ComicsVerse had the incredible opportunity to speak with the cast of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. at NYCC 2017! Not only did the cast look stunning and talk about some of their favorite moments in season four, but Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson) nearly brought us to tears talking about his castmate Chloe Bennett (Daisy “Skye” Johnson/Quake). Read the transcript below or watch the video above! You expect to see amazing things at New York Comic Con but one doesn’t expect Agent Coulson to make their eyes watery with emotion!
ComicsVerse: Compared to how your characters were in season 1 compared to the beginning of season 5, how have they grown? How have they changed?
Clark Gregg: You first!
Chloe Bennet: How have I not? I mean, the hair alone could be a whole ten-minute interview. I feel like I’m playing a completely different character yet, at the same time, not at all. They’ve given me so much to work with and, you know, Daisy – I mean, she’s literally had like seven names. So there’s that. But she’s grown so much, you know? In the beginning, it was all about kinda finding her family, and there’s the realization of “oh, this is my family” and it’s kinda been like a… her figuring out what it means to belong somewhere. Cause I think… something that I know resonates with the fans and resonates with me and the human aspect of the show is it’s really about belonging and what it means to be family, and what it means to be…
Clark Gregg: Yeah…
Chloe Bennet: “Oh, I can mess up and they’ll still be there behind me, supporting me” and you can choose your family, and it’s been such a growing experience for her in that way. And she’s had a mentor in Coulson…
Clark Gregg: Number of them. Can I talk about this?
Chloe Bennet: Yeah!
Clark Gregg: So, she went from being an angry hacker living in a van trying to take down secret organizations like S.H.I.E.L.D. with terrible emotional abandonment [issues] and wounds from being left on a doorstep and adopted, to someone who discovered a whole history of who she was that was dark. And then discovering and gaining powers and learning how to deal with those powers and taking responsibility for them, and stepping up into a role where she saves people and shows up for people. There’s a “young woman learning how to be powerful and own it” story there that is so important and resonate, and when I see young girls showing up – young girls of all different nationalities and ethnicities show up dressed like her at a con it just gives me chills, and I think Chloe doesn’t get enough credit for the amazing journey she’s taken the character on and…
Chloe Bennet: Thanks, Clark!
Clark Gregg: I actually think it mirrors the indcredible journey that this nineteen-year-old actress, who hadn’t done that much –
Chloe Bennet: Anything at all!
Clark Gregg: … has gone on and the depth that she’s gained in her work and the results of it. It’s inspiring to me. It makes me better.
Chloe Bennet: Oh, god, I’m, gonna give you that money later.
Clark Gregg: It’s just true.
Chloe Bennet: Thanks> Clark has been such a… it’s funny because he’s such a mentor for me on/off camera. No, he really is. it’s been so incredible to grow alongside the cast and have Clark as out leader off and on screen. We are so lucky to have this cast.
Clark Gregg: It’s such an intense family experience. I feel like we all have grown so much together – just from going on this ride together.
ComicsVerse: Your characters ended up becoming a part of the cast a little bit later on. What was it like being a part of a class that was already established and just joingin right there later on in the series?
Natalia Cordova-Buckley: Well I had heard so many times from actors that that’s one of the hardest things because it’s like coming into school midway through the year. You’re the new kid, but this- I keep saying it and I’m gonna repeat myself I think for the rest of my life because no one’s gonna come close to this crew and cast I think we’re really spoiled.
Henry Simmons: Yeah
Natalia Cordova-Buckley: And the moment I came in, trembling, not knowing if I was gonna get that first day of school feeling, they were just all so warm and welcoming and lovely that it’s just, you know, it was always very easy to just come into this family.
Henry Simmons: I will say it was – well it was a little bit difficult on this aspect. There were so many different storylines and all these different people… I mean, can’t keep up with all that! They’re like “okay so when Nick comes in-” I’m like “wait who’s Nick? “That’s Ian.” “Oh, hold up, Ian. I didn’t know all that!2 That was difficult.
ComicsVerse: Characters, you’re going to be in space, I didn’t get a chance to ask this before but… anyything you guys can give us, any hints or something like that?
Natalia Cordova-Buckley: It’s out of this world! No, it’s gonna be a lot of fun. Cause it’s a whole new alien world-
Henry Simmons: Oh, my gosh!
Natalia Cordova-Buckley: So, as actors and as Henry and Natalia, and as Yo-Yo and Mack, we’re all discovering this world together. So it’s very- there’s a lot of imgaination, curiosity, there’s thriller kinda aspect cause we don’t know where we’re at, we’re lost. So I think, to me, it’s been a really fun season so far, it’s true.
Henry Simmons: And it’s cold.
Natalia Cordova-Buckley: In space!
Henry Simmons: In space, space, space.
ComicsVerse: Favourite moment from season four?
Elizabeth Henstridge: Oh, season four!
Iain De Caistecker: Favorite moment – shooting Simmons in the leg, yes!
Elizabeth Henstridge: My favorite moment was getting shot in the leg! Although that was quite a nice moment cause that was the first time we’d seen each other. So acting wise it was good. Character-wise, it was a low point for Simmons. That was the fastest we’ve ever answered a question.
Original article at ComicsVerse