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The SHIELD star on the superhero team assembling and Daisy\'s evolving role and powers.
It’s been a long buildup, but this week’s new Agents of SHIELD, "The Team," will finally see Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) gathering the Secret Warriors for their first true mission together, as she calls upon the superpowered group to help rescue her fellow SHIELD agents.
I spoke to Bennet about this big episode, what it’s like for Daisy to be in charge and more on her growing responsibilities and Inhuman abilities.
Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson in Marvel\'s Agents of SHIELD.
IGN: This is obviously a moment that fans have been waiting for all season. It’s “Secret Warriors assemble” time. Were you pretty excited for this episode?
Bennet: I was so excited. I just remember watching X-Men when I was younger and thinking, “That’s so cool. That’s what I want to do. I want to be a part of something like that.” It\'s really exciting to me. It was like my inner 6 year old got to go to work and play superheroes and it was so much fun. We all have a text thread called “Secret Warriors” and we just talk to each other. We’re big dorks about it. But it’s such a good time.
IGN: You’ve got Luke [Mitchell] there all the time but does it feel good to have other people alongside you who can stare forward and wave their hands on set - knowing it’ll look cool later?
Bennet: It was funny because Luke and I, we were kind of giving them lessons like, “Okay, it feels really stupid but the more you commit or just do it…” I think them seeing our enthusiasm about it probably helps. But they were so good. It was fun. Especially that moment where the wall breaks open and we all step through it, we all had way too much fun. Me and Luke went through our own little superhero boot camp at the beginning of Season 3. We were discovering how to hold our hands and the different postures and the different powers. It was great to do that again with new people.
Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Juan Pablo Raba, Chloe Bennet and Luke Mitchell in Marvel\'s Agents of SHIELD.
IGN: Let’s talk about what this means for Daisy stepping up as a leader in a big way. What’s that role like for her? Is she ready for that?
Bennet: I think she’s getting her sea legs. I think she’s still working on it. It’s something that takes practice. People are born with the skills that it takes to be a leader and the rest is being out in the field and doing it and making the hard calls and the tough decisions. It was trickier for me than I thought because everyone I’m working with is older than me and that was different. So to get onscreen and be the leader of all these people who are older than me, it didn’t feel as organic as it probably should have, to be completely honest. So there are some things where I’m like “Oh, I’m clearly a little uncomfortable” but I think it works for the show because Daisy probably is too. As an actor, there are some things you can’t control and you use it in the scene. If you’re feeling sick that day, that’s what’s happening with your character and that’s just an extra layer that you’re going to bring to the character that day. That’s what I used onscreen. It’s something that she’s going to grow into. Obviously they do a great job, but things don’t go as planned.
Bennet: [Laughs] It’s perfect! We all just go and watch Netflix.
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IGN: You all go and watch Agents of Shield Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix! Like you said, Daisy is probably the youngest
of those four too. She couldn’t have known that she was going to be in this leadership role as quickly as she is either. She’s putting her game face on but does she have some insecurities about it?
Bennet: It’s similar on screen and off screen. I’m the youngest character on the show and I’m also the youngest actor on the show but out of the Secret Warriors I have more experience as a SHIELD agent and I’ve had more experience in the field and Daisy is the most qualified to be the leader on the team because she’s been through a lot and she’s a very experienced person in the field because of the past couple of seasons. It makes sense but there’s always that level of insecurity that I think every leader has. It was important for me to kind of bring those elements of authenticity to the show and to her being a leader. It’s never just “Okay! Here I am and everything is perfect and I’m not insecure.” I think any leader that feels that way, they’re not a leader. They probably want power and control. Any genuine leader is probably insecure with their decisions and learning and trying to make the best decisions and be the best person they can be. Hopefully that translates this episode.
IGN: Daisy’s abilities seem to really be growing and you’ve had some cool sequences lately, like setting off all the landmines in last week’s episode.
Bennet: Yeah! That was one of my favorites because that was from the comic book. I never got to do something just from my hands. That was pretty exciting.
IGN: Are we going to get to see her use her powers in even different ways?
Bennet: Oh, Eric, you have no idea how crazy it gets! I will just say that at the end, end,
of the season you will see her powers grow even more and people will be like, “Why isn\'t she on the Avengers? She’s so powerful!” She grows a lot.
Agents of SHIELD: "The Team" airs Tuesday, April 19th at 9:00pm ET/PT on ABC.
Eric Goldman is Executive Editor of IGN TV. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheEricGoldman, IGN at ericgoldman-ign and Facebook at Facebook.com/TheEricGoldman.
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