DuckTales' Toks Olagundoye Talks Inspiration For Mrs. BeakleyReported on Monday, September 2nd 2019
As a former spy, grandmother of Webby (voiced by Kate Micucci) and caretaker of McDuck manor, Olagundoye shared her on-screen and real-life inspirations for bringing Bentina Beakley to life.
As a mentality and physically strong and no-nonsense character, the voice actress drew from Helen Mirren and Emma Peel (from the spy series Avengers).
"I think that the person that I actually did have the most in my head honestly, when I auditioned for Mrs. Beakley was Helen Mirren."
"I’ve always thought of [Beakley] more as an Emma Peel. I’ve always been a big (Avengers) fan my whole life, although I’m a huge James Bond fan as well. She definitely is, and when you get to flashback to Beakley... she definitely was a take-no-prisoners sort of a young lady."
Her real-life family seems to have played the biggest influences.
"I was raised by some pretty strong ladies. My mother is Norwegian, my great-grandmother is German, my other grandmother is Nigerian, and they all worked, they all had their own businesses. One of my grandmothers was in the resistance during World War II. I mean, I come from some really solid, strong stock of women who don’t apologize for much, they get it done without complaining. So Mrs. Beakley is for them, I guess."
DuckTales Season 2 is currently airing and has been renewed for a third season.
Check out the rest of the interview at the CBR source link below.