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Q&A with Laura Vandervoort and Sam Witwer
The 32nd Annual Superman Celebration was held in Metropolis, IL, last weekend, with special guests Laura Vandervoort and Sam Witwer from Smallville. One of the events was a Q&A session, and the Superboy Homepage was there to record it. The site has posted the 40-minute audio file as a download, so you can listen as if you were there yourself. Find it HERE. I transcribed a few of my favorite quotes.

Laura and Sam talked about what it was like to work with Tom Welling:

Laura: I didn't mind going in to work. You know, I've told this story before, I think, but when I first met Tom, we had a scene together in the kitchen that we had to do, and he just meets me for the first time, and I think it was a line where he says "Oh, that makes you my cousin," and in rehearsal he was joking around, because we were standing very close, and when he said, "You're my cousin," he took a step backwards like, oh, I can't be this close to you. We were just having fun with the fact that, you know, it was a little awkward. It's too bad he's my cousin.

Sam: Well, Tom's about 7'2". You know, I'm used to going on sets and being one of the taller guys. I'm 6'1', so I'm not giant, but I'm pretty tall, I guess, 6'1". And you arrive on Smallville, and just, you notice everyone is a giant on that set? Justin Hartley's like 6'3", Tom Welling's like 6'5", the girls are tall, the...

Laura: With heels. Tom wears heels. That's what I'm saying. We're kidding.

Sam: There's one point where me and Tom are grabbing each other, and I'm trying to choke him, something, and they made some comment, you know, they were shooting on one side, and they were like, "You just look a little bit like you're kind of reaching up and you're hunched up like this," and I'm like, "He ate his Wheaties, man, what do you want me to do? There's nothing I can do!" And so we actually, for that shot, I stood on my toes, so I was like, "Arrrgh, I got you now!" Because I'm supposed to be able to kick his ass. In fact, when I met him, I walked up and said, I don't know if he knew who I was, and I was like, "Hey, are you, you're the super guy? Yeah? Um, yeah, I kill you." And he goes, "Oh! Someone has to." So that was my intro to Tom.

Moderator: Do they have a sign outside on the sound stage, you must be at least this tall to be on Smallville?

Sam: Honestly, I was the short guy on Smallville, at 6'1".

A fan asked if they thought Clark would finally fly in S10:

Laura: If I have anything to do with it he will.

Fan: Just take him up and drop him!

Laura: I tried to do that [in] S7, there's a scene where we're in the loft, I don't know if you guys remember it, I'm telling him to fly, and we were rehearsing it, it was just basically a scene where I'm standing behind him telling him how to do it, and during the rehearsal, Tom and I were joking, and I kind of pushed him, and the director loved that, so they had that. I think they might have taken it out, it was a shot of me pushing his elbows. It's always fun because we get to add our own little humor to it, but I know how much everybody wants him to fly. I'm telling you, I'm trying, if I'm ever back on the show, I will try.

Laura and Sam also talked about whether or not they had the freedom to improvise on Smallville, and their answers couldn't have been more different. Sam said he could get away with a lot, while Laura felt almost completely constrained. I'm sure Sam, with his experience and confidence, was much more inclined to test his limits than Laura was in her first big role, but I can't help but wonder how much things changed on set when the new showrunners took over at the beginning of S8. I wish we could hear Tom's perspective on that transition. Here is what Laura shared about playing Kara:

Laura: I really didn't have a lot of say at the beginning of the series because they were very specific about Supergirl, and how she came across. I remember, my first day in the trailer, in full uniform... and five producers came in, stood around me, circled me, and looked me up and down to make sure that I was what they wanted people to see as Supergirl. So that was intimidating, but eventually I got more say, and put a bit of my own personality into her, but with dialogue and things like that they really don't allow you to stray too much because it is very specific, for the fans.

In terms of Supergirl, that's an iconic character, and when I got the role, I knew there was a lot of weight going to be on my shoulders, and they expressed that. I had a few meetings with them about how she was supposed to speak, walk, everything. They were very specific, and I knew I had big shoes to fill, or a big cape to fill, or a big, whatever, skirt to fill. A short skirt.

You know what, I think the scene that really brought it around for me was the scene I did with Tom in the barn. It's a scene when... I was telling him how my family was gone, I'm completely alone. It was a very nice, warm scene with Tom, and I call him Kal-El, and he finally says, "Clark." And then I say, "Clark." He says he'll be my family. That was such a touching scene for me, and I felt like I was really a part of the show at that point, because before she was very flighty, and this really brought her down to earth. She was part of the family.

And then obviously, doing the photo shoots for Supergirl, the Supergirl stances, and seeing the dolls, and all of that, really made me feel great about being a part of this iconic character.

Laura also mentioned that Tom is a great director. :)

The Entertainment Wrap Up posted a recap of the Q&A a few days ago, with lots of quotes I didn't include here. If you missed it, you can read it HERE.

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 18th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those SV producers circling her like hawks on the ground!

Can you even imagine being scrutinized like that? It seems like they saw her as more of an object than a person. She seemed to take it all in stride, though. I really like her, she has a good attitude, and a great sense of humor. She and Tom must have had fun together.

After Jonathan and Martha, she's definitely the one I want the most to come back for the very final episodes next season.

I would love to see her come back, and she obviously wants to. V films in Vancouver, too, so it couldn't be too hard to work it out.
eternal_moonie From: eternal_moonie Date: June 18th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

*hugs* Thanks for posting honey!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 18th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know most people already saw the recap on the Entertainment Wrap Up site, but I was thrilled to listen to the full audio file, and I figured there must be other people who would like to hear it, too. :)

I love how smart and insightful Laura is. Just as they do with Tom, I think a lot of people (including the S7 producers) underestimate her, and don't look beyond her stunning good looks to see the whole person.

I especially appreciate her quick sense of humor. I still remember how surprised and impressed I was when she appeared at SFX 2008, with Michael Rosenbaum. She was so funny, and really held her own with him! :)
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: June 18th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this! :)

Tom like 7'2''? That´s the funniest part! But most interesting to me is that SW confirms that Tom is taller than Justin. I´ve seen so many silly size (and weight) debates over the years that this confirmation made my day. SW may be wrong with 6'5'' for Tom, as Tom himself said he´s "around 6'3'' ", which probably is his modest way of stating that he is not quite 6'4''.

Anyway, it´s funny that so many people seem to be quite impressed with Tom´s height. I think though it´s not just his physical height they are impressed with but rather his whole captivating, commanding and charismatic appearance. (These are Tom´s triple C qualities! lol)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 18th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
It cracks me up how impressed Sam was with Tom's height. I've heard him tell that story, or some variation on it, four different times now. It's his go-to Tom story, I guess. :)

I think you're absolutely right about Tom and his triple C qualities! He must be completely overwhelming to meet up close and personal.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 18th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved Kara, and I especially enjoyed her dynamic with Clark. Their scenes together always felt so natural to me, with a lot of warmth, and a true sibling vibe. I watched Traveler again the other night, and it made me realize anew how much I miss Clark having family on the show.
From: kates_passion Date: June 19th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Laura V! She always gushes over Tom like we do. LOL! And she's so good on "V," too. Thanks for posting this.

I don't think they used her well on SV at all and that was unfortunate. There were much better things they could have done with her and Clark. I would have loved hearing them talk more about Krypton. Oh, well...

Tom's physical presence alone must really be awesome.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: June 20th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
How nice that Tom made them both feel welcome.
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