The Magical Thriller of WandaVision’s Kathryn Hahn

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The Magical Mystery of WandaVision’s Kathryn Hahn


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Commenting on the “Hahnassaince” is one thing I’ve contemplated for a very long time. Drawback is, each time I began, it simply got here out like, “toldya so,” and it simply felt gross. I interviewed Kathryn Hahn again in 2014 and on the time known as her comedy’s “secret weapon,” however as Katy Waldman pointed out in The New Yorker this week, yearly, each time Hahn has a brand new undertaking, somebody new declares a Hahnassaince and “it’s an entire factor the place folks act like they’ve personally found” her. When, reality be instructed, she’s been doing unimaginable, emotionally feral work for many years.

It’s becoming, or maybe even ironic, then that the present Hahnassaince is coming as the results of her work on WandaVision. (Additionally, actual fast, spoiler alert: In case you’re not caught up on this present, cease studying.) For years she’s been both flexing her muscle groups as a comedy powerhouse in motion pictures like Step Brothers and Unhealthy Mothers or she’s been the non secular heart of indie TV like I Love Dick, Clear, and Mrs. Fletcher. Her position voicing Doc Ock in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse however, she’s by no means been a comic-book adaptation star. Now, as historical witch Agatha Harkness, she’s been in a position to infuse every little thing she does nicely—deadpan comedy, raging depth, fearlessness—into one efficiency. It could be the best trick she’s ever pulled.

In a approach, Harkness and Hahn are on parallel tracks. In WandaVision, Agnes begins off because the pleasant neighbor, the one continuously winking on the digicam as Wanda and Imaginative and prescient bumble by suburban life. She’s the viewers avatar, the comedian reduction. Such has been Hahn’s profession, spending years enjoying finest buddies and secondary characters all whereas invisibly elevating each scene she’s in. Like Wanda herself, audiences don’t even understand Hahn, er, Harkness has been enchanting them. That’s why, when the present premiered on Disney+, it was really easy to think about Hahn was simply being known as upon to prove one other nuanced comedic efficiency—and why it was so pleasant to search out out that—voila—the present’s driving power had been “Agatha All Along.” It was all, rightfully, very meta.

Additionally, can we discuss that track? In case you haven’t heard, it topped the iTunes charts fairly rapidly after WandaVision’s seventh episode aired. Though Hahn herself has declared her chart victory “bonkers,” it’s in some ways not stunning. Sure pockets of the web—Movie Twitter, folks with style—like to rejoice Hahn and if you couple that with the overwhelming energy of Marvel and the songwriting crew behind Frozen, it was certain to be a success. But, it’s fascinating, on this second, to observe the Marvel fandom and Hahn’s followers (Hahniacs? Sthans?) meet. It’s a Venn diagram intersection that’s each wickedly feminist and loves a great costume. Certainly my social media filter bubble makes their ranks really feel bigger than they really are, however they’re rising and I encourage you to hitch them.

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