[Interview] Chace Crawford & Jessie T. Usher for THE BOYS
THE BOYS l Courtesy of Amazon Studios
Recently, in preparation for this week’s premiere of THE BOYS Season 2, Nightmarish Conjurings’ Shannon McGrew had the chance to attend a roundtable interview where she spoke with actors Chace Crawford (“The Deep”) and Jessie T. Usher (“A-Train”).

Official synopsis: The even more intense, more insane Season 2 finds The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought. In hiding, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher (Karl Urban) nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) must navigate her place in The Seven as Homelander (Antony Starr) sets his sights on taking complete control. His power is threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social-media-savvy new Supe, who has an agenda of her own. On top of that, the Supervillain threat takes center stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalize on the nation’s paranoia.

At the end of Season 1, our Supes, The Deep and A-Train, weren’t doing so hot. The Deep had been relegated to the middle of nowhere after Starlight outed him for sexual assault. However, by the end of the season, he had officially gone off the “deep end” (yes, I laughed while writing that) after seeing a lobster burned alive. As for A-Train, things are a little worse after a showdown between him, Starlight, and Hughie results in A-Train going into cardiac arrest, due to his addiction to Compound V.

Jessica Hecht and Chace Crawford in THE BOYS | Panagiotis Pantazidis/Amazon Studios

So where do we find The Deep In Season 2? Besides trying to get back in with The Seven, he’s also found a connection with a mysterious organization called the Church of Collective. “The Deep is at that point in his life, in this dark time…he’s drinking his lava flows and he can’t get out of the emotional tailspin/spiral that he’s in” explained Crawford. “I think anyone that comes along with any sort of philosophy to reach out a hand… he’s very vulnerable to adopting that.”

Though we don’t know what type of activity the Church of Collective subscribes too it doesn’t seem to matter to The Deep, who just wants to be accepted. “He’s willing to listen to anyone’s advice or opinion on what to do,” explained Crawford. “He maybe isn’t aware of it, but to serve his purpose of getting back into The Seven, they went with the Church of Collective and all the themes, which are really funny and weird and sort of sad. Without giving away too much, by the end of it, it’s definitely an interesting arc and journey on who he tries to bring along with him.”

As for A-Train, he’s found himself in quite the predicament after what transpired at the end of Season 1. When talking about his character, Usher explained: “One thing for sure that we know is A-Train’s status in The Seven is built on his physical abilities. He’s made it very clear if he’s not the fastest he’s replaceable. If he’s not the best at what he does then who’s going to want him? No one wants the second-fastest man in The Seven, is an actual quote from him.”

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Jessie T. Usher in THE BOYS | Courtesy of Amazon Studios

With all the health problems that A-Train has experienced due to his Compound V addiction, what does that mean for the fastest man on the team? “You can only imagine hitting rock bottom, the place where he’s at, where now his physical abilities are limited. He can’t just dose up on Compound V in order to turn himself into… he’s already a superhero but he can’t turn himself into a [god] just from dosing up on Compound V without seeing immediate repercussions for that,” explained Usher. “Now it’s a matter of am I able to maintain the status that I’ve reached without Compound V?”

However, the Church of the Collective and Compound V isn’t the only dilemma that The Deep and A-Line find themselves in. “[T]here’s also the dynamic of Vought – there’s a lot that you’re gonna learn about Vought in Season 2 and what they know and what they’re aware of and what they control and how that applies to A-Train,” explained Usher. “There are things that we know about Homelander (Antony Starr) that you may have forgotten that you’ll be reminded of in Season 2 and how those things apply to A-Train and his physical abilities and his status in this world and in The Seven.”

Luckily we don’t have to wait too long to see what type of antics both The Deep and A-Train get themselves in. Make sure to tune into THE BOYS Season 2 when it premieres on Amazon Prime Video September 4, 2020. For more on the series, check out our review here.

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