We spy two individuals of interest about to infiltrate your living room: Boris Kodjoe, 37, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, 27, who play globe-trotting, bad-guy-popping CIA agents on J.J. Abrams’ new espionage dramedy. Here’s some intel.
Yes, they realize that it’s very rare for black actors to headline a major romantic action series. ”The show is about two people who get into these adventures and they happen to be black,” notes the Germany-reared Kodjoe. ”It’s 2010…. It shouldn’t be a big deal. But we are conscious of the fact that it’s kind of trailblazing, which is cool.” Agrees the British-born Mbatha-Raw: ”I’m really proud that it’s happening. But also, you want to feel like this should be happening.”
Their spy role model? James Bond. ”He’s the ultimate,” says Mbatha-Raw. ”I don’t know when there’s going to be a female James Bond — Jane Bond.” Adds Kodjoe: ”He exemplifies class, integrity, and style.”
Kodjoe hopes to go undercover with another Abrams agent. ”I want to have a knock-down, drag-out knife fight/pillow fight with Jennifer Garner’s Sydney Bristow! Lot of feathers. In underwear. Wet. Like it’s raining. What else? Maybe some honey.”