Alaqua Cox Dishes On Joining Marvel Universe & The Hawkeye Team Supporting Her
Alaqua Cox is not only making her MCU debut in the new Hawkeye series, but it’s also her acting debut!
The 24-year-old actress portrays Maya Lopez/Echo in the show, which just debuted on Disney+, and she’s opening up about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
See what she said inside…
If you didn’t know, Alaqua is a deaf, Native American actress, who is also an amputee.
When she found out she booked the role, she was totally surprised.
“I see about 12 people, including the Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, doing the deaf clap where you wave both your hands,” Alaqua told THR. “I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ and they said, ‘Welcome to the Marvel family!’”
“They knew I was overwhelmed being on set for the first time and provided me a lot of support,” she added about the cast and crew showing her support.
In addition to Hawkeye, Alaqua will also be getting her very own Echo series, as was officially announced on Disney+ Day.
“Hawkeye is my first experience of acting. Now I’m going to get my own show in the MCU? It’s wild,” she said. “I feel good that I discovered my career, and I never thought I would actually fall in love with acting. I am so grateful for this huge opportunity.”
Alaqua is also aware of the inclusivity and representation she carries.
“I believe kids deserve to see inclusivity and accurate representation,” she tells THR. “It will make kids with all types of cultures and disabilities feel like our dreams can break free from limitations.”
The first two episodes of Hawkeye are now streaming on Disney+, with new episodes rolling out weekly.
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