Having played Division recruit Alex on “Nikita” for three seasons, Lyndsy Fonseca certainly knows her way around an action sequence. But in her new role as “Agent Carter’s” outgoing diner waitress Angie, she’s more about ’40s-style sass and attitude than throat punches and bone-breaking — but she’s got Marvel‘s lead heroine’s back in every other way.
In a conversation with Comic Book Resources, Fonseca reveals just how much she loves bringing to life the simple bond that exists between Angie and Peggy — and that she actually wishes her character, created especially for the show, had a load of comic book lore to research.
CBR News: What was the biggest thing that you fell for about Angie, that facet that made you say, “Ooh, I want to be her for a while.”
Lyndsy Fonseca: I think coming off of “Nikita” and playing it very serious — I could talk all day long about how much I loved playing Alexandra Rudinoff, like crazy. But what you want to do is play something different [next]. I was playing a very serious character, very heavy issues, very physical, and now I get to be this waitress that has this funky personality, and I don’t have to carry all this heaviness. And I also really like supporting female leads, and Hayley [Atwell] is probably the best one that you could ask for.
What have you found yourself really responding to being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Marvel is a big universe, so all I can [discuss] is my experience with the show, but I’ve got to say, it’s woman power, you know, with Peggy. Two women showrunners write a show that is not just being cliche — they’re really, truly writing a strong female, and I think that girls need to see that.
It’s such an interesting time for female fandom. Female characters are really getting the respect and attention they’ve long deserved, and you get to be a part of that, right now, with that friendship that Angie shares with Agent Carter. Is that important to you, to be able to have that kind of role model quality in the show, of how women should treat one another?
Yeah, Hayley and I have discussed it. I think that it’s really important that our characters never betray jealousy or cattiness. There’s nothing but just support and interest and friendship, because a lot of times it’s more complicated than that on shows. There’s always like this backhanded thing or something’s happening, and it’s like sometimes in life you just like some girl and you want to be their friend, you know what I mean? You just want to be some girl’s friend! It doesn’t have to be that crazy, and that’s pretty much what this is.
Is there anything about that 1940s wardrobe that you love — or maybe even hate? How have you adjusted to those clothes?
Well, I love it. I think what’s cool is that after World War II, women were very frugal. And our wardrobe is very, like my wardrobe is, all of us, they’re real vintage. Everything is very delicate, and everything has been — you’re impressed that something like a silk lace blouse has lasted this many years. You feel honored to be wearing something that is from that time period, and so you treat it differently. Women dressed with a certain purpose that we don’t anymore, sometimes, so I guess I have just more respect for the art of clothing that used to be. Also, I’m a very modest — I have that kind of desire to dress in that time period anyway, so, for me, it’s great.
Are you somewhat relieved that there’s not a thousand comic books that you needed to research to play particular this part?
I guess, sure. You know what it is? It’s actually kind of a cop-out, to be honest. It’s kind of like I wish maybe I could do some research. I’m like, “Well, there’s nothing I can do, so we better discover this.” But the writers have just done such a good job that it’s not like I’m like scrambling for ideas. It’s all there, on the page.
What’s your experience been like working with Marvel. Has it been unique in your Hollywood experience?
It’s kind of like this secret family, almost. They’re very secretive, and very strict with what you can say and what you can’t say, but they’re so kind and loving. The thing about the Marvel people is that every single producer, executive, head of Marvel — like, every single one of them — they are genuinely in love with what they do. I see Louis D’Esposito get excited about shit, and he’s one of the heads of Marvel, and he’s like, “When I saw Lyndsy at her audition…” And I’m like, “How does the head of Marvel care about me?” But he does. He cares. Every single one of them, Jeph Loeb — they’re so genuinely in love with this world that it doesn’t feel like a stuffy studio executive, or something like that. The Marvel guys are serious; it’s kind of like working for the CIA, with secrets. But it’s maybe the nicest CIA that you’ve ever seen.