Hayley Atwell Talks Filming “Agent Carter”

Marvel Studios has taken something of a hit for its lack of developing a female superhero film. While a “Black Widow” and potential “Ms. Marvel” movie are believed to be in early development, the real first female-led effort from the studio will come later this year with ABC’s “Agent Carter” series.

Series star Hayley Atwell played Agent Peggy Carter in “Captain America: The First Avenger” and reprises the role in the series in which she’s still working for the covert SSR and balancing administrative work with secret missions for Howard Stark. Atwell recently sat down with TVLine and shared her thoughts on the matter:

“My favorite part is something the audiences haven’t seen yet. It’s the development of her character throughout the series which will be someone who is kind of more three-dimensional, something that women can relate to, as not just the competent, strong, intelligent woman in this workforce, but the psychological, emotional cost. What it takes for a woman to have to sacrifice personal relationships in order to find her place in the world and to fulfill her kind of destiny.”

Atwell says she’s already been training for the series which will be one contained and intense adventure in which she’ll get some action:

“We start end of September, so I have ten weeks to do a lot of physical training to be able do the stunts and all the combat that’s going to be required of me, as well as the stamina to be shooting five days a week in quite intense conditions.

I think the idea is, because it’s eight episodes, it’s going to be a very contained, intense adventure, lots of twists and turns along the way. There isn’t much time for it to breathe or become too diluted or drawn out. It’s going to be a lot of adventure, a lot of action, as well as driving the plot along of this girl trying to form this better world for herself and the people around her.”