Actor Ally Maki has done it all. She’s navigated the the social hierarchy of the Ivy League in Dear White People, balanced the forces of darkness and light in Cloak and Dagger, entered the world of Pixar in Toy Story 4, been stranded on a deserted island in Wrecked, and most recently, hilariously dealt with abandoned children in Home Sweet Home Alone. Now, she encounters something new: the world of a monkey assassin in Marvel’s Hit-Monkey on Hulu.
The new animated series follows the titular Japanese snow monkey (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) who joins forces with the ghost of an American assassin (Jason Sudeikis) after his tribe is slaughter. Together, they begin killing their way through the Yakuza underworld.
Maki plays Haruka, an honest detective from a small town in the north. She comes to Tokyo with dreams of reforming a corrupt city — but can she hold on to her values in the face of so much vice? Her new partner Ito will test her sense of right and wrong and ultimately prove to be the mentor she has always looked for. But when it falls to her to complete their case, will she have what it takes?
Maki talked to Diaspora about the new series, the power of Asian American Girl Club, Japanese snacks and she helps answer the question: who would win in a fight: Hit-Monkey or Rafiki from The Lion King?
Watch the interview below.
Hit-Monkey debuts on Hulu today and also stars George Takei, Olivia Munn, and Nobi Nakanishi. The animated series is co-created and executive produced by Josh Gordon & Will Speck. Executive producer is Joe Quesada.