Enver Gjokaj is largely known to fans for his dramatic work as Agent Daniel Sousa on Marvel’s Agent Carter and Victor/Anthony Ceccoli on Dollhouse. But upon being asked about his guest role on cult favourite Community he shared about his new experience of having to work in such a pressured environment.
“They were yelling lines, not only re-writing last minute but yelling lines from video village. I had never been in that situation of, ‘Oh! Right, now you want me to say it?’ Not even between takes doing a re-write. I think that show is even more impressive once you realise the actors are taking not only notes but new lines in the moment.”
Gjokaj also spoke about the impact of Agent Carter and what an actor’s performance can mean to viewers in terms of representation.
“For me, the feedback that I’ve gotten from a lot of people who are disabled, that it was really important for them to see, and this was just a small example of the impact you can have being on a show. Playing a disabled character and not commenting on it, and it’s not his only defining characteristic, just being a person who happens to have a disability and then just moves on with his life. I was blown away by how much feedback I got from people that it was really important that he wasn’t the bad guy or the dork in the corner just shoved off.
“They let that person be the love interest and let them be together. It didn’t really register with me how important that would be for people. I think these things – like 24 having a black President – we have an outsized influence on people’s perception. The fact that they can see it, that young women can see a strong, self-confident, kickass woman who’s really good at her job and is killing it, it has an impact on people who are adults and are grown cause we like it and we need it. It has a bigger impact on young people because it’s formative. A lot of families would come up and say, ‘We watched your show as a family.’ This show was something I really felt so good about being a part of. I wasn’t just putting distraction into the universe. I was a part of something with a really good message.”
Violett Beane has made guest appearances on The Flash as Jesse Quick, a character who has become a superhero-speedster in series three, complete with a proper super-suit.
“I was so psyched! I’ve been waiting for so long for it to happen and it finally happened! It’s great, I love the suit and it fits like a glove.”
Over the course of the interview, both Violett Beane and Michael Rowe discovered that they shared something in common: that neither were aware of the true identity of the character they’d be playing on DC television shows until after they were cast for the role.
“When I booked the role, they were like, ‘By the way, you’re gonna be playing Jesse Quick.’ In the audition, she was called Claire; she was a CSI who was obsessed with Barry Allen and came up to him at a work convention and was geeking out about him. It was super weird and she’s never been in the show whatsoever.”
“I had a similar experience to Violett,” says Rowe. “They told me I was auditioning for an army sniper named Finn, so maybe that was a little closer to my actual character than yours was. But then I just showed up on the day I was supposed to try on wardrobe and everybody started calling me Deadshot. I was like, ‘No, I don’t know what you’re talking about, you have the wrong person, I’m playing Finn.’ They showed me all the gear and I still thought they were messing with me. I thought it was like a joke. They busted out the comic books and I was like, ‘I know this guy. That’s seriously who I’m playing?’
“So I didn’t really dig in and read too much of the comic books after that. I just went by his origin story and then what they gave me in the scripts because they told me they were going for something a little darker and a little grittier, and just built him from there. The work I’d been doing with comedy stuff really helped out to humanise the character.”
Watch the full interview with Violett Beane, Enver Gjokaj, and Michael Rowe above.