Erin Moriarty -- who plays Annie January/Starlight on Amazon Prime's satirical superhero series The Boys -- recently spoke to how the #MeToo movement, as well as her own personal experiences, informed her portrayal.
In the series, Starlight is the newest member of the Seven, a corrupt superhero team in a world where costumed heroes are treated like celebrities and socialites. In the television series -- like the comic book it is based on -- the character finds herself forced to deal with sexual harassment.
"One of the ways I tap access into a role is drawing from personal experience," Moriarty told CNET. "I find that when I can take certain aspects of myself as Erin and connect them with a character like Annie, it makes me sort of ground in the moment more in each scene and connects the character more.
"I drew from my own experience and then I drew from the experience of others," she continued. "It helped me a lot that this Me Too movement had just become at the forefront of our industry, and that women were telling their stories about what they went through. It was a combination of my personal experience and some research that was able to make me feel like I could inhabit her more and the issues she was going through."
The Boys stars Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as the Female, Erin Moriarty as Annie January, Chace Crawford as the Deep, Antony Starr as Homelander and Simon Pegg as Hughie's dad. A Season 2 premiere date has not yet been announced.