MCM Comic Con London 2016: Roundtable With The Stars Of Agent Carter, The Flash And Arrow

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MCM Comic Con London is well underway and we got to sit down with Enver Gjokaj, Violett Beane and Michael Rowe to discuss their roles in Agent Carter, The Flash and Arrow respectively, the industry, and fun times on set.

Enver Gjokaj was the first to face the questions of the attending press, making a few jokes to get everyone into the Comic Con mood.

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The question to start us off addressed Agent Carter and why he thought it meant so much to so many people, after all, the fans were devastated when ABC cancelled the show.

One of the reasons he thinks that people were attracted to Agent Carter was that the show was ahead of its time. Although networks have a hard time getting female lead shows to the people, he can’t blame them either. After all, it’s how the money works. But the people who loved it were amazed how Hayley Atwell just morphed with her character and the fact that it was a great concept and had an incredible cast.

Another great question was what his favorite persona had been on Dollhouse. He didn’t really have one, however, and admitted that most of the time, he was just super scared, as it was his first job, and he thought he might get fired all the time.

Soon after, the questions went back to Agent Carter and the impact he thought the show had on its audience. To answer the question, Gjokaj gave a small example of how people who watched the show came up to him and told him how important it was to have a character like his on the show. He was playing a disabled character, who never got defined by it and who ultimately wasn’t unimportant or the villain, but was the love interest of the main character.

“Life and definitely life as an actor isn’t fill in the blank but multiple choice,” he explains after being asked what he’d say to a casting director about what kind of franchise he wants to be a part of. While “living your life” and having a big full life outside of acting is his special technique to get over rejection, “ripping his sides” is another, because he never keeps them after he leaves the room.

The second half of the round table was dedicated to the representatives of our favorite DC Comics adaptations. Both Michael Rowe and Violett Beane were incredibly excited to be headed to London for Comic Con.

When speaking of their respective shows, Beane said that she thinks that the appeal of The Flash lies in its light-heartedness. What really means a lot to her is the possibility to play a female superhero and put on a cool suit.

She put special emphasis on the fact that she is a female superhero in a very male-dominated genre. “They had a female speedster [on The Flash] but she was a villain, and I don’t know how it’s taken them so long to do something like that,” she said on her transformation to Jessie Quick. “Slowly the other female characters in the show are getting their powers and getting a little bit more of the spotlight. It feels amazing to be part of that.”

Both Rowe and Bean revealed that they did not know they were auditioning for the iconic comic book roles they would eventually embody. “When I booked the role they were like ‘by the way, you’re gonna be playing Jessie Quick’,” Beane said about her audition process.

They told her she would be playing a CSI named Claire, who was obsessed with Barry Allen, but the character never made it to the show. Rowe on the other hand was told he would be an army sniper called Finn, which is a little closer to his eventual character “Deadshot” Floyd Lawton.  “They showed me all the gear and I still thought they were messing with me,” Rowe said.

Both actors agree that they would love to jump over to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow at some point. Beane believes it would be incredibly exciting to be able to time travel and experiment with different costumes and makeup styles. However, she would also love to cross-over to Arrow to play alongside Echo Kellum, who is a good friend of hers. We can only imagine the shenanigans those two would get up to.

All guests were asked about their experiences in the creative industry. “Just be yourself and study your craft,” Beane advises aspiring actors and actresses. She also said to take the chance to get into acting classes and continue to learn more about the art itself.

Gjokaj said that it is important to keep reality in mind when getting into acting. It includes copious amounts of auditions, most of which you are rejected from or you don’t even hear back from. But he also said to be careful when doing it professionally. “Once you monetize it, it does become something different. It’s no longer this thing that you do because you love it, it’s now the thing that you do because you need money.” While he would never discourage someone from pursuing this creative dream, he also warns about knowing the difference between going to acting school and the harsh reality.

Rowe said that a big issue for him is also that there are a lot more bad scripts to audition for than good ones. “I actually stopped going to auditions six months ago because I got sick of reading bad scripts,” the actor said with brutal honesty. He also teased that he was currently producing a movie that he wrote in East Canada, which is a new challenge for him.

When asked about what attracts them, as actors, to a script, Rowe said that he either relates to a character, or the character is so far away from your own that you want to take on that challenge.

For Beane the story and characters and their development are the most important factors. “It is really important, as a woman, to feel empowered by my role and not to contribute to the mindset of what women have always been played as,” she concluded.