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The actor category was full of many exceptional and powerhouse performers. Whoever was going to win had to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. It’s fitting that the winner portrays a character who has repeatedly defied the odds. Agents of SHIELD’s Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz) has been nominated many times before but has never been able to overcome the other actors with much larger voting fandoms. But that all changed this month when the voters showed up in droves to support him allowing him to take the lead early on and hold it for the whole week. He trailed a bit at first, but through slow but steady voting he took the lead within the first hours of the competition and held the lead. Outlander’s David Berry provided some stiff competition constantly threatening to overtake the lead, but he was never ever able to overtake him. The actor category was such a strong group that almost anyone who won would have been a worthy winner. De Caestecker has been a steadily reliable performer who continues to deliver some truly exceptional performances week after week. Even though he’s only been in a couple episodes so far this season he’s made the most of them and delivered some intense performances. He almost single-handedly shouldered the weight of an entire episode and his performance was just as perfectly executed as always. He’s a gifted performer deserving of the title of December’s Most Outstanding Actor.

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Congrats also to Chloe who was voted best in the actress category.

January 11, 2018

Amazing! Exhilarating! Wonderful! The latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., directed by Clark Gregg himself, was truly one of the series’ finest hours. Clark delivered an episode that only someone who truly loves this show and the characters could have. He gave us the best Fitzsimmons‘ moments in a long time, and showed us what a beautiful badass Fitz can be, while still retaining his adoreable awkwardness. 656 screen caps of the episode have been uploaded to the image archive. Also; reviews.

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January 6, 2018

Neither space nor time can keep the First Couple of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD from being together. The Season 5 winter premiere, “Fun & Games,” not only finally reunited Fitz and Simmons after five episodes apart, but also saw the first engagement of the TV series.

It’s a moment that the cast sees as a long time coming. IGN was on set for the big proposal scene (well, the second one, when Jemma could actually hear Fitz) and spoke to stars Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge about their reaction to this latest FitzSimmons plot twist.

“I really do like it,” said de Caestecker of Fitz’s determined proposal. “I think that they’ve done a really cool job of building it up in a cool way, and I think it does seem like a natural progression now, kind of where they are, that they start planning about their future together. I don’t see them ever breaking up.”

Though Fitz and Simmons were originally introduced as having a brother/sister dynamic, the show started exploring the romantic nature of their feelings by the end of Season 1. Since then, their relationship as a couple has been interrupted by brain trauma, work woes, interplanetary travel and two monoliths that sent them through space and time, respectively.

Their troubled road to this proposal is one big reason that Henstridge isn’t allowing herself to get her hopes too high for the pair getting married any time soon — especially considering they’re trapped in a future where Earth is destroyed and have no obvious avenue home.

“I never allow myself to enjoy any happy moments in this show, especially with these two,” Henstridge said wryly after filming several takes of Fitz’s rescue and proposal scene. “If we ever actually make it to being happily married, and just happily ever after … I’ll believe it when I see it, you know? Something always seems to happen. I think it’s nice for them. And it’s a nice way that it happens, because there’s no kind of pomp to it.”

Not only did “Fun & Games” feature the FitzSimmons proposal, but that key scene was directed by one of the series’ stars, Clark Gregg. The cast felt that his knowledge of these characters and their dynamic over the past five seasons lent itself to telling this significant development for the series. For Gregg, he was just happy to be the one who directed filming of it.

“I was really kind of honored to be the one who got to do the moment where they finally take that step — and then she can’t hear him,” he told IGN several days before the episode’s premiere. “I thought it was such a tricky but gorgeous conceit, designing the space where they could have a moment together that could have to happen quickly where we’re seeing her and wondering if she’s hearing. … I felt very lucky to be doing that moment, but also to have those two who’ve got this relationship and how to play these permutations of it so down. It was just a thrill to sit at the monitor and watch it.”

