Continuing our string of interviews from the S.H.I.E.L.D. “bus,” today our spotlight shines on Iain de Caestecker, the talented young actor who brings Agent Leo Fitz to life. Fitz had some great moments in the recent episode “Seeds,” and it seems like we’ll be seeing more development for the character as the second half of the season begins this Tuesday, February 4.
“Seeds” offered a chance to see more of the social side of Fitz and his partner in crime, Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), and from the things de Caestecker said to us, “Seeds” offered a good peek behind the curtain. “They’ve both been locked away in the lab for so long, and they’ve kind of created this sort of world for themselves,” he explains of the social status of “FitzSimmons,” sure to point out that their world is expanding. “I suppose they’re not socially inept, but they just haven’t spent as much time in social circles as perhaps they should have, so coming out and having to interact with the team and do things for other members, they’ve formed this family in there as well, so it’s actually not just Fitz and Simmons. They have a very strong bond with everyone on the team, that they really care about. So in that sense, I supposed the stakes are raised every time they go out, because everyone’s so close… the thought of something happening to anyone now is a really horrific thing,” he said.
Recent episodes have also shown how Fitz responds to certain things. “Fitz has got this funny kind of temper,” Iain said with amusement. “He’s quite passionate about what he does. So those moments where – I don’t think he’s someone that really responds very quickly to emotion; he doesn’t really understand emotions as much, so when you do see that kind of side to him, I think it’s quite interesting,” he said.
One of the best episodes for seeing the emotional side of Leo Fitz was the well-received sixth episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., titled “F.Z.Z.T.,” where Simmons gets infected with a deadly virus. “That was a really good episode,” Ian recalled. “A lot changed after that episode, once one of us really came into danger, everything became a lot more serious, I suppose. And I suppose as everything’s been going on, the thing about it is, the more you see the characters and the things that happen to them, the toll on them gets heavier. They are human beings. They’re not immortal, and they’re not super heroes. So the fear and the risk of what they’re doing is just increasing. That’s been a really cool thing,” he enthused.
When asked for details about Jaimie Alexander’s upcoming guest appearance as the Lady Sif, Iain said “I probably don’t think so” to the notion of telling us about what kind of interaction she might be having with Fitz. But, the actor did tell us there’s “loads of cool stuff like that” coming up. “She plays Lady Sif from the Thor movies, which everyone’s familiar with, so it was just cool having her in and interacting with our cast. And I think Jeph Loeb said, with episode 2, when Director Fury was coming into the bus and he mentioned Fitz and Simmons’ names, suddenly it meant that Fitz and Simmons were vindicated in the Marvel world, because Nick Fury said our names! It’s things like that, when people like that come in, it’s a really great moment to have them there, because we’ve all seen the movies, and being part of that world is special,” Iain said.Finally, is there a dream storyline that Iain would like to see for Fitz? “I’d like to see him get a monkey,” he confirmed, saying that the artwork created by Marvel’s Joe Quesada for his birthday was “amazing.”
“Hopefully, one day. I don’t know how it would happen, [but] I’m not going to stop talking about it.”Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns February 4 on ABC. Take a look at some preview images!