How Karen Fukuhara Handled Her "Really Challenging" Musical Scene in "The Boys"

How Karen Fukuhara Handled Her "Really Challenging" Musical Scene in "The Boys"

“The Boys” wouldn’t be the head-popping series it is without its many unexpected twists and turns. Amid all the explosive chaos happening in season three, which premiered on June 3, episode five finally gives viewers a small break from the show’s gore and grossness — shockingly enough, with a full musical moment from Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) and Frenchie (Tomer Kapon).

Fukuhara tells POPSUGAR she almost couldn’t believe she got the chance to film such a lighthearted scene for the action-packed series, as her Supe character is almost always covered in blood (and someone else’s guts). “I felt like I was on a different show filming the musical number because usually Kimiko is covered in blood or mud and she’s barefoot and crawling around the train tracks and everything,” she says. “That whole sequence was really special to me, not only because she got to smile for the first time and live her dream, but there’s also something really special about how [showrunner] Eric Kripke had told me that he always wanted to put a musical number in one of his shows, and it’s been a dream of his, so getting to be the character that does that for him was also such an honor.”

To prepare for her “really challenging” musical number, Fukuhara says she listened to “I Got Rhythm” (sung by Judy Garland) on repeat through the entire rehearsal process and filming. “I was literally banging it into my head,” she says. “I sometimes went to sleep with it on, and then I’d imagine it while I’m going to sleep, which sounds crazy, and it drove me insane. But once we were done shooting [the scene], I was like, ‘Alright, no more. Thank God we don’t have to listen to that again.’ That song was on replay for a very long time.”

Fukuhara’s special scene in “The Boys” offers a nice change of pace for the thrilling superhero parody, but it’s not a full distraction from this season’s main plot. Season three of “The Boys” ushers in a new antihero named Soldier Boy (played by Jensen Ackles), the first-ever Supe who models after a raunchier version of Captain America. His origin story with Payback — the original super team — takes us back to the very beginning, before Vought became a megacorporation, but it also reveals how corruption amongst the Supes has been a problem long before the Boys (including Kimiko) tried to take down the organization.

“The Boys” has always been about a fight for power, but Fukuhara says that this season focuses on what happens when power falls into the wrong hands. “For a lot of the characters on our show, including Homelander and Kimiko, the theme is: what will you do with the power that you have? Whether it’s a superpower, the political influence that you have, or just the power you have over another human being — whether you use it for good or bad,” she notes.

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