Agents of SHIELD star Elizabeth Henstridge revealed an episode that could have cost her career if she did not play it well.
In the previous episode, Dr. Jemma Simmons (Henstridge) went undercover in Ellen Nadeer’s (Parminder Nagra) office as a D.C. lobbyist. Henstridge said she prepared for the episode to its smallest detail.
The actress learned the Southern American accent of her undercover character, Miss Beaks. Henstridge was born in England hence, portraying a role that has a different accent could be a challenge for her.
“It was intimidating to do that, in front of Americans! It was one of those things where you go, ‘Sure, I’ll try it,’ and on your drive home, you’re like, ‘Is my career over right now? It could be!’” the actress admitted to TVLine. Evidently, it did not.
The actress also shared how she prepared for the scenes where she needs to speak in an American accent. Henstridge revealed that she listened to some recordings during breaks while filming her scenes.
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While Jemma played undercover, Mace (Jason O’Mara) showed concern if she could handle the task since the scientist has been kidnapped several times in the past. Jemma, however, proves that she had learned from her unsuccessful undercover assignments.
As Jemma tries to play Miss Beaks, one of Ellen Nadeer’s staff recognizes her and makes a phone call to report her presence. She tells him, “I’m going to need your phone,” but he throws her against the wall. They fight while Daisy and Mace listen.
Mace wonders if they need to help Simmons. She, however, successfully knocks out Ellen’s staffer and reports to Mace and Daisy that now they can trace the call he made. Jemma ends up with a split lip and a bump on her head, but she wins the fight.
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At the end, the SHIELD team successfully took down Aida (Mallory Jansen). However, it was also revealed that Radcliffe (John Hannah) has another Aida model working for him. He is the one who actually abducted May (Ming-Na Wen).
Don’t miss Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD season 4 every Tuesdays at 10 pm in ABC.
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