Felicity Smoak is everywhere these days. On Arrow, the character continues to play a crucial role on the team, while she also now has a new day job working alongside Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh). And this week, Felicity will also be seen on The Flash, as Emily Bett Rickards guest stars on the spinoff series, after Felicity goes to visit Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), following their initial friendship and flirtation when Barry was introduced on Arrow last year.
I spoke to Rickards about her guest role on The Flash and how Felicity gets along with that group of characters – which we’ll see even more of in a few weeks when The Flash and Arrow have a bigger crossover event involving the casts of both shows across both series. We also discussed Felicity’s current dynamic with both Ray and Oliver Queen, next week’s Arrow — which will reveal more about Felicity’s origins — and how she feels about the Green Arrow comics recently introducing a new DC Comics incarnation of Felicity modeled after her version of the character.
IGN TV: We’ll be seeing you on The Flash this week. What is it like for these two characters to meet again at this point, given that time has passed and a lot of things have changed now for both of them?
Emily Bett Rickards: I think it’s important to realize the big changes that are going on for Barry and who he’s becoming. He’s going through a big life change, and Felicity is a friend. Obviously there was romantic interest at some point, and there’s always going to be that sort of spark, but with these big life changes happening, they’re just looking for a friend, I think, and it’s really important to value their friendship.
IGN: What does she make of the fact that he’s turned into what he’s turned into — he has these abilities and is a costumed superhero — given the other superhero she’s hanging out with all the time?
Rickards: Yeah, that’s true. I think this is now her life. Not to say it’s not unique or surprising; I just think she’s just so willing now to not believe she knows everything anymore. She’s open to learning all of the time, because she’s going to get new things thrown at her every day. For the rest of her life I think she’s prepared for that — as prepared as you can be. The fact that he has super speed, she’s just like, “Okay, I accept that. I accept you. Let’s do this. Let’s move on!” [Laughs] “Let’s try and figure out other things about it.”
Read the rest of the interview at IGN.COM