Katie Cassidy Talks Black Canary: Coaching, Costume, Love Pursuits & Extra
While at Dragon Con, I had the opportunity to take part in a press conference with Arrow’s Katie Cassidy, a.okay.a. Laurel Lance, a.ok.a. [the present] Black Canary.
The good factor about Dragon Con is that the stars aren’t actually there to promote issues the way they are at, say, SDCC, and i loved the more conversational side of this and the other interview experience that I had (more on that later).
Katie began by speaking in regards to the drastic difference in the physicality of her position between the primary two seasons of Arrow and what happened in season three. “You saw [Laurel] go from being a drug addict…being a disaster each day. Which as an actor is challenging and I like that. However it was actually nice…a actually good arc for me to come back out the batman vintage logo t shirt mens other side. You already know, get sober. […] So, I spent quite a lot of time, and still do, dedicating my hiatus to training. After i first started, it was like 5 days a week and I used to be training three hours a day. However not simply straight up…weights and cardio. It could be like a mixture of things. An hour of weights after which it could be like an hour of kickboxing and then an hour of yoga. So, it wasn’t like […] And there were breaks in between, however I don’t know, I really feel like I wanted to make the character, for me, as an expert actor, as reputable as doable.”
That legitimacy apparently even works its manner into her stunts – she does as a lot of them as they’ll let her, although she famous that “Obviously, they aren’t going to let me soar off a building…it could be enjoyable for sure…but they let me do as a lot as they will.” Apparently she only stops for insurance coverage reasons, which is simply more proof of the dedication she has to this position.
She additionally made a degree to praise her stunt double. “She is fantastic and that i always say, once i watch her, she’s actually good morphing herself with the actor. She’s additionally doubled Caity Lotz before and Caity Lotz and I’ve totally different mannerisms, we’re two different folks. When she doubles Caity Lotz she does a really good job in forming and morphing into that and when she [doubles me], identical factor.”
Additionally, Katie was requested if, after two years of seeing everyone else get to wear costumes and fight, it was thrilling to have the ability to take part. Not surprisingly her answer was, “Oh my gosh, yes! Completely! […] I met with The CW earlier than I even learn Arrow…and I was like…I play quite a lot of robust feminine lady characters and…I always needed to do motion, I’ve all the time worked out, you already know. I think having a wholesome life-style is important and I was like ‘I want to do some badass, kickass action show. For those who guys have one, let’s speak.’ So…they pitched me the show and so they were like within the comics Laurel Lance is Black Canary…And I used to be like okay great. And then clearly the way, it’s tv so anything can happen, and I’m really grateful about the way in which they went about it. As a result of it gave my character some place to go. And when you are on a show, season after season after season, I’m so fortunate that I’ve had this excellent arc and growth for me. But you already know, positively in season one and season two it was a bit irritating as a result of I wasn’t part of any story. I was like […] I needed to be in there.
“And when Caity Lotz came on, who by the way is wonderful, it was undoubtedly exhausting as a result of I didn’t know, they hadn’t informed me she was coming…I imply I didn’t say this, the thought was in my head like, they bought me the show that I used to be supposed to do this and that i [determined] you realize what I’ll simply have religion and that i trust them. It’s tv, I’m a professional…I tried to handle it in one of the simplest ways doable and she was so great. It was additionally good, simply watching, as a result of we had been nonetheless looking for our legs in season one and two, you understand. It’s been…an honor and I’ve been so completely happy and fortunate and grateful and I’m so excited I’m finally part of Team Arrow.”
Though she and Caity didn’t get to do any coaching collectively earlier than Katie took over the Black Canary mantle, thankfully thanks to her year on Supernatural Katie already knew the basics of onscreen fighting, and she also noted, “I have a feeling [Caity] and i might be coaching together…she’s turn out to be a extremely good good friend of mine and now completely like, I completely look as much as her. She’s badass clearly. I really feel like she’s a stunt woman. She’s just so good at it and she’s actually dedicated and I am as well. So, I feel the two of us, even if it’s off-display screen or on-screen, the 2 of us will definitely be training together.”
