EXCLUSIVE | 'Stargirl' actor Trae Romano on bringing comic relief to the show as Courtney's younger brother
'Stargirl' has been billed as a show that's all about family and Courtney Whitmore's (Brec Bassinger) family has just expanded. Where her comic book counterpart had just a new stepfather to deal with, the show introduces Trae Romano as Mike Dugan, Pat Dugan's (Luke Wilson) son and Courtney's stepbrother. In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Romano talks about his character and what Mike brings to the show.
How were you introduced to the character?
I was first introduced to Mike when I received my audition. I immediately liked him. He’s kind of a smart aleck which some might say about me. Before the first day of filming, I met with Geoff (Johns) and he explained more about Mike and how he saw him. He told me during our meeting that I hit the nail on the head with Mike Dugan.
What can you tell us about him?
Mike is a typical eighth-grader, trying to find his way, obsessed with video games and junk food. He tries to cover his sensitive side with humor and quick comebacks.
In the comics, Courtney Whitmore never had a brother. What do you feel your character adds to the show?
Mike adds comic relief in scenes that are otherwise serious. He tries to lighten the mood with subtle insults towards his older sister, but Mike does have a softer side that begins to develop in the season.
What is Mike Dugan's relationship with his father like? How is he adjusting to the new family he finds himself in?
Mike and Pat have been on their own for a long time. They have a very strong bond. It’s always just been the two of them, so having to share him now with a new wife and stepdaughter is difficult and sometimes upsetting to him.
What does Mike think of superheroes? Does he look up to them? Does he have any favorites?
I think he does, I mean, who doesn't? If he had a favorite superhero it would probably be Shazam or someone along those lines. Someone who doesn’t fit the typical definition of a superhero.
What can you tell us about what we can expect from 'Stargirl’?
You can expect a wide variety of drama, comedy, action and everything in between. The way it’s filmed and color graded is more like a movie than a series which really makes 'Stargirl' stand out.
Were there any memorable moments for you on set? Were you ever involved in any of the action scenes?
One memorable moment was after I had an emotional scene. Geoff asked me to watch the replay and told me he was very happy with what I did and proud that I could get to that place. Some other memorable moments can’t be revealed – you’ll have to watch and find out.
What makes 'Stargirl' different from all the other superhero shows out there?
I think the biggest difference between 'Stargirl' and other superhero shows is that it appeals not only to superhero fans but to everyone because it balances the family storyline and the superhero storyline perfectly. Moms and dads will want to tune in as much as their kids because they can relate to the actors (Luke and Amy) and the typical home life that is played out in each episode. Two kids in school, mom and dad working, family dinners, sibling drama, even a family dog.
Are there any other projects you're working on that you'd like to talk about?
Yes! I also filmed 'Robbie' with Rory Scovel and Beau Bridges for Comedy Central. It's available to binge on Comedy Central’s YouTube channel right now. It was surreal to be able to work with such incredible talent.
'Stargirl' releases on May 18 on DC Universe.