When Joss Whedon was hired to write and direct Wonder Woman in 2005, Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) was on his short list to play the most famous super heroine in the world.
Now, some six years later, they’re finally working together on a superhero film – Smulders is playing Maria Hill, Nick Fury’s second-in-command at S.H.I.E.L.D. in The Avengers. Recently, Smulders talked about her experience working on the film, including intensive black-ops training and working with Whedon.
“Plus this one, [I’m contracted for] seven more, I think. This doesn't mean I'm doing seven films - just means if they like me [and if they make seven more], then they'll have me on more.”
On whether or not working on such a large film has been surprising:
“Yes, everything [has been surprising]. I had no idea what it was going to be like at all. I was so happy to see a friendly face in Joss Whedon because I know him socially. But [the film] was huge -- the magnitude of it. I mean, just the amount of people it takes to make a film like this and move out to Albuquerque, New Mexico. People were working on the movie almost seven months before I arrived there."
On working with Joss Whedon:
"[It’s been a] dream. It was very handy to work with him because I was very intimated. There were a lot of extremely talented [and] very famous people working on this film. And I felt very green. And he was so kind to me and I really feel he brought out the best in me, performance-wise. I really went in there going like, 'I will do whatever you want me to do, sir.'"
On how she prepared for the film:
“I hired this amazing black-ops trainer to teach me how to hold a gun, take me to a shooting range, how to hit, how to hold myself, how to walk, and basically how to look. I don't do a ton of fighting in the movie, which is why I wasn't offered a trainer, but I wanted to look like I had the ability to. And I really just got down and dirty with the character, but then I finally went on set; when you're about to roll, all the 'blubbity blue' you've been working on kind of messes with [you]. And you become a little bit detached."
In the comic books, Maria Hill really only became a significant as a character when she replaced Nick Fury as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. For a very long time afterward, she was reviled by fandom - due primarily to her pro-registration position in the Mark Millar-penned Civil War - but she has seemingly redeemed herself in recent years (not only morally, but also in terms of no longer being a one note, one-dimensional, character).
It’ll be interesting to see how Joss Whedon decides to portray her in the film, especially with his long history of writing strong female characters.
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Joss Whedon’s The Avengers hits theaters May 4th, 2012.
Source: How I Met Your Mother Podcast [via ]