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admin | Aug 17, 2023
‘Mission: Impossible’ Star Hayley Atwell Has Waited Over 17 Years for Her True Blockbuster Moment

After multiple well-received turns in Marvel projects, the actor steps into her biggest role yet. “I was finally given the trust and the platform.”

In 2013, when Hayley Atwell took the stage for Trafalgar Studios’ production of The Pride, she had no idea that future co-architect of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Christopher “McQ” McQuarrie, was in attendance. Atwell had already read for McQ and Tom Cruise’s 2012 film, Jack Reacher, but on this particular occasion, McQ was so gobsmacked by her live performance that he took the actor out to dinner and stated his intentions to write a role for her someday. Well, someday became 2019, as McQ and Cruise needed a new leading lady to play Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One’s master thief, Grace.

Atwell has waited over 17 years for an opportunity like this in a blockbuster film. Yes, she’s played the fan-favorite Peggy Carter at least a half-dozen times in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but her big screen opportunities were almost always in service of another character’s story, that of Steve Rogers/Captain America. In Dead Reckoning Part One, Atwell is finally at the center of a tentpole feature, and that is evident when Grace gets the better of Cruise’s Ethan Hunt multiple times during the first half of the film.

“I was finally given the trust and the platform … to show more range and to show more emotional depth in a franchise or something of this size, which I hadn’t been afforded before,” Atwell tells The Hollywood Reporter in a conversation conducted ahead of the SAG-AFTRA strike. “And so I have this eternal gratitude to Tom and to McQ, who provided the resources and the support system every day on set so that I could thrive. It’s been a deliverance of a long time coming. After 17 years in this industry, I’ve finally been able to do something at this level, with this quality of filmmaking, and I’d never been afforded that before.”

In a production filled with indelible moments, Atwell will never forget a rainy day in Rome, where she drifted during a car chase, all while Cruise was handcuffed to her.

“There’s about 20 minutes of footage of us [drifting] over and over again,” Atwell says. “And then Tom led a round of applause from the crew, and McQ said, ‘Tom put his life in your hands just then and he wouldn’t have allowed you to do that had he not believed that you could look after him, too.’ So they’re never short on their praise for when actors come in and deliver for them. That’s a moment I’ll never forget.”
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admin | Aug 17, 2023
Hayley Atwell on ‘Mission: Impossible’ stunts, ‘’Mission’ isn’t a normal movie’

ABC News’ Linsey Davis spoke with the “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning” actress on what fans can expect from the highly anticipated seventh installment of the action-packed film series.

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admin | Jul 23, 2023
Hayley Atwell on Mission: Impossible, Marvel and Tom Cruise – ‘There were weird rumours… it feels a little dirty’

The Marvel star tells Jessie Thompson about tackling those Tom Cruise stories while shooting ‘Mission: Impossible’, why he wouldn’t let her play small or flirtatious, and the importance of her twenties

Hayley Atwell had a hot date to the Mission: Impossible premiere: her mum. In fact, the whole four-year process of making the seventh instalment, Dead Reckoning Part One, was a “family affair”. Even Atwell’s dogs were frequently on set. “It’s very special in that regard,” the newcomer to the franchise tells me, revealing that it wasn’t just her grandmother who got a surprise helicopter ride from Tom Cruise (as per recent headlines) but her mum, too. So, what do I have to do to get a helicopter ride from Tom Cruise? “It’s only a matter of time!” Atwell jokes. “Hang out with us more, and you will!”

That would be fun! Except, regrettably, I don’t think it’s going to happen. Because Hayley Atwell is Hollywood famous now. One sign of that: trying to speak to her for more than 20 minutes has become a process more complicated than childbirth. Another sign: the persistent rumours that she and Cruise have had some hot dates of their own. But the truth, Atwell tells me, is that she looked on Cruise and Mission’s director, Chris McQuarrie (or “McQ”), as “sort of two uncles”. And who doesn’t love seeking advice from their uncle about the fact that the world thinks you’re courting? “I would be like, ‘Ooh, there’s some weird rumours, and it feels base, it feels a little dirty, it feels grubby, it’s not what I’m about,’” she explains. “Why are things being assumed or projected onto me about my relationship with my work colleague and boss?” Atwell found it “upsetting” because “it’s involving people in my actual life, my personal life, who have to be on the receiving end of that. It becomes invasive.”

But Cruise, who Atwell says “carries his fame like a loose garment”, knew exactly what to say. “When I’ve talked to him about it, he’d be like” – here she turns to me intensely and looks directly into my eyes – “‘You know exactly who you are. You know what you’re about. And that is the only thing that matters. It doesn’t matter what people think of you, if you are in integrity with yourself, if you know what your value system is.” This is clearly incontrovertible evidence that there were no shenanigans; I’ve had sexier chats with the postman.

Today, in a monochrome hotel room, Atwell is an arresting presence – and not just because she’s wearing something resembling a pair of bright red, silky pyjamas. “I can lunge in it,” she says, and duly shows me, one heeled foot in front of the other. “I could go for a nap in it…” Wearing a sparkly rock on her finger (she recently became engaged to songwriter/composer Ned Wolfgang Kelly), she drinks from an ice-cold glass of cola; everything about her seems to gleam. In conversation, she’s cerebral (before acting, she planned to study philosophy and theology at Oxford), speaking in elegant sentences. Occasionally, she’s almost comically earnest. “McQ once said to me, ‘You know, it’s been a real privilege to get out of your way,’” she says at one point. When we speak again a few days later, she’s in Abu Dhabi for the next leg of Mission’s epic cross-continental press tour. Another Hollywood royalty giveaway: no discernible sign of jet lag.
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admin | Jul 23, 2023
Hayley Atwell on M:I 7 and the Secret Behind Tom Cruise’s Running

Hayley Atwell is a veteran of the West End, the British television industry, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it wasn’t until she was cast in this summer’s Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One that the 41-year-old British actor was tasked with her greatest challenge yet: keeping up with Tom Cruise. Before she embarked on a global press tour to promote the summer’s most anticipated blockbuster, Atwell got on a call with her friend, the actor James D’Arcy, to talk about preparing for the physically demanding role, why making the movie was the ultimate film school, and the secret behind Tom Cruise’s maniacal running.

