Titan Publishing has passed along interview excerpts from Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen), Erica Durance (Lois lane), and Charlotte Sullivan (Maxima) from the latest issue of Smallville Magazine!
Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen) Interview Excerpt:
According to comic book lore, playboy millionaire OLIVER QUEEN and his alter ego, GREEN ARROW, usually call the streets of STAR CITY home, yet on television, he seems to have taken quite a shine to another big city. In Smallville’s sixth season, the modern-day Robin Hood took up residence in Metropolis before leaving to launch a worldwide assault on Lex Luthor’s 33.1 facilities. These days, Oliver has become a permanent fixture in Clark Kent’s life, so what has his increased presence meant for actor Justin Hartley and his colorful character?
“That’s a good question,” says Hartley. “For me, you get to interact a little more with all the other characters and be there a little bit more. As an actor, you’re able to dig deeper and can pace yourself more. You don’t have to make such a big deal out of two seconds because you might be there for four [instead]. You don’t have to come in and steal every scene, not that I ever did. That pressure’s gone. There’s a little more pressure because you have to show up every day, so it’s not like you come in, knock out five scenes in a week, and you’re done. You get to keep coming back week after week and, lucky for me, I love it. For the character, that’s where the real reward is. The reason we do the show is for the people who love it, and when you have a character as cool and as complicated as Oliver is, it’s great for the audience to see a little more of him and to enjoy the time the writers can spend on the character. I love the fact I’m here more.”
Returning in the season eight premiere, Odyssey, it didn’t take long for Oliver to suit up to seek out his missing friend, CLARK KENT.
“It’s funny,” grins Hartley. “If there are two or three weeks between when I put the leather on, they bring me in for a fitting. I have this huge big black eye and I’ve been gone for about two weeks. I have a fitting today at noon to make sure I can still get into the costume. I’m just waiting for the day it doesn’t fit! As far as getting back into Oliver’s head space, it’s kind of a cop-out if you tell somebody, ‘Oh yeah, it took me the first few scenes to get back into the character.’ I feel like you owe it to yourself, to the craft, and to everybody else to work the kinks out before you step on set. My opinion is you should always be prepared.”
It appears Oliver has more layers than his peers give him credit for, although it wasn’t until Toxic that viewers got a peek at his past and what really makes him tick.
Continue reading Smallville Magazine Issue 31: Hartley, Durance, and Sullivan Interviews