Simone Missick says she'd love see two proud women of color take center stage in a spinoff and reveals how she prepared for Misty's bionic arm.
With tensions between her and the titular superhero at an all time high in the finale (more on that in a minute), it's about damn time she and Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) team up to form the Daughters of the Dragon, right?
In an interview with TooFab, Missick said she's more than ready for it to happen, especially when she reflects on what it'll mean for the audience at home watching. She also revealed how she looked to Boston Marathon bombing survivors while researching her role as an amputee after Knight's arm was cut off on "The Defenders" and why she doesn't think we'll see Misty's skintight red getup on TV anytime soon. Watch the interview below or keep reading for more.
We saw an interview where you said you looked into the Boston Marathon survivors to prepare. What from your research really stuck with you?
There was a couple that had been affected by the blast, a husband and wife [survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky] and it was just so jarring for the both of them, that they were both going through these physical difficulties that then tied into the mental and then one of them got better before the other and the guilt associated with that. So though Misty is going through this on her own, essentially, being able to watch these people's journey going through the same incident, it just stuck with me. Also, the resilience of the survivors, that despite all of the surgeries and physical pain and mental, emotional strain they went through. They were able to get prosthetics and rebuild their lives. So many of them have such amazing resilient spirits that that was something I knew going into Misty Season 2 I had to channel.
What do you think it would mean if a "Daughters of the Dragon" were to happen?
I think that we are showing the people who are making TV and film how much people are hungry for different stories. We don't all want to see the same homogenized version of what it is to be a superhero, or a woman or a man. I look forward to telling these two women's stories and being proud of the fact that they're women of color and not kind of ignoring that fact in order to feel like we're being more inclusive or that we're reaching out to everybody around the world. It's the specificity, its okay to be specific.
People love 'Black Panther' and it is specific to this world of Wakanda. People love 'Luke Cage' and we talk about art, culture and music and have references that a lot of people outside the black community -- but also inside the black community -- don't know. It's okay to educate your audience and not feel like, no no no, lets tamp that down. Daughters of the Dragon, if it happens, you're able to see these two women, who not only kick ass, they're funny, they're smart, they've got amazing chemistry, but also, they're representing for women all over the globe.
If it were to happen, how do you feel about the costume?
We've got to have my stunt double Jénel Stevens come in [laughs]]. I don't see that being something that Misty necessarily embraces. The costumes were created by men and they were created in a time where women's bodies were being celebrated for different reasons. I feel like, going into it, I think similarly to the way that they handled Luke Cage Season One. They did the homage to the tiara with the yellow and the chain tied around his waist. It was a moment. I think Misty and Colleen could be at a costume party making fun of each other and then you know get back to the real real.
Misty Knight vs. Winter Soldier -- who wins in a fight?
Misty Knight all day. I would have to do some trickery. Like some major, look that way, I'm so hurt, I'm a girl. I'm gonna have to do some real mind messing around to do that. He's a big guy.
At the end of the season, Luke and Misty are headed in totally different directions, he's now the new crime boss of Harlem, while Misty's back at the NYPD. Where do you see their relationship going in Season 3?
We're at odds. I think it'll really be tested. I'm curious to see how we handle it. I think that Season 1 felt so rigid, Misty had tunnel vision. It was like, you're not the right one, I know what's best for Harlem. Get out of the way. In Season 2, through near death experiences, they were able to form this bond and this friendship that I think the audience loves to see.
There's a part of me that is going to miss that part of Luke and Misty, but you know it can't exist when he is trying to essentially run Harlem from an organized crime spot and she is following the letter of the law. I don't know where its gonna be, but I think all of the past relationship issues and experiences they've had will definitely tie into that. They know each other intimately.
Last question, what would Misty and the 'Luke Cage' crew think about Wakanda and do you think there's an outreach center in Harlem?
There needs to be. There should absolutely be a Wakanda center in Harlem, Brooklyn and every other borough in New York City. Take one over to Detroit, where I'm from, and Chicago. I think that Misty would be skeptical, she would see T'Challa and go, sure, you're Black Panther. She doesn't believe anything and anybody. I think Luke, another alpha male in the mix? I don't know how he would take that. I think Mariah (Alfre Woodard) -- god rest the dead, at this point -- if she were still around, she would try and holler at some of the handsome young men. She would try and get her cougar on for the Black Panther.
"Luke Cage" Season 2 is streaming on Netflix now.