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05 September 2020 00:30

Erin Moriarty

Erin Moriarty has quite a bit to celebrate right now with the big debut of The Boys Season 2. Not only does the bold and wildly entertaining show deliver big in round two overall, but Moriarty gets the opportunity to stand out even more as Annie figures out how she's going to handle what's really going down at Vought. Collider Ladies Night is all about celebrating someone's passion, craft and success in the industry, but I also find it can be of great value to hear about the bumps in the road and what was learned from them, and Moriarty did have one that puts finding momentum in Hollywood into perspective. Moriarty's big break came courtesy of Jordan Vogt-Roberts' feature debut, The Kings of Summer, which hit big at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. While that film's success did open doors for Moriarty, that didn't necessarily mean guaranteed consistent work from that point on: I worked on that movie and it felt like everything was gonna change, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

It's just a testament to the fact that you never know what's gonna happen because I then got more selective in projects that I was choosing and so, it was Kings of Summer euphoria and a burst in interest, and then I didn't work for like a year or a year and a half." While that certainly does sound like a big disappointment, Moriarty did have an inspiringly positive spin on the situation that's helped her move forward: From here on out, it's gonna be smooth sailing,' and I thought I've made it to the point where I'll at least be able to rely on the prospect of just consistently working. Part of it was because I became more selective, but part of it is, you know, it's an industry where you can audition and audition and audition and they're just projects and roles you're not meant to be in. As uncertain as a career in this industry may be, Moriarty is grateful for the lasting impression this period made as a very educational experience that now makes her even more grateful for her consistent work. Moriarty had a whole lot more to share about her journey to The Boys in this edition of Collider Ladies Night including getting her start in musical theater, who taught her the most about being #1 on the call sheet, what it was like satirizing Hollywood in The Boys, and so much more. You can hear about it all in the full video interview at the top of this article or, if you prefer, we've also got the podcast version for you below.

The first three episodes of The Boys Season 2 are now available on Amazon Prime Video with new episodes dropping each Friday following, culminating with the season finale on October 9th. Amazon Prime's The Boys is a breakout hit along with its stellar ensemble cast. One of those rising stars is Erin Moriarty, playing Annie January aka Starlight. Moriarty has had a handful of roles, but The Boys is definitely the one that puts her on the map. Who is Erin Moriarty?

Erin Moriarty | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images According to The Netline, Moriarty grew up in New York City and deferred enrollment in college to pursue an acting career in LA. With limited acting experience, Moriarty landed her first major role in the soap opera One Life to Live. From there, she consistently picked up roles until she found her big break with The Boys. RELATED: 'The Boys' Season 2: How Will Billy Butcher Deal With Becca and Homelander's Supe Son? With superhero movies all the rage, Amazon Prime flipped that concept on its head and released a series that's gritty and funny. Almost anti-superhero or at least a parody of it, The Boys has become the streaming giants highest-rated series according to Forbes. Often focusing on celebrity worship and how power corrupts, the show is about superheroes, nicknamed The Seven, abusing their privileges. A team called The Boys tries to reign them in and keep them in check. Moriarty plays the newest member of The Seven, Starlight, and struggles to fit in with the tight group. In an interview with CNET, she said she wanted to portray Starlight because she's relatable. She said: "Because even though she is a superhero, and she can blast lightning out of her hands, all the issues she's dealing with are very human. A lot of young women go through what she's going through in some way or another." Season two premieres on September 4th, with the first three episodes coming out that day. Each Friday after will include an hour-long episode until its finale, set for October 9th. But don't despair — the series has been picked up for a third season. Jensen Ackles, star of the long-running series Supernatural, is set to join the cast in the future. Reuniting with Supernatural series creator Eric Kripke, he joked in a press release, "When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment." Moriarty told CBR.com, "That's where some really interesting storylines come in, like collaborating with characters and doing team-ups that you would never anticipate and exploring dynamics between her and Hughie." Sounds like Starlight and Hughie will have to work through some heavy feelings during season two. With her career skyrocketing, it's only natural that people are curious about Moriarty's dating life. But you'll be hard-pressed to find a lot of personal information about the actress. Her Instagram account does feature pictures with Jacob Artist, an actor, and dancer, who she was rumored to be dating back in 2013. Those rumors were never confirmed, and she's considered to be currently single. Sounds like we'll just have to wait and see who this starlet has her eye on next or if she'll keep things tight-lipped. It seems like she's much too busy focusing on her career to be looking for a relationship. With a popular series that's returning for another season, she'll have her share of big roles to tend with in the future. Expect to hear about her for a long time to come. The Boys Season 2 is back in action and we were not expecting this team-up The Boys Season 2 is back and the relationships between the members of The Seven are… complicated, at best. Earlier this summer, the cast reunited virtually with showrunner Eric Kripke to talk about where their characters are headed in the new episodes, tease upcoming story arcs, and give us some insight as to where we'll find each character in the first few episodes. Lots of teases were shared (along with a wild sneak peak), but to our surprise, one very unexpected character team-up was revealed. Erin Moriarty revealed that Starlight will be forced to explore the range of her powers in The Boys Season 2. She's still set on being the best superhero in the world, but there's a dark element and a major shift into how she plans to achieve her goals. Moriarty also teased that fans should be prepared to see team-ups that they never expected to see between characters. Not only will she have to collaborate with Butcher, but she'll have a head-turning team-up with A-Train — and the cast has confirmed that it's pretty toxic at the start. Jessie Usher confirmed that A-Train won't be in great shape when we meet up with him in The Boys Season 2, especially because of his heart attack and abuse of Compound V. "A-Train has so many things that he's literally been running from for so long, now he's in a place where he has to stop, turn and face these things, and it's tearing him apart." A-Train is going to do whatever needs to be done in order to keep his life and image he has from being part of The Seven. Usher also teased that we're going to get a glimpse into A-Train's past and learn why he's so committed to being the world's top speedster, and how it's the fear of losing that title that fuels all of his actions and decisions. Starlight and A-Train's unexpected supe team-up on The Boys Season 2 When asked about this new dynamic between Starlight and A-Train, Moriarty was quick to tease that there are some problematic actions. "It's not a positive [dynamic] certainly, at least not at the beginning." Moriarty said. Starlight will be stepping out of her comfort zone to connect with A-Train and admits that it's a pretty toxic relationship at the start, but she sees the goal at the end of the line and knows they need to band together. Usher's comments were a little bit more cryptic when it came to talking about their dynamic together, but he did give us a few clues about what we can expect. "A-Train has no idea what Starlight's capable of, and Starlight just doesn't know what A-Train knows," Usher said. "So there's a lot of confusion there. There's a lot of figuring out." Because of his loss of his physical strength, A-Train is going to need to rely on other ways to gain power and get what he wants, and we're excited to see what that means for this team-up. The Boys Season 2 premieres Friday, Sept. 4 on Amazon Prime Video. What are your biggest predictions for this season?