The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star talks being Bucky Barnes' therapist

Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, and Amy Aquino in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star Amy Aquino – who plays Bucky Barnes' therapist Dr. Raynor – has revealed how it felt to work on a key scene in episode 2 that saw Sam Wilson and Barnes forced to work on their issues together. 

"I felt like the luckiest girl in the universe," Aquino told Slashfilm. "That I just got to sit there and be there. That I could, as Amy and as Dr. Raynor, be like, 'Oh my God, are they doing this? Are they really doing this?' They were adorable."

"My biggest challenge was, they were not exactly going by the script because you wanted to have the two of them playing with each other, so my big challenge was not stopping them too soon. It was like, 'We’ve gotta watch it and be able to enjoy this. The audience has to get it. If it’s too much, they’ll just edit it out.' That was the balance: at what point was Dr. Raynor/Amy going to come in and say, 'All right, enough already. Jesus.'"

Aquino also wanted to acknowledge the potential impact that the series has in its future with director Kari Skogland at the helm. 

"...whatever Marvel does, because of its popularity, whatever it does, it’s going to have an enormous impact," Aquino continued. 

"There are going to be repercussions that are going to go out. So if they start really dealing with race? Excellent. The kids who don’t see it – especially the white kids who don’t have any idea what the reality is – will get that information. And the same could be said for therapy and for mental health and getting help."

The series continues on Disney Plus, here's the full Falcon and the Winter Soldier release schedule, so you can keep up with dates and how many episodes there are going to be.

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