What did Emily Bett Rickards — who plays Arrow‘s super-high-tech, gadget-loving, computer-savvy Felicity Smoak — splurge on upon being promoted to a series regular? “I went out and got a few records for my turntable,” she tells TVLine. “Kinda nerdy, I know!”
Even a week after she earned her upgrade on the CW hit (airing Wednesdays at 8/7c), Rickards says, “I’m still beside myself,” having signed on as just a day player all those months ago. “It’s a roller coaster I never want to get off of.”
In fact, when I present the actress with an amusing piece of DC Comics’ official wiki description for Felicity Smoak — “She possesses the strength level of a woman her age, size and weight who engages in regular moderate exercise” — it turns out she knows the words all too well, having done research upon her hire. “I was like, ‘Well, that’s just great,'” she shares with a laugh. “But I went for a run this morning, so I’d call that ‘regular, moderate exercise. ‘And I’m pretty strong for my 5-foot-5 average woman height!”
LAIR PLAYER | Rickards affirms that for the time being, Felicity “is focused on helping Walter and helping Oliver not get trapped in this lifestyle…. She doesn’t want innocent people to get hurt.” In that capacity, “Hopefully, she can be the ‘conscience’ of the group, even though she’s not so great at giving advice.”
EXTREME MAKEOVER | As seen in the photo above, when Arrow’s mission this week includes trying to thwart a thief dubbed The Dodger (Battlestar’s James Callis), Felicity “gets to go out ‘in the field’ at an art auction,” Rickards says. “So the idea is that Oliver went out and gt her a dress and heels,” Pretty Woman-style, for the assignment. Of the temporary transformation, “We could safely say this is the first time, ever,” Ms. Smoak has gotten so dolled up, Rickards ventures. Alas, along the way she picks up an unsolicited accessory — a collar with a built-in bomb. “She’s got to try and stay level-headed facing the possibility of being decapitated,” Rickards says, “which isn’t the easiest thing in the world!”
SPEEDY DELIVERY | Though not a part of Felicity’s storyline, Teen Wolf’s Colton Haynes joins Arrow tonight as Roy Harper aka he who is fated to be Speedy. “You will see him come in and be a love interest for Thea, which will be a really nice part of he show,” Rickards says.
PLAYING CUPID FOR ARROW | Believing that any time Oliver can “get out of his lair, that dark hole of a dungeon” is a good time, Felicity “gets to be a bit of a wingman” for her boss this week, pointing him at vice cop McKenna Hall (played by Janina Gavankar) — occupational conflicts be damned. “We have Diggle saying, ‘That’s going to be a problem,’ but Felicity says, ‘Go out! Go have fun!'”
IT’S JUST… A LITTLE CRUSH? | Rickards says that Felicity herself is quite single, only “madly in love with her keyboard” — for now. As for those who see chemistry between the geeky gal and beefcakey Oliver, she concedes there’s possibly always been a crush there. “When she was introduced to him in Episode 3, she was like, ‘Of course I know who you are! You’re the millionaire’s son who’s a total babe.’ It doesn’t ever pass her by that he’s an extremely good-looking man. So if the storyline ever decides to go that way, it wouldn’t be far-fetched at all.”