Ellen took lessons to get ‘comfortable’ with playing the violin for The Umbrella Academy (Picture: Netflix)Ellen Page took violin lessons to play Vanya in The Umbrella Academy.
Ellen’s character is an accomplished violin player, but as the actress isn’t she decided to get some practice in rather than pretend.
She praised her 16-year-old double for showing her what to do to make Vanya seem ‘comfortable’ with playing.
Ellen told USA Today: ‘She’s a 16-year-old prodigy named Imogen. It was a gift to listen to her play.
‘I definitely know the stuff that doesn’t look as good. I did my absolute best and had a wonderful, patient teacher.
‘It is so hard. So hard. Really, the goal was to just try and make me look as comfortable as humanly possible.’
The Umbrella Academy have to reunite after the death of their ‘dad’ (Picture: Netflix)The star said Vanya is ‘one of my favourite characters I’ve ever gotten to play’.
‘Her arc is interesting,’ Ellen explained.
Set in an alternate reality where John F. Kennedy wasn’t assassinated, The Umbrella Academy starts in 1989 when 43 babies are born to unconnected women who were not pregnant 24 hours earlier.
Entrepreneur The Monocle adopts seven of them, including Vanya, and prepares them for the apparent end of the world, but when he dies in mysterious circumstances, the siblings are brought back together to save the world.
It is based on the comic books by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba.
The Umbrella Academy is on Netflix now.
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