described as a survivor the Runaways meet on the road as they try and deliver down their mother and father’ evil plans whereas laying low and never getting came upon.

His character was initially introduced to be a part of Season 2 in the course of the Runaways panel at New York Comedian Con. The collection returned December 21.

Dominican actor and mannequin Jan Luis Castellanos is season two’s scorching new dangerous boy within the forged. 

Castellanos’ was quoted in a press launch from Marvel that was timed with the stay announcement.

“I’m tremendous grateful to be becoming a member of the Marvel/Hulu Runaways household. It has been a dream come true. Topher is a troublesome and sophisticated child, and it was very thrilling to deliver him to life.”

Within the comics, Topher is a vampire, armed with a “posse of minions who obey his each phrase” whereas he retains his true nature hidden, for some time.

For these new to the collection or not up on the comics, Marvel’s Runaways is the story of superpowered youngsters in a battle with their very own household, as their mother and father are a part of a syndicate of evil villains. Season 2 provides new faces to the lineup, reminiscent of this cryptic villain, Topher.

Final season, the youngsters of Marvel’s Runaways discovered that their mother and father have been in reality, PRIDE, an evil syndicate of criminals.

The six Runaways Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz), Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner), Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer), Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin), and Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta) lived as much as the title of the collection and ran away on the finish of Season 1.

Now Season 2 is displaying us that adjustment to life on the road not underneath the wings of their mother and father, who’re working extra time to return their youngsters again house.

We spoke to newcomer Jan Luis Castellanos about this enjoyable new position.

Monsters and Critics: Marvel Runaways, coming again, season two. It’s going to be much more … 

Jan Luis Castellanos: Thrilling, thrilling, thrilling!

M&C: Sure and with actually darkish scenes. Your character is Topher, and also you’re described as a not-to-be-trusted vampire. What does that imply?

Jan Luis C: It means, in fact, everyone has private points, and everyone has their secrets and techniques, so I assume he has to type of put up a entrance for his pals. I don’t need to say an excessive amount of.

I would like you guys to actually watch the present, however in fact, he’s not one who ought to or goes to be trusted, I assume you’d say.

It’s fairly thrilling the way you get to see two sides of him, I might say. You get to see a bit little bit of the whole lot, and it will get fairly intense, so I don’t need to give away something that you simply guys can’t deal with.

M&C: Does your character, Topher, fall in love with any of your friends because the Runaways are preventing PRIDE, or do you type a relationship that’s particular with anybody? Something which you could type of tease?

Jan Luis C: Properly, there’s any person there, I really feel. Not now, however sooner or later, hopefully. Somebody that I can share a sure reference to, based mostly on similarities.

Like I stated, it will get fairly intense, and I’m actually excited for it as a result of you could have the comedian, however it could utterly be taken the other way, so that you by no means know what can occur.

M&C: The runaways are preventing their mother and father, primarily. Now, are you simply sort of like an outlier that kind of comes into the group?

Jan Luis C: Sure. They’re undoubtedly preventing their mother and father, however my mother and father, they do not know sort of what’s happening. They’re not concerned with the mother and father.

Down the street, clearly, some historical past sort of connects, however I, on the finish, sort of begin being just like the Topher, sort of coming in as a two-faced sort of man, I embed and [am] preventing towards their mother and father with them, together with them.

I imply, as a result of it’s all just about within the comics, and clearly Topher tries to get his approach. However yeah,  Topher’s mother and father will not be concerned with their mother and father.

M&C: Obtained it. Now, does your character have something to do with arch villain Jonah?

Jan Luis C: Not that I do know of. That might be actually thrilling.  It’s humorous. He’s an enormous villain in virtually the whole lot I’ve watched, however once you speak to him in individual, he’s just like the sweetest man. It’s identical to, “Right here, you’re utterly totally different.”

M&C: Are there any little twists or any little issues like a teaser which you could share with the followers of the present to observe for because it begins, and are you in all the episodes or a number of the episodes?

Jan Luis C: No, no, no, I are available on the third episode. Undoubtedly not on the premiere, however Topher has a pleasant story arc, and it’s fairly cool stuff. They change it up a bit, slightly bit from the comedian.

I assume perhaps to offer it just a little bit extra longevity. I’m not too positive, however it’s fascinating the best way they did it, and I’m fairly excited for what everybody’s going to see.

M&C: Yeah, you describe him as a sophisticated child. What does that imply? Is he a superb difficult child or dangerous or troubled, difficult child?

Jan Luis C: I might go together with quantity two. Individuals think about him as a villain. I don’t contemplate him as a villain.

One of many essential explanation why I actually love Topher is as a result of it was very straightforward to actually simply to attach with him, and I simply noticed one other human being, with clearly some superpowers, nevertheless it was identical to this man.

Personally, I don’t assume he’s a nasty man in any respect. I don’t know, perhaps as a result of that’s my character, however I didn’t see.

