EXCLUSIVE 'The Umbrella Academy' Season 1: Aidan Gallagher, 15, on how he channels his inner 58-year-old as Number 5 aka The Boy
In an exclusive interview, Aidan Gallagher spoke to MEAWW about his role in 'The Umbrella Academy' as number 5
'The Umbrella Academy' is finally here, and with the series set to premiere February 15, we were able to catch up with one of the shows main cast members, Aidan Gallagher, who plays the time-traveling, whiskey-chugging Number 5 aka The Boy on Netflix's quirky new superhero show.
Because of Number 5's time-traveling capabilities, he leaves the family when he's 15-years old and returns back to the family 17 years later while having lived for 43 years in the future. He returns to the family, a 58-year old man in the body of a 15-year old.
Gallagher nailed the role of the 58-year-old Number 5 so effortlessly, we couldn't believe he's only 15-years old, and speaking exclusively to MEAWW, the teenager was able to brief us on just how he was able to play a grown man in a child's body.
We asked him how he was able to pull off the role with such ease, and the very articulate Gallagher, who already seems mature beyond his years, replied: "I always saw 5 as still a person, I mean, he has that maturity that you would get from several decades."
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Diving into the mind of your character can be tough, and with regards to Number 5, Gallagher said: "I tried to work on his mentality and the way he'd react to things as opposed to thinking about it as this abstract 58-year-old thing." For an actor so young, to speak so wise, makes us believe Aidan Gallagher may be hiding the fact that he's actually a time-traveler.
'The Umbrella Academy' focuses on the problems of a superhero family, and how they strive to work together to save the world, despite their petty fights and differences. Gallagher, as Number 5, travels back from the future to bring the news of the coming apocalypse to the family, and also to help solve the mystery of the death of their adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves' (played by Colm Feore) murder. His family members, who don't believe he's 58-years-old, are convinced that he's insane, and Number 5 doesn't help his case by having a romantic relationship with a mannequin, who he named Dolores.