Even though Hawkeye’s character presence — or maybe, lack thereof — in The Avengers: Infinity War was seen to be a point of vexation for fans of the bow and arrow expert, he has still made a sparkling impact in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ‘Hawkeye’ played by Clint Barton has been at the core of the Avengers, and the point of introduction of Laura, his wife, in Avengers: Age of Ultron showed that Earth’s supreme heroes could have it both ways, saving the world and having a home life.

Hawkeye’s wife Laura played by Linda Cardellini has been a part of Hollywood for more than 20 years now and has earned some impressive credits for her work. From guest appearances in children’s TV shows of the late ’90s to intense drama films, here are some shows where you may have seen her before.

1. Step By Step & Boy Meets World

Linda Cardilleni

Cardellini spent most of her initial career in children-centric television shows. She played cameo roles in shows like Step by Step and Boy Meets World on TGIF and also racked appearances in 3rd Rock from the Sun and the Clueless TV series.

Even though Step by Step provided her with her first live audience experience, Boy Meets World proved to be significant for her because, as she told The A.V. Club, it was the very first time she received some verbal feedback from the audience who were annoyed by her coquetry with Ben Savage’s Cory Matthews.  “That was the first time I was given something where people from my hometown recognized me. I was at my hometown carnival and about eight kids ran up to me—they couldn’t have been older than 8 years old—and yelled, ‘Homewrecker!'” she said.

2. Freaks and Geeks on NBC

Freaks & Geeks

Even though Cardellini had already racked for herself, some regular television appearances, it was her role as Linda Weir in NBC’s Freaks and Geeks that really proved to be the initiation of her infamy. The TV show characterized her as a nerdy (“math-obsessed”) high schooler who chooses to become friends with some backbenchers of the student population, against her parent’s will. Even though it was discontinued after the very first season, it has since been famed as a cult favorite and a focal point of talk in most of Cardellini’s recent interviews.

3. ER on NBC

Cardellini really got the opportunity to show off her flair for television dramas with her consistent role on NBC’s ER as Samantha Taggart, a nurse who’s, on one hand, a rehabilitating alcoholic and on the other a single mother. She continuously played the role for six seasons, getting through all hurdles from unstable past love affairs to a hostage situation at the hospital to an exploding ambulance. “One of the things I like about the show is that they don’t mind if the characters are a little bit unlikeable, which makes them human,” she talked about the show, ahead of the finale.

Even though she was able to manage time for other projects whilst her five-season long run on the show, she’s known as the expert of being on a series “marathon” without committing to do any other regular TV work, apart from voice plays in animated series.


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