Armageddon Expo 2011 Interview: Laura Vandervoort

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For the first time the Armageddon Expo headed to Adelaide, Australia bringing with them some big names and I was there, to bring you all the excitement! A great time was had, the guests were fantastic and they took some time out to have a chat with me over the weekend.

Laura1Marcella Papandrea: Hello Laura, thanks for taking some time out to have a chat with me.

Laura Vandervoort: No problem.

MP: Have you been having a good day so far at Armageddon?

LV: I have yeah, I just got to Adelaide last night and we did a meet and greet with some of the fans that was really cool. I’m here today and I hope I get to see a little bit of Adelaide. I’ve toured around Sydney for the past couple of days which was great. You know the energy here is great, I like the feel and the vibe here it’s been great doing the shows.

MP: How does this Convention compare to the ones you’ve attended in the States?

LV: This one just feels so relaxed and quaint in a good way. The one in Sydney was wonderful too, everyone is always so friendly at Conventions. (laughs) No one has ever been mean. People are just so enthusiastic, it’s nice.

MP: Can you tell us anything about Smallville, with the season and series wrapping up very soon?

LV: Yeah it is the last season and I just shot my last episode, it’s called ‘Prophecy’. I can’t say what number it is, I am not sure they have announced it yet. It’s going to be great, we’re going to wrap up Kara’s storyline and hopefully give the fans what they’ve been looking for. It was sad to say good-bye to everyone, everybody was kind of upset that the show was ending, the crew and the cast everyone’s a family. It’s been a great show, a good experience and I was sad to say good-bye to Kara and let her go because I feel like she’s my little creation. Mind you she was created before me but I spun her into what I wanted her to be.

MP: It was a different take on the character.

LV: Yeah and I put a bit of myself in her. Coming to the Conventions I’ve talked to the fans about what they wanted to see in Supergirl. So it is a combo of the fans wants and needs and what I wanted to make her. That’s how she grew.

MP: Was it difficult stepping into the show after six seasons and playing such an iconic character.

LV: Yeah, and when I was cast I looked up Supergirl and Supergirl information, background info, and researched everything. But I was intimidated as I had seen Smallville growing up, and they are a well-oiled machine and for me to jump in and be the new person and that was difficult. Especially as it was one of my biggest jobs at that point, on top of that she’s already an iconic character and I had to make sure I filled those boots properly and that skirt (laughs). I think because everyone was so friendly and the team over at Smallville was so welcoming I was able to relax into it. Now I feel like its second nature to play her.

MP: What was it like to work with Helen Slater who was the original film Supergirl back in the mid 80’s?

LV: Helen is fantastic, again I was intimidated because she was the original and I didn’t want her to hate me or think I was doing a horrible job with what she had done. But so to they are both very different characters. She’s beautiful, she was graceful, she’s an amazing singer, and we had a few chats about playing Supergirl. But over all she’s just a wonderful person, and a wonderful person to work with.

MP: What are you able to tell us about V? It is currently in its second season, some juicy story-lines are happening.

LV: Well I don’t want to give anything away, yes it is getting juicy and my character is getting to do a lot more. They are writing a lot more for her in terms of who she’s interacting with and where her storyline is heading. She’s got a backbone now, she’s got an opinion, she has to choose which side she’s on. I’m not sure where you guys here are at with the show.

MP: We’re actually only a few days behind, so yes I am up to date.

LV: She’s joined the fifth column so she’s finally chosen a side. It’s nice because Elizabeth Mitchell’s character Erica is sort of becoming a mother to her and showing her compassion and helping her along the way, whereas Anna has become more of Tyler’s mother. And now we have Jane Badler on the show now from the original. Yeah there’s going to be some major deaths in the finale, of main characters. There’s some character interactions that haven’t happened before, explosions, romance, so a bit of everything really. It’s really amping up.

MP: I’m looking forward to it.

LV: Yeah so am I, I haven’t seen the finale yet.

MP: We’ll have to wait a while to see it.

LV: (laughs) Yeah unfortunately, but that’s part of the fun of television. I promise you that it will be awesome. No one will expect what is coming.Laura2

MP: The show’s been on a roll, and your character especially has come a long way, she’s been developed so well.

LV: Yeah she’s gone from like the low cut top girl and nothing more to more than I ever could have hoped for in a character. She’s got so many layers, so much stuff going on right now.

MP: You’ve definitely crafted her into an interesting character to watch, it’s been great to see her development.

LV: Yeah she’s a great character, she really considers her options and I like that about her. She’s got the weight on her shoulders of being the next queen, saving the humans, killing her mother, grandma shows up (laughs).

MP: A lot going on.

LV: (laughs) Yeah exactly.

MP: Do you have anything upcoming that you are able to discuss?

LV: Yes well I did the last episode for me of Smallville, I did a movie called This Means War with Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, and it was just a little role for two days. It was more of a comedic role for me. And I did a movie with Ray Liotta that should be out later this year. And there’s a few things going on as well that I can’t really reveal just yet. I don’t want to count my eggs before they hatch (laughs).

MP: Thank you so much Laura.

LV: My pleasure.

Many thanks to Laura, it was great to have the time out to have a chat. She was a great addition to the Convention; it was a real pleasure to have her there.

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