Gregg had nothing but praise for Henstridge and de Caestecker’s portrayal of that proposal. “They show up to squeeze every drop of what’s there,” he reflected. “That connection and the discovery of their connection and the lengths that they’ve gone through just feel so earned to me, their closeness. It’s funny, because Iain does make those jokes all that time that he can’t bear when he has to do a kissing scene with her, but I think it’s just classy Iain protecting the vulnerability and the space of what really goes on between them in this false world.”

Chloe Bennet was similarly just thrilled to “actually get to be in the scene when they kiss and get engaged,” even if her character was technically unconscious at the time. “I’m just sitting there like, ‘Hey, guys!’ I don’t have to be a creeper this time,” she said, explaining, “Usually I’m the one who has to come and, like, find them and just watch them [during romantic scenes]. But I keep making really awkward eye contact at the end, and [de Caestecker’s] not stoked with it.”

“If we don’t have a massive wedding episode where I get to be the flower girl, I’m gonna be pissed,” Bennet added.

Whatever the future brings or whatever new horror attempts to keep Fitz and Simmons apart, Henstridge has faith that they will continue to stick through things together. Though they might still be processing the events that took place in the Framework, Henstridge viewed this engagement as the two of them putting the past behind them and agreeing to move on with their life together.

“These two, they’ve already made their life commitment to each other. And they’ve made such a huge commitment to their job. They put their lives on the line every week. So, I think it will happen,” she said of a possible wedding. “I don’t know that it’ll be that big of a deal when it happens, you know? I don’t think they’re into huge kind of showy, fancy stuff.”

So would she be Jemma Fitz? “No, never,” Henstridge said emphatically. “Are you joking? Never. I’d make him be Simmons. Leo Simmons.”


January 5, 2018

The latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 finally started giving us the good stuff, with 5×05 at last revealing where Fitz has been while the rest of the agents have been in space. Iain’s performance throughout the episode was exceptional and, as always, the critics have been loving him. Check out his reviews here. It was also such a joy to see Nick Blood back on screen as Hunter. I have always believed Hunter was the friend Fitz truly deserved – someone who gave as much to the friendship as Fitz did, and literally the only main character on the show that Fitz has never felt betrayed by. Please bring that guy back full time. 1204 HQ captures of the episode have been uploaded to the image archive. So many caps, but so many glorious angles, big baby-blues and white tee goodness.

December 22, 2017

What was it like when you heard from the team that they wanted you to come back for Season 5?

There’s been a lot of talk about it. Jed and Maurissa had said a few times that they had a few ideas. I actually heard via Iain first, even though he wasn’t meant to. He kind of told me this is what they’re planning and stuff. We were both excited to get the chance to do a whole episode together. It was just nice to be back amongst all the crew, who are a great bunch of people, who make the show such an enjoyable experience to be a part of. And to just hang out with my mate for a couple of weeks, acting together was a lot of fun.

In previous seasons, Hunter didn’t have a lot of one-on-one time with Fitz. What was it like getting to explore their dynamic together in this episode?

We haven’t had a great bit of opportunity to work solely together. We’re such good friends off-screen that it was a joy, really. We were really excited to spend that time together and have some fun and just bounce off of each other. I think the showrunners probably knew that about us off-screen and felt like they could have some fun and infuse a buddy cop vibe to it.


How far in advance did you get told that you’d be returning?

We’d talked about it for awhile, and how it would be nice seeing everybody again. And then, sometime in the summer, (executive producer) Maurissa [Tancharoen] got in touch. In typical Marvel fashion, they don’t say too much. They told me, and I found out from Iain [De Caestecker], as well, that it was pretty much just gonna be me and him, the whole episode. So, I was like, “Yeah, cool! I’m in!”

How did it feel to be on set again? Did it feel different, having been away from this character for a bit, especially without the rest of the cast there?

