NowToronto.com published an amazing Q&A with Deborah about Daredevil, which you can read an excerpt below:
Did you have any opportunity to shape the character?
As a woman in a television show about superheroes, you certainly go, “Well, I don’t just want to be the love interest, or just the girl, or the damsel in distress” – you know, all of those [tropes] that we try to avoid. So I was concerned about those things. I’d also come off of a long series, and the idea of jumping right into potentially another one was a little daunting. So I got on the phone with [Marvel Studios head of television] Jeph Loeb, and we spoke for about two hours. He was so generous with his time. And by the end of that conversation, I really knew I wanted to be a part of this.
Karen Page certainly isn’t a damsel in distress. She’s introduced that way – the show’s first episode has her framed for murder and turning to Nelson and Murdock to save her – but it takes several episodes before we really understand the kind of person she is. She’s really guarded and careful.
One thing I really enjoy about that first episode is that she doesn’t trust them right away. And I think what a lot of lesser series would have done is that she would have instantly recognized that they were the good guys, and told them anything. But I love that she doesn’t! She holds it back! And it’s because she’s been betrayed by this company she was working for, and so many people are trying to kill her – so she doesn’t instantly trust them. She goes back to her apartment to try to find this thing, the only thing that can save her life, and she doesn’t trust the boys to go do it. And I think that’s great, that she’s careful about that.
Check the full interview at NowToronto.com.