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Smallville: Tom Welling talks to IGN
Eric Goldman from IGN went to Vancouver for the Smallville 200th episode party, and interviewed the cast and other guests on the red carpet, including Tom Welling.

IGN TV: So few shows last ten seasons and 200 episodes. What do you think is the secret to Smallville's success?

Tom Welling:
Hard work, dedication and fans. I think those are the elements. That's why we're here tonight.

IGN: As an actor, I imagine it must be pretty amazing to play a character for this length of time and get to show him developing and evolving. Do you ever look back at Season 1 and see how much you've changed?

It's amusing for me to look back at some of the earlier episodes. I mean, I'm a completely different person, physically and mentally. The times when I catch an old episode, or maybe even put one on as reference for something we're doing now, I can't help but be a little surprised. "Look at that kid! He doesn't know what the hell he's doing!" And that's Clark and me. So I've been able to hopefully grow along with Clark. It's been a good journey for both of us!

IGN: In the season premiere, we saw Clark get closer than ever to his destiny – he nearly puts on the suit. What more do you think he needs to do to be ready?

Well I think what Clark's going to be dealing with is him being in his own way. I think it's an issue and a dilemma a lot of people are familiar with or at least can relate to, where a lot of times, we're in our own way and preventing ourselves from moving forward with our lives. Clark has to deal with that. He's got everything going for him. Why doesn't he just put it on? And I think that's what he's trying to figure out for himself.

IGN: Should we expect to see Lois keeping it to herself that she knows Clark's secret for awhile?

I think so. Clark doesn't know she knows, so it adds for good drama I think.

IGN: Obviously a lot of people would love to see Lex Luthor again before the end of the series…

I would! I definitely do!

IGN: Have you talked to Michael [Rosenbaum] about it?

I text him all the time. I'm directing an episode right now and he was like, "Hey, what are you doing?" I go, "Directing. You should be in this episode!" He's like, "Anything for you." I'm like, "Ah, go to the airport!"

We try! We love him. We can't wait to see him. Our fingers are crossed.

IGN: Can you talk about Clark facing off with Darkseid this season and where that may lead?

I don't know what the end game is. I know he'll have to face it at some point. It's a huge villain because it's not necessarily something you can beat up or grab or throw or fight. It's something that is deep in the psyche that affects people on a level where they can't just beat it up or be stronger. It's going to be a mental and physical challenge at the same time.

Read the entire interview, including quotes from Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders, and Peter Roth, at IGN HERE.

ETA: Matt Mitovich has posted a wonderful article about Smallville's 200th episode at Fancast, with some fascinating details about how it all started from Peter Roth and David Nutter, and these (spoilery) thoughts from Tom Welling about what we'll see tomorrow night:

So momentous and resonant is Episode 200 that Welling calls it one of favorites to date. “Clark is shown the past, the future and the present, as Brainiac tries to give him perspective on where he is and where he needs to go,” the actor previews. “It was a good reason for Clark to reflect … and think about what’s to come.”

Read the entire article, which also includes quotes from Erica Durance, Allison Mack, Brian Peterson, and Kelly Souders, at Fancast HERE.

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: October 14th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that part of him and MR texting. Hilarious!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 14th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! Eric not only asks the best questions, he always seems to inspire such great answers. And it's obvious Tom likes him.

"Anything for you." *dies*

It's cool to hear Tom reflect on how different he is now. I also like that he evidently pulls out the early season DVDs to inform his work in S10.
netlynn From: netlynn Date: October 14th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
We love him. We can't wait to see him. Our fingers are crossed.

Am I the only person who finds this hopeful at all?

I haven't had a chance to comment on your other postings lately but I have watched the clips you've posted and squealed a bit in anticipation for the 200th.

Thank you for always rescuing my days of hell with your Tommy goodness. ♥
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 14th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remain hopeful as well. It sounds like everyone wants to make it happen.

I'm very excited for tomorrow night!

I'm sorry you're having days of hell. *hugs* Do you need me to kick someone?
netlynn From: netlynn Date: October 14th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you need me to kick someone?

Yes please! My boss is a complete jackass and on my last nerve. Have I told you about that situation lately? OMG what a freaking elementary school mess I am stuck in the middle of.

How are you? Work ease off for you?

Edited at 2010-10-14 10:37 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 14th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Email me and tell me what's going on! My work is more insane than ever, I barely suppress the panic most days. :)
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: October 14th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, I love the part where Tom talks about his former self. So cute. It must be weird to watch yourself on TV, especially when 9 years younger.

Thanks! :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 14th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
He really does look different now (all man, and sexier than ever!), and I can only imagine all the wisdom he's gained over the years. It's funny, I feel like every Smallville milestone is a personal one for Tom, since he's given pretty much his whole life to the show from the day filming began.
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: October 14th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love this interview, because we get a little perspective on Tom from Tom! We really have seen him grow in so many ways over the years and it's been an amazing ride.

Also love the MR answer! The texting is so cute and the fingers crossed keeps the hope alive! Go Tom. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 14th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love this interview, because we get a little perspective on Tom from Tom!

That is so rare, and always such a treat!

It's obvious the boys want to work together again. I hope Michael and TPTB can work it out!
fotw_sv From: fotw_sv Date: October 14th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great interview T! I sure hope Michael makes the move and comes back. We miss him and NOBODY does Lex like Michael!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 14th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
We miss him and NOBODY does Lex like Michael!

EXACTLY. I'm still optimistic!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: October 14th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, I'm gonna miss tomorrow's ep. I should be able to download it Saturday, but still.

I love Tom's quote about MR.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 14th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have snarky house guests who will likely mock me for watching, so I may wait until Saturday myself. :( Right after I take them to the airport.

I love that the boys text each other! ♥ ♥ ♥
tasabian From: tasabian Date: October 15th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
That is so completely adorable (the whole interview, but especially the Michael-texting.) They're both so lovely.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 15th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the conversation Tom relates! And he has his fingers crossed, just like the rest of us. Awww.
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