Smallville's Erica Durance: Lois Will Get to Play the Hero
After more than eight seasons, Lois Lane (Erica Durance) and Clark Kent (Tom Welling) have finally become a couple on Smallville. TVGuide.com spoke with Durance about the blossoming relationship between these iconic characters and Lois getting to play her own hero.
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TVGuide.com: How is Lois adjusting to being in a relationship with Clark?
Durance: She's having moments for sure. What I like about them, as they're getting together, they're still being Lois and Clark. It's not like they lose their banters and they lose the moments of how different they are. They still have that kind of communication with each other. She's on a slippery slope, though. Obviously this is a different type of relationship than she's ever had before, deeper feelings than she's had before, so she's trying to deal with it.
TVGuide.com: Is it weird now having to do these steamy scenes with Tom?
Durance: Nope! No, it's not weird. It's just like any other scene that you're doing. Our focus isn't whether the scene is steamy. It's always tricky when you've had two characters that have been not together, but wanting to be together and then figuring out how to actually bring them together and honor that iconic relationship, that's been trickier than our steamy scenes.
TVGuide.com: Annette O'Toole is returning to the show. Will Martha Kent approve of their relationship?
Durance: The one thing that Lois found is that Martha was the first person that was very accepting of Lois and could see through all of the awkward things that she would do and her defense mechanisms. So I believe that she would actually be fine with it.
TVGuide.com: How do you feel about the fans who say Clark should be with Chloe (Allison Mack)?
Durance: The one thing that I really love about Smallville, people are excited and they love the characters. I can see their point of view. I can see why they love Chloe. She's been there since the inception and has been this amazing friend to him. They want to see that turn into something else. Whether that ends up happening, I think Lois still wins. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Will there be more Lois and Chloe interaction?
Durance: I've missed working with her. ... she knows Chloe is off doing her thing. Lois is trying to bring her back to socializing with people and coming out. ... they some really, really funny stuff coming up.
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TVGuide.com: Michael McKean is also coming back as Perry White. Is this a big turning point in Lois' journalism career?
Durance: They haven't given me specifics on that yet, but I'm assuming that once she's introduced to him that that will be absolutely a turning point for her. Obviously, bringing that character in, we're trying to propel things forward.
TVGuide.com: How does it feel to play the moment of the two of them meeting?
Durance: Like any other thing that I've done on the show, I think that if you get lost in how iconic it is and what you're doing, it sometimes, at least for myself, that's a little too overwhelming. I take it day to day and scene to scene and I'll just enjoy getting to play that moment and getting to work with Michael.
TVGuide.com: Will we see Lois' memories of the future return again, or are those completely gone?
Durance: What I think what's happened is once it's been shown that this is what's happening, you have the main characters, except Lois because her memory has been erased, trying to eradicate that to create a new future. We're looking to have that change now.
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TVGuide.com: Lois is known for her digging. What sort of interaction will she have with the Justice Society of America?
Durance: What we have is the Justice Society of America and they're meeting up with Clark, Oliver [Justin Hartley] and John Jones [Phil Morris]. Clark is getting a first-hand take on what's happening. We find out throughout the two-hour event that Lois is also doing her own investigating, coming up with the exact same conclusions all on her own. She has a run-in with Dr. Fate [Brent Stait] and he gives her some very interesting insight into her future. Then, of course, she also is introduced into the fray by getting a package from Checkmate.
TVGuide.com: What involvement will Lois have with Amanda Waller (Pam Grier) and Checkmate?
Durance: What they have set up so far is that Amanda Waller will be in contact with Lois to give her information. She knows Lois is a great journalist. So far, that's the connection, so we'll see how they thread that through in the next few episodes.
TVGuide.com: What interaction will Lois have when Metallo (Brian Austin Green) returns?
Durance: It's a really interesting turn of events between Lois and John Corbin and his [alter ego] Metallo. She gets to see him in a new light. She gets a chance to be her own hero in that episode.
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TVGuide.com: Are you signed on for Season 10 when the show gets picked up?
Durance: [Laughs] I love your choice of wording. My contract goes through Season 10 and we'll all find out if we're there a little bit later.
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