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Smallville: Erica Durance talks to Matt Mitovich for Fancast
One last interview before we all watch Absolute Justice tonight! In this one, Erica Durance talks to Matt Mitovich for Fancast.

‘Smallville’s Erica Durance Dishes on ‘Clois,’ Kisses and More
by Matt Webb Mitovich
Feb 5th, 2010 | 8:20 AM

Lois Lane may not yet be aware of her sweetheart Clark’s alter ego, but she’s about to dig up some other top-secret out-of-this-world intel. On the occasion of ‘Smallville’s two-hour “Absolute Justice” event (Friday at 8/7c, The CW), we invited Erica Durance to preview Lois’ next big scoop and weigh in on the truly super romance currently unfolding on our screens.

Your mom’s not within earshot like the last time we talked, is she?
No. [Laughs] I’m all alone. How bizarre was that?!

I asked Brian Peterson this question, and would now like to get your take: What was more difficult, keeping the Clark-Lois romance at arm’s length or now honoring it?
I think each one was its own kind of animal. It’s always tricky, when you’ve created this kind of angst-filled relationship, to figure out a great way for them to get together. So I think it was a lot more difficult figuring out how to honor this relationship. Being so iconic, it already has such a great blueprint out there. There have been a lot of conversations back and forth.

Now that all eyes are on you more than ever, has there been a particular kiss or love scene that gave you anxiety to sell to the viewers?
I just take each situation on its own accord and try to find out where it was coming from and make it really real. I try to make sure it’s not just a kiss for a kiss’ sake. I have a tendency to overanalyze anyways, and I’m really overanalyzing these [moments]. [Laughs]

As “Absolute Justice” rolls around, where do things stand with Lois and Clark (played by Tom Welling)?
We’re still at the tentative, starting out phase, realizing that we have feelings for each other, doing the dating thing…. We’re still sussing each other out.

While Clark is out meeting his costumed peers, what’s Lois up to?
Lois is doing her own investigative research [into the Justice Society of America]. What I love about this is she’s running parallel to what everybody else is doing. Clark is finding out all this stuff by actually speaking to [JSA members] while Lois, thanks to her own tenacity, comes up with similar answers. You get to see her journalistic side more.

The logline for the episode says that the covert Checkmate organization sends Lois a package. Were you excited to see her get wrapped up in the Amanda Waller storyline?
Absolutely, it’s really nice to get interwoven into that. They sprinkle in that Lois may be in contact with this character again, and I love that.

Pam Grier (’Foxy Brown’) is pretty perfect casting, as Amanda.
And she was really gracious and fun to work with. As an actor, the story is really great, but then I go, “I get to work with Pam, who’s fantastic!” The energy was so different on set when she walked in.

Skipping ahead to next week’s episode, “Warrior,” a few of the released images have people talking. For one, what’s up with Zatanna (Serinda Swan) kissing Clark?
Yeah, well…. [Laughs] Let’s just say Lois feels territorial. She doesn’t have to witness it, thank goodness – that’s something she wouldn’t want in her brain forever – but she does find out about it and deals with it in her very brash, Lois way, which I thought was great. What about Lois’ outfit, what are you hearing about that? (See photo here c/o Kryptonsite.)

Some of the fans have dubbed your costumed self “Wonder Lane.”
[Laughs] We have these great designers who made me an “Amazon princess” for the day, because we have to be careful not to do Wonder Woman. And Lois then has to deal with this run-in with Zatanna, who – let’s face it – is every woman’s nightmare. You really don’t want your boyfriend kissing this chick. As Lois finds herself in this situation, she realizes how much it affects her and how jealous she was about it… It was a fun episode to do, but Lois didn’t like it very much!

What about Lois and Chloe (Allison Mack)? What’s the dynamic between the cousins these days?
Lois and Chloe haven’t been around each other, their stories don’t overlap too much. In “Warrior” you see that they still have their close, cousin relationship, but Lois alludes to the fact that “You need to get out and be with people more.” She doesn’t know what Chloe’s doing, but she knows that she’s cut herself off from people and been off on her own.

“Warrior” marked your first time being directed by Allison. How did it go?
She has this great, really positive energy. She loves directing. And what’s nice about Allison is she is an actress so she knows where you’re coming from. When somebody is coming from the other side [of the camera], it’s always helpful because they know how to say things in a certain way to help you out.

