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Hypable visits the set of ‘Agent Carter’ season 2 with Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy
Hypable: 2:30 pm, January 18, 2016 By Natalie Fisher / Edited by Donya Abramo
We spoke with the cast about what to expect from Peggy and her team
Between sunshine, new enemies, and the presence of flamingos, the new season of Agent Carter will look markedly different when it returns on January 19. Hypable had the opportunity to visit the Los Angeles set of Agent Carter season 2 in November and speak with the show’s cast and crew.
Our interviews with all of the primary cast members were conducted on the set of the Averbach Talent Agency, which serves as the front for the West Coast home base of the SSR. (It’s fitting, by the way, that Peggy Carter’s new office in Hollywood is located at a casting agency.)
Like Los Angeles itself, the talent agency set is sprawling. Several desks sit in orderly file in the center, with private offices for the higher ranking officials surrounding them (like Daniel Sousa, the LA department’s new Chief.) The SSR logo sits at the front of the offices, and it was in front of this symbol where we interviewed cast members old and new as well as the team of showrunners. Here’s what’s in store for the characters of Agent Carter season 2:
James D’Arcy was less than enthused to climb into a woollen three-piece suit under the hot LA sun, but his two leading ladies should serve to make Jarvis’s West Coast experience worthwhile.
Poor Jarvis. Life in LA, setting up Howard Stark’s new base of operations, really is going to be a trial for him. First things first: that flamingo. “There were four flamingos,” he begins, “as they told me, ranging in aggressive natures, from quite mild to psychotic. And the nicest one was called Simon. And the one that was a menace to society was called Cannibal.” D’Arcy had the room in fits of laughter describing his experience shooting with Howard’s ridiculous new pet, and it’s made us eager to see more comedic scenes from the uptight butler. Even Peggy seems to delight in pushing Jarvis’s buttons: “Peggy knows that Jarvis is someone she can trust and a confidant, while not necessarily being the number one draft pick for going on missions,” D’Arcy explains ruefully. “I think she quite liked torturing him as well. So there’s a sort of glee in her face as she makes me do things that I don’t want to do. And God bless Jarvis. He’s game! And ineffective for the most part.”
After D’Arcy explained his inspiration for Jarvis’s very specific period British accent and how it compares to the J.A.R.V.I.S. of Iron Man (he thinks that Paul Bettany should go back and copy him!), Hypable asked, just for fun, what Jarvis would think of Tony Stark’s tribute to him. Would he find it creepy, or would he be touched by it? Edwin Jarvis is, after all, the man who ended up loving Tony like a son. To our surprise, this question was met with one of the longest and most ominous pauses in any of the cast interviews. “I’m not entirely sure how to answer that question. Your question may or may not get an answer in this season,” D’Arcy told us after some consideration. What on earth could this possibly mean?
But, of course, the most anticipated development for Jarvis this season is the on-screen introduction of his wife, Ana, who in season 1 “appeared” only as a touching anecdote about Jarvis’s past and and as a comical voice behind the curtain. But for season 2, she had to truly come to life. “It was something that we went back-and-forth on in the first season, on whether or not to show her,” showrunner Tara Butters admitted. “But if we’re moving to LA and Peggy is going to be staying with them, you can not not show her.”
One thing that D’Arcy wanted to make very clear is that we’re not being introduced to Ana purely to sate curiosity — she has a very real reason to be there, one that will serve the story dramatically. He also praised his new co-star, Lotte Verbeek, faced with the position of coming into the second season of a show that already works well without you and worrying that you’d be the one to mess it up, and demonstrated her fearlessness by describing her first day of work: a scene that — whether it makes it into the episode or not — should tell you something about the home life of the couple. “She’d just flown in, I met her in makeup, we had a chat, then suddenly we were on set, we were doing this scene in front of the crew, and she did something that wasn’t in the script. Which was she smacked me on the ass, at the end of one of her lines. And as she did it I thought, that is great. That is brilliantly courageous. Firstly to do with an actor that you don’t actually know very well! But secondarily, perfectly what they were hoping that Ana would be like. She’s not like Mr. Jarvis at all.”
Verbeek agrees, telling us that to be Jarvis’s wife is to be completely opposite of what he is. When asked for her take on the butt-slapping incident, she credits the writing, saying it gave her the inspiration to be playful and free to her husband’s stuck-up and proper attitude. “The role of Ana Jarvis is definitely described as the polar opposite of what he is, anything that’s playful and kind of provocative, fun and outgoing.” Mrs. Jarvis may be more keen on her new home than Jarvis himself — “What’s not to like? There’s sun, there’s colors…” she exclaimed, when we asked whether Ana liked LA, despite her husband hating it. Though, as they say, home is where the heart is. “Ana Jarvis is the kind of person that makes Jarvis like LA a little bit more than he would have,” she continued. Too cute.
In case these moments slipped by you in season 1, Ana is a Hungarian Jew whom Jarvis fell in love with while serving another employee in Europe. He committed forgery to get her safe transit during WWII, and this incident both cemented his bond with new boss Howard Stark, and was later used against him by the SSR, who uncovered his crime and threatened to deport Ana. She was heard as a voice down the hall or on the telephone, and the pair seem to have a very sweet, domestic relationship, one that helps to re-assert the platonic friendship between him and Peggy. Fans can look forward to seeing that actually happen in person: “You get a sense in the first season that he’s a really devoted, loving husband, in the cutest, most adorable way,” Verbeek gushed, “but you never see him be that way with her, you just hear him talk about her […] I think there’s something very cute to it, just the way they are together. Because they’re so different, I think it’s very powerful.”
Of course, the Peggy and Jarvis dream team wouldn’t exist without Howard Stark — the show’s three British leads go way back
“I’m very lucky on this because I have Dominic and James who I’ve known for so long that there’s a natural ease when we work together,” Atwell explained. “We can go to those places because we’ve known each other for a long time. We know how to push each other’s buttons and how to make each other laugh. And I think that helps to create the rapport between the characters.”
Location, location, location — the entire cast had a lot to say about the show’s shift in setting to LA
Will the show stay in Hollywood? Who knows, at this point. Season 1 was New York, and now in season 2, we’ve got LA. Could season 3 see Peggy going back to her roots, with a London setting? “That would be amazing,” Atwell enthused. “I love that. I love it. I think in season 2, without kind of giving anything away, there are moments that we see of what her life potentially could have been before back in England. And it also sets up quite a very rich background for her. So knowing that her roots are there, knowing that there’s certain things that happened in her past in England that defined who she was as woman as a person, I think there’s plenty of opportunity to explore that a little bit more.” D’arcy was also, unsurprisingly, very keen on that idea. However, the showrunners aren’t making any promises to the homesick Brits. “I kinda like LA,” Fazekas admits. “I think there’s still more stories to tell.”
Agent Carter airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC beginning tomorrow, January 19.