Institute: You are now into the third season of Arrow, what do you think has been the key to its success?
Katie: A few things: We have a wide age demographic. I often hear families are enjoying watching Arrow together. Also, the show is grounded, and yet has that “super” hero element. I believe our writers and producers did a wonderful job balancing the two. Lastly, I have to give it to our crew and stunt team. We have the best of the best!
They all kick ass.
Institute: What can we expect from season three of Arrow?
Katie: Bigger than ever. Also, expect the unexpected. I often say this in regards to our show, but it’s true.
Every episode is a game changer and keeps things exciting!
Institute: What drew you to the part of Laurel Lance?
Katie: I could relate to her in many ways. She’s the modern day woman. Driven, dedicated and emotionally charged. She’s tough. She believes in strong morals and values. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t make mistakes, she does, but she doesn’t let them get the best of her. She’s motivated by her mistakes, she grows and learns from them.
Institute: If you could obtain a Super power what would it be?
Katie: I absolutely hate flying, and do it often. I love to travel though. I love exploring new cities, but dread the plane ride/airport. So, having said that… I wish I could teleport myself. That would make life A lot easier.
Institute: From any character you have played to date, who can you most relate to?
Katie: Laurel Lance.
Institute: What else can we expect from you this year?
Katie: I have a movie coming out called “the scribbler”. A dark psychological thriller. I play a girl with multiple personality disorder. It’s a character you have never seen me play before.
Institute: How do you keep yourself occupied in between projects?
Katie: I run a fashion/lifestyle blog called TomboyKC. I started it with one of my closest girlfriends. It’s an enormous amount of work, but I love fashion!
Institute: Who influenced you in your early years? Who is your biggest influence now?
Katie: I saw Proof on Broadway starring Anne heche. She was brilliant. Her performance is what inspired me to pursue my dream to be an actor.
Institute: Biggest influence now?
Katie: Robin Wright- the woman’s a goddess.
Institute: What has been a stand-out out moment in your career so far?
Katie: I’m incredibly proud of Arrow.
Institute: How hard do you push yourself?
Katie: I am an extremist. If I commit to something, I give everything I have. I guess you could say I’m extremely “type A”.
Institute: What are some of the greatest fears you think actors face?
Katie: Have you heard of the actors nightmare? Being on set and having everyone waiting on you, and you can’t remember a single line.
Institute: Could you single out a person who has had a profound impact on you in the last 5 years?
Katie: Yes 2 people. My spiritual healer, who has helped me through hard times, and good times, she’s my rock. Also, my best friend/ business partner for TomboyKC, Lynsey Eaton. She is a role model of mine. She’s a Smart strong independent woman who isn’t afraid to call me out on my shit. I always appreciate people like that. She’s a great friend that I wish I had met earlier in life. She’s become more like family to me…