Portrayed by Luke Wilson, mechanic Pat Dugan plays a major role DC’s Stargirl, which recently finished its 13-episode first season run on DC Universe and The CW. In the series, Pat is the stepfather to protagonist Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), who takes on the superhero identity of Stargirl. Pat is married to Courtney’s mother Barbara (Amy Smart) and has a biological son, Mike (Trae Romano). On the other hand, he is also Starman’s (Joel McHale) former sidekick Stripsey, who operates the 15-foot robot known as STRIPE in present-day Blue Valley, Nebraska.
Only 15 years of age, Trae Romano is already establishing himself as a must-see young actor. The Atlanta native currently plays series regular ‘Mike Dugan’ on the DC Universe/CW series Stargirl. The show premiered in May 2020 and follows Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) becoming the titular superheroine. Trae’s character, Mike Dugan, is the relatively new younger step-brother to Courtney.
Luke Wilson and Amy Smart star as Trae’s onscreen father and stepmother with other co-stars including Neil Jackson, Neil Hopkins and Eric Goins.
Thank you to Trae for taking the time to chat with Courageous Nerd about Mike Dugan and Stargirl.
Actress Hina X Khan has appeared in a variety of projects, including television series such as The Mick, SWAT and LA to Vegas. More recently, fans of DC’s Stargirl will recognise the actress as Principal Anaya Bowin of Blue Valley High School and a member of the Injustice Society of America (ISA).
In this Exclusive Interview, among other topics, Hina discusses working on the DC Comics-inspired series, her role as Principal Bowin, bonding with fellow on-screen ISA members and experiencing Stargirl’s success as someone who is on the show. Thank you Hina for taking the time to chat with Courageous Nerd.
DC’s Stargirl has featured an eclectic line-up of villains – the Injustice Society of America – to oppose the titular protagonist. Here is Courageous Nerd’s ranking of each member in the group.
Cameron Mahkent: Actor Hunter Sansone discusses the character, experiences on DC’s Stargirl (Exclusive Interview)
Hunter Sansone currently portrays Cameron Mahkent on DC’s Stargirl. Here is Courageous Nerd’s Exclusive Interview with the actor behind Icicle’s (Neil Jackson) son.
Shining Knight: Mark Ashworth breaks down mysterious Stargirl character, hopes for Justin’s future (Exclusive Interview)
British-born actor Mark Ashworth plays Janitor Justin or Shining Knight, the mysterious Blue Valley High custodian with an identity crisis, on Stargirl. The show is currently airing on DC Universe and The CW.
If you’ve been avidly watching film and television for at least the past decade, British actor Neil Jackson would be a familiar face. He has guest-starred in numerous series, including but not limited to Westworld, The Originals, Stargate SG-1 and How I Met Your Mother. Neil has also appeared in several films, with Quantum of Solace, Welcome to Marwen and upcoming The King’s Man being some examples.
Between 2009-2010, Neil had a starring role as Olympic coach ‘Sasha Belov’ on the ABC Family comedy-drama Make It Or Break It. He followed this up with two seasons of Upstairs, Downstairs on BBC One.
As of 2020, Neil Jackson has major roles in two successful shows. On Absentia, he plays ‘Jack Byrne’, the protagonist Emily’s (Castle alum Stana Katic) adoptive brother. Neil also portrays Jordan Mahkent/Icicle, the main villain on DC Universe/The CW superhero teen drama Stargirl, which stars Brec Bassinger as the title character.
In this Exclusive Interview, among other topics, Neil discusses his roles on both shows, how earlier acting experiences have affected his career today as well as which Stargirl and Absentia cast members that he would like to hypothetically see crossover into the other series. Furthermore, we also dig deep into mental health, with Neil reflecting on battling depression and the importance of being open about your mental well-being.
Thank you to Neil Jackson for taking the time to talk with Courageous Nerd.
Stargirl: Eric Goins talks playing The Gambler, working with Kevin Hart on “Ride Along” (EXCLUSIVE Interview)
Courageous Nerd’s Exclusive Interview with Stargirl actor, Eric Goins. Read on to find out more about the on-screen ISA member.
So far, Stargirl’s troubled jock Henry King Jr. has been an unpredictable force of nature. That being said, where did the character’s loyalties lie in DC Comics?
Neil Hopkins is an American actor… although one of his most famous roles is as a Brit. He played musician “Liam Pace”, older brother to Dominic Monaghan’s Charlie on ABC’s LOST, between 2004-2010. Although Neil only appeared in 5 episodes, they spanned throughout the series’ entire run.
More recently, Neil Hopkins is starring as DC Comics villain Sportsmaster on Stargirl. The series was created by Geoff Johns and is airing on both DC Universe and The CW. Additionally, he plays the character’s civilian identity: Larry ‘Crusher’ Crock, a gym owner in Blue Valley, Nebraska.
Many thanks to Neil for taking the time to chat with Courageous Nerd. Among other topics, we discussed his roles on both LOST and Stargirl, what it’s like playing a supervillain, and the process of adopting Liam Pace’s Mancunian accent.