Amazon Prime Video’s ‘The Boys’ has made a name for itself as a highly R-rated adult spin of the superhero genre, and nothing epitomizes that better than Episode 5 of Season 3, in which Laurie Holden’s new super Crimson Countess dons an OnlyFans – yummy webcam session with none other than executive producer Seth Rogen.
So far, Rogen has guest-starred as essentially himself every season of The Boys. He’s appeared as a producer working with the likes of Black Noir and Translucent, but now he’s appearing as SirCumsAlot779, an avid webcam subscriber to Crimson Countess. In the scene, Crimson appears in full costume and talks to Rogen about Supe Porn Platinum, an apparent parody of the real-life OnlyFans platform, while charging $19.50 per minute for the session. She then pulls out comically oversized anal beads and prepares to put on a show for Rogen, but she’s snatched out of her bed by Karl Urban’s butcher before things can get too hot. However, Rogen still gets his money’s worth in a chaotic conclusion.
In addition to her webcam hobby, the Crimson Countess has another surprising passion: chimpanzee activism. Holden directed an entire music video and received professional singing lessons for “Chimps Don’t Cry,” a surprisingly emotional and carefully researched ballad about how chimps don’t have tear ducts and can’t cry.
In conversation with Diversity, Holden explains how she shot her webcam scene with Rogen and directed the “Chimps Don’t Cry” music video.
What was your first reaction to reading the webcam scene with Seth Rogen?
I found it super funny. Much of this scene was improvised. That’s the beauty of The Boys, they support you and they are so friendly and cooperative that you can fly creatively. A lot of what I did there was just inspiration in the moment, which ended up getting completely out of hand.
Did you interact with Seth at all or was that added later?
No, I knew it would probably be Seth. But it was just the screenwriter saying off-screen lines, and I just looked into the iPhone and played it in my imagination like he was really there. What was fascinating about this scene was that our pace was so connected. However, it was edited and he did his performance with mine. It was seamless, like it was really happening in real time.
Were there parts that were cut out or that you improvised?
The writing is brilliant and you always honor the script. I said to the director after I did what was written in the script, ‘Can I act? Can I do a record where I’m just playing?” He said, “Yeah, go!” And then they were on the floor laughing — lots of bed jumping and all that.
To the public, the Crimson Countess is that beloved singer and Voughtland employee, and privately she runs X-rated webcam sessions. How did you play this split into their public and private roles?
I think the adult persona came when that accident happened in Voughtland and she was on the run. There was no way Vought was going to let her come back. She had to make ends meet. She has always crowdfunded to try to support the chimpanzees. She is a survivor. She does whatever it takes, and if that means live streaming on OnlyFans, then so be it.
So all proceeds from the webcam sessions went to the chimpanzees?
I think there were many.
Where was “Chimps Don’t Cry” filmed?
This was filmed in northern Ontario. That was hands down my favorite day on set. First of all, they didn’t even tell me I was singing when I got the part. I only found out about a week before my final fitting. They came up to me and said, “Oh, by the way, you’re going to do two musical numbers. Would that be okay with you?” I haven’t sung professionally in my adult life. I’m not a singer and never thought I would be. I said, “I’ll do my best and if you don’t like it, you can me still syncing in the mail.” I reached out to my network and asked for some great vocal coaches. I got in touch with this great Broadway guy, and three times a week I started belting out tunes just to be ready for the moment where I got these songs, which was a week before I flew to Toronto to shoot and record, so when we did the Chimps Don’t Cry video, it was the end of a great creative process, where we learned to sing, recorded the songs and then on a really hot muggy day in northern Ontario we were literally released and able to be as crazy as possible. That was pure joy, every moment of it. It was me in absolute favorite day in my creative life.
Who Found All the Different Chimpanzee Facts?
That was the composer. They put this song together and I’m sure they did a lot of research. Much of this is true. Chimpanzees don’t actually cry. It’s actually quite brilliant because it’s also a metaphor for the Supes in a lot of ways. You don’t know the pain they’re in and the public treats them like they’re circus geeks? The supers are the same. We have to keep this prominent figure on and nobody knows what’s really going on inside. So I think there’s something about Crimson where she sees herself in it.
This interview has been edited and abridged.