What Kathryn Hahn Loved Most About Playing WandaVision’s Agatha Harkness


WandaVision’s Kathryn Hahn reveals that she really enjoyed tapping into Agatha Harkness’ anger, something she hadn’t been able to do in other roles.

Kathryn Hahn discusses what she loved about playing WandaVision‘s Agatha Harkness. Hahn played the dual roles of Agnes/Agatha Harkness in the hit Marvel Cinematic Universe series. One of the biggest moments of the entire show was the big reveal that Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) noisy neighbor Agnes was actually the powerful witch Agatha Harkness. Agatha’s goal all along was to steal Wanda’s powerful chaos magic.

Ironically, Agatha’s decision to unveil her true identity to Wanda led to her plan backfiring. Agatha’s big reveal in episode 7, “Breaking the Fourth Wall,” ignited the chain of events that led to Wanda finally accepting her grief over Vision’s death. Agatha served more as an antagonist to Wanda in the series than her more mentor-like presence in the Marvel comics. However, Agatha did unintentionally mentor Wanda in certain ways. After all, Agatha ended up being the first character to call Wanda the Scarlet Witch in the MCU.

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Hahn revealed what she loved about playing Agatha in an interview with the Los Angeles TimesHahn compared the role of Agatha to the type of characters she has portrayed in the past. Check out Hahn’s answer below.

I’m in my mid-40s. What they don’t tell you about this chapter of your life when you’re a kid is that you’ve got some anger. And that we sometimes are unable to express that feeling or have been told that we can’t. After a chapter of being complicated, vulnerable birds that I love so madly there was something very fun about being able to tap into that part of myself.

Kathryn Hahn as Agnes Agatha Harkness Agatha All Along WandaVision

Hahn’s portrayal of Agatha in WandaVision was phenomenal because of the way she made Agatha’s anger towards Wanda villainous, yet understandable. Nobody wanted Agatha to actually steal Wanda’s magic. However, it would make sense that a witch who had spent centuries honing her magical craft would be frustrated over a fellow witch with no formal training having the ability to create her own reality.

It’s thanks to Agatha that Wanda finally accepted her role as the powerful Scarlet Witch, but whether Wanda’s new title will help her find happiness or more pain in the future remains to be seen. Agatha sounded genuinely terrified when Wanda became the Scarlet Witch. Before Wanda sealed Agatha away in her Agnes role, Agatha warned her that she would need her again one day. It would make sense for Agatha to return in Doctor Strange 2 because Olsen will be returning as Wanda in the film as well.

It would be an utter waste not to bring Hahn back as Agatha in some capacity, especially because she clearly enjoyed the role. Agatha played the perfect witchy foil to Wanda during WandaVision and proved to be a worthy adversary, challenging Wanda to grow in ways she wouldn’t have done on her own. After all, one of the most interesting twists from WandaVision was that, despite her villainous ways, Agatha was vital in helping Wanda realize her full powerful potential.

Next: What’s Next For Agatha Harkness After WandaVision? 

Source: Los Angeles Times

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