Chloe Bennet is in her fourth season of playing Daisy Johnson in MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, Tuesdays on ABC. Daisy is an “inhuman” also known as Quake, due to her ability to control and move earth. Daisy started out as Skye, a computer hacker who is recruited by the secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. organization before her true nature is known. Daisy has been through a lot since then, including the memory-wiping of her father (played by Kyle MacLachlan), being instrumental in the death of her super-powered but dangerous mother (played by Dichen Lachman), and the deaths of her boyfriend (played by Luke Mitchell) and her good friend Trip (played by B.J. Britt). Daisy was also kidnapped and partially brainwashed by the alien Hive (played by Brett Dalton), though she has since recovered.
Daisy spent the early part of fourth season as a vigilante rogue, helping those who couldn’t help themselves. She’s now back in the S.H.I.E.L.D. fold, but trouble is brewing, since nobody knows (yet) that agent Melinda May (played by Ming-Na Wen) has been replaced by an android Life Model Decoy, or LMD.
ASSIGNMENT X: How did you feel about Chloe’s transition to being Quake, the kind of Robin Hood outlaw?
CHLOE BENNET: It was really fun. It was cool to see a darker version of her. I think it was sad for Daisy, because she’s in mourning, but it’s cool. It’s cool to explore that different version of the character.
AX: And last season, you got to do, not two literally separate characters like Ming-Na Wen is doing, but you did have sort of a schizophrenic Daisy …
BENNET: The entire series has been a bit of a schizophrenic Daisy [laughs].
AX: When Daisy was under the control of Hive, she was a somewhat different character. Do you miss that?
BENNET: Oh, my God, no, not at all. Not even close. That was very difficult. It was hard. She was essentially under the influence of drugs without her personality changing, which was very weird to play, because there wasn’t really a reference of, “Oh, this is like I’m drunk,” or “This is like I’m on some weird …” My intention was different, and that was hard.
AX: Did you enjoy Daisy’s outlaw phase?
BENNET: Yes, it’s been really fun.
AX: How are you dealing with Daisy becoming more sure of her powers? Because she’s gone through a lot of guilt with it, and she now seems to be more comfortable …
BENNET: It’s actually harder for me as an actor to be more sure of my powers. In a way, as an actor, it feels, as me, Chloe, playing someone super-badass, I’m still getting used to that title of being kind of a badass superhero, because I’m so clumsy and kind of self-deprecating and awkward to begin with. So being super-awesome and badass without questioning it is harder for me, to be honest [laughs].
AX: When Daisy is making a quake, did you decide on any particular real physical thing you’re doing?
BENNET: Yeah. Mark Kolpack, he’s our VFX guy, he’s wonderful. The first couple of episodes [after Daisy discovered her powers], we really worked out what the physicality was going to be. We wanted it to be different, but still kind of convenient, something that I could do easily. So that’s what happened.
AX: And do you have a preference – do you want to see Daisy lighten up any time soon, or are you having fun with the angst?
BENNET: I think she deserves to have fun. I’m having fun as an actress being darker, but it is fun to be a little bit lighter as well.
[Henry Simmons, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, walks up at this juncture.]
AX: What’s been your favorite episode or scene so far?
BENNET: [teasing Simmons] Any scene with Henry Simmons is the worst. No, we have a lot of good stuff coming up that I’m excited for people to see.
AX: Do you have any other projects going on that we should know about?
BENNET: No. The only other project I have outside of SHIELD is sleeping and eating, right?
HENRY SIMMONS: Yeah.
BENNET: So I sleep, and then I guest-star in sleeping, and then I’m the lead in eating.
AX: And what would you most like people to know about the second half of Season 4?
BENNET: This season is broken up into three parts. The next one is like an LMD [Life Model Decoy] pod. It’s a very Marvel takes on WESTWORLD, and it’s very fun, because instead of having a Big Bad, we don’t know who’s bad, and it’s kind of a mind game, so I’m really excited. It’s darker and it’s sexier and it’s edgier, and it has a breath of fresh air. It feels different this season.
This interview was conducted during ABC’s party for the Television Critics Association January 2017 press tour.
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