‘Smallville’: Tom Welling on What He’s Doing Next
JULY 26, 2010, 11:00 AM ET
By Jean Guerrero
Tom Welling, who plays Superman/Clark Kent on the long-running CW television series, “Smallville,” hopes to be more than just a superhero.
“Smallville,” which launched in 2001, is scheduled to go off the air after its tenth season. But Welling, who started his career as a construction worker, doesn’t plan on stopping. He went from being a little-known model and actor to one of the bigger names on television, and is now doing some directing as well.
After the “Smallville” event at Comic-Con yesterday, he answered some questions from Speakeasy about what his plans are now that the show is entering its tenth and final season.
The Wall Street Journal: What are your plans after this — more science fiction? And are you going to focus on acting or directing?
Tom Welling: I sort of subscribe to the idea of no limitations. I want to do it all - I know that there are some people who since I’ve been doing the creating and directing and producing of another show, “Hellcats,” and working over there simultaneously with “Smallville,” some people are like, “oh he doesn’t want to act anymore” but that would be a mistake. At my core I still want to act, I’ve just also been trying to, you know, take advantage of all of the opportunities I have and create some more cool things.
How does it feel to have gone from a relatively little-known actor to being this generation’s Superman?
I’m not sure, It’s kind of like…maybe it’s an eye of the storm sort of thing, it feels good, it feels great to be at Comic-Con in front of 6,000 people and see how much what you do excites them and makes them happy– I mean that’s a wonderful feeling.