Now a member of the Secret Warriors, Lincoln Campbell -- the character portrayed by Luke Mitchell -- is making his mark on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as one of the series' major Inhuman characters. An original character created for the show, Lincoln has the abilities of electromagnetism, granted to him after undergoing Terrigenesis, the process that activates Inhuman genes. With the promise of an Inhuman-packed Season Three, Lincoln's role on the hit ABC series is only looking to grow in the second half of the season, especially now that he's a full-fledged member of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Mitchell visited the CBR Speakeasy in North Hollywood to speak with Managing Editor Albert Ching ahead of the show's midseason premiere to discuss the advantages and challenges of having a larger role on the Marvel television series, his character's new unique position as a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., developing a relationship with new Inhuman Daisy and much, much more.
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." star Luke Mitchell chats with CBR TV in part one about his expanded role in the second half of Season Three. Discussing the daunting aspects of joining a show with such a dedicated fan base, Mitchell also peels back the layers of his Inhuman character, Lincoln Campbell, who's set to join the main team alongside Daisy.
On what it's like coming onto a show with such a loyal and passionate fan base:
Luke Mitchell: it's been an incredibly daunting experience, but also really fun. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has a terrific fan base and it's been great to interact with them on Twitter and meet them for events and things like that. But by the same token, coming onto an already established show with an established cast, and people already have their favorites, it's tricky. It's not an easy thing, but at the end of the day as much as us actors liked to be liked, it's not about that, y'know? You're just trying to do your job. And I'm trying to do mine and do it the best that I can with the gold that the writers are giving me.
On what excited him about Lincoln becoming even more essential to the show this season:
Season Three has been a lot of fun because it's really been a lot of stripping back of what little the audience knew about my character that was introduced in Season Two, and the writers have really changed it up for Season Three and we're playing much more in the gray areas; playing with the darkness a little bit. Not to say that my character's a bad guy, just not so much of a golden boy.
In the second half of the conversation, Mitchell discusses Lincoln's journey and the romance he may (or may not) have with Daisy. Mitchell also chats about being the outsider on the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, and what makes his character the metaphorical "square peg in a round hole."
On where viewers will find Lincoln Campbell when the show returns:
When the show picks up again he's in S.H.I.E.L.D. -- he's working with S.H.I.E.L.D. -- I think that's safe to say without being shot. The reason he's with S.H.I.E.L.D. is because of Daisy, that's fairly obvious. But the fact is, he is in S.H.I.E.L.D. He has to remain there because that's the best thing for him. At this point in time he doesn't have anything else. He has Daisy, and therefore he has S.H.I.E.L.D. And therefore he wants to stay in S.H.I.E.L.D. and do the best he can for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Moving forward we're definitely going to deal a little bit more with some of the things that were introduced in episode three, with some of his past demons eventually popping up…Yeah, before I get in trouble I'll stop that sentence…
I think I'm allowed to say Lincoln and Daisy will continue to, y'know, romance a little bit. There's a blossoming romance there for sure.
On how Lincoln fits in with the cast of characters viewers already know:
It'll be like a square peg in a round hole. He's not going to fit in smoothly. And that's going to be the fun of it, to be within S.H.I.E.L.D., but kind of be an outsider within S.H.I.E.L.D. Having different opinions and different perspectives, not necessarily being a trained agent amongst trained agents, being an Inhuman -- the only other Inhuman really of the main guys, other than Daisy.
All I'll say is this: There's fun to be had with my character. I've been having some fun and there's more coming up.