(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Season 1 finale of “The Umbrella Academy”)
If you have questions after watching the first season of Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” we can tell you that we don’t have any answers. And neither does David Castañeda, who starred as Diego on the streamer’s adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s graphic novels about a dysfunctional family of superheroes.
The ending to the Season 1 finale sees the Umbrella Academy, after failing to stop Vanya (Ellen Page) and avert the apocalypse, decide to let Five (Aidan Gallagher) take them all back in time to try and prevent it entirely. And in doing so, Vanya, Five, Diego, Luther (Tom Hopper), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan) and even Ben (Justin H. Min) all de-age down to their pre-teen selves. Huh?
Yeah, Castañeda doesn’t know what’s going on there either.
“You know what, I’m as lost as you guys are at that moment,” the Netflix series’ star told TheWrap in the interview above. “Because, obviously, when we were shooting the last episode [showrunner] Steve Blackman didn’t even give us the last page of what was gonna happen until pretty much the day we shot it. So even till now, he doesn’t reply to any of my messages that I’ve been trying to ask him what’s going on. He doesn’t want to talk to me right now (laughs). So who knows.”
Castañeda also told us he did his own stunts when taking on Diego’s knife throwing skills and wore real knives on set, practicing with rubber knives in a warehouse alongside a stunt coordinator before the show started.
“And when I was home I would practice with a dull knife and just be practicing with it, because eventually I wanted to feel — obviously I wanted to wear the real knives on set and when I would take one out I wanted to feel that I would make everyone feel safe, because they were real and they could puncture lungs,” he said.
Good thing he was trained because there was one scene in Episode 5 where Luther grabs Diego and Hopper actually “punctured” himself when he had to grab his co-star around his chest and grazed the knives. Don’t worry, Castenada says he’s OK!
The Netflix star also gave us his true ranking for Diego a.k.a. the Umbrella Academy’s No. 2 (spoiler alert: it isn’t great, but he has his reasons) among the team and breaks down his role in the siblings’ simultaneous dance sequence to Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now.”
Watch the full interview above.
“The Umbrella Academy” Season 1 is streaming now on Netflix.