Starlight’s real name is Annie January. And Homelander used to be John. Starlight and Homelander have never been friends or even allies. Since she saw the actual Homelander, Annie has always worked against Homelander. Her boyfriend, Hugie worked for Butcher and his crew and soon they also bring Starlight in. Annie is a simple farm girl, who never wanted all this glitz, glamor, and fame.
She just wanted to help people and inspire women across the world. Her mother, Donna January makes a very young and naïve Annie do pageants and shows for fame. Annie hates every single second of it but she bears it all. Even when she is in pain she smiles and waves all while clenching her fist behind her back. She always fights for what is right and never backs down. She is a brave pure character, as the series progresses she becomes more mature and strong. Which always angers and annoys Homelander as he thinks of himself as the strongest, most powerful entity in the world. And hates when someone else stands up to him. They are always in a tussle also because she associates with the boys in taking Vought down.
Starlight was also one of the people who beat up Stormfront and ruined her image to the world. Homelander blames her among many others for the decline and demise of his Nazi girlfriend, Stormfront.
Why Do Starlight And Homelander Kiss Then?
As Starlight becomes co-captain of the Seven and is given more executive power than Homelander, courtesy of her high rating, Ryan, his son, is kept away from him, along with that Stormfront kills herself. All this makes Homelander snap. He no longer cares to keep up the façade and is willing to destroy everything in his path. He doesn’t even care if Starlight releases the tape of him and Maeve leaving the passengers of the plane behind. As he clearly states, If she releases the tape, he would lose everything, and hence he would have nothing to lose.
He loves being loved but being feared is the second best. He threatens to destroy everything. Annie calls Hugie and tells him all this and Hugie tells her that they are looking for a weapon to kill Homelander and she has to keep the Vaught and Homelander occupied in order to keep them from coming after the boys. With tables turned and the video once used to blackmail Homelander was now leverage, he had over them.
So now she has to do everything he says, like forgiving Deep and letting him back in the Seven, and pretending to be a couple which catches her off guard. Ashley tells Homelander that people love the real him and his ratings have gone up, while he and Starlight combined have a rating of 98% which is the highest there has ever been. And this is what Homelander craves most, being loved by the world and being on the top.
This makes him plan to make him and Starlight a thing, #HomeLight. In the finale of the contest, he announces that he and Starlight have been dating for a while and he couldn’t keep it quiet any longer. Forced and being told to keep them occupied, Starlight does what she has always done best and pretends for the people and camera by kissing Homelander while clenching her fist tight on the back.
Who Plays Starlight In The Boys?
The gorgeous and talented American actress, Erin Moriarty plays the role of Starlight aka Annie. She is best known for her role in the movies, Blood Father (2016), Captain Fantastic (2016), The watch (2012), The miracle season (2018), Driven (2018), The extraordinary journey of a Fakir (2018), Within (2016) and Kong: The skull Island (2017). He has also appeared in shows like Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Red Widow, True detective, and One life to live.
Who Plays Homelander In The Boys?
The unbelievably talented New Zealand actor, Antony Starr plays the role of Homelander. He started his career in 1995 in New Zealand. The 46-year-old actor is best known for his roles in movies like What a paddle (2004), Wish you were here (2012), American Gothic (2016), and After the waterfall (2010). And shows like Banshee and The Boys, etc.