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Meeting Allison [Mar. 8th, 2014|07:20 pm]
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March is often a good time to meet SV people in Toronto: last year - Laura & Erica; the year before, Aaron. This year: Allison!
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She's here for a convention this weekend - but the only time I was free to go was on Friday night. Luckily, that was when her panel was scheduled. It was a very last minute decision to go so I ended up bringing what firebunny correctly calls "the butt picture" to be signed, ie it shows Tom & AM more from the side. But I still like it and I didn't have time to get something else printed.

At the Chicago Con last year, AM had constant long lines. Last night, when I arrived at 5:15, the Con floor was still very quiet and she had no line-up at all. She admired my Supes sweater and said she's a knitter. I told her I especially enjoyed "Warrior" (one of the SV eps she directed); She said she thought directing the second time was just as hard as the first but she does want to do it again. She also asked if I watch Beauty & the Beast (Loyalty to KK!) but I had to confess I do not.

As she signed the photo she said "There are a lot of photos of me gazing adoringly at Tom Welling. He's a wonderful man."
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There was still no one behind me in line and I wasn't sure whether to stay (so she'd look in demand) or leave (not wanting to take up too much time.) I opted for "leave." A couple of young guys were admiring at her from a distance & asked if they should get an autograph. I said this would be the best time, as she was bound to be busy later.

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Allison's panel was laid back and fun. No mike to come up to - everyone just called out questions and there weren't really any flinch-inducing questions. I audio-taped the panel - here are a few quotes.

On directing episodes of Smallville:

Allison mentioned the producers approached her to direct:

"I'm opinionated and loud and I like to tell the boys I know what's up even when I don't so I kinda conned my way into the job."

"Tom directed a lot and he was a great director so I asked him a lot of questions."

Advice to aspiring directors.

"Don't use dickhead momentum! Sometimes you get stuck in your own opinion and forget you don't know everything."

On John Glover

"He's the best villain but he's one of my besties so I can't take him seriously being a bad guy!"

"My favourite actor to work with...I think, John Glover. He became my mentor in a lot of ways."

Michael, Justin and Tom's sense of humour

"Michael was sort of notorious - I don't know if you guys have ever seen him at a convention or anything like that? - he's so much fun. He's so much fun. I love him. And he was ridiculous and would do ridiculous things on a regular basis."

When Michael left the show, Justin kinda slipped in nicely...he's got a great sense of humour. Different kind of sense of humour than Michael but super super funny. They were the two jokesters.

Tom was very funny but Tom was very focused. He had to be. He was in every single scene so he kept things pretty consistent. Between Michael and Justin, the set was always exciting."

Fan asks why Kristin left the show:

"Lana Lang was a beautiful character but she wasn't necessarily as complex as Kristin herself is. There were things she wanted to pursue that were beyond that character."

On being starstruck:
Allison talks about being excited to meet Susan Sarandon on a red carpet, then adds: "But you know, I made a fool of myself in front of Tom Welling at least once a week so it may just be part of my personality."

On Chloe/Oliver:
"The relationship of Chloe Sullivan and Oliver Queen was never intended to exist until "Charade". There was a scene outside a cafe where Oliver Queen and I were having a conversation and I tell him I saved him and there was a lot of chemistry. It worked in a way that they weren't expecting."

On Kristin and Erica:
"Kristin is one of my closest friends. She's like my sister. We travel together every year and spend a lot of time together. Erica and I aren't as close but Kristin is very close to Erica so I stay in touch with her through the "Kristin Kreuk channel!""

Fan asks: did you ever imagine Chloe's storyline going in a different direction?

"Every season, I was hoping I wouldn't be killed. Sam Jones and I were always like "You kept your eyes open when they pushed you to the ground, right?" "They can't kill you if you keep your eyes open!" "I kept my eyes open!" "Okay, we're back next season!"

"There was talk of me being Lois Lane at some point and sort of spinning into that then that didn't happen. You know, there was talk of a lot of different things: me becoming more of the villain. I kinda danced with the Luthors for a little while, there was talk of that kinda going further. I like where I ended up; I'm super-proud of that character."

A recent audition
"I auditioned for another show today that's a sci-fi show, about a girl who has super-power and does all kind of wacky stuff so I wanted to send them some clips from SV: "See, I can do it. I've done it before!"
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2014-03-09 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting this. You always share such wonderful Smallville convention experiences, and the pics you bring to be signed inspire the best quotes ever!

Fascinating quotes from Allison. I like how many of the stars have opened up even more about what was happening behind the scenes as they've gained some distance from the show. I'm so glad to hear that AM looks back on her Smallville years so fondly, and of course I especially love everything she said about Tom.

I don't think I will ever get tired of hearing about this show that meant so much to me for so long. Thanks again for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2014-03-09 03:55 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm glad there are people who still want to hear about SV :)

I'm so glad to hear that AM looks back on her Smallville years so fondly, and of course I especially love everything she said about Tom.
It's nice to hear him praised, as he keeps so quiet himself! I was waffling about whether to get an autograph as I wasn't sure about my picture choice but am glad I went up after all. Will probably never see her without a big line-up again.

Fascinating quotes from Allison. I like how many of the stars have opened up even more about what was happening behind the scenes as they've gained some distance from the show.
For the younger cast, SV accounts for a third of their lives almost...One quote I didn't include above was the inevitable fanboy asking why Tom didn't wear the tights. AM: "That was part of our mandate. We were a no flights/no tights show."

