Daredevil's Cancellation May Have Ended This Star's Career
It's easy to imagine the life of an actor from a hit TV show as jumping from one role to the next, but even talented performers sometimes have periods where it's hard to find work. Sadly, that has been the case for actress Deborah Ann Woll, who co-starred in several of Netflix's now-defunct Marvel properties most notably Daredevil.
Since the series was canceled in 2018, Woll says she has so far been unable to land a follow-up role.
In an emotional interview on the YouTube series Joe Q's Mornin' Warm Up, hosted by legendary comics artist and current Marvel Creative Director Joe Quesada, Woll opened up about her struggles with navigating the industry, and how the lull in her career has affected her.
She also opened up about the toll working as an artist in a tumultuous industry can take on a person's sense of self-worth.
I'm just really wondering whether I'll get to work again, whether anyone wants to work with me again... all of those scary things.”
What makes Woll's plight all the more shocking is the fact that she's... well, really good at her job. If you never caught her work on Daredevil, you've still probably seen her on some other hit TV series over the last decade or so.
It was only after a handful of guest spots on Law & Order and ER that Woll finally managed to land her breakout role one that many people probably still recognize her from.
In 2008, she was cast in the HBO series True Blood as Jessica Hamby, a timid young woman raised in a deeply religious household who underwent a bit of a personality change when she was turned into a vampire, and introduced to all of the powers that came with that supernatural status. In a show full of memorable characters, Jessica was one of the best-liked, thanks in no small part to Woll's performance, which found just the right balance of innocence and edge.
She even had her own web spin-off series of shorts called Jessica's Blog, which was meant to expand the True Blood universe, successfully doing so with 38 episodes over the course of several years.
When True Blood ended in 2014, it was no surprise that Woll quickly lined up her next high profile TV gig, starring as the assertive journalist Karen Page on Daredevil.
Woll also appeared as Karen in the crossover series The Defenders. She also appeared in another Marvel Netflix series, The Punisher, in which her character was originally not intended to appear. But showrunner Steve Lightfoot changed his mind about that after seeing the chemistry between Woll and Punisher actor Jon Bernthal, who made his debut as antihero Frank Castle in Daredevil's second season.
Lightfoot said during a presser,
"I asked to have her, because she and Frank are so great. [...] Frank is a closed-off military guy, and this is a woman he treats like an equal more than anyone else."
Quesada, who served as an executive producer on Daredevil, both empathized with Woll and expressed surprise that she would have trouble finding work.
He wasn't the only former co-worker of Woll's to speak up about her talents as an actor. After the interview, Woll's Daredevil co-star and screen legend Vincent D'Onofrio tweeted his support. Keep watching the video to see that Daredevil's cancellation may have ended this star's career.
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