When ABC rolled out Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a few years ago, we had our doubts. What’s a superhero show without superheroes? But you know what they say, always bet on Marvel. The hit series kicks off its fourth season Tuesday at 10/9c. One big reason for its success? Young Chloe Bennet, who boasts 1 million Instagram followers and stars as Daisy Johnson—an actual superhero formerly known as Skye.
And though she’s just 24, Bennet (formerly Wang) is loaded with experience, dating back to her work with the Second City Youth Ensemble in her native Chicago, a recording career in China—her biggest hit, “Uh Oh,” was released in both English and Mandarin—and a recurring role on Nashville prior to S.H.I.E.L.D.
As this season begins, Daisy is wracked with more guilt than Stallone at the beginning of Cliffhanger—alone and blaming herself for a fellow agent’s death. So we asked Bennet a bunch of juicy questions about her show and her life…
“Physically my character is strong, she’s a badass, so I feel right for her when I’m in great shape.”
What’s new on the show?
It really feels like we’ve closed all the loose ends from the first season to the third season, and hit the reset button. We have a new director [Jason O’ Mara], and he’s changing the tone of S.H.I.E.L.D., the way things are done. It will be interesting for the audience to be dropped into the new world and see how we’re all getting along. Daisy has gone rogue. She’s really in pain. Everyone she’s gotten close to has died. She feels that her way of protecting the team is to distance herself from them because that’s the only way to keep them safe. She’s serving penance for what she’s done.
What do you love most about her?
Her empathy. She has such a big heart. People have asked, ‘Why is she so cold this year? Why has she turned dark?’ She loves these people so much that she’s willing to sacrifice and distance herself to protect them. She’s incredibly powerful and I think she’s grown so much, skill-wise. But you’ll see the toll of being rogue, being on her own because S.H.I.E.L.D. regulates the heroes and their powers for a reason.