IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Katie Cassidy Talks 'The Scribbler' and 'Arrow' Season 3

Friday, 03 October 2014 14:11 Written by  Jami Philbrick
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IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Katie Cassidy Talks 'The Scribbler' and 'Arrow' Season 3

Actress Katie Cassidy is certainly no stranger to comic book adapted film or TV projects. 

The daughter of actor David Cassidy (The Partridge Family), she has appeared in several successful TV series such as Supernatural, Melrose Place, and Gossip Girl, as well as popular films like Taken, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Monte Carlo. But Cassidy is probably best known for her role as Dinah “Laurel” Lance on the hit CW series Arrow, which is based on the popular DC Comics character Green Arrow and starts its third season on October 8th. But first the actress can be seen starring in the new film The Scribbler, which is also based on a graphic novel and opens in theaters, VOD and iTunes on September 19th.

The film, which is based on the graphic novel by screenwriter Daniel Schaffer, revolves around a young woman named Suki (Cassidy) who faces her destructive multiple personalities using an experimental new procedure known as "The Siamese Burn." In addition to Cassidy, the movie also stars Garret Dillahunt (Looper), Michelle Trachtenberg (TV’s Gossip Girl), Sasha Grey (Would You Rather), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing), Eliza Dushku (True Lies), and Michael Imperioli (The Call).  

I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Katie Cassidy about her work on The Scribbler, as well as the upcoming third season of Arrow. The popular actress discussed her new film, if she had any concerns about appearing in another project based on a comic book, her almost unrecognizable performance, the importance of graphic novel creator Daniel Schaffer also penning the screenplay, the movie’s impressive production value, working with Eliza Dushku and Michael Imperioli, the new season of Arrow, the success of the show, if her character will be involved in more of the action this season, if she will ever become Black Canary like in the comics, and if the writer’s have a planned end game for the eventual finale of the series.  

Here is what Katie Cassidy had to say about The Scribbler and the third season of Arrow

IAR: To begin with, The Scribbler is based on a graphic novel. Obviously, you’ve had a lot of success recently with your series Arrow, which is also based on a popular comic book character. Were you concerned at all about signing on to another comic book based project so soon?

Katie Cassidy: Well Jami, the good news is that I have been working professionally as an actor for almost ten years. The characters that I have played I feel have been very diverse. I feel like you get to a certain point where it is not necessarily about being typecast. People understand and start to learn that as an actor it is my job to transform myself into whatever my character may be. I do think that right now in this day and age a lot of projects are based off of graphic novels, comic books or video games. That is not to say that it will always be that way. Aside from the fact that The Scribbler is based on a graphic novel, that was not actually what drew me to the project. The character is what I felt passionate about, whether it is a graphic novel or not. This character that I played, I could relate to her. I felt the need to play her. I think the fact that it was a graphic novel didn’t really matter to me. But the next time I read a script that is based off a comic book or graphic novel, I am going to remember this conversation.

I certainly don’t want to discourage you from doing another comic book based project. So if Warner Bros. calls and wants you to play Black Canary in a feature film, please don’t say no! 

Cassidy: Oh, well thank you. I am not discouraged. I think it is so much fun. Hopefully the fans will be pleased about The Scribbler. If they are unaware of it, it will be a pleasant surprise when they see the film. 

I have to tell you, I did not even recognize you in The Scribbler because you look so different than you do on Arrow. Was that intentional on your part?

Cassidy: Yeah. I heard a lot of people say that. It is great. I love to hear that. I initially wanted the project and got excited about it. I had to do this. I called the director and producer, and they were like, “No, she is not right for this.” I said, please just let me come in for a meeting. I think people have this idea of me being glamorous or perfect, which is great when I have to go to some cocktail event and be glamorous, but it is my job as an actor to transform myself. Besides (the fact) that it is unexpected for me to do a role like this, I like that hopefully people can see me in a different light.

Daniel Schaffer, who wrote the graphic novel that the film is based on, also wrote the screenplay. That doesn’t happen very often. Did it comfort you knowing that the guy who created the source material also wrote the script for the movie?

Cassidy: Totally. It is great because he was such a good writer. I could totally hear my character’s voice when I was reading the script. He just made it that much better. He absolutely knew what he was doing. He is the one who came up with the original idea. I knew exactly what he wanted and what he was looking for. He did not have to tell me. He had just written it so well that it was right there on the page.

One of the things that really impressed me about the movie was the production value. I know that it was a relatively low budget project but I thought the production design, the lighting, and the cinematography was fantastic. What was your impression of the production when you first arrived on set?

Cassidy: I was very impressed. I think it just shows that everybody was there to make the same movie. That is a great feeling because a lot of the times there will be too many cooks in the kitchen and not everyone is on the same page. It also allowed me to do my job better because the setting helps put me in that place and gets me more into the character.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Eliza Dushku recently and she told me that she really enjoyed doing those scenes with you and Michael Imperioli. What was your experience like acting with them on this project?

Cassidy: It was awesome. I loved those scenes. Those may have been some of my favorite. Obviously, working with Michael, he is a tremendous actor, as is Eliza. It was actually the last couple of days of shooting when we shot those scenes. So I had been there for a month shooting, and then they had just come in the last few days. Again, it was just nice because we were all on the same page. It is nice to work with such wonderful actors. 

Congratulations on the success of Arrow. I’m a lifelong fan of the Green Arrow comic books, and I think you’ve all done an amazing job of bringing that character to life on TV. What’s it been like for you to be part of such a popular series?

Cassidy: First of all, thank you so much. I think you will be very pleased this new season as well. It is crazy because I look back at season one and I remember getting episode two of that season, and then episode three and four. I was like, how are we going to shoot this? This is like a movie. This is a huge season. Then after we finished season one, I remember thinking, how are they going to top this? How are we going to do that? Then season two was bigger than season one. Once again, we have such an amazing team of writers, producers, directors, and our crew is fantastic. I am so excited about this new season, and I am happy to say that it was bigger than season one and season two. I kind of cannot believe it. But somehow we all pulled it off. 

Will Laurel have a chance to get in on more of the action in season three?

Cassidy: Oh yeah. Laurel gets more involved in the action and in the A story. I have been training a lot. 

At the end of season two, we saw your sister Sara (Caity Lotz) give Laurel her Canary jacket. Will we see your character start to become the Black Canary in this new season?

Cassidy: You will have to watch season three to find out! Caity Lotz is awesome. I really look forward to everyone seeing their relationship grow and the characters grow. 

Finally, do you get the sense that the writers and creators of the series have an end game and know where they are going with all the different storylines on the show?

Cassidy: No of course not. That is kind of what is so brilliant about it because they are still figuring it out. They are just writing and doing a great job. So I just go with it. It is going to be so good. The new season premiers on October 8th. I am so excited for everyone to see it. It is going to be awesome!

The Scribbler opens in theaters, VOD and iTunes on September 19th.

To read our exclusive interview with Eliza Dushku about The Scribbler, please click here

Arrow season 3 premieres October 8th on The CW. 

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