Ahead of this week’s Cloak and Dagger season 2 premiere on Freeform, Marvel TV brought the young adult comic book series to WonderCon 2019, along with some members of the cast and crew, such as Olivia Holt (who plays Tandy Bowen, aka Dagger) and Aubrey Joseph (who plays Tyrone Johnson, aka Cloak). Speaking with Screen Rant and a handful of other entertainment news outlets in a roundtable interview, Holt and Joseph briefly discussed Cloak and Dagger season 2 as well as the evolution of their characters on-screen.
So is it easy jumping back into the roles?
Aubrey: I feel like I have this relationship with Ty, at this point, that it wasn’t easy, but it was definitely… damn, it’s hard not to use the word easy.
Olivia: It was like sophomore year, I think. You know, it was freshman year when you’re, like, fresh meat, trying to figure out where we belong, what we do, why we do what we do. Now it’s, like, okay, now we have decisions to make. We need to buckle down, we need to get to business. I think it feels like sophomore year. I think it was maybe a little challenging at first to sort of step back into the waters of Tandy and Tyrone, but they’re still, you know, they’re the same people that they were before. Just a little more flavor to them.
Last season, Olivia, you were on the soundtrack. So, Aubrey, will we be hearing from you this season.
Can you say anything more about that?
Aubrey No [laughs].
Will we be getting any covers out of you?
Olivia: We’ll see.
Olivia: Well, I hope so. We talk about it all the time. And there are so many opportunities for us to do that, but it’s got to feel right. We don’t want to force it. We want it to feel very authentic and organic. So whatever the scene is of the episode. Maybe one day. We’ll see.
Aubrey: Maybe we’ll do a whole musical episode. We’ll see.
Where do you guys feel like your characters can grow in the second season?
Olivia: I think both Tandy and Tyrone have a lot of big lessons to learn this season. Obviously, we touch on some pretty heavy topic for a season with focused on police brutality, suicide, drug addiction, sexual assault – lot of heavy stuff. Season 2, we dive into the realm of human trafficking, and it’s very real, very alive, not just in the US but in the whole world. And Tandy and Tyrone can sit there and they can talk about it. But the great news is they’re not just talking about it. They’re doing something about it. And so, they definitely involved in that way. They don’t stop at no, which is one of the things that I admire most about both of them is they can challenge each other. When one person says no and the other person can be, like, “Well, yes, and here’s why.” Or vice versa, and I think both of them sort of evolve in that way. Their powers have evolved so much more. We’re not just teleporting or manifesting light daggers anymore. I mean, he’s popping around so fast, you can’t even keep up with them and Tandy has a lot if new tricks up her sleeve, and I think everyone’s going to be really excited to see how they grow, not just physically but also emotionally and mentally
Are you asking people around the world who love your show, is there a thing they love most?
Aubrey: I definitely think it’s Tandy and Tyrone’s relationship. I would think so. A lot of people want them to be, you know, more intimate, but I think the beauty of season 1 was just the fact that they were dedicated to being there for one another moreso than being, you know, a boyfriend or a girlfriend knows. It was more about being that one person that cares enough to check on you and then cares enough to help you in whatever way you need, and that companionship is something that we obviously see in a lot of film and television, but not so much with a young black male and a young white female. So I think it was an interesting twist to have on television, and I think that’s the one thing that a lot of people fell in love with. Just seeing these unperfect teenagers and seeing themselves and the things we go through.
And with the introduction of her Mayhem this season, how’s it going to affect both of your characters?
Olivia: I think a lot of questions are going to be answered, but first there’s going to be even more questions. Definitely, Mayhem has been introduced and they are trying to grasp and cope with the idea of this thing that they were not expecting… they had it under control, and now things are getting a little rocky and a little tricky. And so I think there’s a lot of confusion and a lot of questions that need to be answered, but, again, Tandy and Tyrone, they’ll figure it out.
Well, the fact that Mayhem is Brigid, this person that was trying to help them. How does that interact with their relationship in the end?
Aubrey: I don’t want to give away anything, obviously, but Brigid, respectively, comes back this season with a little less pep in her step. She’s kind of developed a little bit of PTSD from everything that happens. So what kind of see Ty and Tandy become these protectors for her and kind of like reassuring her that, you know, everything is okay, that we have a job to do. You can’t sit around and kind of wondering what’s happening. We kind of just have to tackle it head-on, so that’s another aspect that you’ll see this season in the world
Since a lot of your powers are in added in post-production, have you gotten used to acting… does it feel awkward at all?
Olivia: I mean, yes and no. It’s kind of ridiculous, the stuff we have to do. Because, obviously, a lot of the things go in after we’re done shooting it. So sometimes you feel really dumb in front of a hundred crew members when you’re, like, throwing daggers – you’re not really throwing daggers – and it’s definitely weird, but I think we’ve gotten used to it. I think especially because we’re so comfortable with our characters now, and we have such a crass of who they are and what they’re going to do in certain moments. It definitely is, like, it’s fine. It’s fine. It’s weird, but it’s fine.
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