That's just a wonderful thing that Marvel understood innately. And I think that they knew that before, with going in even to Black Panther, that if you're going to tell this story, you've got to make sure that it's really embedded in everything. It's not good enough to just make it be me. It has to be in the script. It has to be in the direction. It has to be in the wardrobe. It has to be in every part of it, that it speaks to us, that finally we're allowed to see our personal hidden secret language. I'm sure there are movies for you guys as dudes, that you're like, Whoa! That's so true to my experience. Just know, we've never had that.
Did anyone inspire you while you were in preparation for this role?
Oh gosh, yeah. I'd say one of the biggest inspirations was going to Nellis Air Force Base and getting to talk with the female fighter pilots there. They're just the coolest -- the coolest -- and just this great combination of like really confident, but super humble. Not boastful. You feel the power being with them, and they're hyper-intelligent and just badasses. They became a huge piece of when I went, Oh, this is Carol. The things that I thought were just innately Carol, a huge piece of it is her background in the Air Force.
Can you talk about how the role came to you in the first place, and what attracted you to it?
Really what it came down to is I had a meeting with Marvel and what we discussed is they wanted to make a big feminist movie. And I remember going home being like, S**t, am I gonna do this? It's kind of everything that I've wanted. I don't do movies based upon any hidden agenda other than I just want more representation and I want to do what I can to bring more representation and to see more colors of what [life is] like. Like, I know my limitations. I know that I'm just one white girl. I'm just trying to do as much as I can within that, within the framework of my body.
And as I've grown, I've noticed these movies and the Marvel movies in particular, they have so much meaning in them. They mean so much. You can have a great time and just enjoy it for having a great time, but you can also be left with some really deep philosophical questions and that combo is really powerful. So, the idea that we could make something that was thought-provoking and entertaining, that was going to be seen all over the world is like, it's a crazy one to have to think about and think about your participation in and think about what that will do to your life and to your family and to your friends. And I don't know still how it'll change it. But the opportunity came and I feel like I got to take the call in the same way she had to take the call, you know?