PLEASE NOTE: This interview recap contains possible spoilers if you have not yet seen Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Jeremy Renner & Cobie Smulders sit down with Mommy Bloggers!!
Our first interview of the Avengers Event Press Junket was with Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders, who play Hawkeye and Maria Hill, respectively. I love how this interview transpired and I am so excited to share it with you, as it relates to some of the most important things in my life, family and being a successful and powerful woman.
Jeremy and Cobie on physically preparing for their roles
Jeremy said that they were in the gym, “lifting weights and hurting their bodies.” Cobie said that, while she did do a few stunts in this movie, she doesn’t do as many as the super heroes do, but she still makes sure she is working out a couple months before the movie and that she feels it is good to get into shape, which I am sure we can all agree with.
Cobie (on preparations for using a gun in the film) – I did a lot of that (going to the gun range) for the first one. I did a lot of training because I was actually quite terrified of guns. So I did a lot of that. I kind of got over that fear through doing the first one. And then the second one you always have a day or two with whichever crewmember is sort of in charge of that to do some training beforehand. But most of the training came the first time around.”
Jeremy and Cobie on what the hardest scene to film was.
I am sure you can agree, Hawkeye’s character faces more challenging scenes in Age of Ultron then Maria Hill does and their answers definitely speak to that.
Jeremy – They’re all quite difficult I think. The first scene we shot was the end of the movie in Italy where the chaos is going. When there are a lot of moving parts that’s where it gets a little tricky. And then the moving parts aren’t really there, in real life. So that’s a little trickier. You’re stabbing things with arrows that don’t exist and then firing arrows that don’t exist to things that don’t exist.
It’s a little tricky to be precise with it and the camera angles. It’s just technical. That makes it quite difficult ’cause all moving parts. But to me I think it’s fun because it’s like a dance. And there’s a technique to all that stuff. It is quite– quite, arduous.”
“Cobie – in terms of the most difficult scene, I feel like in this movie there’s a lot of scenes where we’re all in the scene together. We have a lot of fun together. So it’s hard– a hard group to wrangle as well. These scenes take multiple days to shoot them ’cause there’s so much coverage. So like on the third day you’re like, wait, what are we doing? And like what is the scene? And what did I say? And you sort of feel like you’re in this Groundhogs Day where you’re just like you’re playing– you’re doing the same thing over. But you– but you’re trying to remember exactly how you did it the day before. And so that’s– you know, that’s challenging. I mean that’s not a hard thing. But it can get a little bit tiring at times.”
Jeremy on being a role model for dad’s and a hero in the eyes of kids
Jeremy : As far as like a role model I don’t know. Those are always hard to talk to. I think you’d have to ask my daughter if I’m a good daddy role model.
I think it’s a cool aspect to the character that was brought up. It was brought up actually for the first Avengers but not even nearly as cool because they were gone. In this one, it’s fantastic sort of reveal that he’s just a daddy. And that’s what he fights for ’cause I think it’s a very emotional– for me personally it’s a very emotional thing. I think just in general I think that audiences can kind of grab on to that. ‘Cause it’s something very real.”
About being a hero to children – as a five year old ran up to me that changed the game. I’m like, oh, wow, I have a five year old. And that’s amazing. And then here comes his dad in the same costume. [LAUGHTER] A little creepy. That’s the creepy part. But like when the little kids come on up to you, God, it just crushes me. And I mean, I’ll stop and do anything for a little creature, man. I’m crazy about them. So I welcome, I guess, is the short answer. I welcome that. If it’s the little kids. [LAUGHTER] The grown ass people, stay out of the costume, man. Come on, I love you. [LAUGHS] I’ll see– I’ll see you at Comic-Con. That’s okay then.”
Cobie on all the testosterone present in this largely male dominated film.
Cobie – It’s fun. It’s very fun. I mean it’s interesting because people talk about that a lot, with these films that there are few females. And it’s a male driven film. But maybe it’s because this is our second one. We all get along so well. I don’t feel that divide on set. All the guys are really great and nice and, handsome, every single one of them, some more than others.”
“I mean we have some strong females, Scarlett and now Lizzie. And it’s just nice seeing more women coming into these films.”
Cobie on entering her role for this movie – how her character has evolved since ‘serving coffee’ in the first film.
Cobie joked about still feeling like she is making coffees, but now it is at the Stark (Avengers) Tower and it’s a really nice espresso machine with fancy coffees. However, she then seriously answered us, and this is the part I love, about how woman can become empowered to be more than just the stereotypical woman, they can be powerful, and career driven and still be every bit a woman.
Cobie– I don’t think I’m serving coffees anymore. It’s really cool. I mean in the comic books Maria Hill has her own story line. And she’s a very smart. She’s very independent. She’s very controlling. It’s cool to see, now that this team is sort of under Tony’s protection and sort of funded by him how that’s working in terms of privatizing security and her dealing with that. So it’s fun to be a part of the team but also to be like managing everybody as well or trying to anyway.”
Cobie and Jeremy on where they see their characters going in subsequent movies.
Cobie – You know, there are so many different directions. There’s a plethora of comic books and cartoons and all these things that they could pull from. So for me personally, it’s hard to say. I mean it’d be cool to learn more about Marie Hill’s past and sort of how she came to where she is. But it’s hard to say. It’s very much under Marvel’s control. And they’re very great at choosing great storylines. So we’ll see.”
“Jeremy – For me I have a lot of ideas. But it doesn’t really ultimately matter. I think the relationships are kind of what are interesting in this world with others. And I’d just like to see the new ones start and others fade or whatever, just and deepen. I think that’d be interesting. That’s what I’d be curious about the next upcoming ones.”
After our interview concluded Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders were nice enough to take a photo with us, then a couple minutes later the following tweet popped up on Twitter, from Jeremy. HOW FUN!!
Just sat with an army of “mommy bloggers” Didn’t know that was a thing til now, but I LOVED it!! #aou#marvel
— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) April 11, 2015
Now I am sure you have seen Avengers: Age of Ultron in the theaters – you have, right? If for some reason you haven’t seen it yet, please make sure you go – RUN, don’t walk, and see it NOW!! Let me know what you think, and also be sure to stop by and check out the other amazing interviews we had as a part of the Avengers Event back in April, they’re listed below, along with my review of the movie.
- Avengers Interview with Chris Evans & Chris Hemsworth!!
- Getting the Scoop from Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch!!
- Exclusive insight into Avengers: Age of Ultron – from Director Joss Whedon!!
- Sitting down with Kevin Feige – President of Marvel Studios!
- 5 reasons you MUST go see Avengers: Age of Ultron – Before your friends!!!
As always – I encourage you to follow along on social media –
- THE AVENGERS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avengers
- THE AVENGERS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/avengers
Remember, Avengers: Age of Ultron is now playing in theaters nationwide – go out and see it……..TODAY!!!
Disclosure: Disney provided me with an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles including travel, accommodations and activities. All thoughts and opinions are my own.