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Smallville: Allison Mack talks to TVGuide.com
Here is another Allison Mack interview, with Natalie Abrams for TVGuide.com.

Smallville's Allison Mack Excited About Directing Again — and a New Coupling
Feb 11, 2010 09:41 PM ET
by Natalie Abrams

While fans of Smallville have longed to see longtime friends Chloe (Allison Mack) and Clark (Tom Welling) take their friendship to the next level, there's a new relationship coming to light. Oliver (Justin Hartley) and Chloe will develop a spark in the coming episodes, but it's a bond unlike what we've seen between Lois (Erica Durance) and Clark. TVGuide.com spoke with Mack her second time directing (Friday's episode, "Warrior") her thoughts on Lois and Clark and much more!

TVGuide.com: Let's start off by discussing this week's episode, "Warrior."
Mack:
They assign all of the directors numbers ... I was given Episode 13 this year and I was given Episode 13 last year, so apparently 13 is my lucky number because I've ended up with great scripts for both seasons. This one ... I had heard that it was like a little kid in a big body story a few weeks before I actually received the script. I started studying Big, but it wasn't until I actually got the script that I started to understand the real essence of the episode and got really excited about the opportunity to explore it on camera.

TVGuide.com: What kind of relationship are Chloe and Oliver going to have?
Mack:
Oliver and Chloe are both coming from very similar mindsets and they're very professional. A relationship that develops out of those types of people is never one of softness or romance. It's a really interesting dynamic because both are aware that the most important thing is their mission in the world, not their relationships. They have a very strained and secretive relationship, which is similar to Clark and Lois, but they don't have the softness or the romance that Clark and Lois have. It's very fun, it's very mature and very secretive, strategic and interesting.

TVGuide.com: What are your thoughts on the Smallville fans that want to see Chloe and Clark together?
Mack:
It's lovely that they're keeping the hope alive. [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: How does Chloe feel about seeing Lois and Clark together?
Mack:
I don't think she's a very big fan, but I don't think it's coming from a place of jealousy. I think it's coming from a place of practicality. I think that Chloe recognizes, and you'll see this in "Persuasion," that when Clark is distracted, Clark does not do his best work. When Clark is in love is when Clark is distracted. Chloe is very reticent of being supportive of anything that will distract from naturalizing his heroic position in the world. His relationship with Lois is definitely proving to be a distraction just as she expected.

TVGuide.com: Will Clark and Chloe's friendship come together more?
Mack:
They're working towards the same mission, they have the same ideals, but their journey, their path and their choices to actualize those missions are very different. While they are working together, because they always have and always will need each other, they also, both of them, have projects they're working on the side that don't involve the other, which puts a really interesting divide between the two characters and allows them some great dramatic tension.

TVGuide.com: How will the Justice League now develop or change in the coming episodes?
Mack:
I think they become a much more deliberate group of superheroes. They have a system and we have a commitment now, all of them do. All of them are actually out and proactively seeking to fight crime and save the world in a way that was a little more haphazard before. With Chloe at the helm of all of them, I think they're a lot more effective and intentional in what it is they're trying to achieve.

TVGuide.com: What's your take on Dr. Fate's statement that he and Chloe share the same path? Could he mean that she's the next Dr. Fate?
Mack:
We have played around with lots of different things. It could mean she's the next Dr. Fate. It could mean that she will soon be ridiculed and put in the hospital for being insane, like her mother, sort of a throwback to Chloe's fear of adopting her mother's mental illness.

TVGuide.com: What role will Chloe play in investigating Checkmate and Agent Waller (Pam Grier)?
Mack:
Chloe plays a very proactive role in the relationship between Clark and Amanda Waller, mainly because she's a threat to her league. As part of her duties as Watch Tower, she is very protective of her league and what they represent and stand for. She's very aggressive about trying to figure out who Checkmate is, what it's about and how to stop her.

TVGuide.com: Will being big brother as Watch Tower come back to hurt her eventually?
Mack:
She's definitely experiencing the challenges of being so aggressive with her pursuit to save, especially in her relationship with Clark. She's also starting to understand what it means to put yourself in the line of fire. So her safety is threatened several times and she's starting to recognize that she's in the big kids league now and there's not really any turning back ... At this point in Chloe's life, she doesn't have a whole lot to lose.

