Hayley Atwell tells Danielle Graham what’s in store for “Agent Carter” season two.
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Marvel’s newest heroin is British actress Hayley Atwell. Her role as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, catapulted her into Hollywood fame. Atwell reprised the role in the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the miniseries Agent Carter, and films Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. She also plays Cinderella’s mother in the upcoming live-action remake of the Disney classic.
Tonight (January 6), Marvel’s highly anticipated “Agent Carter” finally premieres on ABC… And with it, the continuing adventures of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) after the “death” of Captain America, but long before S.H.I.E.L.D. came to be.
Where the series picks up, Peggy is stuck doing the filing and answering calls for the mostly male Strategic Science Reserve… At least during the day. By night, she’s breaking down conspiracies and trying to rescue the good (well, goodish) name of Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) while kicking so, so much butt.
In advance of the premiere, MTV News hopped on the phone with Atwell to talk about movie crossovers, ’40s feminism and why this isn’t your typical spy show:
MTV News: I’d normally want to start by saying what’s it like to return to Peggy Carter, but between the other Marvel movies and “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” you really never left.
Hayley Atwell: I never left her! The exciting thing, in this season we get to develop her and we get to see the emotional cost and her personal struggles and the external obstacles she has to face. There’s a real variety of who she is we get to explore.
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You may know actress Hayley Atwell from the “Captain America” movies. She now has a new drama, “Agent Carter,” which debuts tonight on ABC. She jons us on Good Day Rochester.
There may be a ton of comic book characters on TV right now, but time for a truth bomb: none of them can hold a candle to Marvel’s newest hero, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell).
ABC’s new series Marvel’s Agent Carter premieres tonight, and you better not write it off as yet another comic book show or we’ll sick Carter on you and she will kick. Your. Butt.
This prequel series to the Captain America movies and the network’s other Marvel series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is everything you want in TV and in movies: A strong, fierce, capable and realistic female hero, without any superpowers other than her wit and her training.
“I’m excited for everyone to see her vulnerability and her humor more than anything else,” Atwell tells E! News. “She really is a three-dimensional character with real flaws that people can relate to. She’s going to be humanized.”
Since Marvel’s Agent Carter takes place after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, Peggy will be fresh off mourning her presumed-dead beau, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)—though Marvel fans know he’s not actually dead, just locked in an icy slumber until S.H.I.E.L.D. finds and thaws him out in present day. Atwell promises the show will focus on how a strong soldier like Peggy can still save the day while dealing with losing the love of her life.
“His absence is very strong and prevalent in her life,” Atwell says. “He was a dominating force in her life. There are things that happen that are immediately and completely linked to him and she’ll be constantly reminded of him.”
Yeah, if you’re reading between the lines, that means you can bet on ol’ Cap himself making some cameos via flashbacks on the ABC show!
Hayley Atwell was first introduced to Marvel fans around the world as the confident and crafty Agent Carter in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, but there’s much more to the British-born beauty than meets the eye.
With her new limited series Marvel’s Agent Carter now hitting the small screen (Tuesdays, 8 p.m. ET on ABC), PEOPLE asked the actress, 32, for five things fans should know about the woman behind Peggy Carter.
1. She’s actually half-American!
Though she grew up in London with a British mother, Atwell’s father is actually from Missouri.
“I would spend all of my holidays from school in Kansas City. So I guess you could say that I was educated in England, but my spiritual home is in Missouri,” Atwell tells PEOPLE. “The American side of me is the more domesticated, family side and the English side is my education and sense of humor.”
2. She got her big break from Woody Allen.
“I trained in classical theater and graduated 10 years ago,” says the actress. “Eight months out of school, I got the call to be in [the 2007 Woody Allen film Cassandra’s Dream.] That really started my film career.”
“Agent Carter” Series Premiere: Hayley Atwell Breaks Down All Those Twists—and Teases What’s Coming Next
Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), we bow down to you. We. Bow. Down!
Marvel’s newest superhero hit the ground running (literally!) during tonight’s two-hour series premiere of Agent Carter, and two hours was just not enough…we can’t get enough of Peggy’s sarcastic humor, quick wit, and kick-butt moves!
When she’s not saving the day as the S.S.R.’s best and most-underrated secret agent, she’s saving the day on a smaller scale for everyone in her life—like making sure that sexist diner never bothers waitress Angie (Lyndsy Fonseca) again! And while she can’t save everyone (RIP Peggy’s roommate…we bet you’re really regretting taking that sick day now, huh?), she’s determined to try, all while battling a broken heart for the missing-and-presumed-dead Captain America (Chris Evans).
But what really caught our attention during the premiere of ABC’s prequel series to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the mysterious secret that Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and his butler Jarvis (James D’Arcy) are keeping from Peggy…namely, that they “chose” her for something.
“The secret is a very personal one,” Atwell tells E! News. “It starts off with the mission to find his ‘bad babies’ but what is awesome is that it’s not just a show where it’s an episode of finding bad baby after bad baby. It goes to a much, much deeper place. She is actually part of a much, much bigger scheme that is very personal to her.”
And while Atwell couldn’t reveal exactly what that scheme is (where’s the fun in that?!) she did tease that it’s going to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
“I can tell you that it relates to her past and that it’s incredibly emotional,” Atwell says. “There are elements of betrayal in it, too. It makes for incredibly compelling television.”
And as for that Leviathan threat Peggy learned about on her mission, is it really as scary as it sounds? As it turns out, not quite!
Hayley Atwell jumps back into action this week with the two-hour series premiere of “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” marking yet another return to the character she first portrayed in Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
The eight-episode event series, debuting Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC, sends Carter on a mission to help Howard Stark clear his name once his technological secrets make their way to the black market.
For Atwell, coming back to the character in the form of the TV series allowed her to explore aspects of Carter’s life fans haven’t had a chance to see just yet, and we chatted with the actress about that and more!
Read everything Atwell had to say below […]
Marvel.com: How long have you yourself known that “Marvel’s Agent Carter” was in the works?
Hayley Atwell: I suppose [it was] after we [premiered] the One-Shot at Comic-Con and had such an exciting reception that Louis D’Esposito whispered in my ear, “Hey, you want to do a series?” Of course I jumped at the chance. Then we had about a year of waiting, gathering the team behind it and proposing it to ABC, so it was a long process of me waiting to see whether or not it was going to actually happen. And I just can’t believe it’s finally happening, it’s a dream.