Who could possibly steal Agent Coulson’s heart? The answer, it turns out, is Amy Acker.
Acker, known for her roles in fan favorite series such as “Angel,” “Person of Interest,” and “Dollhouse” as well as director Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” will join “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for an upcoming episode as Audrey, the “cellist” and love of Coulson’s life first mentioned in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”
With so much about Audrey shrouded in mystery, we spoke with Acker about the role, the character’s importance both to Agent Coulson and actor Clark Gregg, and much more—and to top it all off, we’ve got your first look at Acker as Audrey from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”!
Get a look at the first image from the upcoming episode directly below, then scroll down to read our full interview with the actress!
Marvel.com: Before you were even cast, were you one of those people who was wondering who the Cellist was that was referenced in the movie?
Amy Acker: I was, because I’m also a huge Clark Gregg fan. I’ve always been interested in what his storyline is going to be. It just seems like such a neat little piece to put in there. So when Clark was like, “Joss wrote the thing about the cellist in ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ and [it’s] something that’s been really important to [me] all along,” I was excited.
Marvel.com: You’ve worked with a lot of the producers on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and Clark before, so how did this particular opportunity come up?
Amy Acker: Well, I have been bugging [them] and just saying how I love working with all of them. Jed [Whedon] and Maurissa [Tancharoen produced] “Dollhouse,” and obviously I would kill to do anything with Clark. I think he’s so great. I have been dropping not so subtle hints that I would like to work with them and then they called me and asked if I might be available. It kind of worked out perfectly when I had a couple of days off. It was nice. It didn’t look like it was going to happen and then everything came together.
Marvel.com: Fantastic. When you were first hearing about the character, what sort of drew you toward her?
Amy Acker: Well, I think one of the things that was so interesting about the role is that she has this backstory and she has been talked about in the TV show as well as the movie and you knew that she was someone important to him and, therefore, to everyone and, as an audience member, important to me. I was curious to see who they were going to cast as that person, never actually thinking it was going to be me. [laughs] But [I was] just excited to see how that storyline would play out. So when Clark called me personally and said how important this role was to him, that it [needed to be] cast with the right person, it was very flattering that he thought that I was that person.
Marvel.com: When we meet Audrey at the beginning of this episode, would you say that she started to move on past Coulson or is she still sort of grappling with that?
Amy Acker: I think that she’s starting to try to put her life back together, and there [are] some great scenes about how hard that’s been, but that she’s finally gotten to a good place.
Marvel.com: What do you think it is that Audrey sees in Coulson and vice-versa? What do you think it is that he sees in her that makes their connection so strong?
Amy Acker: There’s a lot of talk [in the episode] about how it was when they were together. I think that one of the biggest things that they keep bringing up when she talks about him is how he made her laugh, and just the trust that she had for him. I [don’t’] think anyone would have a hard time falling in love with Coulson, there’s probably a long line of people with that already. It just seems like they really had a real, honest connection. I know it sounds cheesy, but [they] really [had] a soulmate-type vibe.
Marvel.com: Given that, in this episode, we’ve got Audrey being placed in danger from a threat coming back from her past, how do you think she is able to hold up under that pressure?
Amy Acker: That’s kind of the struggle of the episode, [her] finding the strength to hold up under that pressure. I think probably her relationship with Coulson and with S.H.I.E.L.D., and what they did for her in the past, has made her a stronger person and made her really trust that if she does what they say, that things are going to turn out the way they should and that she’s going to be protected. So I think that when she gets afraid and starts to doubt whether or not the plan is going to actually work, it seems like her love of Coulson is what makes her strong enough to keep with it in the end.
Marvel.com: I know you’re coming on for the episode but if the opportunity came up, would you want to come back again?
Amy Acker: Yeah, definitely. It seems like these two people are meant to be together and their story hasn’t really been told. The way that it ends in this episode, it seems like there’s a glimmer of hope that they may be together again or something like that. I feel like it’s sort of destiny for their paths to cross in some way.
Marvel.com: Very cool. As we’ve talked about, you’ve worked with Clark, with Jed and Maurissa, and Jeff Bell a lot in the past. So whenever you come on to one of these sets, does it ever feel like a sort of family reunion at the same time?
Amy Acker: I was sad I didn’t get to see Jeff or Jed because we weren’t ever shooting at the stages, but luckily Maurissa was there most of the time which was wonderful. Yeah, those people are all my really good friends. I’ve known them for so long, I just think they’re all so super talented that I’m always jealous when they’re doing things [where] I don’t get to say the words they’re writing. I was excited to just be there, and it was interesting because, like in “Dollhouse,” it really felt like there were a lot of people from the “Angel” days there. [Here,] it kind of felt like a new group of people, but everyone was so sweet and it just feels like such a welcoming atmosphere. The cast and the crew, everyone was great.
Catch new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” beginning Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC!