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Smallville: Justin Hartley talks to Zap2it
Another Justin Hartley interview! I wasn't expecting this one, it's with Korbi Ghosh for Zap2it. My favorite part (of course) is when Justin talks about being directed by Tom Welling:

"He goes in, he knows his stuff. He's got a really good eye for it, so you can believe in him. You know, it's funny because there's actually a nice [bonus] to having him direct because the [regular] directors come in and they do a really great job, but they don't have the benefit of being here every day. He does. There's not a lot of people who would know the show better than [Tom], so he has that going for him too."

The entire interview follows:

'Smallville': Justin Hartley reveals Oliver's past, plus his future with Chloe
By Korbi Ghosh
January 29, 2010 1:00 PM

"Smallville" is back.

After more than two months off the air, Clark Kent and the whole crew will finally return to your TVs Friday night (Jan. 29) for an all-new episode.

The hour -- titled "Disciple" -- is Oliver-centric, so we hunted down the man behind O (and Green Arrow), Mr. Justin Hartley.

He filled us in on this week's big reveals, next week's "Absolute Justice" event and which lucky lady he might be cozying up with next...

In this week's episode, the Dark Archer pops up to stir some trouble for Oliver, and shed some light on his past. Is this information that will be new to everyone?
JH:
It's [information] that's going to help explain why Oliver went through some of the things that he went through, where he was, where he spent a lot of time before he came to Metropolis and why he's programmed the way he is and thinks the way he does.

So, what's the deal?
JH:
Basically, there's this secret underground society that he was a part of and they're coming back to claim what's rightfully theirs, or what they think is rightfully theirs. Oliver is being put in a position where it's like, look, things are different, I've changed, I don't want to be part of that life anymore. But these guys are saying that really doesn't matter, it's part of the code, it doesn't matter what you want, it's the way of life. So it's a struggle.

With some questions about his past getting cleared up, do you think Oliver might be a bit happier in the second half of the season? The first half was rather rough on him.
JH:
Yeah, he's happier. He's back to his fun-loving self, but at the same time, without totally losing sight of what he went through. So even though he's "back" to the Oliver that everyone's familiar with, after everything he went through -- the suicide attempt, hitting rock bottom -- he has changed a little bit, maybe grown up a little bit with a darker side to him. But he's definitely back to enjoying life and having fun.

Can we assume we'll be seeing that darker -- or at least more serious -- side of him in the two-hour "Absolute Justice" event?
JH:
Yeah, he's basically trying to help Clark and Chloe figure out who are these people that keep coming after the Justice Society and killing them off. There's a bit of "whodunit" going on, which is fun, a little bit of a procedural drama going on, all these problems [that have to be solved]. They kind of stumble upon problem after problem after problem and get deeper and deeper into it and they realize the whole thing is bigger than they ever thought it would be. And in fact, they're even at risk. So Oliver is along for the ride to help Clark and Chloe and everybody is kind of in danger and it leads to this huge climax [that affects] the rest of the season.

Tom Welling (Clark) directed the second hour of the event. How is it to be directed by him?
JH:
It's great. I think it's the third or fourth time that I've been directed by him, so it's like old hat for us now. He goes in, he knows his stuff. He's got a really good eye for it, so you can believe in him. You know, it's funny because there's actually a nice [bonus] to having him direct because the [regular] directors come in and they do a really great job, but they don't have the benefit of being here every day. He does. There's not a lot of people who would know the show better than [Tom], so he has that going for him too.

Would you have any desire to direct an episode of "Smallville"?
JH:
Yeah, totally. I'm totally interested in directing and we'll see what happens. I think it's a long process of figuring [things] out -- You have to get approval from a bunch of people -- But yeah, I'm interested, absolutely. Whether it be directing "Smallville" or something else, sure. "Smallville" would be a good place to start, because if you do something wrong, there's all these people around you who can rather quickly tell you if you're going in the wrong direction.

Looking toward the rest of the season, we know that Clark and Oliver have differing views of how to properly handle Zod. Will that be a big issue for them?
JH:
There's a bit of conflict and then I think, interestingly enough, as opposed to last year, Oliver has learned from what happened. And so maybe he disagrees with Clark, but instead of just disagreeing and going about his own way, he'll listen to the other side of the story. It's what normal people do, you look into both sides of the story. But in the past, Oliver didn't always do that.

Oliver is growing up.
JH:
Yeah, well, he'll always be a little kid.

We have to talk about Oliver's love life, because the fans have very strong feelings on the subject. From what we've been hearing, most fans are rooting for an Oliver/Chloe hookup, so what's going on with those two?
JH:
They're hanging out, they're doing their thing. I don't know if it's your typical "Smallville" relationship or typical TV couple, but it's clearly a relationship. I just don't know how involved they are with commitment level. But they're definitely hanging out and working together and I'm working with [Allison Mack (Chloe)] quite often. So if that's what people want, they'll definitely get their dose.

But Oliver really does get around quite a bit.
JH:
He's gotten all of them. If you put five random women from around the world in a room, he's slept with 3 or 4 of them.

