Enver Gjokaj is largely known to fans for his leading roles as Victor on Dollhouse and Agent Daniel Sousa on Marvel’s Agent Carter. The emotional investment of these fans is made all the more potent due to both series being prematurely cancelled after just two seasons. With his role on Agent Carter, Gjokaj connected to an even wider audience due to his character having a physical disability.
“I read up on it. I didn’t really know anything about it and also, they had a really weird crutch. Not ‘weird’ but it was just a crutch that’s not in use anymore. You try to decide what it is, the disability or the injury that happened, then honestly you just establish it and then you commit to it. They refined it a little bit [because] the biggest question I had was how big they wanted it to be. I didn’t know if they wanted him to be barely able to get from the chair to the door or if they wanted it to be just something that was more of like a hint of a limp, in which case it didn’t make sense for him to have the crutch.”
Agent Carter was Gjokaj’s second appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as he first appeared as a police officer in The Avengers. When asked about any possible familial ties between the two characters, Gjokaj says the Marvel executives weren’t concerned about explaining his double-appearance.
“I was worried that maybe that would mean that I couldn’t audition for the role. Then when I got the role I didn’t really hear anything about it. They just said, ‘You got the role.’ Then I got on set and at some point I was talking to Louis D’Esposito and Eric Carroll, who was one of our Marvel producers at the time, and I said, ‘Hey what’s the deal? Have you figured out how it works?’ They just didn’t really seem to care. They seemed really willing to recycle actors into different roles. It just had’t happened yet.”
Gjokaj has also taken a hands-on role in doing smaller projects such as the web-series Hollywood Hitmen and independent film Lust for Love.
“That stuff was fun to learn and to kind of kill some time. One of the things about being an actor in New York, I mean you’re doing theatre, you can do stuff to stay creative in your free time. LA doesn’t really offer anything like that when you’re unemployed for a long period of time just to stay creative and stay busy and learn and hone your craft. So that was meant to fill a gap for me. The more I’ve done it though the less desire I have to do it. I’d be interested in helping produce or direct something that I felt was good material, if there was material that I felt strongly about. But at this point I feel like I don’t want to do it just to do it. I’m totally okay these days to just read a book.”
In each of these smaller projects he has reunited with his on-screen romantic partner from Dollhouse, Dichen Lachman who played Sierra.
“We’re very, very good friends so we work with each other whenever we get the chance. She’s got a baby now and people get busy. We had a lot more free time before this. We’ll see, I feel that we’ll be collaborating again in the future.”
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