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Katie Talks About “Arrow”, Her Love for Catwoman, and SheThority

On April 27th Capital One launched their Financial Superpower Experience. The initiative aims to educate people about their financial stresses, goals, and problems through a fun, interactive exhibit featuring some killer superhero designs. No superhero-themed launch event would be complete without a real-life superhero on site, and Capital One made sure it had that base covered. Katie Cassidy of Arrow spent the day at the event, which took place less than 24 hours after shooting for Arrow Season 6 wrapped. Cassidy has been a part of the show from day one, playing Laurel Lance/Black Canary as well as the super villain Black Siren. Since we love them so much here at Geek, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to talk about superheroes. Specifically what they mean to their fans, and what they mean to the people who play them. Cassidy was warm and candid as we discussed Black Canary, ramen noodles, and of course, cats.

So I’m going to start out with a question I’m sure you’ve been asked before: Were you into superheroes when you were a kid?
“I was a fan of Catwoman. But Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman especially. Phenomenal.”

Who did you look up to as a hero when you were growing up?
“In terms of like, providing financial guidance it was actually my grandmother. She was very encouraging towards saving and big on saving up for buying a home which I appreciate. She kind of showed me, guided me through because at 17, 18 my parents were like, ‘Great, if you wanna pursue acting you’re on your own. Good luck with that.’ I think there’s a misinterpretation of where I come from and what family I come from and actually what my upbringing was. It’s very different than what people think. So I moved out when I was 18. I had a couple of thousand dollars to my name. It was a lot of trial and error, and I definitely learned the hard way and went through a short period where I had to ask my mom for groceries. That was about all they were willing to help with. A lot of Top Ramen.”

Yeah, I know that life.
“Well, don’t worry. It gets better, but I think everybody has to do it.”

It builds character.
“It builds character, and it also makes you appreciate it more.”

COMICBOOK.COM (Click link to read the rest of the interview.)

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Katie’s FanSided Interview

FanSided had an opportunity to speak with Arrow star Katie Cassidy about her Capital One partnership, meeting fans at conventions, and PS4’s Hidden Agenda.
FanSided recently met up with Katie Cassidy to discuss her new Capital One partnership, meeting fans at Nashville’s Heroes & Villains Convention this weekend, and her first role in a PlayStation 4 game in Hidden Agenda.

FanSided.com – Nir Regev: What made you want to be part of this Capital One bank partnership?

Katie Cassidy: “The campaign felt like a great marriage with the idea of a financial super hero and me playing a super hero on television … And a super villain! I think part of it was Capital One learning about my story. There’s a bit of a misconception when people think about me because I come from this family of entertainers. People assume that this career was given to me, served to me. It was actually quite the opposite; I didn’t meet my father until I was in fourth grade. At 18, my biological father and I, we became friends. He was a good person to talk to for advice, career wise.”

When I was 17-18, he said, “If you want to act, that’s great. But we’re not going to help you. You’re on your own if you want to move out.” I was pissed then because I was 17-18 and probably just a rebellious girl. So, I was like, “Okay fine. He’s out.” I left home, and I still think back to that era. There were only one or two times that I ever actually asked my mother to buy me groceries. I had to learn things on my own. I see myself as The Balanced Optimist, on my super hero financial side.

“I learned how to balance a checkbook on my own, and I think that’s what awesome about this Capital One campaign. They’re bringing people together to talk about what is normally an uncomfortable topic. They have money coaches who are also really like life coaches. They’re professionals that can really guide your financial dreams, and it’s great to have that base all over the nation.”

FS: You’re going to be at the Heroes and Villains Convention in Nashville this weekend. What does it mean to you as an actress to get to meet fans of your characters?

Katie Cassidy: “It’s incredible! I love doing the conventions! It’s so cool when I get to meet fans in-person and get real face-to-face time. It occurred to me recently when I was coming out of an interview that to the fans I’m like the stewardess of the character, almost. Like a middleman. Their connection through me is the closest thing to the character, and it’s a big role. Big shoes to fill! We have the best fans in the world, such loyal, awesome people. I love it!”

FS: Last year, you got to be the lead in your first PlayStation game, Hidden Agenda. What was the experience like? Would you do it again?

Katie Cassidy: “It was awesome! Would I do it again, YES! I’m a total geek when it comes to gaming. I totally geeked out when I got to play Becky (Marney) in Hidden Agenda. I love playing Call of Duty, I play online on Twitch sometimes. I’m into Destiny, Uncharted, I got to play the new one (The Lost Legacy) recently with the two badass chicks. I started back in the day with Mortal Kombat and Duke Nukem. I love games!”

FANSIDED.COM (Click link to read the rest of the interview.)

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Katie’s Chicago Now Interview

Katie Cassidy did an interview with Chicago Now for Capital One Financial’s Superpower Café Campaign Launch. Check out the video on Chicago Now‘s Twitter post below.

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