‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’: Emily VanCamp Reveals the ‘More Intense’ Part of Filming
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is underway. A new episode hits Disney+ every Friday and has been since March 19, 2021. The TV show features Emily VanCamp reprising her role as Sharon Carter aka Agent 13.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed since the last time the actor played Carter. The MCU is growing and evolving and so is VanCamp’s role. Upon returning to the MCU, she embarked on some “more intense” scenes during filming.
Emily VanCamp joined ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ cast as an edgier version of Sharon Carter
During an interview with Variety published on April 5, 2021, VanCamp discussed her return as Carter. When audiences last saw the former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, she was helping Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in Captain America: Civil War. Fast forward to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the niece of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is on the run.
“There’s quite a bit more edge to Sharon than we’ve ever seen,” she said. “She’s not that wide-eyed young agent anymore. She’s a little rough around the edges.”
“Do we find out exactly what she’s had to do in order to be where she is now and survive? No. But we get a sense that it hasn’t always been easy, and that the sacrifices she’s made weren’t always worth it in her mind,” VanCamp said before adding there’s a glimpse of a previously unseen “chip on her shoulder.”
The actor stars in the series alongside Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson aka The Falcon), Daniel Brühl (Zemo), and Wyatt Russell (John Walker).
The MCU alum had ‘more intense’ fight scenes than ever before
VanCamp quickly learned after signing on for the TV series it would be a different MCU experience. There’d be more action for Carter which meant fight training for her.
Asked when she realized the extent of the training she’d have to do for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, VanCamp told Variety she knew about it pretty early on.
“It was talked about while the scripts were being written, like, ‘Well, you’re gonna have to do fight training. We’ve got some sequences for you that are going to be a little harder than maybe you’ve done before,’” she said.
The 34-year-old continued, saying she looked forward to the process.
“That always excites me. And the training was definitely much more intense than it’s ever been,” she said. “We had the best stunt team and they take such amazing care of us and just really prepare us for those moments.”
“In that version of what we were doing, you can’t really hide behind weapons or superpowers. It’s just really gritty fighting, and so that was that was super cool to learn all these new techniques and kick some butt,” she added.
Emily VanCamp trained for fight scenes in between filming ‘The Resident’
VanCamp went back and forth between playing a doctor on The Resident and the MCU’s Carter on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Filming both programs in Atlanta, Georgia, the actor spent as much time as she could training for fight scenes when she wasn’t in front of the camera.
“Whenever I wasn’t shooting Falcon and the Winter Soldier or The Resident, I would be in there [at Marvel’s “special stunt stage”] as much as I possibly could,” she said.
Because of the shift with Carter, her fighting style had to be tweaked.
“We went through several different versions of how she [Carter] fights now versus who she was as an agent,” VanCamp said. “It’s fun to figure out how to give her that raw edge, but also show that she’s a trained fighter. There’s a mix of scrappy street fighting with her technical background.”
As far as faking her fighting skills, the actor said there’s “no way around the putting the time” in: “As much as you may only see little glimpses on air, you have to be ready, or else you really will get your butt kicked.”
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is currently one of multiple Marvel programs streaming on Disney+.