‘The Umbrella Academy’ Star David Castañeda Talks About THAT Scene in Season 3

After a two-year hiatus, The Umbrella Academy Season 3, starring David Castañeda, hit Netflix on June 22, 2022. Based on the comic book series of the same name, the series features a family of dysfunctional superheroes constantly tasked with saving the world. In season 3, showrunner Steve Blackman took the lovable weirdness of the show’s storylines and incorporated it into one bizarre but hilarious scene in episode 1. Castañeda, who plays Diego in the series, stopped by Showbiz Cheat Sheet to chat about the moment everyone is talking about in season 3.

[WARNING: This article contains detailed plot spoilers regarding The Umbrella Academy Season 3.]

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 3 star David Castañeda at the series' season 3 premiere wearing a pink shirt.
‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3 star David Castañeda | Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3 continues to incorporate pop music into tense scenes

The soundtrack for The Umbrella Academy is partially what makes the show such a standout in a world of superheroes on every channel. In The Umbrella Academy Season 1, the Hargreeves siblings treated fans to a scene featuring the siblings dancing in their separate rooms to Tiffany’s 1987 hit, “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Season 2 shows Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) fight off the Swedes to the tune of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by the Backstreet Boys. 

In The Umbrella Academy Season 3, not only do fans get some stellar song choices, but we see the Umbrella Academy and the Sparrow Academy in a dance-off. The scene takes viewers entirely off guard, and we watch as the two groups reenact the famous dance scene at the end of Kevin Bacon’s 1984 hit, Footloose. When we asked Castañeda to give us the scoop on how that scene went down, he happily obliged.

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Steve Blackman told everyone that there would be a ‘big dance’ in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3

“I know Steve [Blackman] was like, ‘There’s going to be a big dance. The beginning is a big, big dance. So you better be ready. You gotta be ready. You need to be ready.’ We did a lot of rehearsals, a lot of Zoom rehearsals. Then after quarantine, we met together. We did about, in total, around five weeks of rehearsal to get it to the point of being in sync and learning all these moves,” Castañeda told us.

Castañeda compares the moment in The Umbrella Academy Season 1, “It was kind of like going back to the roots of like the Tiffany song. It became something bigger because obviously, Tiffany was like their own private moments. You know, no one’s supposed to be watching them and now they’re dancing against these foes.”

The ‘Footloose’ dance in season 3 is almost an exact replica of the original scene

Fans of the original Footloose will be happy to learn that the dance Castañeda and the rest of The Umbrella Academy cast performs is almost identical to the dance seen in the movie. 

Castañeda told us, “John, who was the choreographer, he really wanted to kind of immerse our best strengths. It was kind of to the point in terms of those steps, especially that end sequence where we’re going in this V heading toward the camera, right before Diego realizes this is all an illusion? That was step to step of the Footloose thing, and some of those moves in the beginning also. But, John really kind of brought in his own flavor. It kind of allowed us to feel comfortable enough to get what it was. He was really patient with us.” 

The big dance scene occurs early in The Umbrella Academy Season 3. However, there’s more than enough mystery in the storyline to keep fans watching. Season 3 is currently streaming on Netflix.

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