I had the enormous pleasure of talking with actress Charlotte Ross this week about her upcoming return on the CW’s fan favorite Arrow, as Donna Smoak. Charlotte was kind enough to give us some tidbits on what it’s like to play Donna and what to expect from season four.
CF: I love Donna Smoak. She just seems to love everything so much. Is she a fun character to play?
Thank you! I love Donna Smoak as well! She is a blast to play! I think that she has a vulnerable, little girl, innocent naiveté that is endearing, but it’s also gotten her in a bit of trouble as she has chosen to trust some of the wrong people in her past. She’s had some bad luck and been burned a lot. I really want to make sure that as excited as she gets, it’s based in grounded, honest truth. She is very multi-layered and that is a true joy to play!
Season four has been a blast so far! I’ve shot three episodes and am headed to Vancouver to film more next week. One of the wonderful things about TV is that stories evolve and are ever-changing. The “powers that be” and the writers get a chance to see what is working and what isn’t and are able to write on a path that may not have been originally planned. For example, I wasn’t brought in to be the love interest of Dennis Franz [on NYPD Blues]. That just grew organically on it’s own and the writers saw that and jumped on it. Emily is a perfect example as well, because she was a one-day guest star and was just so wonderful that her role grew and grew and now she is one of the most beloved characters on television today and a huge part of Arrow. I’m not sure what they had originally planned for Donna when she came to town but I’m thrilled the role is getting more textured with Emily, the involvement of the wonderful Paul Blackthorne [who plays Quentin Lance] and there are plans to bring in my ex-husband on the show, which I’m so excited about! So we will see what they decide to do with this awesome character in the future. I just know I’m thankful to be a part of the Arrow family.
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