Arrow Season 2 Interview: Emily Bett Rickards Talks Felicity’s Past and Future & More

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Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity in The CW’s Arrow, has rapidly become a fan favorite and her character continues to make us fall in love with her each episode.

With new episodes of the series returning on January 15th, Rickards recently took some time to answer a few questions at the Warner Bros Mondo press tour, about what’s coming up in the show and more specifically for Felicity and more.

On how familiar she was with the Arrow universe

“I wasn’t extremely ‑‑ I mean, I grew up with “Batman” and all those things, but it’s just now that I’m realizing ‑‑ or just last year that I’m realizing how in‑depth and detailed and how the stories have gone on forever. And it just blows my mind.” She continued, “And I’m so grateful that I was welcomed into this world because I wouldn’t have had a chance to sort of fall in love with it, I don’t think. And I have a lot of comics now.”

On what’s coming up in the show

At the time of the interview, they were shooting episode 13, which will air in February. Rickards went on to describe some of the things to expect.

“Lot more action, some crazy stunts I’ve been hearing about, just crazy stunts, people getting ‑‑ not hurt, but almost hurt on set. And really, really intricate choreography for that. So we got that. We have some new characters and villains coming in, some taste testers of some other DC characters that will be awesome, I think a lot of people will like, and different characters crossing paths, which I think is needed. And we follow a story in “Arrow,” and we get to see an ensemble of characters, but not all those characters have met. So it will be really fun, and it is really fun to have those characters sort of cross paths and those stories get created.”

She also teased the return of Sarah Lance and that Laurel would be going through “a lot.”


On what’s coming up for Felicity

“She keeps getting stronger,” Rickards said. “Her confidence is definitely grown from Season 1 to Season 2. And we get to see her just sort of take more of a stand. And we do get to see her become more vulnerable, I think, as well. I think one thing about Felicity is that she is honest, but she doesn’t share a whole lot. She doesn’t talk about her family. We get to see her in sort of like a work area and a new friendship, new for her in the past year, with Oliver, which we’ve been able to grow with her. And we do get to start to hear a little bit about her past, which is nice. And not a whole lot because she doesn’t share a whole lot, but I think just even a hint of her past is showing how she’s opening up and, hopefully, becoming more transparent.”

On Felicity’s past

While we do not know much about Felicity’s past, Rickards did pick executive producer Mark Guggenheim’s brain about it.

“I didn’t get a whole lot, but yes, I have heard a few things about her family that will probably arise within the end of the second season.”

On how good she is with computers

While Felicity is a computer wiz, Rickards is “okay at computers.” She shared, ‘tech‑savvy isn’t exactly one of my attributes I would put down on anything. I do have a song as my ringtone, though, so that’s got to count for something; right?”

Arrow returns with new episodes on Wednesday, Januar 15th, at 8pm on The CW.