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Published On: Sun, Sep 22nd, 2013

Ming-Na Wen talks ‘SHIELD’ TV series, nervousness about the pilot and her character’s back story

After months of anticipation, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will make its debut this Tuesday on ABC. Ming-Na Wen (ER, Stargate Universe) talked with IGN about playing the Agent Melinda May on the series, the show’s scope and more.

“I’m living the dream, man! This is great. It doesn’t get any better than this…” Wen says as the production has really ramped up and the show heads to broadcast.

Ming-Na Wen teaser photoWen confesses that a anxiousness is associated with the premiere.

“It reminds me of the moment right before I have to get onstage for a performance. Those butterflies that you get and the nervousness… It’s that anticipation. That feeling of, “Okay, how are they going to respond?” But now that we’ve been getting so much positive feedback, I just can’t wait for everybody to see it, you know? Because we have a really good show and I am so proud of it and I just want everybody to have that chance to share and be entertained by it.”

Wen’s character has a history with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) which is key to building the new S.H.I.E.L.D. team, so has she pieced together this back story.

“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.”

Check out the full interview here

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