He gets more action than Superman!
JH:
Yeah, so it's only a matter of time before he moves in on [Chloe], right? We'll see what happens. The way they're writing it is they're having fun together and they're able to kind of see each other for who they are and they don't have to pretend to be anybody else to satisfy the other person and expectations are low. But we've all been in relationships like that, too, where you say, no expectations and then boom, ultimately what it leads to is a barrage of expectations that end up being overwhelming. We'll see what happens. I'm sure it'll make for good drama.

Especially since she is the cousin of Lois, the girl Oliver rather recently declared his love to, only to have her turn him down for Clark, who Chloe was in love with.
JH:
Yeah, it's a bit incestuous isn't it? [Laughs] You'd think that they could go outside the city limits to find a mate, but that doesn't happen on TV that often, does it?

What do you think? Chloe and Oliver? Or are you more interested in how much butt he can kick?

-Reporting by Marisa Roffman

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jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: January 29th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm. This interview actually strikes me as the most interesting of the lot. I love what he says about Ollie actually having learned something from last year - that does give me hope that things are really going to change come season finale time. I hope so!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 30th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
It was a huge relief for me to read those words. Ever since Clark, Oliver, and Chloe disagreed about Zod at the end of Pandora, I've been afraid it's going to be Doomsday all over again.

I wonder, though, can Oliver be more supportive of Clark at the same time that he's getting closer to Chloe, when Chloe seems so at odds with Clark herself? It will be interesting to see how that works.
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: January 29th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's been busy! :D

I'm still not on board with the Ollie/Chloe thing. It's making me uncomfortable.

There's a bit of conflict and then I think, interestingly enough, as opposed to last year, Oliver has learned from what happened. And so maybe he disagrees with Clark, but instead of just disagreeing and going about his own way, he'll listen to the other side of the story.

I'm extremely pleased to hear this.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 30th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
He's been busy!

He has, and I so appreciate it! :) What a wealth of interviews! I think we should see at least a couple more from Erica, too, maybe next week.

I'm still not on board with the Ollie/Chloe thing. It's making me uncomfortable.

The more Justin talks about it, the more it sounds to me like a totally casual thing. Like neither one has a better offer at the moment, so why not just hang with each other? And they can be themselves, warts and all, because after the events of Doomsday, each has seen the other at their worst. Maybe I'm reading it all wrong, but if not, that doesn't sound very appealing.

I'm extremely pleased to hear this.

Yes! And I can't wait to see it play out on the show. I want more scenes between Clark and Oliver like the ones we saw in Kandor, and I can't wait to see them fighting the good fight together!
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: January 29th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Geez woman you made like 12 entries today. LOL. ;-P
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 30th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I know! Spam much? Can you even believe Smallville is doing this much promotion? I think it's cool that they're getting the word out. I hope the ratings are good.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: January 30th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it's fantastic! I'm thisclose to actually watching. Heh.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 30th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
C'mon, you know you want to! ;)
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: January 30th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Oliver listening to Clark? Maybe he'll even apologize for what he did to him (don't I wish!)

I don't like the Chloe/Oliver thing. It seems forced to me.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 30th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe he'll even apologize for what he did to him (don't I wish!)

That's one of those things on this show that I'll never get over. I'm willing to let go of a lot, and fanwank most of the rest, but a few things stick, and that's one of them.

I don't like the Chloe/Oliver thing. It seems forced to me.

That's a good word for it. It really does seem to be coming out of nowhere.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: January 30th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
So *this* was what you were doing in you training! o.O
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 30th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
It was! I was very sly, though. I might even have fooled a couple of people. :D
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: January 30th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure you were very stealthy.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 30th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I kept pretending to glance up at the PowerPoint presentation with a look of intense concentration on my face, like I was taking notes. I also sat in the back row against the wall, and piled a bunch of stuff on the chair next to me, so no one could get close enough to see my computer screen. :)

I'm taking next Friday off altogether.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: January 30th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I can see this was a very worthwhile training. *nods*

Taking next Friday off is a very good idea. You can focus your energies on where they need to be (for example, explaining the comic book stuff to me so I'm not utterly lost. Oh, who am I kidding? I'll just me "mmm . . . Shanks pretty!" or "mmm . . . Ollie pretty!" But just in case I want to focus on the plot . . .)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 30th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Come to think of it, I'm not even sure what it was about! :D No offense to what you do for a living, though. *facepalm*

I bought all the Geoff Johns JSA comic books to get ready, and I haven't read any of them yet. I guess I know what I'll be doing during my lunch hour all next week...

Wait, there's a plot? Are we still talking about Smallville? ;)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: January 30th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Come to think of it, I'm not even sure what it was about!

LOL!!

Read like the wind! I love that you love this show so much, you'll do actual research on it.

Wait, there's a plot? Are we still talking about Smallville?

You watch more than I do and you don't know?!?! Um, possibly on the eps with Geoff Johns have a plot? Speaking of, the episode with the Legion people followed tonight's ep on the CW here. (Did I actually make that connection?! Am I right?)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: February 1st, 2010 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all the links! Justin was a busy boy this week.

More nice Tom quotes. Love this:
He's got a really good eye for it, so you can believe in him.

As to Oliver/Chloe, it's a bit out of nowhere, but Ollie is a bit of a tart; if Chloe wants a slice, why not! Bit of blond on blonde might be quite pretty. Clark's reaction might be quite interesting too.
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