“Are you English, mate?”
This is the first thing Gregg Sulkin says when we speak.
I say no, I am not English, rather South Australian.
Sulkin has never visited Australia but will soon head to both Adelaide and Brisbane for Supernova Comic Con & Gaming. When we chat, he is gearing up to head down under, excited about promoting Runaways, the Marvel show he has been starring in for three seasons.
“The character development of the show has been fantastic,” says Sulkin, when I ask what he believes sets the critically acclaimed show apart from those similar.
“It’s a real blend of great characters and great actors. We’ve done close to 33 episodes, close to 320 hours of content. The characters need to be fleshed out to the audience remain interested.”
I ask Sulkin to hypothesise; if he had complete control over an episode of Runaways, what would that episode look like?
“I personally would like to see the runaways become world’s superheroes,” he muses. “Of course, I love the parents and the actors who play them but I would love for one episode to just focus on the runaways.”
Runaways is based on the Marvel Comics superhero group of the same name. The series sees six teens from varying backgrounds unite against their criminal parents, known as the Pride. Sulkin plays Chase Stein, a “jock” with an immense talent for engineering, and one of the runaways.
His visit to Australia is primarily for the upcoming Supernova convention, and Sulkin is buzzing about it.
“I don’t want to get eaten by a shark,” he laughs.
Sulkin is most looking forward to experiencing Australia for the first time, and meeting the Aussie viewers.
“I’m excited to meet the fans,” he says. “It’s so nice to go and shake the hands of the people who support you, to tell them we appreciate them.”
The response to Runaways has been immensely positive, with Sulkin revealing that he doesn’t think he’s ever seen a negative comment about the show on social media.
“I’ve always dreamed of being part of the Marvel family,” he says. “Make my mum and dad proud, you know.”
We talk about what’s next, and Sulkin says he has just finished filming a holiday movie with Laura Marano. The film, A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish, is the fifth in the A Cinderella Story franchise.
“Then we have to wait and see if Runaways gets a fourth season,” he says.
Sulkin seems polite and enthusiastic, eager to meet the Australian Runaway fans, even eager to try shark diving.
“I’m terrified but I feel like I should try it,” he chuckles.
First though, he’ll have to try Vegemite.
Gregg Sulkin will be appearing at Supernova in both Adelaide and Brisbane in November 2019.
At this stage, he is set to give a Q&A panel each weekend. He will pose for studio portraits and sign autographs throughout Saturday and Sunday in Adelaide.
Supernova Comic Con & Gaming will take place at the Adelaide Showground, November 2-3, 2019.