Star Katie Cassidy Answers Some ‘ARROW’ Questions

The people at the TV Addict have succeeded in yet another interview from the cast of ‘Arrow,’ and this is from the ex-girlfriend to Stephen Amell‘s Oliver, Laurel, played by Katie Cassidy.  

Maybe you can talk a little bit about the Laurel and Thea [Willa Holland] relationship.  We haven’t seen a lot of it, but I suspect because of their history of the Oliver Queen family and her family that there should be at least some history.  Why haven’t we seen more of that and will we be seeing more of that?

KATIE:  You’ll definitely get an opportunity to see the history between Thea and Laurel. Thea does something that sort of gives them an opportunity to bond with one another and I don’t want to give anything away, but she sort of sees Thea as her younger sister, you know.  They’ve had many years together and I think she feels for her.  I definitely think Laurel has a sensitivity towards her.

What’s it like coming into a show where your character and everybody has this mythology that has been documented and seen in episodes of other shows before, just little hints of that character?  I mean, were you aware of that mythology?  Have you studied it?  What do you think about being the Black Canary?

KATIE:  Well, I definitely, obviously, was aware of it when I signed on to the show, of the background and the mythology and everything.  And I did do some research, but I didn’t want to dive into it too much because I didn’t want it to affect my take on the character.  And I think for our creators, they saw something in me that was similar to what they felt like Laurel would be.  And I just try to play true to the way that I interpret her, and I think hopefully responds well to the fans and the Laurel Lance character, and it’s been good.

What’s the thing you feel like makes you feel like Laurel?

KATIE:  I think Laurel has an enormous amount of [strength], she stands up for what she believes in.  She’s a strong woman.  And I’m very supportive of women and working.  And I feel like I’m pretty stubborn, and I think Laurel’s also pretty stubborn.  She can’t help, and I also have a quality to myself, that I’m almost honest to a fault, and I feel like she’s the same way.  She can’t help but say what she thinks when she’s asked.  And I shouldn’t say I sort of, I’m definitely like that.

What about the amount of work?  Were you prepared for that? The grueling hours.

KATIE:  I literally feel like I haven’t slept in a year.  It’s exhausting.  But at the same time, it’s so worth it.  It’s so part of what I do.  It pays off so much.  It’s all I want to do. I’m like I’ll sleep later.  Like, it just is sort of there with me all the time.  And, yeah, the hours can be long.  But again, all the crew and all the cast wanting to be there, it makes it so much easier.  Everyone’s excited to go to work in the morning.  Everyone’s excited to be there, and having that, it’s motivating.

Are you excited or worried next season to wear a suit of the Black Canary?

KATIE:  Well, you never know ?? it’s TV ?? what can happen.  I don’t know.  I have no idea.  I think that’s a question you’d have to ask for Mark and Andrew.  As far as am I excited about it, yeah, that would be awesome, being a girl and I want to kick ass.  I’m very pro-women.  So for a female to sort of stand up like that, I love that.  I am drawn to that.  So, yeah, I’m not worried about it.  I’m more excited about it.


Read the whole interview at the TV addict.

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