LA WOMAN

Hay­ley goes to Hol­ly­wood

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2016 Preview Agent Carter - Tara Ben­nett

With a new lo­cale and new mis­sion, how is Peggy dif­fer­ent this sea­son?

I think the main thing is she really lets go of steve rogers so she’s not car­ry­ing that grief that she did in sea­son one. she’s com­ing into sea­son two slightly less wounded so there’s a ro­bust­ness to her and an in­ter­est in new ex­pe­ri­ences. also there’s open­ing up her heart to po­ten­tial suit­ors.

She’s also got a new ad­ver­sary in Whit­ney Frost…

yes, what’s really awesome is the fact that her neme­sis this sea­son is a woman. I’ve al­ways found when women are against other women it’s par­tic­u­larly chilling. th­ese two women, in their own way and in their own field, have had to deal with the same ob­sta­cles and have so many things to re­late to. Hav­ing them pitched against each other is quite ex­tra­or­di­nary be­cause on so many lev­els they understand what makes up the other per­son. they are op­po­site sides of the same coin.

Jarvis and Peggy’s rap­port was a high­light of sea­son one. Does that re­la­tion­ship ex­pand?

James (D’arcy) and I have known each other for 10 years and he’s a dear friend. I think au­di­ences loved them and wanted more of it so it’s used a lot this sea­son.

Why do you think Peggy has be­come such an em­pow­er­ing icon?

It’s really won­der­ful to do some­thing that feels like it’s cre­at­ing a level of com­fort for peo­ple who need to be told some­thing dif­fer­ent in our cul­ture apart from you’re not pretty enough, skinny enough, clever enough, you need this cos­metic, this app, this boyfriend, this In­sta­gram ac­count. We are con­stantly bom­barded with “you are not enough.” but then we have some­one like Peggy who says, “I know my value,” and says it in a very quiet way. she’s not try­ing to prove it to any­one.

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