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Marvel's Runaways: Lyrica Okano talks playing a superhero in a diverse ensemble cast

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The heroes of Marvel’s Runaways may have colorful abilities, but using them’s a whole other challenge.

“You guys get to see us discover our powers with us,” teases Lyrica Okano, who stars as the magic-wielding Nico in the series, in the video above. “We’re not exactly skilled. We’re teenagers, we’re in high school, and we find out our parents are evil, so what do you do?”

The new Hulu drama, based on the comics of the same name and created by The O.C. vets Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, follows six teenagers grappling with a recent tragedy that’s caused their previously close friendship to fall apart. But one night when they’re unexpectedly back together, they discover their parents are part of a secret, villainous organization — and they’ll have to work as a team to figure out what’s really going on.

For Okano, working as part of a multicultural ensemble cast made her “proud,” especially as she gets to play one of few Japanese-American superheroes on screen. “I wish that we lived in a perfect universe where this was just so common to see a show with a group of kids that are so diverse and have strong female characters,” she says, “but I think for now, this is a show that’s leading that way to the path.”

Watch the video above. Marvel’s Runaways debuts its first three episodes Tuesday, Nov. 21 on Hulu, with a new episode added every Tuesday.

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