Emmy Raver-Lampman portrays Allison, the eldest of The Umbrella Academy in Netflix’s new series The Umbrella Academy, based on the Eisner Award-winning comic books by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. Actress Emmy Raver-Lampman Talks About Playing Allison
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What drew you to the role?
I was drawn to The Gifted because it’s a show with heart. I think all of us in our cast have that deep passion for telling stories that matter, and that make people think, or give them goosebumps, or make them scared…I’m talking about you, gentlemen! I wanted to be part of something like that. My favorite thing about being an actor is telling a story and finding common ground with an audience. It’s exhilarating!
Do you have any current projects in development?
First, I would love to continue working on Jane The Virgin. As of right now, I am not aware of any other roles coming up. Who knows what will happen between now and then, though! I love to be surprised by what my future holds. At some point in my career, I’d like to film a movie in another country. That would be amazing.
When did you know you wanted to act?
Growing up, I was a dancer. I had been accepted to dance school for about six years and it was my life. When I was 15, however, my sister convinced me to try out for a play at our local high school. The play got me hooked on acting because I loved it so much. After that experience, I decided to pursue a career in acting over dance and never looked back!
Are there any particular actors that you look up to?
For me, I look up to actresses who can play so many different roles. What I love about a great actress is that she’s able to get into any character and make it real, whether she’s playing young or old, human or superhuman. It’s fascinating to watch someone transform themselves like that! My absolute favorite actress is Cate Blanchett because she never ceases to amaze me; she gets into any role and finds these new layers in every single performance—she makes everything feel believable.
If someone were looking to get into acting what would your advice be?
When I first started acting, I honestly thought it was something you either had or didn’t have. But, I’ve learned that anyone can act! You don’t need to be an actor to play a role. Being in front of a camera is incredibly intimidating and that’s why my first piece of advice would be to gain as much experience as possible. Not only does stage acting help with being comfortable in front of a camera, but every experience is an opportunity to learn.
What’s next for you?
As a long time fan of Heroes, it was so exciting for me to get to work on it. I’m really grateful for all of my fans and their support. It’s just wonderful how Heroes has impacted so many people’s lives in such a positive way over these last four years. This show has become such an important part of my life and there is no greater honor than being able to have been a part of it!