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Why Supersonic From The Boys Season 3 Looks So Familiar

The past several weeks have seen fans of "The Boys" feted with all manner of plots and characters. Chief among them is that Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), leader of the titular motley band of anti-Supe misfits, is shooting up Compound V in an attempt to take down his long-time adversary Homelander (Antony Starr). How this will play out is at this point anybody's guess, but it's sure to provide plenty of drama.

We've also been teased with some new faces, including that of Supersonic. What we know about the character at this point is that Supersonic, recently promoted to membership in the Seven, has history with Starlight (Erin Moriarty). Both were members of the same superhero team (when his name was previously Drummer Boy) before Starlight was invited to the Seven herself (via Entertainment Weekly). The two were apparently even a couple for a while. Why the change of name? And why is Supersonic being brought into the Seven's fold now that Homelander knows Starlight was at least partially responsible for Stormfront's (Aya Cash) downfall?

In other words, Supersonic looks to be the center of a whole lot of intrigue in Season 3. But the actor behind him, Miles Gaston Villanueva, has also been up to a lot over the last several years. So if you're saying to yourself, "I swear this dude's face looks familiar," you likely aren't the only one.

Villanueva has a history in soap operas

Like many other recognizable faces on television, Miles Gaston Villanueva has put in his time on daytime soaps. After appearing in a handful of episodes of "The Young and the Restless" in 2013 as the disarmingly good-looking priest Father Martin, Villanueva had a short, six-episode stint on "Days of Our Lives" as Russ in 2014. He then rejoined "The Young and the Restless" a year later as the smoldering villain Luca Santori.

In all, Villanueva appeared in 87 episodes of "The Young and the Restless." Speaking with Soap Central in 2016, he said that the rigorous shooting schedules prepared him well for a career in TV. "The soap world has made me so sharp mentally with regards [sic] to memorizing stuff and working stuff and soaking stuff up," he told the website. "So I give major props to Y&R for kicking my butt and keeping me in shape."

He portrayed Lyle Menendez on Law & Order True Crime

Mile Gaston Villanueva has also racked up an impressive list of prime-time TV appearances in recent years. 2014 saw him appear in a Season 9 episode of "Bones" and a Season 11 episode of "NCIS." By the time his tenure on "The Young and the Restless" was over, Villanueva had also appeared in episodes of "Chasing Life," "Melissa & Joey," "NCIS: Los Angeles," and "Stitchers."

But it was "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" that seemed to really turn heads in Villanueva's direction. The 2017 miniseries tells the story of the 1989 murder of José and Kitty Menendez by their sons, Lyle and Erik, and their subsequent trial. Villanueva was cast in the role of Lyle. And while E! News understandably pointed to Villanueva being something of a newcomer (at least at the time), reporter Tierney Bricker also pointed out that he's pretty close to the spitting image of Lyle. Villanueva starred across from Gus Halper and Edie Falco in the miniseries.

He played Owen on Nancy Drew

After "The Menendez Murders," Miles Gaston Villanueva continued his impressive string of TV appearances. In 2018, he played Toby in two episodes of "For the People" on ABC, and in 2019, he appeared in eight episodes of Fox's "The Resident" as the charming but blunt Dr. Alec Shaw.

Villanueva's next big role was in the first season of the CW's "Nancy Drew," on which, from 2019 to 2020, he played Owen Marvin, a former love interest of Nancy's (Kennedy McMann). After encountering each other at a party, Owen ends up helping Nancy by providing her with information regarding the death of Lucy Sable (Stephanie Van Dyck).

Owen quickly became a fan favorite, with even Nancy herself warming up to him. It came as a shock when, toward the end of Season 1, Owen was found stabbed to death in a bathtub. Showrunner Noga Landau told Entertainment Weekly, "[Nancy] was just beginning to get to know Owen when he gets taken away from her. It's going to be a really serious grieving process for her."

All of this adds up to a short but impressive career, in which Villanueva has shown himself to be capable of playing both good guys and villains, murderers and flawed heroes. Which one will Supersonic be?