MARVEL’S Agent Carter Season 2 Premieres TONIGHT!! January 19, 2016 9/8c on ABC!
Marvel fans!! Are you ready for Season 2!? In case you haven’t seen Agent Carter before, you’ll want to check this ABC show out, it’s so awesome! Last month while I was in LA, I had the opportunity to interview some of the amazing talent behind MARVEL’S Agent Carter.
I interviewed Hayley Atwell (plays agent Peggy Carter) and along with Edwin Jarvis (plays James D’Arcy) and I was also able to interview executive producers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” returns for a second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the titular role of the unstoppable agent for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Dedicated to the fight against new Atomic Age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home – and perhaps even a new love – she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.
When asked which of Agent Carter’s characters traits she could relate to, Hayley said, “Stubborn, quite determined, quite single-minded, tenacious. All the bad stuff I relate to. All the good stuff, I’m like she’s amazing, I can’t relate.“
Hayley Atwell’s impressive body of work has established her as one of the finest actresses of her generation. She recently played the lead female role in the John Ridley directed, Jimi Hendrix biopic “Jimi: All is By My Side,” alongside Imogen Poots and Andre Benjamin, and starred in the Kenneth Branagh directed “Cinderella,” alongside Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett and Lily James.
Atwell’s work in film is extensive. Her role as ‘Bess Foster’ was the object of Ralph Fiennes’ Duke of Devonshire’s affections in 2008’s “The Duchess,” directed by Saul Dibb and also starring Keira Knightley. The same year audiences saw her in “Brideshead Revisited,” alongside Emma Thompson, Matthew Goode and Ben Whishaw. She also collaborated with Ben Whishaw in “Love/Hate,” a short film which was awarded runner up at the 2009 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. In 2011 she became a box office sensation for her role as ‘Agent Peggy Carter’ in the film “Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger,” and reprised the role for the 2014 sequel, “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” in which she starred alongside a stellar cast including Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johansson. Her other film credits include the noir thriller feature “I, Anna,” alongside Charlotte Rampling, Eddie Marsan and Gabriel Byrne, and Nick Love’s film adaptation of the popular ‘70s TV series “The Sweeney,” in which she starred alongside Ray Winstone and Damian Lewis.
On television, Atwell won critical acclaim for her performance in the BBC’s “The Line of Beauty,” an adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst’s Booker Prize-winning novel. She appeared in the ITV remake of the 1960s cult classic “The Prisoner” alongside Ian McKellen and Ruth Wilson. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress for her performance in the Channel 4 drama “Pillars of the Earth,” based on Ken Follett’s novel. She also starred on Channel 4 in “Any Human Heart.” Her other television credits include “Mansfield Park,” “Ruby in the Smoke,” directed by Brian Percival, and “Fear of Fanny,” directed by Coky Giedroyc. Late 2012 saw Atwell star in William Boyd’s TV adaptation of “Restless,” for the BBC, alongside Rufus Sewell. She was also seen in Sky Arts’ “Play House presents: The Man,” in which she starred opposite Stellan Skarsgard, Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Fry. She was also seen in the series “Life of Crime,” commissioned by ITV and produced by Ecosse Films.
Atwell is also well-known as an accomplished stage actress. In September 2011 she completed a run of “The Faith Machine,” at the Royal Court Theatre. For the National Theatre she played ‘Barbara Undershaft’ in “Major Barbara” and also starred in “The Man of Mode,” directed by Nicholas Hytner and written by George Etherege. Her outstanding performance in the role of ‘Catherine’ in “A View from the Bridge,” alongside Ken Stott and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, earned her rave reviews and a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 Olivier Awards. She was recently seen starring in Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Olivier Award winning play “The Pride,” directed by Jamie Lloyd and starring alongside Mathew Horne, Harry Hadden-Paton and Al Weaver, a role in which she was nominated for an Olivier for best actress.
When asked how he relates to his character, James answered, “What do I relate to in Jarvis? I think he’s really kind and I think he’s one of the world’s first feminists, particularly in season 1 when all the men just dismissed her. They didn’t even bother hating her. She just didn’t even count. And Jarvis was like the only person who saw her as a fully rounded three dimensional human being, and I love that about Jarvis. I do identify with that actually. He’s not afraid to be uncool. I am afraid to be uncool, but I am just uncool.“
James D’Arcywas recently seen in the Fox comedy “Let’s Be Cops,” in which he played the villain; “Hitchcock,” playing the role of ‘Anthony Perkins,’ alongside Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel; and the Wachowskis’ Warner Bros. feature “Cloud Atlas,” opposite Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. He also starred in the dramas “The Domino Effect” and John Huddles’ “After the Dark,” and the series “Those Who Kill,” opposite Chloë Sevigny. He recently guest starred on the second season of “Broadchurch” and starred in the feature “Jupiter Ascending,” opposite Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, for the Wachowskis.
His other recent film credits include the independents “In Their Skin,” a thriller which premiered at the Tribeca film festival, the comedy “Overnight” and Madonna’s historically based romance “W.E.,” in which he portrayed ‘King Edward VIII,’ starring opposite Abbie Cornish and Andrea Riseborough.
Among D’Arcy’s previous features are the drama “Screwed,” “Rise: Blood Hunter,” starring Lucy Liu, “An American Haunting,” with Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland, Renny Harlin’s “Exorcist: The Beginning,” Peter Weir’s “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, “Dot the I,” with Gael García Bernal; and Tom Hardy and William Boyd’s war film “The Trench,” starring Daniel Craig.
D’Arcy graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in July 1995 and quickly became a popular face on British screens with lead roles as ‘Nicholas Hawthorne’ in Ruth Rendell’s “Bribery and Corruption,” ‘Lord Cheshire’ in “The Canterville Ghost” and ‘Jonathan Maybury’ in “The Ice House.” His additional television credits include the BBC hit miniseries “The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling,” “Sherlock Holmes: Case of Evil,” “POW” and Stephen Whittaker’s “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.” More recently he starred as ‘Tom Bertram’ in “Mansfield Park,” opposite Billie Piper, fellow “Marvel’s Agent Carter” actress Hayley Atwell and Blake Ritson, and had a recurring role in the hit series “The Secret Diary of a Call Girl.”
In 2002 D’Arcy was nominated for the prestigious Ian Charleson Award for his portrayal of ‘Piers Gaveston’ in Michael Grandage’s production of “Edward II,” at the Crucible Theatre, where he performed opposite Joseph Fiennes and Lloyd Owen.