Sure WandaVision wowed us. But one person was a standout among the cast of all stars and that’s Kathryn Hahn who played Agnes/Agatha Harkness and her wickedly wonderful and by turns twisted and terrifying portrayal became as much the star as Wanda Maximoff the Scarlet Witch herself.
“I know what you are. You have no idea how dangerous you are. You’re supposed to a myth. A being capable of spontaneous creation . Yet here you are. Using it make breakfast for dinner… This is Chaos Magic Wanda. And that makes you… The Scarlet Witch.” Agatha Harkness to Wanda Maximoff
She’s so great she’s launched a million memes with her (now) trademark wink from the show.
The New York Times Magazine profiled the prolific Ms. Hahn earlier this month. Here’s an excerpt.
Hahn’s bandwagon has surely grown after her turn on “WandaVision,” the Disney+ series whose finale was released on Friday, in a role that caught the attention of her faithful acolytes and the unconverted alike. She played Agnes, a suspiciously nosy neighbor to Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) in their sitcom reverie — who turns out to have been a powerful and malevolent witch named Agatha Harkness.
It’s rare for an actress with Hahn’s particular pedigree of standout performances in smaller, quirky projects to have found her way to the monolithic Marvel franchise — even rarer for her to have ended up with her own irresistibly catchy theme song. But it’s a role that Hahn played to the hilt, earning attention, praise and a series of internet memes.
In a video interview on Friday, Hahn was still surprised to have had the opportunity to play in a superhero universe and was bracing herself for what life would be like outside the world of “WandaVision.”
In the comics, Agatha Harkness is often depicted as a classic old crone type of witch. Did you think this is how you’d be presented in the series?
No, it made me laugh. I loved that Agatha was like, I’m going land in this world and I’m going to be the age of 47. I imagined that she really enjoyed sticking around and being in these sitcoms. She’s been flying around for a couple of centuries without a coven before she revealed herself, and she’d love to have a friend for a second.
What specifically appealed to you about “WandaVision”?
I was so turned on by the ambition and had mad respect for the fact that it is a superhero story that is ultimately about grief. And that there are so many women involved. And I love a witch, I really do.