Speaking to Collider alongside his ‘Thelma’ co-stars June Squibb and Fred Hechinger, Clark Gregg recently opened up about working with the cast of ‘The Avengers,’ sharing that he was pretty nervous before entering the set for the film.
Reflecting on his career, Gregg expressed how Agent Phil Coulson’s transition from a minor role to a central figure in Marvel was both exciting and nerve-wracking. According to the actor, he felt nervous every time he entered the set, and it reached a peak moment when he was to film his first scene for ‘The Avengers’:
“I feel like it happens every time. I felt all those same ways. Like, I don’t understand where the camera is or what I should be doing. And I think in all the stuff I did first, you see me looking to see where the little mark on the floor is a lot. But even after I had done some stuff, the day I was showing up for the first scene in ‘The Avengers,’ and it was gonna be this group of actors that I was in awe of, I was like, ‘I’m afraid I’m gonna open my mouth, and nothing’s gonna come out.'”
In the same interview, Squibb also discussed her transition from theater to film, recalling her nervousness during her first film, Woody Allen’s ‘Alice.’ As Gregg said, he also faced similar challenges moving from smaller film roles to major blockbusters.
You can watch the rest of the conversation below.
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Gregg first joined Marvel with his role in ‘Iron Man’ (2008), which marked the beginning of his journey as Agent Coulson. He reprised this role in ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010) and ‘Thor’ (2011) before landing a rather important part in ‘The Avengers.’
Additionally, Gregg also starred in ‘Thelma,‘ a Sundance 2024 film that was released on January 18. In this action-comedy, he stars alongside Oscar-nominee June Squibb, who plays a 93-year-old woman on a mission to recover stolen money. The film addresses social issues like phone scams targeting the elderly.