Clare Foley Teases Poison Ivy's Return in Tonight's 'Gotham' Fall Finale! (JJJ Interview)

Clare Foley Teases Poison Ivy's Return in Tonight's 'Gotham' Fall Finale! (JJJ Interview)

We are super pumped for tonight’s all-new Gotham, especially because Clare Foley makes her triumphant return!

The young actress stars as Ivy Pepper, who after being adopted, runs into Bruce (David Mazouz) and Selina (Camren Bicondova) while they evade the assassins chasing them.

We caught up with Clare to get the scoop on how she got the role, her favorite parts of the job, and more. Check it:

Gotham airs TONIGHT, November 24 @ 8PM on Fox!

JustJaredJr: Tell us about how you landed the role and the day you found out you got it!

Clare Foley: I auditioned for Gotham, but I didn’t know I would be playing Poison Ivy. The script was confidential and I just had to go with the sides they gave me with a fake name. I remember it was a Monday when I found out I booked the role. I was doing my homework and my mom was out with one of my brothers. She called and told me I got the part and that it was to play the young Poison Ivy. I was so excited!

JJJ: How much did you know about Poison Ivy and how much did you research?

CF: I knew about Poison Ivy from watching a bunch of different Batman movies and cartoons with my four brothers…my youngest brother loves anything Batman and has a bunch of the Lego Batman sets including one with Poison Ivy. After I found out I got the role, I watched some of the movies and shows again. I also read the very first comic Poison Ivy is introduced in.

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JJJ: What is your favorite part of playing such an iconic character? Do you feel any pressure?

CF: My favorite part about playing such an iconic character is that I get to show how she gets to a certain place. Although her story as an adult has already been told, how she became who she is, never has been. I don’t feel pressure as I believe I am the first to portray this character as a child.

JJJ: Good point! For people who aren’t familiar with Ivy, what are three words you would use to describe her?

CF: Three words I would use to describe Ivy are…feisty, mysterious, and angry.

JJJ: Ivy’s father was murdered in the pilot. Even though she knew her father was not very nice, is she angry?

CF: Although I can’t reveal much about where the character goes from here, you could tell from the pilot I am not very happy with the Gotham Police!

JJJ: Creator Bruno Heller hinted that Ivy will end up in an orphanage, which is where the original story of Poison Ivy will start to pick up. Are you excited for that?

CF: I am SO excited for everyone to see how Ivy’s story unfolds!

JJJ: What’s been your favorite memory from filming so far?

CF: My favorite memories from filming are really just the beginning…meeting everyone at the table read and starting this journey really felt like something special was happening.

JJJ: Because it’s such a dark and serious show, do you get to have fun or lighten things up in between scenes or off-set?

CF: Yes, in between scenes and off set everybody has fun! This is a really great group of people.

JJJ: You’ve been acting for quite a while now. What’s it like balancing school and work at the same time?

CF: I feel very blessed that my parents and my school have been so supportive of my career. I am tutored on set when I am shooting and keep in touch with my teachers at school via the computer. When I am finished, I jump right back into school.

JJJ: And finally – what do you like to do in your free time?

CF: In my free time, I play sports- soccer, golf, tennis, …play with my brothers. I like to cook, and am interested in fashion and beauty.

Be sure to follow Clare on Twitter at @ClareFoley_ & on Instagram at @ClareFoley123!

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Photos: Elise Gannett, Fox
Posted to: Clare Foley, Exclusive, Gotham
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