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How Karen Fukuhara Dealt with Her "Actually Difficult" Musical Scene in "The Boys"

“The Boys” would not be the head-popping collection it’s with out its many sudden twists and turns. Amid all of the explosive chaos occurring in season three, which premiered on June 3, episode 5 lastly provides viewers a small break from the present’s gore and grossness — shockingly sufficient, with a full musical second from Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) and Frenchie (Tomer Kapon).

“I felt like I used to be on a special present filming the musical quantity.”

Fukuhara tells POPSUGAR she virtually could not consider she acquired the possibility to movie such a lighthearted scene for the action-packed collection, as her Supe character is nearly at all times lined in blood (and another person’s guts). “I felt like I used to be on a special present filming the musical quantity as a result of often Kimiko is roofed in blood or mud and she or he’s barefoot and crawling across the prepare tracks and all the things,” she says. “That complete sequence was actually particular to me, not solely as a result of she acquired to smile for the primary time and dwell her dream, however there’s additionally one thing actually particular about how [showrunner] Eric Kripke had informed me that he at all times wished to place a musical quantity in one in every of his exhibits, and it has been a dream of his, so attending to be the character that does that for him was additionally such an honor.”

To organize for her “actually difficult” musical quantity, Fukuhara says she listened to “I Acquired Rhythm” (sung by Judy Garland) on repeat by the complete rehearsal course of and filming. “I used to be actually banging it into my head,” she says. “I generally went to sleep with it on, after which I might think about it whereas I’ll sleep, which sounds loopy, and it drove me insane. However as soon as we have been achieved capturing [the scene], I used to be like, ‘Alright, no extra. Thank God we do not have to hearken to that once more.’ That music was on replay for a really very long time.”

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Fukuhara’s particular scene in “The Boys” gives a pleasant change of tempo for the thrilling superhero parody, however it’s not a full distraction from this season’s important plot. Season three of “The Boys” ushers in a brand new antihero named Soldier Boy (performed by Jensen Ackles), the first-ever Supe who fashions after a raunchier model of Captain America. His origin story with Payback — the unique tremendous group — takes us again to the very starting, earlier than Vought grew to become a megacorporation, however it additionally reveals how corruption amongst the Supes has been an issue lengthy earlier than the Boys (together with Kimiko) tried to take down the group.

“The theme is: what is going to you do with the facility that you’ve got?”

“The Boys” has at all times been a few battle for energy, however Fukuhara says that this season focuses on what occurs when energy falls into the unsuitable palms. “For lots of the characters on our present, together with Homelander and Kimiko, the theme is: what is going to you do with the facility that you’ve got? Whether or not it is a superpower, the political affect that you’ve got, or simply the facility you will have over one other human being — whether or not you employ it for good or dangerous,” she notes.

“. . . in season three, you lastly get to see her battle with the violence and monster that she’s change into.

In Kimiko’s case, she by no means wished to have superpowers. As the results of a Compound V supervillain experiment, her Supe destiny was determined for her lengthy earlier than she even had a say-so. “It was form of compelled upon her, and it was by no means her alternative to make use of it for both good or dangerous,” Fukuhara says of her character’s powers. “She was simply attempting to outlive, and in season three, you lastly get to see her battle with the violence and monster that she’s change into. As soon as she loses her powers, she realizes that it is as much as her how she makes use of [them], and she or he does not must be this monster. She has to reclaim them — reclaim her powers, use them for good, and in the best way that she desires to.”

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An enormous a part of Kimiko’s musical scene is the thought of escapism, as she makes an attempt to mentally run away from what she fears most about herself. Fukuhara confirms that her character’s greatest discovery in season three shall be whether or not she truly wants her powers to outlive. Whereas she stays with out them in the meanwhile, Kimiko will determine if she’s prepared to depart her powers behind, or succumb to the violent life that was chosen for her.

New episodes of “The Boys” stream on Fridays on Prime Video.