The Boys on Amazon Prime Video was a collection of horrible people doing horrible things to one another. The Seven was a corrupt organization and things were made worse when a literal Nazi was added as a member. Aya Cash appeared in the second season to play Stormfront and considering everything she was involved in, it is understandable why the actress was nervous about her role.
Stormfront showed up in the first episode of The Boys season 2. Those who were not aware about the comics thought she would be an infiltrator and destroyer of The Seven. There were fans aligning themselves with them but soon that decision was made regretful when Stormfront was revealed to be a Nazi from Germany of 1940s.
A picture of her with SS soldiers was enough to reveal that she was even worse than Homelander and other “superheroes.” So, playing a white supremacist in 2020 was a big to ask of someone and when Aya Cash heard about all the things Stormfront would do, she was hesitant to say the least. But it was Eric Kripke who assured her that everything was being done with greatest of care.
Aya Cash “Felt Terrible” About Playing Stormfront in The Boys Season 2
Playing a white supremacist for a person who is so far removed from the whole despicable movement is going to be hard. But doing it in 2020 was a massive task in itself. A divided country was seeing white supremacist in major American streets, marching freely and causing mayhem while police officers murdered black people on the streets.
To say a great deal of care was needed for a character like Stormfront, would be an understatement. And when Aya Cash was made aware of everything her character would do in the series, she wanted to make sure her character does not become a role model for evil people. She got all of that reassurances from Eric Kripke and doing where her character would end up, she cautiously took the role.
“I have no problem playing deeply unlikable people or villains. But obviously this was gonna be something that needed to be handled with intelligence and was not going to be glorifying this character in a way that I disagreed with, but it would be in service to something. So after talking to Eric, I felt in very, very good hands,” Cash said during her conversation with Collider’s Ladies Night podcast.
As she was explained vaguely of where the character was going to end up, she became both excited and nervous. “I got very excited and nervous because it’s a big thing that they were trying to pull off and I hope that we did,” she said.
Talking about the volatile time she was playing Stormfront, she said, “I definitely had moments where I felt terrible that people might have been hurt by this character and seeing this character. I mean, let’s be honest, 2020 was an incredibly intense year for many, many reasons with the pandemic but also with a racial reckoning in America and I’m playing a white supremacist. So a lot of feelings were coming up.”
While Stormfront was a nuisance and irritation, she was hitting way too close to home with her troll farms and fake conspiracy theories instigation. Obviously the stories were pulled from real life and Stormfront had the desired effect on people. By the end of The Boys season 2, people could not wait to be rid of the character.
So, when she met her grizzly “end,” it was a month of agony all released in one fell swoop which was both satisfying and exactly what Stormfront deserved. Maybe the grizzly finale events were enough to make Aya Cash relatively comfortable about bringing the despicable character to life.
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