Angel alum Amy Acker talks S.H.I.E.L.D., says, 'Fred is the gift that keeps giving'

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Apr 22, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

We first took notice of actress Amy Acker when she appeared on Angel as Fred, the mousy physicist who had been trapped in a demon dimension for five years. She eventually blossomed into a confident, ass-kicking ... Old One named Illyria. Even though Angel ended in 2004, Acker told TVLine that she has a lot to thank for Fred. In fact, she said, "Fred is the gift that keeps giving."

As we know, Joss Whedon kept his former star in work by putting her in many of his other productions, including Dollhouse, Cabin in the Woods and Much Ado About Nothing. In addition, a chunk of Acker's roles have stemmed from her work with Joss and his stable of proteges.

"[H]e hires such amazing writers who have now gone on to make their own shows, so I was lucky enough to do something on Grimm and Once Upon a Time, all these different things with different people who have been on or affiliated with Angel."

Acker will be making an appearance in tonight's episode of Joss/Jed Whedon/Maurissa Tancharoen-produced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the Cellist, the girlfriend of Agent Coulson referred to by Coulson and Pepper Potts in The Avengers (according to IMDB, she'll be appearing in season finale as well). 

The Cellist, whose name is Audrey, thought Coulson had died after the events of The Avengers. According to Acker, the episode will deal with the consequences of his lying by omission. 

"Coulson has been watching over her and is trying to protect her ... he realized that she could be in trouble, and so that became a priority. ... I have a really nice, pretty speech that they wrote about just how hard it was to get over him, trying to kind of put my life back together since I lost him."

Other than preparing for the role emotionally, Acker had to prepare for the role of the Cellist physically. She told TVLine, "Well, I took a nice three-hour lesson after I found out I was playing the part. [Laughs] Unfortunately, you can’t actually learn to play the cello in three hours, but ... I’m like, 'Oh, I can play the violin now!' I thought I was pretty good at it, but apparently not so much."

Will the Cellist have moved on from Coulson's death, or will she beat him over the head with a cello for allowing her to think he was dead? We'll have to wait and see.

Via TVLine.