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ARROW: Actress Emily Bett Rickards chats about her character, Felicity Smoaks, in the series
February 21, 2013 By Holly Eyre
During an interview with TV Guide actress Emily Bett Rickards opened up about her character in ARROW, Felicity Smaoks. She chats about how her involvment with the series progresses, her relationship with Oliver, how she might conflict with Huntress when she returns, the characters history and more. Read below.
On her role in the group?
“It creates a certain dynamic that was different from what Olivier and Diggle had because she’s the polar opposite of Diggle in a sense that she hasn’t seen anyone die and this isn’t actually her regular day job. Her role now is to help them solve different crimes in Starling City as well as creating a different balance to the group that the audience, and Olivier and Diggle, will enjoy as well. She’s got that awkward, quirky spunk. As much as she’s socially inadequate, she’s always so gung-ho to hack into something. She’s really smart. I find her emotional depth and her emotional capacity interesting because she’s so socially awkward.” – Emily Bett Rickards
On whether we will see her moving away from computers and more into the action side?
“We do see a little bit of that in Wednesday’s episode. She does get into a little bit of trouble coming along with Diggle and Oliver to the scene of the crime, if you will. But she does stay in the Foundry with the computers and helps him that way as well. We’ll get a little taste of it and hopefully a little more in the future too.” – Emily Bett Rickards
On how her morals change?
“Her lines won’t necessarily blur, but they start to shift. They start to change over the course of getting deeper and deeper into it. As soon as you witness some of the seedy things happening, you can’t un-witness them. There’s an innocence that’s lost. She’s doing this to find Walter. She has strict morals. She doesn’t want to see good people get hurt and die. She starts to have more respect for what they’re doing because they’re trying to protect the city. [But] there’s the question always in her mind: Who am I becoming? Should we be giving these people a chance to redeem themselves?” – Emily Bett Rickards
On whether hers and Oliver’s relationship will change?
“It’s hard to say if there’s going to be a love interest/crush/relationship, but the relationship definitely starts to change. Oliver has a lot of walls, but with the biggest wall down and that secret out there — even though he still has secrets from everyone — it allows Felicity to see Oliver more clearly. Now they can be a little bit more open with each other and that’s bound to change something in their relationship.” – Emily Bett Rickards
On the Huntress returning and how it will effect relationships?
“How the Huntress comes back is a really fun and interesting episode. It’s very action-packed. It was such a fun episode to shoot. I think Felicity is questioning her. She doesn’t really understand who The Huntress is or where she came from. How does she know and I didn’t know about her?! There’s also the underlying fear because The Huntress is very intimidating.” – Emily Bett Rickards
On Felicity’s background?
“We don’t get to see too much about her background yet. We do get to see a vulnerable side to her when she starts getting deeper into these activities with Oliver and Diggle. She is a brilliant, but normal woman who is quite shocked by what she’s seeing and still doesn’t know whether it’s right or wrong. Hopefully we’ll get to learn more about Felicity soon. We do have Season 2!” – Emily Bett Rickards
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