Speaking with Entertainment Tonight in 2020, Erin Moriarty explained how a little known talent came in handy during one of Starlight’s more prominent moments on “The Boys.” In Season 2, Episode 1, deceased member of The Seven, Translucent (Alex Hassell), is given a memorial service. Starlight must sing in honor of her fallen comrade, belting out a song called “Never Truly Vanish,” created by the show’s composer, Christopher Lennertz (via Insider).
Moriarty confirmed to ET that it’s really her voice, adding, “My introduction into the world of performing was singing but that was when I was much younger and that was what I initially wanted to do. … then it turned into acting.” Moriarty also recalled “The Boys” showrunner, Eric Kripke, coming to her about the idea. “We want it to be as Celine Dion-esque as possible. We’re going to lean into the cheese factor,” Kripke reportedly told her, to which she enthusiastically replied, “I am in.”
Insider further detailed the journey of Starlight’s ballad, which was recorded prior to shooting the memorial scene. However, despite Moriarty’s youthful singing aspirations, she had never been recorded. Fortunately, it didn’t matter, because, as Lennertz told the outlet, within minutes, “She just jumped right in and nailed it.” The recording helped quell Moriarty’s initial anxiety over performing live. As she put it to ET, “Singing gives me stage fright more than anything else, but … on the day it was more like lip-syncing.”