They’re best friends and have been best friends for life, even though there’s been hard times and good times. I’m not sure that Oliver is going to be on board with Laurel taking on this role of wanting to get revenge, find out who did this to her sister, fight back and be training. I have a feeling he’ll probably be against that at first. At the end of the day, he’ll look at her and think, “Wow, she has what it takes. She is a warrior.” I think he’ll end up having respect for that.”Katie Cassidy
Anonymous said: From KC’s latest EW interview: Q: “Is Sara’s death the catalyst that drives her to follow in her sister’s footsteps?” A: “The Green Arrow needs Black Canary. It’s always been the two of them. ” Uhm, what? THIS. THIS is why people get so frustrated with her take on her own character. This question was TAILOR made to allow her to expound on the journey Laurel will be taking as a woman and a sister in mourning. But she turned it back into “Ollie=Laurel forever, XOXO” FRUSTRATING!
Katie Cassidy fans…turn away. I am about to employ humor in relationship to Katie Cassidy. This never goes well with Laurel fans.
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In the great words of Buffy Summers….
"Katie, your mouth is open, sound is coming from it, this is never good."
Look, I get it Katie. You NEED this to be your show. I’m with ya sweetie. No judgments. There you were schlepping your way through bit parts and then you get your own show. MELROSE PLACE. You are the new Amanda Woodward. You are being compared to HEATHER LOCKLEAR. David Cassidy’s daughter is no longer the most recognizable item in your resume. You are on the brink of stardom…and then the show gets canceled. No problem. You’re a trooper. You belly up to the bar again. YOU ARE CAST AS BLACK CANARY. Not only Black Canary but the female love interest opposite Stephen Amell.
Except you & Stephen have the chemistry of two pieces of sandpaper. Together you emit a scratchy sound that is so aggravating to listen to people just shudder and turn the channel. It’s so frustrating. What went wrong? You’re pretty. He’s pretty. Why can’t you just be pretty together?
And then, out of nowhere, some little blonde guest star comes in and has more chemistry with Stephen in 10 seconds than you did in 23 episodes. She’s funny and bright, smart and sweet and the AUDIENCE LOVES HER. The NETWORK LOVES HER. THE WRITERS LOVE HER. And before you know it…she’s a season regular. Not only is she a season regular but she becomes the MAIN LOVE INTEREST. The writers are literally resetting scenes, scenes YOU ALREADY ACTED, with Oliver & Felicity so they can reframe the love story. All anyone can talk about is Oliver & Felicity, Felicity & Oliver. All anyone asks you about is Oliver & Felicity. The Break Out Star of Arrow is Emily Bett Rickards.
It sucks. Truly. I feel for you girl.
Ya know what’s NOT the way to fix that? Talking about a relationship between Laurel & Oliver that never existed.
I kid. Sort of. I understand why Katie talks like this, I just don’t agree with her when she does. lol
All kidding aside, Laurel wasn’t Oliver’s best friend. She was his girlfriend. TOMMY was Oliver’s best friend. What Oliver & Laurel had together could barely pass for a relationship let alone friendship.
I’ve got no problem if that’s the “direction” the writers are moving Laurel & Oliver’s relationship to…platonic friendship. What the hell guys…let’s give her one. Platonic BEST friendship (I feel like this is a chapter of the Babysitters Club). That’s where it needs to go and it’s good news if that’s what’s happening. My only issue is…USE PRESENT TENSE Katie. You don’t need to build up the friendship by pretending like it was always like that between the two of you. Oliver & Laurel had one of the most awkward, dysfunctional, unhealthy, DISHONEST relationships I have ever seen on TV. Chimpanzees have more effective communication skills that those two.
The last two years, the people who have been Oliver’s best friends on Arrow were Diggle & Felicity. They knew him the best. They knew ALL OF HIM the best. He also happened to fall in love with one of them (I know…I know…it should’ve been Diggle, we’re all sad but we’ve got to let it go).
Moving forward maybe Sara’s death bonds Oliver & Laurel in a way like never before. With all the secrets out Oliver can finally talk to Laurel and Laurel can talk to Oliver. Maybe they can build a best friendship. But just because you’ve known a person a long time doesn’t automatically make you best friends. That being said…it doesn’t mean Laurel can’t become one of Oliver’s best friends. I’m all for that development.
Also..Katie is Black Canary. That’s like Wonder Woman to me. I never understand why she has to continually build up Laurel’s relationship with Oliver. Being Black Canary is ALL Katie needs. That’s bad ass all by itself. That makes her a star all by itself.
The part I loved? That Oliver won’t be on board with this whole Black Canary plan. Totally predicted that. Love it when I’m right.
As for the “separate the two” comment, I think Katie was actually trying to be diplomatic. Give the girl points for effort (and get her fucking agent on the phone to GIVE her talking points. Left to her own devices, clarity is NOT a strength). But I think the point was…no Laurel won’t be jealous. Laurel will be able to separate her bond with Oliver versus Felicity’s bond with him. She’ll understand what they have is important but different than what Oliver has with Felicity. She’ll respect it. Take it as a win people. That’s as good as it gets with Katie.
As for the “The Green Arrow needs Black Canary. It’s always been the two of them. I think comic book fans will be happy.” Okay, fine…there IS a comic history there and it should be recognized. That was a little nugget to the comic fans who’ve been waiting patiently for the BC/Green Arrow crime fighting duo to appear on Arrow. I don’t disagree with the assertion there’s a history in the comics…which Katie CLEARLY referenced. This quote wasn’t a reference to the show.
If it WAS a reference to the show (because you never know with Katie)…well then no. That’s just crap. It hasn’t been The Green Arrow and Black Canary. It’s always been Team Arrow, Oliver/Diggle/Felicity and then it was The Arrow, The Canary and Team Arrow. BC doesn’t even EXIST in Arrow yet. The Green Arrow doesn’t exist yet. If it was a show reference I’m calling shenanigans.
I’m going to share with you one of my main tenants of watching Arrow and enjoying it:
DON’T LISTEN TO KATIE CASSIDY.
It’s fine you guys, Oliver will eventually marry his best friend Felicity Smoak. Remember? The first person who made him feel his humanity? The first person that made him feel like Oliver, the man, not Oliver the weapon? And remember…that all happened when Oliver was IN LOVE with Laurel (ouch).
If Laurel & Oliver have a wonderful platonic friendship that’s deep and meaningful, a great partnership, I’m all for it. More friendship between Black Canary & The Green Arrow I say.
Because Felicity will be on the comms, being a bad ass, helping Black Canary & The Green Arrow fight evil…while pregnant with Oliver’s twins.
Laurel can have Oliver’s friendship. She can have Oliver’s partnership.
Felicity Smoak has his heart.
AMEN!!! This girl just made my day by writing this post. thank you, thank you, thank you …
Absolutely fantastic. love love love every single word. !