When it was announced that Lyndsy Fonseca had joined the cast of Agent Carter, many Nikita fans may have assumed that she’d come out swinging. But after the premiere, they realized her character Angie is just an aspiring actress stuck working at the local Automat as a waitress while she tries to make her dreams come true. Of course, this made many viewers suspect that Angie might actually be a spy tasked with getting close to Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell).
The producers somewhat debunked that during the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews. “She’s got an attitude and she can meet Peggy toe to toe and push against Peggy’s need to not get close to anybody,” executive producer Michele Fazekas said, noting why they cast Fonseca if not for her physicality: “We wanted someone formidable.”
But Fonseca did tease that Angie will get into some of the action, though in a different way than on Nikita. “I feel like it’s such a great change and such a great opportunity to do something different, stretch, learn and keep me on my toes,” she said.
She may not be a spy—though executive producer Jeph Loeb noted not to trust anyone—but she does play a vital role on the series. “What is important that these first episodes is to establish this real life,” Fonseca told EW when we hit the set of Agent Carter last year. “It is a reminder of what Peggy is fighting for. If you don’t show that real world, you don’t really remember what it is she’s fighting for and it can get too all in the spy world and you forget what is normal life in that time. [She] really grounds the show.”
Has this made Fonseca stir crazy not getting to put her Nikita skills to good use? “It is really weird,” she said. “This isn’t happening in the first season, but let’s just say if Angie were to just start moving, it would be not as a trained assassin like I was on Nikita, because I feel different in the waitress outfit and in these ’40s clothes and as Angie, just this New Yorker trying to be an actress. It’s just a totally different feeling in my body and I think that that’s the weirder part.”
Agent Carter airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.