HAYLEY ATWELL: You look so sophisticated with your wall of books, your culture and your intelligence behind you.

JAMES D’ARCY: They’re not actually books, it’s all made out of wood.

ATWELL: It’s a front.

D’ARCY: It’s just a front, like the rest of my life. So this afternoon, I’m playing the role of a hard-boiled journalist. I won’t be taking no for an answer and there’ll be no skimping round the edges with your answers.

ATWELL: I’m ready. My phone’s off.

D’ARCY: You go the extra mile. Speaking of which, how many miles have you gone today in preparation for the stunts that you do in Mission: Impossible?

ATWELL: Good question. Currently, I’m running about 30K a week. I did a 5K run this morning and then some Pilates mobility strength training.

D’ARCY: I saw that on Instagram. It looks ridiculous.

ATWELL: Some people thought it looked like a medieval torture contraption.

JAMES D’ARCY: It does.

ATWELL: But yes, I’ve done my 5K today, I’ve done my Pilates with Sam Eastwood, and what I’ve loved about working with her is that all the training I did had to do with creating physical behaviors that could then be incorporated in any kind of fight sequence or drifting-in-a-car sequence. It wasn’t that we were chasing a particular aesthetic for Grace, my character—it was getting to me to a point where I could be dynamic enough and safe enough to try a ton of different things and see what looked most effective and exciting for the audience.

D’ARCY: Did you say to Sam and all the other stunt people when you started, “Look, obviously I don’t want to get injured, I want to do as many stunts as I possibly can myself, but mainly what I want to do is run faster than Tom”?
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admin | Jul 23, 2023
“That’s a wrap on ‘Hell Yeah’!” Hayley Atwell on Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Hayley Atwell joins BBC Radio 1’s film critic Ali Plumb to talk about her starring role in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One alongside Tom Cruise. Hayley also looks back on her life as Marvel’s Agent Peggy Carter with Captain America and the Avengers, and she reveals some of her hidden gems from stage and screen. Plus, she does a killer David Bowie impression… sort of.

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admin | Jul 23, 2023
‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Interviews with Hayley Atwell, Simon Pegg, Pom Klementieff & More!

Director Christopher McQuarrie and the cast of “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” including Hayley Atwell, Simon Pegg, Pom Klementieff, Vanessa Kirby, Shea Whigham and Greg Tarzan Davis, sat down to discuss the making of the franchise’s seventh installment. They tackle the debate on the use of A.I. in the moviemaking business, the incredible feats met while shooting a car chase with Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise handcuffed to one another, and more.

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admin | Jul 23, 2023
Hayley Atwell’s ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Screen Test Was ‘Two Hours of Stunt Choreography’ So the Team Could ‘See My Natural Abilities’

Everything is supercharged when it comes to the long-running “Mission: Impossible” franchise, and that extends to the movie’s audition process. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Hayley Atwell revealed that her screen test for the mysterious role of Grace in the two-part “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning” required a two-hour screen test that was essentially a stunt training course. Some actors screen test with dialogue, but not “Mission: Impossible” actors.

“Who the character has become is a byproduct of the process,” the film’s writer-director Christopher McQuarrie said. “So when we went into the screen test, we’ve not written a character that we’re trying to find someone to fit with. Rather, we’re looking for an actress who we want to work with and we’ll fit the character to her.”’

Atwell’s screen test was with stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood and was made up of “two hours of stunt choreography just to see where my natural abilities lay,” she said.

“We did an unarmed combat sequence and mixed martial arts to see if I was someone who could grapple and trap or someone who was more into high kicks,” Atwell added. “[It’s to] ascertain my natural style.”

Once McQuarrie and Cruise decided Atwell was the perfect actor to bring Grace to life, they went about constructing the character to fit Atwell’s stunt capabilities. She went through an additional five months of stunt training after accepting the role.
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admin | Sep 02, 2019
Hayley Atwell on ‘Blinded by the Light’ and Shooting Her ‘Avengers’ Ending

In 2017, the star received a call from Marvel and within a few weeks was on set playing Peggy Carter for a franchise-ending shot: “to just have two people slow-dancing was very beautiful.”

It was the end of an 11-year saga. The final moment of Avengers: Endgame shows Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) finally having that dance after Captain America travels back in time and decides to live out his life with his first love. The scene is also among the most dissected moments of Endgame, with fans (and even the filmmakers) split on what it all means.

For Atwell, it was just one afternoon shot in secret in 2017. She received a call a few weeks earlier and was informed that the moment might end the decade-plus story Marvel Studios had been building towards since 2008. After playing Peggy Carter through five movies and two seasons of television on ABC’s Agent Carter, Endgame could be Atwell’s final turn as Peggy in live action.

“I thought it was a fitting end to a story that has affected so many people. I thought it was very endearing, innocent and wholesome in the way that it keeps those characters in their time,” Atwell tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Atwell is back in theaters this weekend with Blinded by the Light, a film from Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, which tells the true story of a British-Pakistani kid who becomes enamored with the music of Bruce Springsteen. Atwell plays Ms. Clay, an encouraging teacher to Javed (Viveik Kalra).

In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Atwell discusses her inspirations for Blinded by the Light and weighs in on Marvel’s animated What If? series, which will see her reprise her role as Peggy Carter. Continue reading  »

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