With the events of Season 1 of ‘Agent Carter’ under her belt, Agent Peggy Carter is embarking on a new mission in a brand-new city: Los Angeles. But how has her experience changed her? And what new challenges will she face in the land of sunshine and palm trees? In a recent roundtable interview, actress Hayley Atwell talked about what’s in store for Peggy and what we can expect from Season 2 of ‘Agent Carter’ when it premieres with a two-hour event Tuesday, January 19 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC. (Source)
What opportunities will Peggy have now that she’s gained the respect of the SSR?
Hayley Atwell: I think she’s in a very different place emotionally because she’s let go of the grief that she’s had about Captain America. So her heart is a bit more open to possible romance and so she finds herself in a love triangle out here. And there’s the visual aspect of it being shot in L.A.–everything’s a lot lighter, so her clothes are slightly different, her hair is a bit longer. She’s embraced the glamour of Hollywood, a little bit, and I think that also affects how she is emotionally.
She went through a period of struggling to find her feet in the SSR, of fighting in very subtle ways the sexism she found in the male-dominated [organization]. In the end, she doesn’t necessarily win everyone’s respect. Jack Thompson, for example, takes the credit that she probably deserves. But as she says, she knows her value so she doesn’t need that praise. I think the first season is not so much that she’s able to establish herself to everyone as an equal, but yet, for herself, she uses it as a source of strength for her own worth. In that respect, she’s a lot more confident. She’s coming out into this new world of Hollywood, met at the airport by Jarvis, her dear friend, and she can embark on something a little lighter…but of course, given the nature of this genre, it’s going to go dark very quickly. But she’s a little more quick to deal with it this season with an open heart.