Iain De Caestecker On The Future Of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

While talking to Iain De Caestecker for the upcoming DVD release of new rom-com Not Another Happy Ending, we had the chance to chat about playing Agent Leo Fitz in Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (The full interview covering Not Another Happy Ending, S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fades and more will be published later next year.)

What’s it like working on a large operation like S.H.I.E.L.D., especially a Marvel project that has such a dedicated fanbase?

It is a different experience in some ways, yet I really just try to focus on whatever the project is rather than the medium. So whether it’s movies, television or theatre, I look at whatever it is I’m working on. Having something that others are passionate about is always a risk but very encouraging too. It can be intimidating but exciting too.

It’s almost strange to see both yourself and Karen Gillan, your co-star in Not Another Happy Ending, now in Marvel projects – you in S.H.I.E.L.D. and Karen in Guardians Of The Galaxy next year. How do you both feel about that?

Actually I met up with her the other day. She’s such a character but one of the most genuine people you could ever hope to meet. The level of success will never change her, even if she’s in a huge film like that. She’s a great laugh and she deserves all the success. No matter what the scale is, she will always be Karen. I think we both have that same approach of whatever it is, just deal with it the same.

What was it in particular that attracted you to S.H.I.E.L.D. or was it a no-brainer of an opportunity?

Fitz is a character I find exciting. I was particularly familiar with his comedic side. Obviously working with Joss who has such a commanding presence and can do comedy and emotional too. Working with Marvel and everyone behind the scenes. They are all fantastic. Such a great team. The storylines that Joss works on – he has a much longer frame that he works to, and lots of planning.

In terms of how the show is performing now – have you heard any buzz about a second season? From our own perspective and that of others we have talked to, the show seems to be picking up pace and finding its feet a little more now with every episode. Would you agree?

With the amount of publicity the show had initially, it was always going to take time with the huge expectation attached to a Marvel project. I think the scripts are getting better all the time. Hopefully people out there keep giving it a chance.

We find out at the same time as everyone else about a second season. Until then we have no idea. We go back and we keep filming until April. So maybe then or afterwards. US network shows are a risky game.

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Channel 4 on Fridays at 8pm.

Not Another Happy Ending, starring Iain De Caestecker, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and Henry Ian Cusick (Lost) will be released on DVD on 10 February 2014.