Hayley Atwell on Agent Carter and the 'psychological cost' of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Aug 5, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT (Updated)

Hayley Atwell opened up about Agent Carter, promising an “intense” eight-episode adventure that’ll also deal with the “psychological cost” of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In an interview with TV Line’s Mike Ausiello during San Diego Comic-Con, Captain America’s Hayley Atwell talked about ABC's Marvel’s Agent Carter, whose first-season run will span only eight episodes.

The luminous British actress, who plays Cap’s (Chris Evans) lady love Peggy Carter, revealed that the Agent Carter series originally “wasn’t on the agenda” and that the Marvel One-Shot found in Iron Man 3’s Blu-ray sets was to be “kind of an epilogue to Peggy’s story.” It was thanks to the critical and popular success of that One-Shot that the idea came to do a series during last-year’s SDCC.

She also spoke about how she was looking forward to the development of her character -- who she calls a bit more “three-dimensional” -- and that Peggy is someone women can relate to. She adds: “Not just the competent, strong, intelligent woman in the work force, but the psychological and emotional cost of what it takes for a woman to sacrifice relationships to find her place in the world and to fulfill her destiny.”

The actress shared that shooting will start end of September and that she had 10 weeks of physical training to prep for the role and be able to do the stunts and kickass combat. 

As for the format of the show, Hayley Atwell said: “Because it’s eight episodes, it’s gonna be a very contained, intense adventure, with lots of twist and turn along the way, and there isn’t much time for it to breathe, to become too diluted, or kind of drawn out. So it’s going to be a lot of adventure, a lot of action as well as driving the plot along of this kind of girl struggling to form this better world for herself and the people around her.”

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Marvel’s Agent Carter will premiere during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mid-season winter break.

(via TV Line)