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SDCC: Tom Welling talks to the Wall Street Journal
This interview is from Jean Guerrero for the Speakeasy blog at the Wall Street Journal.

‘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.


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la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: July 26th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great little interview! I'm happy that Tom seems to be aware that his fans are afraid he's going to disappear behind the camera after SV.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 1st, 2010 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Most interviewers were able to ask Tom just two questions, and this one asked two of the best, I thought. I love that Tom addressed the speculation so directly, and gave us unequivocal confirmation that he will continue to act. I hope we see him next on the big screen.

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theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: July 26th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
The panel was amazing. Tom was amazing and everything I'd hoped. I love that he still wants to act so that the collective fear that he'll disappear behind the camera will go away. I'm also glad that the WSJ recognized that he IS this generation's Superman.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 1st, 2010 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
That's so cool that you were able to see it all in person, and share it with the other fangirls here on LJ. I know the experience will be a treasured memory.

Tom is usually such a mystery. There are so many things about which we wonder, and his plans after Smallville have long been at the top of that list. It means so much to me that he not only acknowledged our fears (he knows!), but also laid them to rest so completely.

I'm also glad that the WSJ recognized that he IS this generation's Superman.

Me, too. But of course Tom is too humble to claim that title for himself, denying it when a fan asserted the same thing during the panel.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: July 26th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Some directing"?! Sheesh lady!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 1st, 2010 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! I took exception to that, too. He has directed an episode every season since S5, including the show's 150th, which was voted the best episode of S7 by the fans, and Absolute Justice this past year! And no mention at all of the fact that he is now an executive producer on Smallville, has his own production company, and saw his company's very first project picked up for the fall season. Sheesh is right!

*steps off soapbox*
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