TVGuide.com: What is Chloe's driving force and her mindset as we continue through the season?
Mack:
I think Chloe is really exploring that question, "Do the ends justify the means?" Because I think Chloe is at a place right now that she sees how bad the world is and sees the need for some really dramatic and drastic decisions. She's struggling to decide whether or not what she needs to sacrifice is worth what she needs to save.


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whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 12th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad she's having fun.

And you, too, of course.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I am having fun, thanks! :)

It sounds like she'll have more of a role to play in the second half of the season. I really wonder where they're going with Chloe. I appreciate that Allison gives such thoughtful answers, but I find some of them very unsettling. I can't tell if she's telling us what she thinks, what Chloe thinks, or what TPTB think, and it makes me nervous.
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: February 12th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just getting a very bad feeling from all of this. :(
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Me, too! And the more I think about it, the more troubled I get.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: February 12th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
AM is great, but I find myself really troubled by what she says about Chloe here in this interview, and I'm very worried about what it says about the future of Chloe, Chlark, and really, the show overall.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, I have a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach about this. I don't know if it's just AM's perspective on the whole thing, but it sounds like Chloe's the star of the show, the head of the JL, and the hero who will save the day, while Clark is useless because he's off somewhere being all distracted by his girlfriend. WTF?

Also, I would be perfectly happy to take a break from the focus on the romance between Clark and Lois, especially to explore storylines that feature Clark's leadership and heroism, but characterizing Lois as a distraction really rubs me the wrong way. Clark doesn't need Lois to become Superman, but never in a million years am I going to accept the idea that their relationship could stand in his way.
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: February 12th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Also found this interview unsettling but that is a common reaction I have to Allison Mack's interviews.
I am going to fanwank her comments about Lois being a distraction as Chloe's point of view because Clark isn't doing what she wants him to do instead he is juggling the Blur, day job and Lois. She views this as a distraction because Clark has other priorities besides her. Given the hour, this may not make any sense but it is working for me at the moment ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
You make a good point, AM's interviews have left me scratching my head on more than one occasion. If she's expressing Chloe's viewpoint, her comments make perfect sense. But if this is a description of how the remainder of the season is going to go, I don't think I'm going to like it much! :)
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: February 12th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you, if this is Chloe's point of view then it makes sense. I am afraid we will see some of this attitude in Warrior but what we saw last week in Absolute Justice doesn't indicate that this is how the remainder of the season will play out.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I don't think anything that happened in AJ is going to change Chloe's attitude toward Clark. My only question is if TPTB think she's right or wrong to be acting the way she is.
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: February 13th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good question! Unfortunately, you never quite know what TPTB are thinking.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: February 12th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if it's just AM's perspective on the whole thing, but it sounds like Chloe's the star of the show, the head of the JL, and the hero who will save the day, while Clark is useless because he's off somewhere being all distracted by his girlfriend. WTF?

Yes! I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking this. Now I remember why I don't miss AM doing interviews. All they do is frustrate me.

I am going to choose to believe that this is Allison's perspective/opinion only and has nothing to do with actual the vision for the show. She's said before about how she thinks Clark and Chloe are basically equals in the superhero department and I just don't agree.

It's also annoying that it seems like Natalie caters to the "Chlark" people in her interviews/articles. I was on the Chlark bandwagon for a long time, but I think she should be more impartial. You know, that whole journalist thing? Maybe it doesn't apply to entertainment news? *sarcasm, but not really sure*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what to think, but her answers in this interview really threw me for a loop. Now I'm beginning to worry about what surprises Warrior may hold.

It's also annoying that it seems like Natalie caters to the "Chlark" people in her interviews/articles.

I have to admit, the first line of her article floored me:

"While fans of Smallville have longed to see longtime friends Chloe (Allison Mack) and Clark (Tom Welling) take their friendship to the next level..."

What? She makes it sound like that's what ALL the fans want. And she asked both Erica and Allison about romantic Chlark, which TPTB have made abundantly clear is not going to happen. I just don't see the point of bringing it up, and further, I think it only serves to fan the flames of the shipper wars. And I still think her question to Erica was rude.

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had no problems with the first interview, but I found this one deeply troubling.

I felt the same way. Her word choices are interesting: Chloe doesn't think Lois is a distraction, she "recognizes" that she "is definitely proving to be" one. She talks like it's a statement of fact. And this part really confuses me:

"...when Clark is distracted, Clark does not do his best work. When Clark is in love is when Clark is distracted."

