'It's an absolute incredible spectacle,' star Hayley Atwell tells EW
You’ve never seen a dream quite like this.
When EW first broke the news that fan-favorite Lyndsy Fonseca would be returning to Agent Carter this season via a Dancing With the Stars-inspired dream sequence, it was hard to imagine how such a scene would fit into the 1940’s spy show. Now, thanks to a preview clip from People, we have our answer.
The routine, choreographed by Dancing With The Stars‘ Louis van Amstel, features our favorite SSR agent and a crooning Daniel Sousa, who sings about Peggy’s inner thoughts before launching into a full routine with an original song by lyricist David Zippel and composer Christopher Lennertz. And, like any dream sequence, Peggy’s mind has brought along friends, including Angie, Dottie, Thompson, Wilkes … and yes, even Jarvis.
“When the showrunners told me that it was going to happen, I thought they were lying, because they’re such pranksters. You can’t walk into that office without being boobytrapped in some way,” Atwell tells EW. “Then the script came, and it’s an absolute incredible spectacle. I went into Capitol Records and recorded some, so I am singing in it, and I’m doing a little bit of dancing. There’s some fantastic professional dancers that are in it too.”
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Those dancers include DWTS pros such as Dmitry Chaplin, Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Sasha Farber, and Damian Whitewood. “The whole thing is brilliant because it’s such a surreal moment that comes out of nowhere, it just takes the show into a whole different world for a second. It was one of the best days of my working life,” says Atwell. “Everyone was in such a good mood, everyone turned up to watch the filming of it. Jarvis was having an absolute ball, leaving going, ‘I’m going to take up up dancing lessons now!’ [And I come] away going: ‘Oh, I think I’ve got a career in singing! Amazing. I’m the next Adele!’ An overblown sense of our skills and talent. But it was hysterical. By this point, the crew gets on incredibly well with each other, there’s a very strong sense of camaraderie, so that was a joyous day where we could all have fun.”
You can see the full sequence in the video below, which Atwell recalls “was like a fun day at school. It’s just something different from your every day working schedule. I’d love, for season 3, if we had an entire episode for no reason and no explanation it was just a musical.”
Marvel’s Agent Carter airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Reporting by Natalie Abrams.