After having starred in Legends of Tomorrow’s third season as a guest character, Jes Macallan, who brings Agent Ava Sharpe to life, returns in season four as a series regular. Entertainment Weekly broke the news with a statement from executive producer, Phil Klemmer, which sings Macallan’s praises.
“Jes has a power to captivate in person as well as on screen. She had been guest-starring on Legends for all of two days when one of our teamsters, the guy who had been driving her to set, told me that we ought to make her a series regular. He wasn’t wrong. We knew that we wanted Sara to fall in love with someone in season 3, and our challenge was to come up with a character worthy of our fearless captain’s love — and then the second challenge was to find a performer capable of playing that part. The door had barely closed on Jes, having just finished her chemistry read with Caity Lotz, that we all turned to each other and agreed that we had found our Ava.”
“Her character arc was a bit of a slow burn this season, and yet each episode revealed a new facet of her character. She’s been alternately funny, poignant, engaging, endearing, and kick-ass this season — and yet I know for a fact that we haven’t hit all of Jes’s hidden gears as an actor. We are lucky to have a whole new season in which to find them. It’s not every actor who can find the emotional heart of a storyline that features John Constantine, a chicken, and a severed human foot. Thank God we found Jes Macallan.”
The next run is sure to build upon the newly minted Time Bureau Director’s character. In a recent episode, “I, Ava,” the Legends discover Agent Sharpe is a clone from the year 2213. With tensions high as season three comes to a close, more of this story is sure to receive development in the series’ fourth run.
News of Macallan’s promotion comes weeks after an announcement of Matt Ryan joining the show full time next season. Since Legends of Tomorrow’s inception, the producers have sold the series as one featuring a rotating cast of characters. The shrinking and expanding of the Waverider crew will evidently carry on during season four.
Legends of Tomorrow’s forthcoming season finale airs on Monday, April 9.