Hay­ley Atwell

The Agent Carter star is a dame to kill for

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert - Agent Carter airs on Sun­days on Fox in the UK.


“We know that she lives well into her nineties. So I’m hop­ing I play her for the rest of my life! She could ac­tu­ally live through all the dif­fer­ent decades. It would be great to see what they do with her hair! If we took it to a dif­fer­ent era we could bring up the civil rights move­ment, we could bring up a lot of so­cial is­sues that Mad Men has done so bril­liantly. It has great scope to grow, but of course it’s de­pen­dent on how it’s re­ceived and what the fans want – and when they get sick of her, ba­si­cally. I’m cer­tainly not go­ing to quit any time soon. I do love play­ing her.”


“Peo­ple I looked up to – and wanted Peggy to some­how em­u­late – were peo­ple like Katharine Hep­burn and Bette Davis, the women of the golden age of Hol­ly­wood that had gravitas. These women that were bright and for­mi­da­ble and no­to­ri­ous, and yet warm and vul­ner­a­ble and del­i­cate at the same time. Just com­plex. And that’s some­thing I’ve al­ways as­pired to be.”


“In the play­ground I was called Hulk Hay­ley. I was quite rough. I didn’t know how to use my words for a long time, so I would just punch and kick peo­ple. Un­for­tu­nately about six stunt­men were hurt in the mak­ing of this, be­cause of me. They were kicked in the ball re­gion. I have a very deadly mix­ture of con­fi­dence with­out the skills.”


“We’re re­lo­cat­ing to Los An­ge­les [ for sea­son two]. I keep think­ing of some­thing like LA Con­fi­den­tial, es­pe­cially in the 1940s. I as­so­ciate it with or­gan­ised crime and this very glam­orous, dark un­der­belly of Los An­ge­les; se­rial killers, the Black Dahlia, these un­solved mur­der mys­ter­ies… and the glam­our of celebrity, or the neu­ro­sis that celebrity cre­ated. That could be a very ex­cit­ing back­drop to have more ad­ven­tures for Peggy. I think it’s also time that she moves on from Steve. I think there might be a new love in­ter­est. She’s grieved enough now, come on. We all have needs.”

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