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Cameron Gellman Teases Hourman’s Future In DC’s Stargirl

Cameron Gellman sat down with Mama’s Geeky and in this exclusive interview we talked what the future holds for Hourman in DC’s Stargirl and more.

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Exclusive Interview with Cameron Gellman (Rick Tyler/Hourman)

Things are heating up in DC’s Stargirl Season 3. There is a rift forming in the JSA and a murderer on the loose. On top of that, Rick Tyler has learned that he can alter the hourglass that gives him his powers to remove the inhibitor, offering him unlimited strength for an unlimited amount of time. Yeah, this can’t be good.

Mama’s Geeky sat down with Cameron Gellman, the actor who plays Rick Tyler AKA Hourman in DC’s Stargirl to discuss this, season 3, stunt work, and more. 

What Was Your Reaction When You First Read The Script Stating Rick Was Going To Mess With The Hourglass?

Cameron Gellman: You bet something’s gonna happen. It is inevitable. When when your father, who is a brilliant scientist, makes a choice to put a limiter on something and you take that thing off anyway — you’re gonna run into problems. It’s so exciting. Of course, when you’ve been doing something a couple of years, you’re so happy when you see a major deviation in the person you’re playing.  Because it’s gives you something to dig into. And it’s just a fun adventure for me, playing Rick.

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DC’s Stargirl — “Frenemies: Chapter One” — Pictured (L – R): Yvette Monreal as Yolanda Montez / Wildcat, Anjelika Washington as Beth Washington / Dr. Mid-Nite, Cameron Gellman as Rick Tyler / Hourman — Photo: The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

What Do You Think Rick’s Intentions Are At This Point

Cameron Gellman: I think why we do the things we do is so important, what motivates that, and you can have the best intentions. I think Rick’s intentions are a combination of things. I think, of course, he wants to get back to being a superhero and wants to get back to feeling like he can help his team. And then I also think under that there’s still a hurt kid who got stepped on a lot and wants to be untouchable. And when you put when you pair that much power with that much anger, I think it’s kind of a fuse that’s waiting to short.

There Is A Rift In The JSA, Do You Think You Would Personally Side With Yolanda Or Courtney?

Cameron Gellman: It’s so tricky, right? Like me as Cameron I’m like, Go girl. Glad you’re seeing somebody, glad that you are acting as an individual. And then of course, her optimism has gotten her and us hurt many times over the course of the last few seasons. So it’s intrinsic to Courtney Whitmore. It has to be that Stargirl is this hopeful. It’s her superpower. And it also backfires sometimes, and she’s a kid. So teenagers make these mistakes all the time or live in the gray area. And the consequences are just much higher, because he’s also potentially a supervillain.

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DC’s Stargirl — “Summer School: Chapter Eight” — Pictured: Cameron Gellman as Rick Tyler — Photo: Kyle Kaplan/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The Season Is Titled Frenemies. What Does That Mean To You?

Cameron Gellman: It just means complicated. I think it’s a complicated season. And I like that. I think that it makes it exciting to watch, because we know that it could go so many ways it could go so bad, and it could go so good. And I think that tension is what makes the storytelling kind of riveting. 

Do You Think Cindy Has Earned Redemption At This Point?

Cameron Gellman: No, I don’t think she’s earned it. I think that she is young, like everybody, and has potential to become trustworthy. But ultimately, there’s been so much deceit, there’s been so much lying and and as I pointed out, I think earlier this season, like she’s killed people, she killed her dad and she’s responsible for like, a lot of bad things happening. Literally the entire second season is us dealing with the fact that we all almost die because of a demon that she unleashes. So ultimately, I know in Episode Six, she fesses up and she’s honest about the difficulty that she’s going through and that she’s transforming into a lizard like her dad. And I think that’s a start. But you got to say that at the table in the first episode, not once we’ve caught you lying and feeling she’s cheating. You know what I mean?

If a snake tells you they’re a snake, let them be a snake and leave them alone. Or a lizard.

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DC’s Stargirl — “Summer School: Chapter Five” — Image Number: STG205a_0063r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Cameron Gellman as Rick Tyler / Hourman, Yvette Monreal as Yolanda Montez / Wildcat and Anjelika Washington as Beth Chapel / Dr. Mid-Nite — Photo: Eliza Morse/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

What Was It Like The First Time You Put The Costume On?

Cameron Gellman: Oh, it’s exciting. I am a boy. I grew up like loving superheroes and watching that process and to be a part of it and to be wearing a suit. It feels powerful. Obviously, you don’t put the hourglass on and suddenly feel super strength but you don’t not. Your posture changes and there’s something that makes you feel large and powerful. And then for me, of course, because Rick is a legacy, really getting to delve into the spin of what does it mean to be wearing my father’s suit? And do I deserve this and how am I going to do this with any degree of grace when I don’t have the guidance of the man who work for me? So for so many different reasons, it was just a very cool experience.

Is It Difficult To Do Stunt Work In The Costume?

Cameron Gellman: I wouldn’t exactly say I, or any of us, have range of motion. But it’s fun. You definitely have to be on your game. We’re so fortunate that we have the stunts team that we do, who are really like, the most extraordinary athletes on the planet. And so they make us look good. And when it’s our turn to get in there and throw a few punches, I think all of us have fun doing that and do our best.

Ultimately, there’s no pride in doing something over your stunt double. You want to do what’s best for the show, you want to not get hurt, and you want to respect that as seriously as you take your art of acting, they take seriously their art as movement specialists — as karate kids. That said, it’s so fun to earn a little bit of trust with that department, and be able to do more of the choreography, so it just depends. But anytime that they’re game to have me in, I’m stoked. 

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DC’s Stargirl — “Summer School: Chapter Eight” — Pictured: Cameron Gellman as Rick Tyler — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Can You Tease Anything About Rick’s Upcoming Journey In DC’s Stargirl Season 3?

Cameron Gellman: Notice, this is the only question I give any pause. I can tell you that Rick is going to need his team, maybe more than he’s ever needed them before, because he is in over his head.

What Is The Overall Message Of DC’s Stargirl Season 3?

Cameron Gellman: I think that this season is about how complex it can be to be a teenager and the fact that at some point we all have to, in trying to be individuals, try things and seek understanding of ourselves. Whether that’s Courtney seeing Cameron and not telling the team or Rick taking off the limiter to his hourglass. We’re all just trying to express a little bit of freedom. While we are a show that is always about coming back together, and while it’s my hope that our group does that by the end of this season, this is very much a season about people dealing with just how hard it is to be young and then also have powers on top of it.

Of course this season wouldn’t exist if all of these people understood communication. We can learn that it’s just better to share things up front, like, hey, I’m seeing someone that all of you hate, I just wanted you to know. 

Tune in to DC’s Stargirl on Wednesday nights on The CW to see where Rick’s journey takes him, and if the JSA can find their way back to each other.

NEXT: Yvette Monreal Interview: DC’s Stargirl’s Wildcat

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About DC’s Stargirl Season 3

The third season finds Starman (Joel McHale) back from the dead and offering to train Courtney while she helps him adjust to his new life in the quiet town of Blue Valley.

But when there’s a murder that needs to be solved, the mystery will not only have our heroes questioning the former super-villains’ commitment to truly reforming, but lead Courtney, Pat and Starman to a secret that will shock them all to their very core.

DC’S STARGIRL airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.