I'm going to try and post the audio of the panel on tumblr tomorrow - will tweet you the link.
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[User Picture]From: phoenixnz
2014-03-09 03:27 am (UTC)
Ally sounds awesome. You are so lucky being able to attend these Cons. I can't even get to the Australian ones :( Way too expensive to fly just for a weekend, *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2014-03-09 03:43 am (UTC)
It was a fun panel. And I realize how lucky I am to live in a con-friendly city: Toronto loves its sci-fi! I hope you do get to a Con someday.
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[User Picture]From: suzycat
2014-03-09 09:39 am (UTC)
She's looking good!

"Lana Lang was a beautiful character girl but she wasn't necessarily as complex as Kristin herself is. There were things she wanted to pursue that were beyond that character being the love interest of all who ever saw her and looking pissed off about secrets and lies a lot."
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2014-03-09 05:01 pm (UTC)
KK always seemed to enjoy the eps when Lana was possessed or evil and got to throw people around - it must have made for a fun change!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2014-03-09 04:18 pm (UTC)
It must be almost impossible not to gaze adoringly when in Tom's presence!

Love her diplomacy about Lana, heh! Good to get some confirmation that KK was probably almost as sick of her as I was!


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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2014-03-09 04:59 pm (UTC)
It must be almost impossible not to gaze adoringly when in Tom's presence!
And Allison had 10 years of gazing!

Love her diplomacy about Lana, heh! Good to get some confirmation that KK was probably almost as sick of her as I was!
It's no wonder KK enjoyed S6 since it at least gave her something different to do - they should have let her have a season of villainy and have some real fun!
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[User Picture]From: malugargula
2014-03-09 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks sooooo much for sharing
Love Allie, loved everything you told :)
I'm really hoping to have her at Brazil Comic Con this year
:)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2014-03-09 05:15 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome! I hope she comes to Brazil.
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[User Picture]From: dawnybee
2014-03-09 06:20 pm (UTC)
Another great SV alum post!!

She also asked if I watch Beauty & the Beast (Loyalty to KK!) but I had to confess I do not.

She's *really* loyal. Trying to drum up support for her bestie. That's admirable.

As she signed the photo she said "There are a lot of photos of me gazing adoringly at Tom Welling. He's a wonderful man."


Allison Mack: Just like us.

"Don't use dickhead momentum! Sometimes you get stuck in your own opinion and forget you don't know everything."

Too bad Chloe didn't that to heart in her duties as Oracle/Watchtower.

Justin kinda slipped in nicely...

Tee hee hee hee (I'm five).

"Lana Lang was a beautiful character but she wasn't necessarily as complex as Kristin herself is. There were things she wanted to pursue that were beyond that character."

I actually liked Lana Luthor so I hated that the writers tried to regress Lana in later appearances. I may not have been happy about super!Lana because Lana could've had power without having literal powers. She was getting to that place of being her own woman and I wish they would've let her let Clark go on the strength of the fact that she has grown so much more from being the girl next door, then just having the excuse of the kryptonite keeping them apart.

"Every season, I was hoping I wouldn't be killed. Sam Jones and I were always like "You kept your eyes open when they pushed you to the ground, right?" "They can't kill you if you keep your eyes open!"

LOL!

me becoming more of the villain.

Just talk? Chloe was a villian to me in later seasons.

Wow, I haven't thought this much about SV in years! I miss it.

Thanks again.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2014-03-09 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thank so much! I'm happy people are still interested in SV topics.

Just talk? Chloe was a villian to me in later seasons.
Interestingly Allison also said she prefers the latter seasons. She was very relieved when Chloe stopped "pining over Clark" and she likened her Watchtower role to M in James Bond movies. She liked that her life had expanded beyond being "Clark's lapdog" (her words.) I can see her point - but I will always prefer the early years!

I actually liked Lana Luthor so I hated that the writers tried to regress Lana in later appearances.
KK clearly likes that era too - she always chooses S6 as her fave season, I guess because she got to do something different. I still feel they dropped the ball by telegraphing right from the start that Lana would always return to Clark.

Allison Mack: Just like us.
She had 10 years to ogle him, lucky woman!
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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2014-03-09 07:25 pm (UTC)
I love reading about our Smallville gang. So glad to hear Allison's good memories of the show.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2014-03-09 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was an enjoyable panel.
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[User Picture]From: frelling_tralk
2014-03-10 12:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! I hope that Allison does get that part, it's been a shame to see her do so little since SV ended. I wasn't necessarily expecting her to go on to a fabulous film career or anything like that, but she seemed to have always worked pretty steadily in tv before SV (and while SV was on she was fitting in theatre and independent films), so I'm not sure what's happened since :(
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2014-03-10 01:27 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what's happened since :(
She said in the panel that after SV ended she needed a breather and took some time off to travel.

I wonder if she auditioned for the new Heroes spin-off? She mentioned Zach Quinto's name twice so perhaps he hooked her up with the producers.
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[User Picture]From: silverscreengal
2014-03-13 04:30 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for sharing!! What a wonderful interview! Like everyone else on here, I never tire of hearing about Smallville. I love how happy that experience was for most of them it seems.

I have to disagree with Allison and agree with you. The earlier season were BY FAR so much more satisfying to me than the later seasons. Unfortunately, the show killed Chloe for me in the what she called"M" years. She needed a lesson in humility! Head of Watchtower my ass! She let her ego and "computer" brain get in the way of the true hero. Clark.

And I didn't see any chemistry between her and Oliver.

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2014-03-13 11:11 pm (UTC)
Chemistry's definitely subjective - I wasn't much interested in Chlollie myself (or any non-Clex ship to be honest!) but there were definitely fans for it.

I love how happy that experience was for most of them it seems.
It's sweet how well everyone got along!
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