Is she saying there's no place for love in Clark's life? Because that's just crazy talk! :) As you point out, Dr. Fate said, "You are the one he will need. He is the one you will need." And Clark himself said, "I feel stronger when you're around anyway." Whose viewpoint is Allison espousing here, exactly?

I think Chloe is wrong and Clark is right, but I don't know what TPTB think. And that worries me.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes! I could bear just about anything if I knew it would lead up to Clark being shown to be right, but after what happened with Doomsday, I have no confidence that will happen, especially when Chloe's involved.
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: February 12th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, this whole interview does not sit well with me.
Chloe, the tortured hero, trying to figure out her way, while being at the helm of all of JLA and guiding them, and trying to show Clark the right way.
No, thank you.
I seriously doubt we'll see *that* on screen. This just reeks like that Chloe is like Mother Theresa interview she gave last year.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I seriously doubt we'll see *that* on screen. This just reeks like that Chloe is like Mother Theresa interview she gave last year.

I hope you're right. What she says seems very much at odds with what I've been seeing on my TV screen, but after the way the show changed direction mid-season last year, I'm a little bit wary.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: February 12th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't even begin to enumerate the many things I find wrong with that interview. I won't even try. I can only hope this is NOT the path the show is going to follow. But the unsettling thing is that every way you look at those comments, there's ground for concern.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can only hope this is NOT the path the show is going to follow.

That is my hope as well, of course. And it's certainly true that AM has given interviews in the past where her interpretation of what was happening on Smallville did not match my own, to the point where I wanted to ask, is she making the same show I'm watching?

But the unsettling thing is that every way you look at those comments, there's ground for concern.

I agree. And when it comes to confrontations between Clark and Chloe, I'm afraid I don't have enough confidence in how they'll play out to anticipate them with anything but dread.
huzzlewhat From: huzzlewhat Date: February 12th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
That interview is, to steal your word, pretty unsettling to me. I have to think that it's AM assuming and then talking from Chloe's perspective, which is a little strange but isn't uncommon for actors to do. But even if true, it bothers me when an actor's analysis of their character (and more specifically, their character's role) doesn't match what I see on screen. It either means that they're off base, or I'm misreading things terribly. It's this kind of thing that lead to the whole Sam Witwer of situation — his vocal surprise at Davis Bloom turning out to not actually be a good guy (as a human) in the end, when I'd been saying "STALKER! CREEP!" since halfway through the season. It left me wondering which scripts he'd been reading that made him think that Davis (as opposed to Doomsday) was baseline good. (In the end, though, I was glad that he was wrong, instead of me!)

I want to think that this is just AM being a little incoherent. As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing we've seen on screen this year that supports the "Lois=distraction=bad for Clark" analysis as what the show is trying to convey — it's exactly the opposite, in fact, with the necessity to Clark of human connections coming to the fore. Within the narrative, I can see how Chloe would feel that way. I just don't think Chloe is right, and I really hope that AM doesn't think that, either.

I love it when actors give interviews and I feel that they really "get" their character and their character's role... I get that from Tom Welling (on the rare occasions he opens his mouth, he always has something intelligent to say about Clark), and ever so much from John Glover (who had a keen recognition of Lionel's belief that he was right without actually believing that Lionel was right, and an extremely effective way of conveying the difference), and fairly often with Erica Durance. Examples of the other extreme — Annette O'Toole failed spectacularly on occasion, as well as the aforementioned Sam Witwer.

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It left me wondering which scripts he'd been reading that made him think that Davis (as opposed to Doomsday) was baseline good.

I had the same experience with the whole Davis situation. Pretty early on I came to the conclusion that he was a soulless monster, and nothing I saw on the show thereafter dissuaded me from that viewpoint. I never understood Sam's evident expectation that Davis was redeemable, any more than I understood the fans who felt they had been betrayed when his true nature was finally revealed. But knowing TPTB's penchant for keeping their actors in the dark, and realizing that any actor will look for ways to embrace and identify with the character he plays, perhaps it's not so surprising after all.

Within the narrative, I can see how Chloe would feel that way. I just don't think Chloe is right, and I really hope that AM doesn't think that, either.

