TV Guide (2014)
April 21, 2014
[Extract featuring Amy Acker]
Next to finding out how Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) survived, fans of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s consummate company man have been desperate to learn more about the mysterious cellist, a person he was dating whom was briefly mentioned at the time of his death in The Avengers.
On Tuesday’s episode (8/7c, ABC), those fans will finally get to meet the woman who became Coulson’s true love Audrey, portrayed by Whedonverse alum Amy Acker. “What I find remarkable is that Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson said one line in The Avengers and that was it,” executive producer Jeffrey Bell tells TVGuide.com. “Out of that, we all began to imagine: Who is that person? What’s so special about that person? When’s the worst time for him to run back into her? It could also be the best time. As his world is falling apart, and as S.H.I.E.L.D. falls apart, here’s the woman who believes this man was killed back at the Battle of New York. That’s the ‘Why now?’ of it. The ‘Why Amy?’ part is because she’s Amy.”
The entire Whedonverse shares that sentiment for Acker, who is best known for playing Fred on Angel, had a recurring role on Dollhouse, and recently shared the screen with Gregg in S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing adaptation. “Spoiler alert, we all love Amy Acker,” Bell says. “Everything she imbues is something we felt that Coulson would love.”
“She has, as an actress, a lot of what Audrey Hepburn has,” executive producer Jeph Loeb adds. “There’s ordinary elements to her that you can believe she’s both the princess and the pauper simultaneously. For us, it was important that when you say, ‘The cellist,’ you have in your mind someone who’s extremely erudite, but we wanted someone who was also very approachable that the audience would fall in love with immediately so we can understand why Coulson had kept this relationship at the forefront of his mind despite all the other things that he had. In many ways, what’s so important about the relationship is that he had to give it up because of what had happened to him.”
With Coulson and his team on the run and struggling to stay alive after the discovery that Hydra had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D., this meeting brings the hope that Coulson could trade in this life for something much more quiet with Audrey. Alas, their reunion will be “abbreviated,” Loeb says and notes that Coulson will come back into her life in a very similar way that he first entered it. “She was in jeopardy, and he came as someone to protect her,” he says. “A similar situation has now occurred, which requires him to step in.” But his actions could have consequences since Audrey not only believes him to be dead, but that S.H.I.E.L.D. is a terrorist organization. “How do you save the person that you love or care deeply for when there is so much else going on? That’s really the razor’s edge that the episode dances on.”
…But reuniting, albeit briefly, with Audrey could be the push in the right direction for Coulson, who has been struggling with all that he’s given to S.H.I.E.L.D in the wake of such a huge betrayal. “Sometimes, when you go on that really important mission, you remember why you went on all those missions altogether,” Loeb says.
Are you excited to see Coulson and his cellist reunite? Do you think Ward could be redeemed?
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC.