Antony Starr is the recipient of the 2020 Golden Graduation Award in the Television Actor of the Year category. To celebrate his win, we sat down with the actor to discuss all the members of The Boys, including details about the upcoming third season and the future of the series. Here, the actor says he thinks the show has a few more seasons ahead of it.
I hope we don’t stay too long and that we come out at the right time, when we are in a good position. I think everyone is smart enough, those in charge are smart enough to make this decision, the actor said.
He adds that we still have a few seasons to go. I think we have a great cast of characters and a really interesting premise, and I think, as you said, we can really do anything with that. I think it’s a pretty healthy show, and I think there’s a good life for it.
Keep scrolling to see our entire conversation with Starr.
The year 2021 got off to a strange start. President Barack Obama talked about his favorite TV shows of the past year, and here The Boys made the list.
How the hell do you respond to that?
That’s the question, isn’t it? How do you respond to that? It’s so funny. It’s one of those surreal moments where…. It seems, you see, I can’t even describe it, I’m just babbling. You see, it’s amazing, just the thought of him seeing me…. Well, not me, but my character, my ass and me performing an indecent act on a rooftop in New York City overlooking the city is very strange.
If it’s the only way to get to him, I’ll take it. But no, it’s great. I mean, every year these lists come out and they’re pretty closely tied to what’s going on, where people are and what pop culture is putting forward. More than anything, it’s a good tribute to the show and everyone’s hard work.
As for the bad guys, it’s pretty easy to compare Homelander to Joffrey in Game of Thrones. You watch the show and Homelander is the character everyone loves to hate, right? It’s just this creepy character.
When you get the role and read the script, what is the first thought that comes to mind when you see how disgusting this so-called Superman is?
The funny thing is, I didn’t know the material, I didn’t know the source, I didn’t know the graphic novels. They were pretty secretive about the equipment, so I only got the first script. I’m in two scenes from that episode. So there wasn’t much to do except shoot down the plane with a laser, and that continues in the second episode.
After looking at the comics and the basic material, it was clear to me where the journey was going. But because it’s really a slightly different animal than a comic book, it’s stripped down in a way, I think it has the spirit and essence of comics, and the essence of characters and structure. But we had to tame him a bit, so it was hard to see where he would go.
But a great team started to gather around him, and one day I talked to Eric Kripke, and we talked about his ideas for the character and for the show. It was a pretty simple decision. It wasn’t hard to get on board with Seth, Evan and Eric, take a blue or a white pill, whatever it was, and see how deep the rabbit hole was.
You know what? I’m very happy. I think the show keeps getting better and better and it really is one of the most enjoyable series I’ve ever been a part of. So I feel very lucky.
If you talk to Antony Starr, he’s a long way from home. He’s not nearly as big an asshole as Homelander. How did you get into this role? Who or what do you watch to prepare for what will happen on set?
First: Thank you. It’s funny, you were talking about young Joffrey. Because we’ve been locked in Los Angeles for so long and COVID has made everything worse, I’ve completely rethought Game of Thrones. I forgot I didn’t realize how good this guy is. How good Joffrey really is.
The only thing I would say about the big difference is that you try to save Homelander, but you don’t really like Joffrey. There is no lack of humanity or wit or anything like that. You never feel anything for him, whereas, just in comparison, I think Homelander is mean and despicable, but I think it’s because of the clever writing in the first season and some of the fun choices we made in the second season. There are times when you see more than one psychopath, you know?
That makes him the man you love to hate, but there are times…. there are times when you have feelings for him and you realize: Oh, he’s trying to help his son and stuff like that. It’s a little hard to shape because I know Eric likes the idea too and he relies a lot on the way he wrote the Trump character. But the irony is that if you do it strictly like Donald Trump, he’s a little thin. It’s kind of a two-dimensional thing.
So I always take that with a pinch of salt and then I try to give the character a little more depth, honestly, because he has to be his own entity. It can’t be that he’s trying to copy someone else. Must be a real guy with real problems. I mean, he’s got a lot of problems, but yeah, I get it. …. But to get to the question, I’m not approaching it with a specific method or plan because each situation may require a different approach. And I think it also keeps the material fresh, because you don’t want to get too hung up on formulas.
Season 3 Plans
Some of the people on the show have already gone north to start quarantine before starting the show. When are you going?
We don’t have a specific date yet, but in the not too distant future, in about a month. I think because of COVID and the fact that we’re shooting in the winter, which is going to be a little difficult, it limits us to the interiors. So it’s a very staggered entry of actors into this season’s filming schedule.
I’ll be right there. Honestly, I’m only going to get into the details, but there are a lot of new rules. It’s a whole new world with COVID where we have a lot of new rules to follow, very soon. It will never be fast enough.
You said it was very mysterious at first. When you did the show, was it casual? Have you read the scripts for the third season?
Yeah, I think once you get on board and they know who they have and what they want, then it gets easier. I think they didn’t want to mess with the scenarios at first, but after you were on the team, they were really open to the material. It’s great because we have a very good exchange of ideas with Eric and we really work together and hopefully create something very special.
I think I read the first four or five seasons three. It’s very nice, I must say. It’s very nice. It’s weird because we’re so preoccupied with what we’re going to do and what we’re going to do with these episodes, and we have very little control over that, especially in the beginning.
Future of the series and spin-off
Third season, it’s kind of a goal. You look at other streaming platforms, and even in the golden age of television, you have to get over the hump of the two seasons, and you look pretty good. The Boys are now a franchise, and there’s even a spin-off going on.
As an actor, how much do you think Anthony Starr looks like boys? Do you think this is still a long-term issue? Do you take things season by season, or how do you do it?
Yeah, I’m gonna take it season by season. The length of the series should be dictated by the strength of the story, the qualities of the story they can find. I think it’s inevitable, if you put your ear to the ground, that you can feel when the train is coming and you need to get off the track.
I hope we don’t stay too long and that we come out at the right time, when we are in a good position. I think everyone is observant enough to make that decision. That said, I think we have some good seasons ahead of us. I think we have a great cast of characters and a really interesting premise, and I think, as you said, we can really do anything with that. I think it’s a pretty healthy show, and I think there’s a good life for it.
Are you involved in the formatting process?
If you can believe it, it’s the best kept secret. It’s a riddle wrapped in a mystery. I didn’t hear anything about that. You’re very good at keeping secrets, so your guess is as good as mine.
Other Inspirations from Cape Town
When it comes to superhero movies, it’s all about the city, billions of dollars in franchises and everything. Even then, most franchises end. After all, we just saw Iron Man get killed.
Do you still have superhero aspirations after the boys are gone? I mean, have you ever been a comic book reader and said Dude, I’m going to Hollywood to play this and that. Do you still want to wear the cape after Homelander?
You know what? I think I’ve gained a new insight into taxing superhero clothing, so it should be the right role for the right people. I’ve definitely been following the movies and comic book series because they’ve been a big hit in pop culture for the past decade. So, of course, I follow all these movies and I watch them, I’m a fan, but it’s not something I beg and steal.
It was just something that, if the opportunity presents itself, is great, but if it’s a fun and interesting role and character, then yeah, that’s cool. I’ll take it. I treat him like anything. It’s about the people, the material and the character. And if it all sounds fun and interesting and you can turn it into something creative and fresh, that’s great.
The first two seasons of The Boys are now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.