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Tom Welling remembered as one the best!
Ben Morse writes for The Cool Kids Table blog, and today he shared his memories of his five favorite (plus one honorable mention) celebrity interviews from the days when he worked at Wizard Magazine. Tom Welling came in at #2, second only to Kristen Bell!


Ah, Tom Welling: one of the big reasons I can never write off Smallville since it stars one of the nicest dudes I’ve ever had the pleasure to interact with.

The background on this one was that it was early fall of 2005 and earlier in the day I has just gone to the doctor to get tested for lactose intolerance.

Had I known what the test for this was, I would not have scheduled it on a day I had to interview friggin’ Tom Welling.

Basically, they (or at least my guy) inject you with a vial full of concentrate lactose, and if you feel like crap later, you’re lactose intolerant. I believe there may have also been a blood test or something involved, but that’s the part I mainly remember—and folks, I am definitely lactose intolerant.

So I drag myself into the office and am feeling absolutely awful. My stomach is gurgling like nobody’s business and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I vomit. My “office” at the time was a little corridor off the main hall that I shared with Rickey, and I’m pretty sure he can still remember and attest to what bad shape I was in. I basically told him that if I had to puke during the Welling interview, I was grabbing the trash can, tossing him the phone and question list, and it was his show.

I wasn’t actually speaking to Tom about Smallville, but rather the remake of The Fog he was starring in with Maggie Grace and Selma Blair, though we did talk Superman stuff at the end. Since I was nervous and just wanted to get it out of the way, I was straight up with him after we began talking and exchanged names and told him my situation, right down to “…so if you hear something that sounds like somebody heaving their guts up in the background during this call, that’s totally me.”

Now many celebrities—or, y’know, people—may have been a little weirded out by this, hung up the phone and called their agent about never speaking with Wizard again, but Mr. Tom Welling gave an only slightly nervous chuckle and assured me everything would be fine.

And it was! We ended up having a great interview and I felt totally calm about 30 seconds in because Tom was so eloquent, witty and I daresay quite charming that I really enjoyed the conversation and totally forgot how sick I was.

But it wasn’t the main interview that gets him this high on the list, it’s the back-and-forth that ended the call:

Me: “Well, those are all the questions I’ve got, Tom—anything else you wanted to say?”

Tom: “Just that I hope you feel better, man.”

Me: “Aww…you know, after hearing that, I do already!”

Tom: “Oh great, now I think you’re going to make me puke.”

We both laugh heartily and say goodbye.

And that is why, Tom Welling, you are my Superman.

Ben Morse


And just in case you're curious, here is a scan of the article that was a result of that phone interview:

Click the thumbnails for full-size (1024 x 1522) scans:

Scans courtesy of Iron Man Fan, with my thanks!

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serenography From: serenography Date: June 10th, 2010 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting the original interview. Great find! I'm pretty sure I remember reading this one way back. It's really interesting to hear the backstory of his interview and how well it reflects on the "real" Tom.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I wasn't a part of fandom back then, so the article was new to me, although I think I've seen a quote or two from it before. It was interesting to find out that Tom had been wanting to direct right from the start! It's cool to read the BTS story of the interview. What a thoughtful and considerate guy Tom is!
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: June 10th, 2010 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for sharing these hon!
How lovely of him :) It's nice to know these 'little' information because they make us understand what a great man Tom really is. Thanks for the scan as well. I'm not really sure I've read this before.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I just love how every new story we hear about Tom just reinforces what a great guy he is. He is truly special, in so many ways.

I was really excited to find that scan! :) I had never seen the interview before, and I was so curious about it once I had read the story behind it.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Tom really is amazing. I'm in awe of his many talents, and I swoon over his gorgeous good looks, but what makes me a true fan is the kind of man he is. And stories like this one just make me love and respect him more.

This interview took place almost five years ago, so I suppose Tom has given up on seeing Bruce make an appearance on the show as well. And I want a final season that is ALL about Clark, of course. I do think it would be fun to bring some characters from the past seasons back for an episode (although a lot of my favorites are dead). As the realization that S10 will be the last starts to sink in, I find myself feeling a little nostalgic.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
He really is. I've never fangirled anyone the way I do him. :)

The article was new to me, too! It provided some interesting insights.
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: June 10th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! What a great find! And I don't think I've ever read the entire interview.
Somehow, I'm sure Tom has a calming effect on a lot of people. I remember MR saying basically the same about working with Tom.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
My Google-fu really came through for me on that article. :) I'm glad I could share something that was new to you.

