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EntertainmentUmbrella Academy star doesn't want gay character defined by sexuality

11:05  12 february  2019
11:05  12 february  2019 Source:   digitalspy.com

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Umbrella Academy star doesn't want gay character defined by sexuality © Netflix Robert Sheehan, star of Netflix's Umbrella Academy, has said that he is fighting against his character Klaus Hargreeves (aka The Séance) being seen as just "the gay one" on the show.

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While speaking to Digital Spy, Sheehan stressed that he was hopeful that viewers would look beyond sexuality while watching The Umbrella Academy.


"Like it or not, if your character is labelled as a 'gay character', then that label becomes defining and it kind of reduces all else about the character," the actor told us. "So you’re kind of doing the character a bit of a disservice.

"Oversimplification if you just say, ‘Oh, well he’s the gay one’. So it doesn’t matter, basically, is the point. It doesn’t matter who he’s attracted to. It’s a boy, it’s a girl, it’s a donkey, it’s a bus. All four perhaps, at once. But that would be an uncomfortable evening.”

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He went on: "I was with my friend Rory, who’s gay, and we were talking about Into The Spider-Verse. I was complaining about a line in the film where young Spider-Man says to older, white Spider-Man – there’s a man and a woman walking away and older Spider-Man looks at the man and says, ‘That must be the head evil guy’s scientist’ and young Spider-Man goes, ‘No, actually, it’s the woman'.

Umbrella Academy star doesn't want gay character defined by sexuality © Netflix The Umbrella Academy: Robert Sheehan as Klaus

"And he goes, ‘Oh, well, I’d better re-examine my own personal biases!’ And I thought, ‘That’s kind of cringe and on the nose’. It felt like the film was kind of bandwagoning on a bit of a social change.

"But then Rory went, ‘Yeah, but I felt like that my entire life. That popular culture has been incredibly misogynistic, one-sided, no voice for gay people like myself in terms of these big movies’.

"So when a movie like that starts to, clunky or no, it starts to acknowledge that, in a not-reductive sense, it’s far more inclusive and a lot more voices out there. So I think Umbrella and a lot of other Netflix stuff, does it and doesn’t do it by impressing upon us the importance of doing it. They just do it. So it’s a good shift we’re going through at the moment.”

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To his point, the producers of The Umbrella Academy were concerned that their adaptation wouldn't have representation, so they made changes to Gerard Way's original characters.

"[Klaus] wasn’t even gay when we began. Or he didn’t have gay tendencies when we began. But that sort of developed as we developed the character," Sheehan revealed. “It wasn’t always the way that it is.

"And it sort of developed into that quite organically between myself and Steve [Blackman, showrunner] and Netflix and whoever else, you know? The creative input-ers into Klaus. Basically, not giving anything away, but before he was, let’s say straight-er, than he ultimately was – because it just felt kind of truthful.

Umbrella Academy star doesn't want gay character defined by sexuality © Netflix The Umbrella Academy: Robert Sheehan as Klaus

“I suppose I brought a character to the table who they could envision being probably gay-er than they originally envisioned. They had a storyline in mind which involves time travel where it’s a very, very sci-fi, very strange storyline. But at the core of it it’s just about a dude who fell in love and lost his love.

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"And then they were like, ‘Would it be interesting if that love was a man?’ Especially in the context which it occurs. Again, I’m trying my best not to ruin the fruit of it. It just felt like a more interesting road creatively, and you have to take the more interesting road, because it’s always more fulfilling that way.”

Discussing his hopes that the series familiarises LGBTQ issues for some viewers, the actor said: “It’s very nice if it happens and it some way improves people’s lives. Great. Excellent! But I don’t think you can go in with this sense of self-importance playing a character. You kind of have to play the truth of the character. The character has to feel truthful to you, and not go in with an agenda.

"It’s very, very lovely that maybe young people who are embarrassed about the fact that they’re gay and they’re keeping it to themselves, can feel a little less uncomfortable about it by seeing a character like Klaus who is very out there and very colourful and unashamed about the fact that he is pansexual, or whatever you want to call it. But I just wanted to play the truth of it, man."

The Umbrella Academy launches on Friday (February 15) exclusively on Netflix.

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