Have you seen Marvel’s The Avengers yet? If you haven’t you NEED to go see it. There are lots of really great characters in it and Maria Hill is one of them you need to meet because Cobie Smulders did quite a bit of preparation for her role as Maria Hill in The Avengers.
First, She had to familiarize herself with Marvel, “when I got this role, I started reading all the comic books all the blogs, and everything anyone had to say about the character Maria Hill. I was trying to learn as much as I could. She’s described as like the biggest bitch in the universe.” She also said it was “kind of cool to approach a role with that kind of stigma behind it, and to just own it and be Maria Hill in the way that works with Nick Fury.”
Preparing for stunts she had to learn how to shoot, move and race a car. In the beginning of the movie there is a really intense car chase sequence. She liked doing her own stunts and loved the process…”to feel like at any point, I could take anyone down” I would to feel like that to be able to take anyone down at anytime. I think training to be a super strong human would be a lot of fun too, plus driving a car under extreme safe conditions that would be fun. Cobie said, “I’d never done driving under extraordinary circumstances. ….it felt like a dance choreography where you’re driving and and then a car hits you from the sides. Then you move your body this way and then you jam it into second gear.”
She also said that she probably got on Joss Whedon’s nerves because she wanted to have more of the action with her character.
“I remember doing one scene with Sam and we were shooting a bad guy, and Sam shot three bullets and then they would say, “Sam you shoot three times, Cobie, you shoot once, and then Sam shoots two more times”, and I was like, what’s that? ….why can’t I have shoot twice, I’ve trained to do this.”
More on her special training for this..
“I actually found this guy, really oddly, through my naturopathic doctor.He’s literally called me and talked to me about the movie and I said I want to do all this training… I’m looking for a place to shoot and learn some martial arts. Then he said, I’ve got this great guy, Tom Mazzola and he will totally help you out. And he did he came to my house a couple time a week. “
So Cobie Smulders learned how to shoot and be comfortable with a gun. She learned martial arts and how to drive like there is no tomorrow all to be a perfectly stunning, smart and strong Maria Hill in Marvel’s The Avengers.
Interview Opportunity and expenses were covered by Disney.