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Arrow: Tidbits on Oliver Queen and Isabel Rochev relationship

Added by chrisdvanne on Oct 21, 2013 | 2 COMMENTS

Stephen Amell aka Oliver Queen and Arrow’s executive producer Marc Guggenheim give us a few more info about Summer Glau's character Isabel Rochev in an interview published at The Hollywood Reporter. It seems Oliver's complicated relationship with Isabel will have consequences on another relationship outside Queen Consolidated.
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen and Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev in Arrow
Who is looking forward to more Isabel and Oliver banter in Arrow?
Here's an excerpt from this interview:
What is it like for Oliver having to go up against a powerful businesswoman like Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) at Queen Consolidated
He's not trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes. He's legitimately trying to save the company. It does mean a great deal to him. It's an extension of his family and he's the person who represents his family now. He's trying to make good for his company, his family and Isabel. As it happens, he has another job and it's constantly wreaking havoc for him to be the CEO of the company. He can't say to her, "I'm the vigilante and that's why I'm not here." He just has to appear to be a failure and some of that is irresponsible. He's working to earn her trust but it's not happening as quickly as he'd like.
When I spoke to producer Marc Guggenheim prior to the season (see excerpt below), he hinted that Isabel and Oliver's work dynamic will affect another relationship that he has. What can you say there?
We haven't really seen anything beyond business with Isabel's character. Last year Oliver had flings and we haven't really gone down that road this year. Oliver and Laurel have said they can't really be in a relationship right now. I'm interested to see if and when something romantic happens between Oliver and anybody because there hasn't been any of that so far this year.
Here's the tidbit mentioned above:
You're introducing a slew of new characters, such as Black Canary, Flash and Bronze Tiger. But Oliver will have to contend with Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) in the boardroom at Queen Consolidated. How difficult will that be for him?
One of the things we really wanted to do this year was, in addition to giving Arrow various foils and antagonists, was to give Oliver Queen an antagonist. We really didn't get a chance to do much with his private life last year -- so much of his time was spent dealing with his family or being Arrow. This year, he takes a leadership position at Queen Consolidated, which was a job he rejected in episode two last year. He's a year older, a year wiser and the company is in much more dire straits. As a result, he's basically forced into the position, where he doesn't have the experience or expertise. His relationship with Isabel is going to cause complications for Oliver, not just at Queen Consolidated, but it will complicate one of the other relationships he has on the show.
Read full interview at THR.
Don’t miss the third episode of Arrow titled 'Broken Dolls' on Wednesday, October 23 at 8/7c on The CW!
Meanwhile, take a look at the production stills and teaser video for episode 2x04 'Crucible', which will see the return of Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev. Find out about the latest news on Arrow in our forum thread.

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Total comments: 2

  Message #1 | chrisdvanne | 2013 Oct 21, 12:44 GMT

It looks like Isabel is not the big baddie we thought she would be when it was announced Summer Glau has landed the role.
I'm excited about what's to come for her in the series.  Now the only thing that is missing is the writers giving her character a smile  smile

  Message #2 | robbo | 2013 Oct 21, 22:27 GMT

Yes Indeed I will second that, she has been a little bit stoney-faced, but its no fault of Summer just maybe the role she has to play with Isabel, get tough policy with Oliver to show she is no walkover, and she will take no s##t, come on writers lets get that beautiful trademark smile of Summer, that pulls the heart strings and sends pulses racing, Summer has such a beautiful smile and we are missing it. smile

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