Five Highlights from Hayley Atwell's Agent Carter Wizard World Philadelphia Panel

Monday, 11 May 2015 - 5:00PM
Agent Carter
Monday, 11 May 2015 - 5:00PM
Five Highlights from Hayley Atwell's Agent Carter Wizard World Philadelphia Panel
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Agent Carter's Hayley Atwell was kind enough to stop by Wizard World Philadelphia this weekend, and she was just as eloquent and adorable as ever. We have a video of the full panel, but here are a few highlights in which Atwell discussed feminism, all the hilarious places she fell asleep on set, and "accidentally" hitting stuntmen in the groin.

Strangest places she fell asleep on the Agent Carter set

1) Under a water cooler
2) On top of the popcorn machine
3) In a clothes rail while someone was getting changed

How many people she's hurt as a result of her "clumsiness"

The question started off asking how many people have become collateral damage as a result of her notorious clumsiness, but her answer implied something a little more mischievous: "Six stuntmen... In the ball region. None of the girls were hurt, just the boys. Releasing a little bit of tension there."

Best prank she's pulled on James D'Arcy

This is an oldie but a goodie. Atwell and D'Arcy, who plays Jarvis on Agent Carter, are longtime friends, so naturally, one day she decided to hide in his trailer and scare him. The results are below:

Mr james D'Arcy

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Agent Carter's feminist message

When asked to distill Agent Carter's feminism into a sound bite, Atwell said, "Embrace who you are, the good, the bad, the ugly. We all have the capacity for greatness and for darkness and it's all about which road you choose.

"I don't think any person is any one thing. You don't have to be very masculine in your physicality... Vulnerability is part of [Peggy's] strength, because she can use it when she needs to. Let's not deny those aspects of who we are, let's embrace that and use it to our advantage."

Several fans also asked about the lack of racial diversity on the show, and she reassured them that she collaborates extensively with the writers, and improving diversity is an explicit goal for next season. She claimed that, since there's been such a great reception for Dottie, a female villain, there has been talk in the writers room about adding another female agent, particularly a woman of color.

On that Agent Carter driver's license

Atwell was forced to take her driver's license photo in full Agent Carter garb when she only had twenty minutes to go off set, and she said, "I thought, 'I'm going to be recognized, this is so exciting.' So I went in there and whipped off my coat and looked around- nobody cares."
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