The Umbrella Academy’s David Castañeda has opened up on the coronavirus pandemic, and how he was afraid to wear a mask after having a run-in with the police.
The actor recently reunited with his co-stars Tom Hopper and Robert Sheehan, who have teamed up with producer Byron Knight for their very own podcast The Earth Locker.
And when appearing on the show, the Diego star opened up on his Mexican background and how he felt a sense of hostility linked to his race when growing up in Los Angeles.
Tom, who plays Luther in the superhero series, started the discussion by reflecting on a conversation he’d previously had with the black actor Noel Clarke.
He said: ‘We had Noel Clarke on and he’s a black actor over here, and he was talking about day to day going out, he was like, “I’ve got to think about what I’m wearing. Am I going to attract a cop to come over and pull me over?”’
David related and immediately turned his attention to when it was first announced the public had to wear masks, to help stall the spread of Covid-19.
He noted: ‘Back when I was in LA, they were talking about wearing masks, and my first thought was, “I don’t feel safe enough to wear a mask in public,” because immediately I feel like people are looking at me to do something that is not legal.
‘They’d think, “Why are you covering your face?” eventually it does wear down. But I think it is a big thing.’
Rob then asked: ‘You grew up in LA but because of your Mexican handsomeness, you felt that in LA?’
And the 30-year-old quipped back ‘100%’ as he recalled the time he was handcuffed by police right outside of his parent’s home.
‘I remember one time I was at my parents and I was outside with my cousins – I was just outside – and a cop pulled up and put me in the back of the car,’ he explained. ‘He was asking me, “Where do you live?” and I was like “I live right here, outside the front.”
‘And he went, “Do you have some ID?” And I was like “I don’t.” And he was like, “Why don’t you have ID?” And I was like, “Because I live right here.”’
He went on: ‘I’m talking no four feet away from the gate and I was in the back of the car wearing handcuffs.
‘I was 19. I was in handcuffs in the back of the car, and it’s quite an experience.’
The Umbrella Academy is available to stream on Netflix.
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