Having now seen Tom Welling and Allison do it, do you have a yen to direct?
Not right now. I’m loving acting, and I want to continue to appreciate and understand that side, to become a better actress. As far as taking the helm and telling people what to do, no thank you. [Laughs]

A little further down the road we have “Escape,” in which Clark and Lois go to a bed-and-breakfast…
That’s right.

Couples traditionally spend the night at a bed-and-breakfast….
That’s right….

In a singular bed….
Mmm-hmmm….

[And that is where our time ran out. Yes, the author of Fancast's Big Tease let himself get teased in a big way.]

Want scoop on ‘Smallville’ or any other TV show? Have a burning question you want answered? Email MattMtvguy@gmail.com and read The Big Tease every Tuesday at Fancast!


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jeannev From: jeannev Date: February 5th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
If they have Clark taking Lois to a B&B for sex without AT LEAST having him discuss why he isn't being totally honest with her, I'm going to be so freaking pissed off. I'm sorry, but I'm not one of those people who just wants to see them get in bed together, so nothing else matters. Clark's characterization Matters! Far more then just seeing him get down with Lois.

Now, if they have him taking Lois there because he intends to tell her, and then if all goes well, intends to make love to her? Then thats all cool (and would actually be a good story, and provide much needed insight into Clark's POV). But if not, and we're just jumping to this? I call foul!

Erica seems like a lovely person.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 5th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you in that I think that would be wrong, and I don't know what to think about where Clark's head is on the subject. I seem to be in the minority in thinking that Clark was suggesting sex in Disciple. Most people think Clark was honestly just suggesting a walk around the farm, and that he clearly communicated that with his remark about "five weeks from now." But then why did Lois turn him down? Because she can't trust herself to be alone with him and not drag him into bed herself? This is one of those times where I find the ambiguity on this show frustrating.

I think Tom was playing that scene as a sexual overture, albeit an adorably shy one. But I didn't get any sense that Clark was nervous, just excited, so I don't think he was thinking about revealing his secret. But probably I'm over-analyzing. Or misinterpreting.

Back in S5 when Clark got his powers back, we never saw him struggle with the feeling that he should disclose his true origins to Lana before they could be intimate again. His only concern seemed to be hurting her physically. But then, I've always thought that fear was a mask for Clark's trust issues with Lana, and of course his secret was at the heart of it either way.

I really think it all comes down to the fact that they really haven't shown us (or at least convinced me) why Clark is still holding back with Lois. To me, it doesn't make sense.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: February 5th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
To me, he was making a sexual overture as well, which doesn't make a lot of sense, since they haven't even remotely shown us Clark confronting this issue, struggling with it, or even justifying it. Just nothing.

And people are baffled when I talk about how little POV we've gotten from Clark this season. Really?

Apparently they are just going for that he's so crazy for Lois, he just can't help himself, and Clois Forever!, so thats all that matters. I find that lame, and I don't think it does your lead character the justice he deserves. It also feels really lazy to me.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 5th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently they are just going for that he's so crazy for Lois, he just can't help himself, and Clois Forever!, so thats all that matters.

If that's true, it's really discouraging to me. Lame and lazy indeed! I'll never understand why the writers of this show are so reluctant to give us Clark's POV. We never know what he's thinking; we're left to extrapolate, or fanwank, or just plain guess. Is it because they don't know what he's thinking, or that they're afraid to commit, or that they just don't care?

And with Tom declining to ever grant an interview that might give us insight into how he sees Clark, and the choices he makes as an actor, Clark is left with no voice at all. :(
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 5th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
When it comes to Clois, I do think the show tends to hit the accelerator and then slam on the brakes. Last year we saw this change between them at the beginning of the season, where their relationship was suddenly romantic. I loved the banter and the flirting and the subtle jealousy, and I thought it all built beautifully to that aborted kiss in Bride. Then bam! The Lana arc derailed it all.

Things started up again a little with the phone calls between Lois and the Blur, but the whole idea that Clark can't live without Lois still felt sudden to me at the beginning of S9. Again, it was fun, and it developed even faster toward Clark's moment of declaration at the end of Pandora, but now they're using Lois's reluctance to slow everything down again. And it feels forced to me.

I think a lot of it has to do with them never knowing until the last minute if the show is renewed or not, and trying to balance this couple on an edge between two possible outcomes, depending on if the show gets the green light or not. They need to be close enough to be pushed into a happy, romantic ending if the series is ending, but not so close that the story can't be extended if they get renewed.

