THE UMBRELLA Academy star Robert Sheehan has admitted to avoiding 'virtue-signally' TV shows which tackle racism and homophobia 'like the plague'.
The Irish actor plays Klaus Hargreaves, aka Number Four, a flamboyant individual with the ability to communicate with the dead.
The second season of the Netflix show featuring the family of superheroes will premiere on the streaming service on July 31, and sees the characters arrive in the 1960s.
Season one saw Klaus battle with drink and drug addiction, as well as the death of his boyfriend Dave.
As excitement for the show's second outing heats up, the 32-year-old actor told Metro how the issues of racism and homophobia have been dealt with.
He said: "It’s tricky because there are shows out there that are performatively virtue signalling an agenda.
"The intelligence of [TUA] is to deal with those issues from sort of a character perspective, that doesn’t feel like the show was making a political statement."
Robert added: "It’s about the characters who are experiencing this stuff, which retrospectively is quite interesting because the actual execution of it cannot be through a political prism because I think that sort of broadcasts itself very much as virtue signalling.
"That’s the stuff that I would want to avoid like plague."
The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics.
Makers of the supernatural show have been teasing fans with set stills over the past view weeks, some just couldn't help but get distracted by Klaus and Diego's (David Castañeda) long hair.
Both characters have traded their short locks for shoulder length tresses in season two, and one fan wrote on Twitter: "They all have long hair now" alongside some crying with laughter emojis.
Another tweeted: "What's with Diego's hair?"
The Umbrella Academy series 2 airs on Netflix from July 31st.
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