[TV] Ming-Na Wen Talks About Playing Melinda May In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.21.2013
"It doesn't get any better than this..."
In an interview with IGN, Ming-Na Wen spoke about playing Agent Melinda May in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which debuts Tuesday on ABC.
On how it feels to have the show go to series: "Well, it was pure torture just waiting and waiting and waiting for months on end. And now that we're in the thick of it and all this great buzz that we're getting, it's just… I'm living the dream, man! This is great. It doesn't get any better than this! It really doesn't."
On playing Melinda May: "Oh, absolutely. I don't think I've ever loved a character more, because she's complex and she's mysterious, but at the same time, I think she compartmentalized whatever it was that took her out of the field – and now that she's back in the game, she's back in the game. There's definitely going to be opportunities when the audience get to see those small moments or that moment when you really see her become vulnerable. And that's what's so great about doing a television show is that we have the luxury of time to explore it. It's a good novel, a page-turner."
On the relationships between the agents: "The relationship between each character, it gets intense at times, because you have to develop trust. You have to develop a sense of belonging with each other. Coulson has, what seems like, this haphazard group of people he's brought together. It's like, "Really? They've never worked together before." There's an age difference and there's skill level experience differences and then he brings on this other character we don't trust, Skye. Who is she? She's a complete outsider! We question it, but at the same time we have to respect that these are the choices he's made. So I think that inherently brings in a great deal of conflict as well as finding ways where we get to explore how they end up being able to work together."