Part 2 of the Netflix original superhero series Umbrella Academy bring the Hargreeves kids of Texas – during the early 1960s – again, against an impending apocalypse. While most of the actors boast familiar faces, a few new characters have joined the soiree. Lila is one of the notable additions, made by Ritu Arya ( Notice Red, Feel Good, Human).
David Castañeda (Diego) and Aidan Gallagher (No. 5) sat down to talk about season 2 of Umbrella Academy. During their conversation about high-octane film, dark and unpredictable comics, Castañeda asked Gallagher about Lila. They discussed the character’s goals in season 2 and the possible value for the show̵7;s future.
[Spoiler warning for season 2 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’]
Who is Lila in ‘The Umbrella Academy?’
Lila is the daughter of The Handler in Umbrella Academy. However, as the season progressed, it became apparent that Lila was her mother’s pawn. Lila is not an emotional human being, but a means to an end to The Handler. She’s a way for The Handler to make sure that her picture for the future comes true, as Lila is just as gifted as the Hargreeves kids (if not more).
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At the end of the season, Lila’s powers manifest themselves, as she can mimic the abilities of all of Hargreeves’ other kids. In other words, it looks like 43 other especially special babies born in October 1989 will take the lead as the film progresses. Lila intended to be one of them. And, considering her strained relationship with Diego, it’s likely their romance will be tested as well.
David Castañeda and Aidan Gallagher talking to Lila and ‘The Umbrella Academy’
During a live discussion for MTV News, Castañeda asked Gallagher, “What do you think is the significance of Lila’s presence in season two? Does it raise the question of a bigger picture? Gallagher replied:
I can say that it was definitely an extension of Umbrella Academy. We seem like a very close family. I mean, the academy itself is a great metaphor for that: It is this enclosed inner space where most of our lives take place. But, to the outside world, just every day, they don’t realize that we are trying to stop this apocalypse. So it’s a very self-contained story.
And, Lila represents another aspect of this ability, of the other members of what might be the Umbrella Academy. She is one of 43 superheroes born that day. So she has a metaphorical meaning.
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Aidan Gallagher explains that Lila represents “the other” – the outside world is largely not in Umbrella Academy. She served to illuminate what might have been possible, as were many other talented kids born on that fateful October. They are roaming and perhaps they are also living witness-worthy lives.