'Arrow's' IT girl Felicity Smoak joins Oliver's secret circle...will she capture his heart as well?
Though she started the series fixing broken computers, Felicity Smoak has climbed the ranks of Oliver’s inner circle, after rescuing him from a bullet wound.
“She's got that awkward, quirky spunk. As much as she's socially inadequate, she's always so gung-ho to hack into something,” actress Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity, tells TVGuide.com. “She's really smart. I find her emotional depth and her emotional capacity interesting because she's so socially awkward.”
Socially awkward or not, Felicity has a lot to bring to the vigilante’s group of insiders.
“She's the polar opposite of Diggle in a sense that she hasn't seen anyone die and this isn't actually her regular day job,” Rickards says.
“Her role now is to help them solve different crimes in Starling City as well as creating a different balance to the group that the audience, and Oliver and Diggle, will enjoy as well.”
But Felicity only wants to take part in Oliver and Diggle’s search in finding Walter – and not get involved in anything else.
“She has strict morals,” Rickards says.” She doesn't want to see good people get hurt and die. She starts to have more respect for what they're doing because they're trying to protect the city. [But] there's the question always in her mind: Who am I becoming? Should we be giving these people a chance to redeem themselves?”
This singular search for Walter might be pretty limited as Rickards has been promoted to a series regular, so will she take on a larger role, perhaps in the romance department?
“It's hard to say if there's going to be a love interest/crush/relationship, but the relationship definitely starts to change,” Rickards says.
“Oliver has a lot of walls, but with the biggest wall down and that secret out there — even though he still has secrets from everyone — it allows Felicity to see Oliver more clearly. Now they can be a little bit more open with each other and that's bound to change something in their relationship.”
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at CTV.ca.
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