So many guest stars and new cast members have talked about how welcoming Tom was on the Smallville set, and how he put them at ease. This interviewer said he was always nervous interviewing celebrities, and then with Tom he wasn't feeling well to boot. How nice of Tom to show concern for him, and help him relax!
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: June 10th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't agree with you more that every new story we hear about Tom reinforces what a great guy he is!

I had not seen this article before, thanks for posting it!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
How can anyone be that famous, that successful, that pretty, and still be such a nice guy? I know this interview happened five years ago, but the stories we hear today are just the same!

The article was new to me, too. Finding it felt like unearthing buried treasure! :)
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: June 10th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for sharing these! It makes my heart melt whenever I hear people say nice things about Tom!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me, too. I know we all adore him, but I especially love it when people who aren't already fans gush over him. I know they're responding to the man, rather than his fame or success, and I'm just so happy to see him get the appreciation he deserves.
ilovetobefree From: ilovetobefree Date: June 10th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much for posting the article. I've never read it before. Tom was amazing in it (as always) and I enjoyed reading the interview and what Ben Morse had to say about Tom.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome, thanks for your comment! I hadn't seen the article before either, and it was especially interesting to read after hearing the story behind it. How sweet of Tom to put this young man at ease, I think he made a fan for life! :)
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: June 10th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I really LOVED reading the back story to this interview and getting some inside information on how wonderful Tom is. That sense of putting someone at ease. *sigh* And the scan is great, I don't remember ever reading this article. Thank you so much for bringing this to us, Tariel! Another Tom treasure to keep. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's just the greatest guy, isn't he? Every time I think I couldn't possibly love him more, a story like this pops up. :)

The article was new to me, and I was happy I could post it along with the story behind it. Plus it had some interesting tidbits I had never heard before. I'm so glad I found it!
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: June 10th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! I had no idea Tom had aspirations to direct as early as Season 1, yet chose to wait until they asked. I can just see him taking it all in and learning whatever he could until he was ready. It's very impressive how far his has come in his career and after he stated at the CW Upfronts that he plans to continue to act, direct and produce, I can't wait to see where he goes after Smallville and of course with Hellcats.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 11th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I had no idea Tom had aspirations to direct as early as Season 1, yet chose to wait until they asked.

That's the part that intrigued me the most. It seems that Tom is never content to rest on his laurels; he's always eager to grow and take on new challenges. He's intelligent, curious, quick to learn, and excited to explore all aspects of the entertainment business. Like you, I'm so impressed with all his many accomplishments, and I can't wait to see what new adventure he embarks on next!
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: June 10th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this story! Since the fact that Tom thought of directing already in S1 is new to me, I must have missed that interview so far. Anyway, I am impressed with his ambition: just having started acting and already wanting to be in command! lol

But I am not surprised: I was always impressed back then when it was mentioned time and again in the early season DVD commentaries that "this (scene or angle) was Tom´s idea". I´m really proud of him, as though he were my own kid. lol And that he charms everyone who meets him to pieces helps too!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tom's S1 directing ambitions were news to me, too, that was fascinating to read. And I thought it was interesting that he chose to watch and learn until the show approached him about directing (I wonder if Beeman was behind that); although I wish he would do more work outside of Smallville, I appreciate that he so carefully considers his career moves. Judging by the success he's enjoying now, he knows exactly what he's doing.

I love those little tidbits we get about how Tom's ideas are incorporated into the show. Most of the time they turn out to be one of my favorite parts of the episode! How I wish we could hear Tom himself talk about his creative process, especially on any of the episodes he has directed. Maybe he'll finally break down and do a commentary as the executive producer of the Hellcats pilot, when it comes out on DVD. :)
byrka62 From: byrka62 Date: June 10th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

thank you!

Thanks so much for the interview and scans. Its always nice to hear good things about Tom. Thanks again.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: thank you!

It's always my pleasure to share the squee! :) The scans were an unexpected find that made me especially happy.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: June 10th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww! *dies from the cute*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! *loves Tom*
fotw_sv From: fotw_sv Date: June 10th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
And that's just one in a zillion reasons we love this man so much! He truly is Superman!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 11th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
He's completely awesome, and totally worthy of our devotion. :)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: June 11th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, Tom isn't only caring, he's also quick-witted as well! (love the last line!)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 11th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it great how he used his sense of humor to put Ben at ease? He really does have a wonderful way with people, even over the phone. :)
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