Actress Hayley Atwell breaks down the first season of Agent Carter

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
December 29, 2014 04:15 PM

The series premiere of Agent Carter is almost upon us – to add fuel to your fire burning as bright as Peggy Carter’s perfect red lip, check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the new series.

As Hayley Atwell explains, Agent Carter takes place in 1946, following the events of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger.

While performing administrative work for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy’s secret missions courtesy of Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) place her in the kind of action-packed danger that sometimes requires blonde wigs, an American accent, and dagger eyes aimed at drunken men who ask her to dance.

Hayley Atwell (as Agent Peggy Carter) in Agent Carter

“She has an intelligence about her and a skill set that’s very impressive,” says Atwell, “and yet we get to see the emotional and psychological cost of her character, of someone who’s having to live a double life.”

In the clip, we see a hint of the marginalization Peggy suffers. An officer of the British Armed Forces, Peggy doesn’t receive the respect she deserves in America due to her status as a person strange men think they can call “darling” – to which she answers, with steel, that her name is “Agent.”

Agent Carter‘s two-hour series premiere kicks off on Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.