Umbrella Academy's Ritu Arya opens up on Lila's huge Season 2 twist
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Umbrella Academy’s Ritu Arya opens up on Lila’s huge Season 2 twist

Published: 19/Aug/2020 12:22 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:15

by David Purcell


Twists and turns are a big part of The Umbrella Academy Season 2 rollercoaster, and nobody knows that better than breakout star Ritu Arya – who experienced some big ones this time, playing Lila. 

Lila Pitts is one of the newest characters in Netflix’s uber-popular TV series, playing the part of The Handler’s daughter. Working closely with The Commission to get closer to Five throughout the latest set of episodes, she falls into her fair share of magical traps and set many of her own, too.

One of the biggest parts of that Five mission, though, is her romance with his brother Diego. At first, it was all a plan, but things soon developed from there in Dallas, Texas.

During an interview with UPROXX, Arya shared her thoughts on the Diego relationship, and about the way the season ended.

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Diego and Lila in UA
Lila and Diego grew closer in Season 2, but at first it was all planned.

The first thing we get to know about Lila is that she’s banged up in a hospital with Diego, both being accused of suffering with mental health problems. Soon enough, though, we find out that she’s not like the other patients on the ward. In fact, she had her eyes set on Diego.

That seemed like a romantic thing at first, until we’re introduced to her mother. The Handler soon lays waste to the Commission’s entire board of directors and takes top spot in the company, tasking her daughter with bringing her Five.

“At first, it’s just all part of a mission. She’s having to lie to him and gain his trust,” she said, speaking about Lila’s dynamic with Diego. “In doing so, she starts falling for him, and I think she’s in denial about that until quite some time until she’s finally open about it.

“By then, it’s tricky because her mum is on this power trip, and she’s losing trust with that, and Diego leaves the commission after she thinks that they’re now going to be together again. So, it’s a bit of a roller coaster, to be honest.”

The Handler
The Handler seriously stepped up her game in Umbrella Academy’s newest season.

The Handler is one of the most interesting characters in the series, no doubt. Mysterious. Ruthless. You name it.

One cutscene even showed that she’d set Five the task of killing Lila’s parents when she was a baby, but that’s not what Lila was led to believe. This mystery runs right through the season. But right when Lila’s copycat powers are revealed, a target goes on her head and is betrayed by the Handler.

So, did she see that coming? After all, the character did seem to be a step ahead of everyone else.

Arya said: “No, she doesn’t expect it. She knows that her mum’s very different from other mums, and she knows that she’s been raised with tough love. I think she has always wanted to break through that, but not quite known how. But I don’t think she’s been too aware of her mum’s higher ambitions. That’s not what’s on her mind so much. It’s only when she starts seeing it towards the end of the series that it becomes a worry.

“I think she’s p**sed off at her mum when she says she chose Five to take down the commission board because she wants to be known as the best at what she does. There’s a love and hate thing, because there’s always respect for someone that is really good at what they do, and it’s also fun because no one can really match her. He’s a tricky one.”

With Season 2 behind her now, many fans will be wondering what’s next for the character. After all, we know now that she’s not just some other person, she’s got powers!

After being asked where she was jetting off to next with the briefcase, she simply said: “That’s a secret. She could be anywhere. She could be in any time, any place, it’s all very exciting.”

We’ll have to wait and see.

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Kate Mara reveals why she never returned to American Horror Story

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:18

by Daniel Megarry


Kate Mara has opened up about the reason she never returned to American Horror Story, and she thinks it has something to do with the character she played.

When the first season of Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series American Horror Story debuted back in 2010, it featured cast members that would go on to become synonymous with the franchise — stars like Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Jessica Lange.

But one big name who never made a comeback was Kate Mara. In the first season, dubbed Murder House by fans, she played Hayden McClaine, the 22-year-old student and mistress of Ben Harmon who ended up meeting a grisly end when she threatened to expose their affair.

Hayden in American Horror Story
Kate Mara only appeared in one season of American Horror Story

Mara’s had starring roles in Fox thriller 24, Netflix’s House of Cards, and the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, so her star power certainly isn’t up for debate. Why then, hasn’t she ever returned to American Horror Story?

Kate Mara says fans “hate” her AHS character

Well, in a new interview with Collider, Mara revealed that it’s been radio silence since Murder House; she’s never been asked to come back, and she thinks it has something to do with the poor reputation of Hayden among fans of the show.

“No one invited me, I don’t know, I wasn’t invited back,” she said when asked why she hasn’t revisited the show since the first season.

“I don’t think people loved my character very much on that show, [but] I loved playing her. Who doesn’t want to play a sex-crazed ghost? But most people hate me on that show… which I take as a compliment.”

Kate Mara in American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story fans were left divided over Kate Mara’s character Hayden

Fans are torn over Mara’s absence from the show, with one tweeting, “Bring her back Ryan [Murphy] I swear to God,” and another confessing, “I feel bad about it, but she played the part so well I can’t even look at her without getting p*ssed off.”

In a show where the villains are often remembered as the most iconic characters, it’s surprising Mara hasn’t been asked back. Hopefully that will happen soon, especially as Mara has popped up on other Ryan Murphy shows including Pose and Nip/Tuck.

Filming is currently underway on the next season of the show, and it’s expected to arrive in 2021. We’ve rounded up everything we know about Season 10 of American Horror Story, including cast members and potential themes.