Actress Emma Fuhrmann stars as a teenage Cassie Lang in the record-breaking Avengers: Endgame. After keeping her role a secret for two years now, Fuhrmann is ready to share with the world her part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fuhrmann chats with us about her role as the daughter of Ant-Man and what went on behind the scenes of the film.
Introduce yourself. Tell us a little bit about you and where you’re from!
I’m Emma Fuhrmann; I’m an actress, health enthusiast, and baker. I’ve been a working actress since I was eight years old and love what I do. When I’m not acting, I love to cook and bake healthy alternative treats, meaning no refined sugar or gluten. I’m very outdoorsy; I love to swim, hike, and run. I also love to read, but lately, I’ve only had time for reading scripts, not books, but I guess that’s a good thing! I’m originally from Texas, but I’m definitely a Cali girl now.
What drew you into acting? Was there a specific moment when you knew you wanted to be an actress?
Acting truly became a passion of mine when I did my first feature film. It was called The Magic of Belle Isle, and I got to work alongside some incredible people: Morgan Freeman, Rob Reiner, and Virginia Madsen. It was such a wonderful learning experience, and at such a young age, too. I just really fell in love with not just stuff in front of the camera but also behind the camera. We actually had a female DP, Reed Morano, and I would sit with the camera and look through the lens. I was just a sponge, soaking everything up.
You play Cassie Lang, Ant-Man’s daughter, in Avengers: Endgame. How would you describe her and the dynamic between her and her father?
Cassie and her dad have a unique father-daughter relationship, in my opinion. She completely idolizes him and brings the good out in him. She’s the reason he is a good guy. Not having her father for five years will definitely impact their relationship, but I don’t feel like there is any typical teenage angst coming from Cassie to her dad. They missed out on so much time together, now it’s just making up for lost time.
So I hear you auditioned without knowing that you were in the running for that specific role. At what point did you know that you were playing Cassie?
I went through the audition process two years ago. I didn’t know I was playing Cassie until I actually got the part! When my team called with the good news, Marvel finally revealed who I was going to be playing, which, by the way, is not how it usually goes. But that’s Marvel for ya!
You’ve had to keep your role a secret for two years now, so what was it like when the film released? Who did you talk to first?
Immediately, I wanted to talk to the fans! After Infinity War came out, I went up on Endgame’s IMDb as “actress” and so fans have been speculating what part I was going to play for a while. I wasn’t ever able to confirm or deny my role, or even that I was in the movie for that matter, so when the movie came out I didn’t have to pretend I didn’t see their comments! I’ve been having a blast answering their questions and chatting with them, as well as taking them along my quests to find all the Ant-Man McDonald’s toys!
Cassie had to deal with her dad disappearing and then reappearing after five years. The reunion between Cassie and her father is a beautiful moment. How did you tap into those emotions when filming the scene?
Thank you! Paul Rudd was a great scene partner and made it very easy to film such an emotional scene. The scene was written very well, and I believe good writing makes an impact on one’s performance. We tried different variations of reactions and the directors and editors picked the one that best suited how they wanted to make the audience feel. It also helps that we had just met and so that distant and shocked feeling when we hugged of like “Is this who I think it is? How is this real?” came very easily.
What’s something that went on behind the scenes that the audience would not expect?
Well, I think what people don’t realize is that when we filmed, movies such as Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp had not even come out in theaters so both Paul and I literally knew nothing about what was happening. The directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, were giving us the run down, and I remember they said things like “quantum realm” and “Hank and Hope died” and we were like “what?” and “how?” We didn’t know what the Snap was or what that meant or really what had even happened. We just knew people were dead, we hadn’t seen each other for five years, and that Cassie thought Scott was dead.
What surprised you the most about being part of a Marvel film?
They are very serious about their secrecy. I’ve never experienced anything that intense before. Another surprising thing is how much of a family everyone is in the MCU. They were very welcoming to me, and I couldn’t be more happy to be a part of such a unique and talented group of people.
Lastly, if you could play any other character in the Marvel universe, who would you play?
That’s a good question… I just can’t wait to see what Marvel has in store for Cassie! But if I had to pick, I think I would want to play Black Widow. She has such a complex character: the arc from her dark past and assassin training to the compassionate friend and ally she is now is something an actor dreams of getting to work with.
STORY ANNA ZHANG
PHOTOS DRAKE HACKNEY
HAIR GIANNANDREA at FORWARD ARTISTS
MAKEUP MOLLY GREENWALD using PAT MCGRATH LABS at STARWORKS ARTISTS
STYLING BRIT & KARA ELKIN
LOCATION THE PARK SHOWROOM