I’ve spent a lot of time between London and L.A., so I’ve caught up with people, on a regular but infrequent basis. A big thing was getting to hang out with all the crew again ‘cause they’re just such a joy to work with. It was brilliant catching up with those guys. Me and Iain hang out, all the time, anyways. We’re probably sick of the sight of each other. No. We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed working together. It was a shame that it wasn’t with all the rest of the gang. That would have been fun. But, it was nice to catch up with people.

What did you most enjoy about having Hunter and Fitz team up together for this, and getting to play that bond and dynamic?

It was just fun getting to hang out with my mate, the whole time. We’re really close, off set. We’re very close friends, so we were both excited to get the opportunity to spend a whole episode working together. It was nice to explore that friendship and dynamic, on screen.

Did you have any particularly fun moments, in this episode?

One day, catering served up tacos, mid-afternoon. That was a really fun day. I love tacos! No. Driving the RV was a lot of fun, but I think less fun for the camera crew that were in the back when I nearly toppled it over. I’m not the greatest driver, and putting an old RV in my hands is a risk. We had fun, pretty much every day, just messing around. Getting paid to hang out with your friends is not bad. They gave us a lot of fun stuff to do with a lot of variety in it. There’s an emotional heart to it, but there’s also a lot of fun scenes between the two characters. It was definitely a fun episode to do.


What was it like for you to return to the set after all this time?

Oh, it was really nice! I mean, whenever I’m in LA, I always pop down and see everybody. I’ve got some really good friends on that crew and everything. When they shoot, they’re so busy, because they’re there all day every day, so my options are limited when I come to set to visit. But it was great to see all those guys and they’re such a brilliant team and they all work so well together. They’ve got a level of professionalism amongst them and camaraderie and just the atmosphere on set is really positive, so it was great to see those guys. Then me and Iain were relishing the opportunity to have some fun together. You know, they weren’t on screen together a lot during the time that I was on the show. It was the odd scene here and there, but to get a whole episode together… I think the showrunners know how good of friends we are in real life, so I think they were keen to explore that and see what fun they could have with us.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has always been an ensemble show, but it seems like it’s down to Fitz and Lance for this episode. What was it like to work so closely with Iain De Caestecker?

We’re such close friends in real life. We talk all the time. We’re in contact pretty much every day, really, and speak to each other every week if he’s in LA and I’m here or whatever. So we’re really good mates, and the both of us were just really excited to get the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks together, having fun. Iain is such a brilliant actor as well. I like watching him anyway, and it’s interesting seeing how he approaches a scene and what does he do with it and his kind of take on things, so it was like learning from actors that I work with and so on. We just had a lot of fun and hopefully that comes across on screen. That dynamic comes quite naturally to us.

Do you have a favorite scene or moment you’re excited for fans to see?

My favorite stuff is probably driving around in the RV. Me and Iain were having quite a lot of fun in the front of the RV. I think if you ask the camera crew or the director, they were probably having slightly less fun in the back because I was swinging it around… on the winding roads in California, off in LA somewhere. I’m not the best driver, basically. Let’s put it that way. So putting me in charge of an RV… I think when I first got into it, they had people chasing after it, shouting at me, making me go, “What?! What?!” to try and hear what they were saying. [laughs] I don’t even know now what they were talking about at that point, but everybody was panicking.


“It was kind of a whirlwind thing,” he said, “because I was shooting something in the U.K. so I sort of had to put a pause on that project and get on a plane to L.A. so that I could shoot the next day. It was kind of this quick in-and-out thing but it was great to catch up with all the crew and all the people who work behind he scenes, and then also to just get to hang out with Iain.”

Obviously, because of the story, Blood couldn’t exactly reunite with everyone from the cast. “It would have been great to catch up and work with the whole cast,” Blood said, “but just with Iain here, we really relished the opportunity to explore that relationship between Hunter and Fitz. We’d spent a lot of time together in the previous seasons I was in, so this was a lot of fun. But it would have been great to see more people. We thought it would have been fun to throw Mack into it and get the three of us on a mission, but he’s off in space.”


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