Green Arrow TV got an exclusive interview with Celina Jade, who played Shado in the CW’s Arrow. Shado plays an integral part in Oliver Green’s (Stephen Amell) flashbacks on the island as it seems she was the one who helped hone his archery skills. Here’s what she had to say about the series:
GATV’S CRAIG BYRNE: It seems like you all have quite a team up there. Can you talk about your camaraderie with the rest of the Arrow cast?
CELINA JADE: We get along great. It’s funny, because the island scenes are done on completely different days, so I haven’t really had the opportunity to meet everybody in the city. It’s as though we’re on two completely different productions in some ways. But working with Manu [Bennett], and Byron [Mann], and Stephen [Amell] has been really fun. They’re truly cool people to work with. I’ve learned a lot, and they really do take care of me.
It’s been really cool. The action sequences are really fun. Stephen’s really good at looking out for me, if we’re doing action, he’ll tell me to be careful, and stuff like that. It’s been really fun. I’m the only girl, so I’m with a bunch of boys, but I’m used to that, because I’m sort of a tomboy myself.
I can’t wait to go to the wrap party and meet all of the main cast who are in the city, as well. I’m excited.
How does Shado’s presence change the dynamic between Oliver and Slade?
We have yet to find out. The producers are really good in terms of keeping me on my toes. But I think the dynamic is quite interesting. Because she’s the only girl, there is a little bit of a hint of jealousy, that Slade thinks “That girl. Why does she believe in Oliver? This guy can’t fight, he can’t hold himself against anybody at the moment…” There’s also definitely a competitiveness that goes on between Slade and Shado, that is flirtatious but at the same time hard core. Slade’s going to be like “Who’s this chick? She shows up on the island, she’s just as good of a fighter as I am, we’re quite on par with each other,” and she’s got these really bizarre teachings that Slade is very, very skeptical about. I just think the dynamic between the characters is really cool, and the fact that Shado can play somebody in Oliver’s life where she helped him, I like to think that she helped him find the hero within himself.
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to teach somebody martial arts, but when you try to teach somebody martial arts, a lot of times there’s a lot of doubt that comes with it. “I don’t know if I can do this. I don’t know if I can kick so high. I don’t want to get punched in the face…” but because her teaching methods are so different, it actually takes away the doubt that comes with learning. Also, the pressure of being on the island and trying to get off of it… so I think that her philosophy is so different that Oliver can learn, and without knowing it, he’s actually training, and he’s becoming stronger, and he starts to realize “You know what? I can do it.” And the beauty of when a person or a character feels “I can actually do this,” the learning curve starts to really propel.
Is there any possibility we might someday see Shado in Starling City, and not on the island?
I hope so. I don’t know. I hope so. I think that would be so cool. But at this moment, I don’t know yet. We haven’t spoken about Shado’s character development. I am grateful that she is still alive. I hope I don’t pick up the next episode script, open it up and go “What? I’m dead? Huh?”
We joke about it, because I asked “if somebody really gets killed off, what happens?” and then they said “well, you know, probably the producers would call you up and say ‘we really enjoy working with you, but we’re killing you now.” So I said, “oh, well that’s easy, then! Whenever I get a call from a producer, I’m just going to refuse to pick up!” [laughs]
There’s more of the interview to read at GreenArrowTV.