Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Elizabeth Henstridge Brings Christmas to the Plaza

Written by: Rachel Goodman – December 12th, 2019 7:13am PT

FitzSimmons fans rejoice! Elizabeth Henstridge, who plays Jemma Simmons on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., joined the magical world of Hallmark Christmas this year! She recently starred in Christmas At The Plaza—one of Hallmark’s latest Christmas flicks.

In the film, Henstridge portrays Jessica Cooper, a New Yorker afraid of commitment. Historian Cooper starts a new job at the iconic New York Plaza and must decide whether she’s going to live in the past or push forward to the future.

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One of the most fascinating aspects of the movie is watching Henstridge’s fluid transition to an American accent. Simmons fans might’ve noticed this huge change considering Henstridge, who is from Sheffield in England, speaks with her native English accent in her portrayal of Simmons on S.H.I.E.L.D.. 

Yet despite this change, S.H.I.E.L.D. fans should already be well aware of Henstridge’s ability to don an American accent. Through the years, we’ve seen Simmons adapt, and this includes the time during season four when the character went undercover as a Southern individual named Miss Beaks.

Henstridge, who will return for the final season of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2020, brings a certain charm to her role in Christmas At the Plaza which gives the movie even more of a unique flavor, despite maintaining the tone of a Hallmark film.

What’s especially gripping is the historical element associated with the plot. Not only is Hendstridge playing a historian, but The Plaza itself has a history. 

Opened in 1907, the hotel has hosted countless famous singers who have performed there including Frank Sinatra, Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, and Peggy Lee. Miles Davis recorded a live album in the Persian room in 1958, and The Beatles stayed at the hotel during their first visit to America in 1964.

It’s the perfect backdrop for a Hallmark Christmas movie.

The movie officially released at the end of November, and the Hallmark channel will be airing it throughout December. Be sure to catch it while you can—it’s absolutely worth the watch, especially if you love Hallmark films.

As for Henstridge, we’ll be able to catch her again in mid-2020, with the final thirteen episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Henstridge also directed one of the episodes in season seven (As I Have Always Been). With the recent rumor of a SWORD show joining Disney+, we may even catch the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast back in action once more at an even later date, but nothing has been confirmed.

Besides, Henstridge and her fiancé, Zachary Abel (known for Make It or Break It and a former guest on AfterBuzz TV) have posted a ton of traveling pictures on Instagram. Some of which includes charity work in Indonesia. So, it seems that for now, the two of them may wish to step away from Hollywood and travel the globe.

Fortunately for us, we’ve got a Hallmark movie and season seven of S.H.I.E.L.D. to look forward to. Though it will be a very bittersweet year saying goodbye to Henstridge on AoS, watching her spirit shine through every character she has played has been wonderful.

About The Author:

Rachel Goodman is a Los Angeles based actress, host, and writer originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. In college, Rachel wrote for the Penn State Abington Literary Review and was an editorialist for The Lion’s Roar and The Montgomery County Ticket.

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