Not surprisingly, this led to a question about White Canary and Black Canary and whether or not they’d combat collectively, both on Arrow or Legends. Katie’s response was, “[…] I can’t inform you. As much as I’d like to tell you. What’s great about this entire universe […] It’s like three reveals […] We’re all in the same world and it’s obviously, undoubtedly, a possibility to do, everyone to be crossing over. Sara being my sister, you’d assume […] We’ll stroll into their present and hopefully they’ll stroll into ours. I’m simply so pleased to have all those mates right here. And Danielle Panabaker is a expensive buddy of mine. She’s truly my roommate. I’ve known her for a really very long time […] In seasons one and two it was like our present and that i didn’t know many individuals outdoors the forged. So it got lonely. However it’s awesome and I’m so pleased.”
In fact, as a cosplayer (and one who hopes to complete up that Black Canary cosplay that I started halfway by season three…) I cherished to listen to Katie talk concerning the outfit they created for her character. Someone merely requested how snug the costume was, and Katie’s response was extremely detailed. “It’s really actually comfortable. [Our costume designer was incredible.] She actually let me have a little bit bit of input. I simply have to say I used to be really joyful I was not totally exposed. I was like, okay I’m not going to be working round in…a boustier. And batman vintage logo t shirt mens that i saw Caity when she was carrying it and she was freezing on a regular basis […] They let me incorporate the motorbike gloves, fingerless gloves, and you understand, there’s a fishnet. After which a bodysuit underneath and the highest of it’s sort of like a fishnet. So, they let me put little touches here and there. And that i also had too much to do with the make-up as a result of it’s fascinating we had…like six completely different exams for what the Black Canary was going to seem like when I was the Black Canary. And I used to be suited up in costume […] Everything seems to be so masculine within the mask as a result of everyone has blacked out eyes and my suit is so masculine and I used to be like, it simply seemed very intense with you recognize, the go well with being masculine, then the face and the black […] And I used to be like can we make this just a little bit extra girly, sexy, and not so harsh And they actually, at first, that was like their least favourite look and then Mark Guggenheim, our make-up artist, and Greg Berlanti pleaded their case they usually were like ‘She appears better this way’.”
Speaking of Katie’s Black Canary makeup, she revealed that the dark lipstick was her selection as properly, and the color is MAC Vino, which I’ll now be buying as soon as possible. She also explained, “It’s actually an entire process and I’m very specific and love minor particulars. My backside eyelashes, I don’t know if it even translates, however I’m really into trend and that i just adore it. I take my backside eyelashes and make them, do you remember Twiggy So, I separate them with a tweezer. It takes like twenty minutes just for the underside lashes. So, I literary sit there and like tweeze them together so sort of like have that extra dramatic effect. However I think it seems to be cool and it’s funky. Spice issues up a bit.”
Final however not least, there was a question about whether there could be more Laurel story strains that don’t necessarily involve a love interest – or whether the show was going to power one on her [again]. I need to say that I actually appreciated it when Katie replied, “You know it’s fascinating. I have to say I’m actually pleased because I just like the route they’ve gone with my character. Because…I’m not the girlfriend or the love interest, and i even have my very own story line. […] I’m not just there to serve as a love curiosity and that i feel like at some point, hopefully…they’ll solid someone to potentially be a love curiosity. I feel that…it will in all probability occur, and i like that I’ve sort of my own story line other than Team Arrow. I really feel like I’ve my own identification and honestly I don’t know when they will do it as a result of I feel…being on the crew, being a part of it, is still new to her. That’s where she’s sort of focused. Once more sort of like owning herself, the Black Canary, proving herself. I think she’s just kind of on that route and supportive of Oliver and Felicity. Someone mentioned on Twitter once, recently, as a result of she’s become one of my finest pals, ‘What are they called, Kamily ’ I assumed that was cute.”
I’m so grateful to both Dragon Con Media Relations for providing this press conference opportunity, and to Katie Cassidy for taking part! Now excuse me while I go in search of that lipstick…
Author: Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is a fandom and geek tradition expert, public speaker, and character cosplayer who’s greatest known for her Cersei Lannister (Sport of Thrones), Starbuck (Battlestar Galactica), and Andrea (The Strolling Lifeless) cosplays. She founded Ice & Fireplace Con, the primary ever Sport of Thrones convention within the US, and now runs its mother or father firm Saga Occasion Planning.