Interviews with Summer Glau on her role as Isabel Rochev in Arrow keep coming. In this one published at Comic Book Ressource, Summer explains that Isabel Rochev is only the latest in her string of compelling female characters in the sci-fi space, shared some teases for how the character will mix it up with Felicity Smoak and looked forward to a major turning point for her part and "Arrow" as a whole.
Here's an excerpt below and head over to CBR for the complete interview.
These kinds of Gordon Gecko-esque corporate raider roles are rarely cast as women. Do you think part of the fun for you is that you're playing a rarity for TV in general?
Absolutely. And I think Oliver needs it, too. [Laughs] He's had so many women in his life and a lot of different relationship challenges, I think he needs a woman who's different. She's pushing him to put more energy into the business. She's forcing him to show up and make more decisions as the head of the company. I have really enjoyed that part of it in my work and my acting -- being able to hold my own against him and force him to stand up to her. The sparring and the power struggle is great.
You've played a lot of roles where you're a fixture of the series from the get-go, or at least over a long period of time. Is it different for you to come in with a cast as established as this tryptic of "Arrow" leads and play off of them?
They're a super easy group to work with. They're so nice and fun to be with. But it is different from being a regular because there's a specific rhythm they have. That's the thing about working in TV and being with the same crew and the same cast for a long time. There is that rhythm, and when you recur, you want to be able to step right in and flow with them. It's something I enjoy, and I have done it before. I've recurred long term on other shows. I'm learning with "Arrow" that I really enjoy working with this cast. They're very fun and hard working, so I'm proud to be a part of that team.
What are Isabel's long terms prospects for the show? It seems like this episode is set to change some things about her relationship with Oliver's team. How does that leave you for playing the part across the rest of Season 2?
Well, in the next episode the character appears in, there's going to be a big plot twist. What you've seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg.
I had a wonderful time in this last episode. I really like where they're taking it. They're still working on things in the writer's room and deciding exactly what they're going to do, but I think the audience is going to like the twist in Isabel's plot. Andrew won't tell me much more! [Laughs] But it's going to be a lot of fun.
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