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Meet Topher, the newest villain

Luis Castellanos in a promo photo for Marvel Runaways
Luis Castellanos in a promo photo for Marvel RunawaysJan 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 throughout 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 in the forged. 

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

“I’m super grateful to be joining the Marvel/Hulu Runaways family. It has been a dream come true. Topher is a tough and complicated kid, and it was very exciting to bring him to life.”

In the comics, Topher is a vampire, armed with a “posse of minions who obey his every word” 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 struggle 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, akin to this cryptic villain, Topher.

Final season, the youngsters of Marvel’s Runaways discovered that their mother and father have been the truth is, 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 at the finish of Season 1.

Now Season 2 is displaying us that adjustment to life on the road not beneath the wings of their mother and father, who’re working additional 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 sort of put up a entrance for his buddies. 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 just a little little bit of every part, 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 as the Runaways are preventing PRIDE, or do you type a relationship that’s particular with anybody? Something which you can sort of tease?

Jan Luis C: Properly, there’s any person there, I really feel. Not now, however in the future, 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’ve gotten the comedian, however it might 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 type of what’s happening. They’re not concerned with the mother and father.

Down the street, clearly, some historical past type of connects, however I, at the finish, type of begin being like the Topher, sort of coming in as a two-faced type 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 in the comics, and clearly Topher tries to get his means. However yeah,  Topher’s mother and father are usually not 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 every thing I’ve watched, however if you speak to him in individual, he’s like the sweetest man. It’s identical to, “Here, you’re completely different.”

M&C: Are there any little twists or any little issues like a teaser that you would be able to share with the followers of the present to observe for because it begins, and are you in all of the episodes or a few 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, a bit bit from the comedian.

I assume perhaps to provide it slightly bit extra longevity. I’m not too positive, however it’s fascinating the method 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 an excellent difficult child or dangerous or troubled, difficult child?

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

One among the most important the reason 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 nicely 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 then you definitely 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 then you definitely went to New Jersey if 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 really that cold out 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 onerous due to the undeniable fact 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 onerous to seek out ESL (English as a second language) at the time.

I needed to actually drive 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 pals, making an attempt to even make buddies. If I’ve to make associates it must be with the Spanish those 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: Numerous Robert De Niro!

M&C: Oh, in order that explains your Twitter header. Okay, I used to be like, “Oh, that’s an interesting 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 someone 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 a terrific job at it, so rising up, I used to observe a number of his films, particularly the previous ones and stuff.

So I used to be simply all the time telling myself, “Wow, that’s just so cool. This guy’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 large 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 realize?

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: Properly, 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 type of undergo the motions and lose it, however I’m glad that I acquired 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 by way of 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 approach 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. A bit fitness center job wasn’t going to chop it, you already know what I imply?

And if I had the health club 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, this is such a great opportunity,” 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: Nicely, 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, nevertheless it actually, really helps, and it retains me motivated, so. And I can’t anticipate 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 want to see him in a third-person kind 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