Hawkeye stars Vera Farmiga and Tony Dalton have officially debuted on Hawkeye, Marvel Studios’ six-episode holiday event on Disney+. Farmiga and Dalton play Eleanor Bishop and Jack Duquesne, who are engaged to be married despite the doubts that Eleanor’s daughter, Kate (Hailee Steinfeld), has regarding Jack’s morality. While Kate raises some valid points about her potential stepfather’s character, Jack’s uncle, Armand Duquesne III (Simon Callow), voiced his own concerns about Eleanor before Kate eventually discovered his dead body inside his home. When asked about Armand III’s view of Eleanor, Farmiga instead chose to address Eleanor’s ultimate priority.
“I’m not sure what you’re insinuating at all,” Farmiga tells The Hollywood Reporter with a laugh. “But is she a good mother? Because that’s her number-one task. So this is a mother who’s got to harness her daughter and teach her how to filter [her talents] for good. Because she’s going to get herself in big trouble if she doesn’t.”
In the opening flashback of Hawkeye‘s premiere episode, Kate’s life was permanently changed when she witnessed Clint Barton’s (Jeremy Renner) heroics during 2012’s Battle of New York. Barton even saved her life from an incoming Chitauri threat. The moment also inspired Farmiga and Dalton to reflect on the most enduring heroes from their childhoods.
“When I was a kid, we were on this ranch, and there was this little dog that was drowning in a lake,” Dalton recalls. “And one of the farmers in the field jumped into the lake and rescued the little doggy because he couldn’t get out. I was like seven or eight, but I remember that as one of the first times I saw somebody do something that was sort of heroic. I still remember that very vividly to this day.”
Farmiga adds: “It’s little gestures of kindness. We lived in New Jersey, and we went into New York City to watch my first movie, Annie, on the big screen. And I watched my dad roll down the window to give a fiver to a homeless man. Little things like that were the first time I acknowledged that we’re capable of helping others.”
In a recent conversation with THR, Farmiga and Dalton also compare Marvel’s security to their other franchises, namely The Conjuring and Better Call Saul. Dalton also updates his production status on Better Call Saul‘s final season.
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