'Arrow' Star Finally Plays the Hero
October 10, 2012
After a slew of villainous guest roles, Stephen Amell finally gets to play the hero in his exciting new role in the upcoming fantasy series Arrow, in which he plays the title character.
"It is nice because as fun as it is to play a villain, eventually is starts to weigh on you a little bit, so playing a hero is going to be really cool," Amell said.
His on-screen heroics in the upcoming series, which is based on the DC Comics comic book Green Arrow, have already transcended his fictional role despite the series having not yet premiered. Amell recounted a story at the recent Comic-Con in which he helped a child that made him enjoy his association with his character of "Arrow."
Amell's co-star Kate Cassidy had high remarks for the 31-year-old's acting ability.
"Stephen is very internal. He's very subtle and very specific and I think it's nice because...he doesn't overdo it. He's not pushing," she said. "He seems to be pretty in-the-moment and real as we're playing out these scenes...He's great to work with."
Cassidy, who has previously held roles on Melrose Place and Gossip Girl, was very passionate about Arrow and the quality of the production, which she said looked like a movie. She also expressed great pleasure in playing "Laurel" on the show.
"I really believe in the show and we are such a great team," she said. "Laurel is such a pure, real, raw character."
Arrow will premiere on October 10 on the CW.