Think about being tasked with maintaining a tally of Loki, the wiliest trickster and nastiest fighter within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In case you’re not cautious, you’ll be left with both an empty set of handcuffs, or a knife lodged in your again. It takes lots to maintain the God of Mischief in examine—and Hunter B-15 has what it takes. As a commanding officer within the Time Variance Authority, it’s B-15 who brings Loki in and retains him on a time loop leash. She’s intimidating sufficient to face as much as a god, and make him heel.
That is the job that Wunmi Mosaku holds down on Loki, the third Marvel Studios unique sequence for Disney+. It’s a dramatic departure for the actor, who was final seen within the haunting interval piece horror/thriller Lovecraft Nation. Ruby Baptiste was all emotion and vulnerability; B-15 possesses neither (at the very least to this point).
In a chat with Decider, Mosaku opened up about strengthening her physicality and stepping into the very particular mindset of a TVA agent. She additionally—spoiler alert for Episode 2—tell us what it was wish to play a variant of Loki in a scene with none aside from Tom Hiddleston.
Decider: I think about that B-15 is in contrast to any character you’ve ever performed earlier than She was created by the Time-Keepers, could also be a number of millennia previous, and isn’t a human however is a human. What was your tackle that? Did you give B-15 an inner life to work with?
Wunmi Mosaku: Yeah, her inner life is the TVA. It’s such as you mentioned, [she was] created by the Time-Keepers and it is a complete world exterior of the world that we all know, time and house that we all know. So my complete analysis was to know the TVA and what makes me totally different from another person within the TVA. And that was mainly all I needed to begin, from the genesis, as a result of there actually isn’t something aside from the TVA [in B-15’s life], proper?
Proper—and except there’s a giant reveal that we don’t learn about but, B-15 is a very unique character. There’s not 50 years of continuity that you must wade by. Did you take pleasure in attending to create a personality that was absolutely your personal within the Marvel Universe?
Completely, since you’ve received the script [to go off of]—and I assume everybody’s focus is to do the desire of the TVA. There was nonetheless character in between, however our motives are the identical. However we’ve all received this totally different approach of coping with issues, like Mobius and B-15 and Renslayer have been all so totally different. So it’s ranging from scratch and it’s actually, actually enjoyable like this, and also you’ve received full freedom to do no matter.
Episode 2 options an ideal second for B-15 the place she’s possessed by the fugitive Loki variant. What was it like taking part in a model of a variant of Loki on to Tom Hiddleston?
It was enjoyable! I used to be like, inform me precisely what to do. If there’s something that’s too Wunmi-esque, let me know if there’s something that you simply assume could be actually good for me to do, let me know. And in order that was actually enjoyable.
Plenty of the TVA scenes looks like The Workplace in a approach, however with greater stakes. Did you are feeling that workplace vibe whilst you have been working along with your TVA co-workers, like Eugene Cordero and Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked?
Yeah, it undoubtedly has a sense, as a result of it’s concerning the uniforms and there’s sort of a hierarchy. There’s the uniforms, and all of us go to the identical studio each day, so it does really feel like there’s a routine-ness and an workplace really feel to it in a approach. The water cooler is like our hand sanitizing station, you understand? [Laughs]
Earlier than Loki, you performed Ruby in Lovecraft Nation, which was a commanding character however in a really totally different approach than B-15. B-15 could be very bodily. You’re a bruiser and also you’re powerful. How did you get into that mindset?
We’ve stunt coaching each single day and there are these drills for the TVAs that we have now. So all of us have fundamental actions which are a part of our coaching that every one of our characters would have gone by, in order that there’s this generic bodily vocabulary amongst all of us. And I actually take pleasure in going into the character bodily first. I’ve probably not completed that earlier than, and I actually take pleasure in exploring my bodily energy, as nicely. I’ve by no means actually completed that earlier than and it was actually enjoyable.
How did you get Loki? Was Lovecraft Nation already out at that time or…?
No—I had simply wrapped on Lovecraft Nation, went residence and did auditions for the subsequent yr, and I used to be despatched a script—not a script, some scenes for an untitled venture. I had no concept what I used to be auditioning for. Typically with these sorts of issues, you are taking it severely as a result of if anybody’s being prime secret, it’s more likely to be one thing large. And so I despatched off my audition, which was a self-tape, after which I used to be residence within the UK at my mother’s home and I received a name from my agent in the course of the evening saying I’d been provided Loki, and I used to be like, “When did I audition for Loki?” I used to be so excited however couldn’t inform anybody. My sister is a big Marvel fan and I needed to maintain a secret from her till I used to be given the okay. [Laughs]
New episodes of Loki premiere on Disney+ on Wednesdays.
This interview has been edited for readability and size.