But through all of it, we've had the opportunity to hear how Lois feels about everything, through her conversations with her therapist, and Oliver, and even Clark/the Blur himself. But Clark is mostly silent, and I really don't know how he feels about Lois, or Oliver, or Chloe, or just about anything. :(
jeannev From: jeannev Date: February 5th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
And thats because there's a ton of focus on Lois this season, and when it comes to Clark...there isn't. And as much as there might still be questions about what he feels with Lois, its probably STILL the most fleshed out part of his storyline. Because his plans for Zod, his feelings about his relationships with Oliver and Chloe, the training with Jor-El, etc have had even less illumination.

And thats why, whenever anyone doesn't understand why I don't think S9 us the end-all-beat-all of existence, this is why.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: February 5th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting another interview!

I guess all the teasing about the bed and breakfast scene is working, because it has me very curious about how it's all going to play out. I have an idea it's not going to be as sexy as some of us might be hoping...

At least he didn't ask Erica any dumb questions about people liking Chloe better or whatever!

Off-topic: I think it's the Geoff Johns interview on K-site where he said something about how his biggest surprise from Absolute Justice is/was that Justin Hartley does such a good job with Green Arrow. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but that sounds like a back-handed compliment if I ever heard one...
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eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: February 5th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you that Erica always gets the Lois vs. Chloe questions which then makes her give answers that obviously, the Chloe fans don't like.

I know that Allison has been asked the awkward question in the past about Chloe being the "real Lois Lane," and she always answers it gracefully, but it's been so long since Allison has done an interview, I can barely remember!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 5th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think asking questions like that puts Erica in a no-win situation. It doesn't matter if she's gracious and sincere, or if she makes a joke out of it, either way somebody is going to find fault with her answer. I don't think the question of Chlark vs. Clois even warrants discussion at this point (the show has already made it clear Chlark is never going to happen), but in any case, that's a question for the writers, not Erica.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 5th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought that was really distasteful on Natalie Abrams' part for the TVGuide.com interview.

I agree. It's not her job as an interviewer to simply parrot every inappropriate query, she's supposed to glean from the submitted questions what fans are interested to know, and then formulate her own questions with her professional filter firmly in place. To me, asking Erica a question like that is on par with fans getting up at Supernatural convention Q&A sessions and asking Jensen what he thinks of Wincest fanfic. There are just some aspects of fandom to which the stars don't need to be subjected. And shipper wank is one of them.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 5th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the whole bed-and-breakfast thing is being teased to be something it's not, but I'm just going to wait and see. I hate this whole "sex sells" mentality that tries to get fans to tune in by titillating them, especially if they're being misleading on purpose. Just sell the story on its own merits!

I have the same problem with the trailer they made for Disciple. They made it look like Clark and Zod had some huge confrontation over superpowers, with Clark saying, "I'll never let that happen," to Zod's assertion that the Kandorians needed them. Trying to manipulate me shows a lack of respect, and insults my intelligence.

That question was the worst.

A backhanded compliment to JH? Even if it sounded that way, I don't think that's what GJ meant. Based on his other interviews, I think he pretty much worships Justin! :) I think he was just saying JH's performance blew him away, it was so good.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 5th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly. I want Clois to be as different from Clana as possible. After the show decided to end Clana the way it did, with Clark and Lana being forced apart by external forces, and both of them in anguish as they declared their undying love for one another, I need something big to happen to convince me that Lois really is the love of Clark's life.

I had hoped that the difference would be that with Lois he wouldn't have the same reluctance he always had with Lana to completely trust and have faith in the woman he loves, as signified by his willingness to share his secret with her voluntarily, and to express his love for her without reservation (including intimately). In that order!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 5th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's tonight!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 5th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is!!! *twirls*
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 5th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
*coughyahoocough*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 5th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to be good and answer comments!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 5th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not like Chrissy and I would distract you intentionally or anything. O:-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 5th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, you convinced me, but then SHoE posted their latest podcast, with Disciple director Mairzee Almas! Must listen/transcribe!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 6th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you're not obsessed. *shakes head* ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Not at all! *looks innocent*
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: February 5th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
you are perfect for sharing all these stuff these days.
Can't wait for clois sex ;) I hope there would be a scene for that this time because "pandora" clois sex wasn't enough.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you didn't mind me spamming with all these interviews!

The next time we see Clois sex (if there is a next time), I want it to be the way we've never seen sex with Clark before, where both partners are themselves. Clark with his powers, and Lois without any. But before we see that, I think Clark needs to tell Lois his secret. As hot as that scene would be, I don't want it to reflect poorly on Clark and his character.
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