Ming-Na Wen is gearing up to bring the action in the new ABC series 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,' based on the popular Marvel Comics organization known as 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'
The show, which also stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, a role he originated in the "Iron Man," "Thor" and "Avengers" films, will focus on a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D agents that Coulson brings together to handle new cases as they work together to figure out newly discovered superhumans around the world. The show premieres on ABC on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings).
Ming-Na sat down with OTRC.com to talk about 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,' how families will be able to enjoy it together and how her role fulfills her "geek" fantasy. Here are 3 facts from the interview.
1. 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' is family-friendly.
"I think what's so great about 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' is that it covers everything, you know, every person, especially family, who wants to have a family entertainment, there's going to be humor in it, a lot of action in it, and it's stories about people who are struggling and trying to identify themselves and make connections with others. I think those are all universal themes that anyone can relate to.
"I'm a mom with two amazing kids and it's really important to have shows where I can be entertained as well as enjoy sharing moments with them. For me right now, the coolest part about my job is to have a show that my family, my kids can watch. My 7-year-old boy, when he saw the trailer for 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,' he was so ecstatic and he goes, 'Mommy, I didn't realize you can fly a plane.' Now that is gold."
2. The special effects are not "cheesy," according to Ming-Na.
"We have the best special effects team in the world. What's so great about their effects is that you don't even know they're special effects. And that's when it's beautiful, when it's seamless with the storyline, where you're not noticing things and going 'oh, that's kind of cheesy,' that's how amazing they are."
3. Ming-Na performs painful stunts and fulfills her "geek girl" action hero dream.
"It's fascinating that when you are given a task and you are able to just fight through the pain, through all the workout and come through going, 'dang, I really liked that fight scene I did,' you know, or that stunt that I did. No other job offers that, so it's very fulfilling."
It's so wonderful to be here because I feel like the 'geek girl' in me is truly living out her life-long dream of being an action hero. It's fantastic."
Reporting by George Pennacchio, senior entertainment correspondent for the syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The show is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.