Netflix's 'The Umbrella Academy': Klaus, the ghost-channeling drug user has become a fan-favorite and here's why
'The Umbrella Academy' has given us many quirky and strange characters through its graphic novel, but none can hold a feather to Klaus Hargreeves aka The Seance
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With less than a day to go, 'The Umbrella Academy' has provided fans with numerous teasers and trailers about the show, and all it's done is stir the pot of impatience for fans of the comic book and the show alike. 'The Umbrella Academy' revolves around the Hargreeves family, who are a family of superheroes. The family must settle their own petty squabbles before they can get on to bigger problems, namely finding their father's murderer, and stopping the oncoming apocalypse.
The family consists of 7 members, with one member of the family, Ben Hargreeves, dying early on in the series. Ben Hargreeves quite frequently appears to Klaus Hargreeves in order to help the poor lad survive his own shortcomings and addictions, and Robert Sheehan did an amazing job at playing the troubled superhero.
Gerard Way is well-known for the strange characters in his graphic novel series, and while most may fail to put together such a flamboyant story arc, Way seems to pen these characters out without breaking sweat. In an exclusive interview with MEAWW, Way spoke candidly about how he admires 'The Umbrella Academy' writer, Steve Blackman's version of the show saying, "What I like the most about Steve Blackman's interpretation is that he kept all the weird ideas. I think that was the most important thing."
The weirdness that surrounds the show and the characters is exactly what makes this show unique and entertaining, and on that note, Klaus Hargreeves aka The Seance is by far the weirdest and most entertaining character of them all. While most of the family members have something to prove, like Luther Hargreeves trying to lead the team, or Vanya Hargreeves, who's just looking to be loved, Klaus is quite content with himself and couldn't give a damn about the upcoming apocalypse.
All Klaus is really looking for is his next fix, which he believes helps him drown out the ghostly chatter, and to an extent, we do see his drug dependence getting in the way of his sixth sense. Klaus is also quite the charmer, and his effeminate ways usually have the baddies going a bit easy on him. He's basically a drug addict with a flair for melodrama, and in the opening of the Netflix series, we see him checking out of rehab. However, he takes up his old habits as soon as he checks out of the facility and steals in order to support his addictions.
Sheehan enjoyed playing the character and said in an interview with MEAWW: "It was very fun because it's always good to play dress up and stuff when it comes to things like addiction. To do it pretend as opposed to doing it for reals. It's kind of therapeutic in a sense, you know, cathartic." Sheehan also loved that his character didn't have to do any of the "boring fight stuff", and literally got paid to just sit around.
We see some pretty hazy dreams for our druggie in the series, and we just may see Klaus realize his full potential through the course of the series. 'The Umbrella Academy' will premiere February 15, exclusively on Netflix, and you can check out our exclusive interview with the cast of 'The Umbrella Academy' below.