Chloe feeling that way makes perfect sense to me. I just wish I knew if AM were speaking as Chloe in this interview. In any case, I think she has confirmed that Chloe views Clark as someone who lacks judgment and focus, and who can only be the hero he's meant to be with her guidance and assistance. And that is beyond wrong in my book.

I love it when actors give interviews and I feel that they really "get" their character and their character's role...

Some actors speak with great intelligence and insight about their characters, while others struggle to articulate what fuels their performance. Then there are the ones who have a lot to say, but little that I comprehend. :) And I don't see any correlation between being a good actor and giving a good interview. But the truly good ones, like Tom, are a joy.
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: February 12th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I too believe that AM is talking from her character's pov and besically defending her. I read a quote from an actor once (don't remember who) who said that the actor has to like her character because if he/she doesn't, nobody will. I doubt what she says will change anything in the show; it will just feed the very *ahem* shall we say unique perspective of some Chloe fans. Anyway, for a lot of them, Clark is trapped below ground with Doomsday and what we have this season is the Eradicator (because you know, Clark is not nice enough with Chloe, therefore, he can't be Clark). So with that in mind, I think AM's pov is tame and somewhere in the middle.
For me, all that catering to Chloe fans is explained by 2 things: they've been trolling the comment section for months on TVGuide and therefore getting them more hits; they've been threatening to quit watching for a long time.
The only thing I'm worried about is the end of the season. If AM is really quitting, that's got to mean that Chloe is going to have a glorious send-off and God knows what it's going to be considering the glorious send-off they gave Lana (and Lex to a lesser extent). No doubt Clark will be left on his knees.
But tbh, we've had a lot of clois stuff since the start. I just wish I knew a way to have more Clark stuff, other than spamming and devoting my time online 24/7 to get attention.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I too believe that AM is talking from her character's pov and besically defending her.

If that's the case, I don't have a problem with what she's saying. I think it's the way she states the situation so definitively that makes me leery. She seems to be saying it's a fact that Clark is distracted and not at his best, and it's a fact that his relationship with Lois is to blame.

they've been threatening to quit watching for a long time.

I think a lot of them have already stopped watching. I couldn't believe they were sending tweets to Geoff Johns telling him they might watch Absolute Justice. Or tweeting the Smallville writers to compliment them on a Chloe scene, and then telling them that they watched only that scene, on YouTube. That just seems so rude to me. Why cater to people who have no loyalty to the show, and who are ex-fans at best?

I just wish I knew a way to have more Clark stuff, other than spamming and devoting my time online 24/7 to get attention.

We shouldn't have to campaign to get the writers to focus on the man who is the main character and the star of the show. It gets very frustrating sometimes. :(
From: kates_passion Date: February 12th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
This interview is truly disturbing to me as well. : O

At one time I adored Chloe. Now I find her increasingly harder to stomach and this interview, be it Allison's or Chloe's take on her role in the story, has certainly not helped. Self-important much? :/

"TVGuide.com: What are your thoughts on the Smallville fans that want to see Chloe and Clark together?
Mack: It's lovely that they're keeping the hope alive. [Laughs]"

Seriously? I'm laughing too but not because I think it's lovely. I just don't get these types of questions and comments. Why on earth keep fueling the insanity? Could she be responding sarcastically? Now that would make much more sense to me.

"At this point in Chloe's life, she doesn't have a whole lot to lose....She's struggling to decide whether or not what she needs to sacrifice is worth what she needs to save."

This really bothers me!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
At one time I adored Chloe. Now I find her increasingly harder to stomach and this interview, be it Allison's or Chloe's take on her role in the story, has certainly not helped.

I'm having a hard time liking Chloe this season, too. Occasionally there will be a spark of the Chloe I've loved for so long (Rabid stands out), but most of the time she's just really nasty to Clark. I don't like her arrogance, her condescension, her spying, her secrets, or just about anything else about her. It really bums me out, actually.

I just don't get these types of questions and comments. Why on earth keep fueling the insanity?

I couldn't agree more! It's just like the question this same interviewer asked Erica. What the hell? I think Allison was probably trying to be gracious and keep it light, but there is no good answer to a question like that. Because the issue itself is so divisive, no matter what AM said, she was likely to upset someone. It's a no-win situation, and that's the biggest reason not to ask those questions.

This really bothers me!

Me, too. It makes her sound very dangerous. And what exactly does she mean? What does Chloe need to sacrifice, and what does she need to save? I thought Clark was the hero on this show.
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