The 25-year-old actress opened up about playing Felicity on Arrow, the fanbase and her ultimate superhero. Check it:
On her reaction to Felicity’s paralysis: I was shocked. My brain started racing to find answers. I asked if it was permanent. How does she find out? What are we going to be able to show of her emotional growth on learning how to adjust to this entirely new way of movement and life — I’m still not even making sense. It was a difficult story to tell, and I continue to say that I hope we were at least able to scratch the surface of what life would become for someone but I wish we had the time to have gone deeper.
On her favorite superhero: Ahem, Sailor Moon.
On having a devoted fanbase from Arrow and being a part of the universe: It’s educational and rewarding! I didn’t know much about the comics when I started off so I have learned a lot about eras as well as character trajectory and how stories eve love across different platforms. It can be intense and overwhelming but that’s because the universe is so big it has the potential to be endless, and that is very special.
In case you’re unfamiliar, the comedy improv series features cast members and guests who must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games.
Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs.
The 25-year-old Arrow actress chatted all about Arrow with the mag, from losing Katie Cassidy to Olicity. Check it:
On Felicity Smoak: “She was sort of the audiences perspective and I guess that’s what everybody was hoping would happen, she says, It just started to grow from there and she became part of this storyline, and was able to add what was missing at the time.”
On the fan following of Olicity: “From Day 1, I always presumed Felicity to not being able to talk to an attractive man. She gets flustered, and I think that really resonated in an honest way. It took a while to really understand the weight of it…We all love tortured love and watching tortured love, but the only thing that really matters in life is your relationships with other people and your relationship with yourself, and if that’s something you can find through TV and watching characters, you’re hopefully finding the right things in your life.
On saying goodbye to Katie Cassidy’s Laurel: “We didn’t know who was dying – we knew someone was dying – up until Episode 15. And it was around Episode 8 that it started to get really real, because I just remember thinking It doesn’t matter who leaves, its going to hurt…a very big part of my work life was taken away. I was very upset. Everybody was very upset. Its hard when a piece of your family, still feels like a piece of your family but their presence isn’t around as much as you want them to be, Emily says, Its like she moved or something.”
The 24-year-old Arrow star opened up to the glossy about her amazing locks. Check it:
On how she describes her hair: “Fun, flirty, and (a little) fried.”
On what Emily told her longtime hairstylist, Calvyn Cass: “I wanna do something crazy [with my hair], and I said okay!” As she was preparing for a SciFi role around the same time as the shoot, the opportunity to ditch her signature blonde strands couldn’t be more ideal.”
On the braids look: “I felt like someone else and I loved whoever she was…”
On how she maintains her hair: “Don’t shampoo. Literally. It’s the only thing that works, but I love me a deep conditioner. I’m hooked on Terax right now.”
The 27-year-old actor swaps outfits with his 24-year-old Arrow co-star in the shoot, which features Emily smoking cigars and Colton donning a wig and lipstick.
“They made it very easy because they were not afraid to give me everything they had,” Tyler told the mag about the duo’s chemistry during the shoot. “With Colton and Emily it was perfect. You could really feel they knew each other and trusted each other, and that was amazing.”
Tyler said the photos were inspired by gender norms in the 1950s, adding, “I think it speaks a lot to the time we are in right now as androgyny is a two-way street.”