Hayley goes to Hollywood
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.