If you missed Hayley on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night you can now watch two video clips of her on the show below.
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.
Marvel has released a new Agent Carter behind the scenes featurette. Watch it below.
Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell)
How you know the actress: A relative unknown in the States before suiting up as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, Atwell’s other credits include Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream and The Duchess. She also reprised her role as Carter in Cap 2 and on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Get to know the character: A codebreaker for the U.S. government who was part of the Strategic Scientific Reserve team that created Captain America, Peggy Carter also became a bit of a sidekick and love interest for the hero. “We pick up in this show a year later after she thinks Captain America’s frozen in the ice and dead,” Atwell says. “It’s 1946, so the war is over, but she’s got plenty of work to do in the SSR. Unfortunately the men have a different idea, and they think the work will involve making coffees, making lunches and doing admin. So she’s having to go on secret missions herself in order to fight the bad guys, because the SSR bosses won’t allow her to. She’s capable just as much as the men, but being a woman, she’s not in a position of power to really fulfill her destiny.”
How the war changed her: “It toughened her up a little bit,” Atwell says. “She saw firsthand evil, she knows evil exists. If anything, it probably made her more capable of dealing with the much smaller-scale dangers that present itself post-war. I think it’s opened her eyes.” Alas, the war is also where she both met and lost the love of her life in Steve Rogers. “It’s probably knocked out any sense of romance about life from her, and she’s probably got a fairly simple view of the world. But then that also allows her a freedom to just pursue her own dreams, because she doesn’t have anything to lose anymore. She puts herself on the line because she’s lost Steve, and the worst thing that can happen is that she dies, but then she’d be dying fighting the cause, which is probably her ultimate goal, is to have a good productive death.”
Marvel has released a new Agent Carter poster in anticipation of tonight’s two-hour premiere. You can view the poster below.
Peggy Carter is no damsel in distress.
The hard-punching, quick-thinking woman — and love of Captain America — gets her biggest spotlight yet with Marvel’s Agent Carter, which premieres with back-to-back episodes Tuesday on ABC (8 p.m. ET/PT).
The action-adventure drama is set in 1946, as Peggy (Hayley Atwell) works in New York for Strategic Scientific Reserve, doing clerical tasks considered women’s work instead of hunting down bad guys, after the men return from World War II. Her first task: Surreptitiously proving the innocence of Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), who’s being investigated by her agency for selling weapons to enemies.
“She’s undercover, and then she’s undercover from being undercover,” says Atwell, who played Peggy in Marvel films including Captain America: The First Avenger. “The risks are higher and costs of being found out are higher. She’s putting not only her job on the line, but her life.”
Another twist: Howard, who assigned his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy), to assist Peggy, is not telling her everything. “It ends up being that Peggy doesn’t know who to trust,” Atwell says. “Howard has his own secrets.”
Ahead of “Agent Carter’s” Jan. 6 premiere, Variety spoke to Atwell to discuss Peggy’s evolution throughout the season, the need for female-led genre shows and and why the series feels like “a small triumph for women on television.”
You’ve played Peggy in several different projects now; what have you learned about her over the course of filming the TV show that you didn’t know about her before?
The two main things… firstly and most importantly, her vulnerability; the grief that she is personally going through about Steve that’s prominent in the season and gets stronger as you watch the episodes unfold. We see the emotional and psychological cost of that grief, and then also the vulnerability that comes with having such a high-stress job where she’s undercover [in her daily life]. And then, as we see in the first two episodes, she’s undercover again, working kind of against the SSR, so there’s the double cover-up going on in her life and that creates tremendous personal and inner battles, so it just makes her a bit more well-rounded. And I think the other side that we see more and more of is her humor — the wit and the banter that she certainly has with Jarvis and we’ll see more with other characters, which we haven’t really had a chance to play with in the other films. What’s nice about that is that she becomes, again, a little bit more interesting, a little bit more relatable, a bit more three-dimensional.
The gallery has been updated with 17 HQ episode stills of Hayley in Agent Carter‘s second episode titled Bridge and Tunnel which airs today after the pilot as part of the two hour premiere. Don’t forget to at 8/7c on ABC!
“Time & Tide” – As Agent Carter closes in on Howard Stark’s stolen technology, Peggy’s secret mission could unravel when the SSR arrests Jarvis and a secret is revealed, on “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The gallery has been updated with two more pictures from the Agent Carter promotional photoshoot.