He’s just a bit difficult. Clearly, he has his private points, however I felt wish to be in character, I felt he meant properly in some areas, in some actions I noticed. I noticed [his] coronary heart. I noticed one thing in there.

M&C: So let’s speak about you personally for a minute. You have been born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and you then turned a Jersey boy.

So that you have been on this lovely island the place it’s sunny and good seashores, and it’s all heat, and you then went to New Jersey once you have been eight. It’s very chilly.

Jan Luis C: It was an enormous tradition shock. Throughout, actually. Not even simply the chilly. I truly felt the chilly truly as quickly as I walked out of the airfield. I’m like “Oh my gosh, is it actually that chilly out right here?”

After which I lastly obtained to satisfy my mother, from what I keep in mind, and she or he was simply holding a jacket there, and I simply couldn’t consider how chilly it was. However going to high school, beginning a brand new faculty and all that, it was very arduous due to the truth that I couldn’t converse English.

Spanish is my first language, however I lived in Union Metropolis for slightly bit, after which I moved over to Secaucus. And shifting right into a city the place it was exhausting to seek out ESL (English as a second language) on the time.

I needed to actually pressure myself to study English, and typically I really feel like I nonetheless have my accent, so it’s simply bizarre, however that’s okay.

However yeah, it was a tough transition, making an attempt to speak with associates, making an attempt to even make buddies. If I’ve to make associates it must be with the Spanish folks that solely spoke Spanish, that understood me, and that was about it. After which there weren’t that many, so it was undoubtedly robust.

M&C: Proper, I can think about. Your English is impeccable. How did you study it so? Did you watch Sesame Road? What did you watch that made your English sound so good?

Jan Luis C: A whole lot of Robert De Niro!

M&C: Oh, in order that explains your Twitter header. Okay, I used to be like, “Oh, that’s an fascinating Twitter header he has.”

Jan Luis C: Sure, sure, sure. He’s an actor that I idolize. No, I see him, and I see confidence. I see a badass. I see any person that’s actually in it to win it each single time, feeling snug and relaxed, in order that’s me at coronary heart, and he does an amazing job at it, so rising up, I used to observe a variety of his films, particularly the previous ones and stuff.

So I used to be simply all the time telling myself, “Wow, that’s simply so cool. This man’s …” He drags me in, and one thing about. Denzel Washington, too, is one other nice one.

I really like watching. These guys have simply super confidence once they’re proper behind the lens. It’s simply wow, okay. Wow, how do I do this? How can I? How can I emulate that, you already know?

M&C: I observed in your Instagram in fact, you turned a mannequin. Have been you found or did you ship your pictures in? I imply, how did that occur? 

Jan Luis C: Nicely, thanks. Thanks. Yeah, truly I misplaced 70 kilos. Lots of people don’t know that. Not many individuals know that.  I used to be type of chubby for a pair years, two years, perhaps.

Virtually two years, however like a yr and a half, and I didn’t really feel wholesome. I didn’t really feel myself as a result of I used to be a prime athlete in highschool and it was simply a type of issues the place you sort of undergo the motions and lose it, however I’m glad that I obtained again on my ft and I used to be capable of lose the 70 kilos.

After I had misplaced the 70 kilos, I used to be found via Instagram, truly, by my modeling agent, and thru that, I all the time knew that I needed to behave.

That’s my ardour, and I used to be capable of lastly discover a option to get out to L.A. as a result of I didn’t understand how I used to be going to pay the payments. I didn’t understand how. Somewhat health club job wasn’t going to chop it, you understand what I imply?

And if I had the fitness center job, I in all probability wouldn’t have sufficient time to go to class after which attempt to do an audition every time I might or this and that.

So I used to be identical to, “Wow, that is such an incredible alternative,” they usually flew me out right here to L.A., and I used to be capable of work, work, pay the payments, and I used to be capable of keep related to some superb people who guided me, and now I’m right here on the telephone with you.

M&C: Properly, you’re an actual inspiration for lots of people, and I do know that you simply’re a tough employee. Anything you may need to say?

Will you be booked on Desus and Mero? I do know that Mero is a Dominican dwelling in Jersey, so that you guys can bond over that!

Jan Luis C: I might not thoughts in any respect, to be trustworthy, however they haven’t approached me. I’m proper right here. My household’s from Jersey, so I don’t thoughts taking an airplane every time!

It’s not straightforward, however I consider anybody can do no matter it’s that they put their minds to, and thanks guys for the help. I do know I’m not a loopy star or something like that, however it actually, really helps, and it retains me motivated, so. And I can’t await you guys to observe the present.

I’m excited to find Topher myself. I imply, I used to be enjoying the man, however I used to be identical to, “I need to see him in a third-person sort of deal.” I really feel like I’m going to be freaked out.

Season two of Marvel’s Runaways premiered on December 21 on Hulu