In the Arrow pilot, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was none too pleased to see his little sister Thea sneaking into his grown-up party and being ogled by his pal Tommy. Someone should tell him to relax — Willa Holland’s 21 after all. But the doe-eyed beauty has aged very little in character years since she first played Marissa Cooper’s little sister Kaitlin on The O.C. in 2006. Two years later, she was corrupting Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl. In an interview with the New York Daily News, she laughed about the fact that she’s still playing a rebellious high-schooler after all these years.
“I think that at 21, I still look like I’m 17 years old, so I feel like I’m going to be playing teenagers for a while, and that’s a very relatable stage in a teenage life for a female — that kind of rambunctious stage,” she told the paper.
We’re looking forward to seing how Thea fits into the life of her vigilante brother and possibly shady mother on Arrow. At the same time, we’re also waiting for the theatrical release of Tiger Eyes, the adaptation of the classic Judy Blume novel, in which Will plays Davey a girl coming to terms with the violent death of her father.
In the meantime, enjoy these photos of the many teenage years of Willa Holland:
Admittedly, my biggest question while watching the premiere of Arrow last night was: Why do they keep making Stephen Amell wear shirts? But we assume that mystery will never be fully resolved, so instead, we turn to the kinds of questions that the CW’s newest superhero series might actually answer. Or maybe, those of you who aren’t stereotypical girly girls like myself and have actually read the Green Arrow comics already know the answers and can fill us in — assuming the show sticks to the source material. Here goes:
1. Will we ever be free of the show’s terrible voiceover? Seriously, it only reiterates the things we can already gather just by watching the show, and it’s SO AWKWARD. Crossing fingers that was just a pilot thing.
2. Did Oliver’s dad know they were going to wreck on this island? It sure seemed like they had that emergency raft ready pretty quickly — especially given how fast the water sucked up Sarah. And if they were expecting it, why didn’t they pack more water? Read more…
I first saw this photo this morning on Arrow star Stephen Amell‘sFacebook feed (like it, you won’t be sorry), and no kidding, all work stopped for a full five minutes. I’m surprised there’s no brain matter splattered on my screen right now. In case you haven’t yet committed the fall TV schedule to memory, here’s who they are, from left to right: Amell, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast), Steven R. McQueen (The Vampire Diaries), Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), Justin Hartley (Emily Owens, M.D.), Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire) and Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries). The spread is actually from Bullett Media, who decided to explode our hearts too, by gathering these guys’ quotes about what they look for in a woman.
“I judge a woman purely on how she looks first thing in the morning. That’s the critical point, right?” Amell says. OK, so he’s not all that romantic. But points for honesty!
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“If a girl doesn’t get along with my dog, then we’ve got a problem,” McQueen says.
Our personal favorite is from Tyler Blackburn: “I enjoy a certain amount of decadence in my life, so I want to be with someone who shares an appreciation for the finer things. And if that finer thing happens to be fried, well, put it in your mouth.” We’re totally down with that one.
For the rest of the guys’ quotes (especially a surprising revelation from Taylor Kinney, a.k.a. Lady Gaga’s main squeeze), head over to Bullett.
The air is crisper and cooler; it’s a little darker when I leave the office, and the public pools are closed. I’m always of mixed emotions when we think about the end of summer, until I remember that my DVR will soon be filled with new imaginary friends and enemies. Of course, I’m also happy to see the old ones return — and you should totally have your TV locked on VH1 at all times — but I thought I’d take a second to tell you about the top 10 new shows I’ve had a chance to check out and am already either totally hooked on, or willing to ask out on a second date. Beginning with my favorite…
No one does TV pilots like J.J. Abrams. And for this one, the Lost/Alias/Felicity/Fringe creator teamed up with Iron Man director Jon Favreau and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, so it’s no wonder it looks and feels like a movie more than an hour-long drama. I am already totally hooked on the quest of a girl named Charlie whose father maybe probably knew why all the power in the world went out 15 years ago, especially because her quest involves finding her uncle Miles, who happens to be played by Billy Burke. Also, there’s some kickass, Lost-ian world-building for good measure. Premieres Monday, September 17, at 10 p.m. on NBC.
What the Critics Say: “Favreau brings a lot of strong energy to Revolution, giving appropriate weight to moments like that opening sequence and delivering action that is more notable and big than is normal for network TV – a sword fight Miles has with multiple foes is incredibly fun and cool, and instantly helps Burke (bringing the right world-weary vibe to the proceedings) establish that yes, the dad from Twilight can play a kickass hero.” — IGN
The Mindy Project Mindy Kaling won fans and fame playing cute in front of the camera and smart behind the camera on The Office. Now we get to see her meld those qualities more smoothly (again in front of and behind the camera) in a way that will have many ladies nodding their heads as much as we’re rolling on the floor laughing. Her character, OBGYN resident Mindy Lahiri, aspires to live in a romantic comedy — and succeeds in at least getting to part in those movies where she dates the wrong guys, gets in hilariously slapstick disasters and shows how much pluck and ingenuity she has when it really counts. Not life-changing stuff here, but totally endearing entertainment. Premieres Tuesday, September 25, at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.
What the Critics Say: “It warms me to the the cockles of my heart to see a female protagonist on television who is not white or movie star skinny looking hot, banging babes, making mistakes, and being hilarious, and I can’t wait to see the rest of what Mindy has in store for us.” — Crushable
If you didn’t fall in love with Stephen Amell from watching his workout routine in the trailer for the CW’s Arrow, maybe watching his interview with us at Comic-Con last week will do the trick. How can you not swoon for that Canadian lilt? It’s certainly gone a long way toward making us forget that he played CeCe’s jerky boyfriend Kyle on New Girl last season. Now that his name is all over the place, can we count on him getting a return cameo once in a while, just to keep Schmidt on his toes?
“I’m kind of busy now, but those guys were awesome,” he told VH1. “I liked watching those guys work, and I really like doing comedy, so I hope that Kyle makes a return. We’ll see. It’d be super cool if I was in L.A. to do a day on the New Girl set. They were so helpful, too, because I was shooting Private Practice at the same time. They wanted my character to come back and to make it possible to do both of those shows in the same day, actually. I like those people there, and I’m glad they’re having such success.”
As our Comic-Con coverage wraps up and our intrepid reporters/fangirls Kate Spencer and Sabrina Rojas Weiss take a much-deserved nap, we’d like to take a minute to recap our very favorite interviews and press conferences via easily-consumable and definitely-hypotizing GIFs. From Aaron Paul‘s teeth, to Kristen Stewart digging a hole for herself, to our one and only Khaleesi, the star-filled convention was chock full of hilarious and heartthrobbing moments.
People, have you seen the clips from Arrow, the CW’s new superhero show? Ostensibly, it’s about Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a rich playboy who gets shipwrecked for five years and returns home a changed man, bent on delivering justice and saving his city from other corrupt rich folks. But when I watched those clips, I forgot anything about plot, because they really are about Amell’s abs, arms and ability to leap tall fences in a single bound. I mean, damn. When I caught up with him at San Diego Comic-Con, I asked for his training regimen, just in case, you know, I want to become a hooded vigilante myself.
“There was fight training parkuor, yoga. There was the systematic destruction of my forearms so I could block punches. There was stretching, archery and dietary restrictions,” he listed. Oh, is that all? “It was easy from the standpoint of, I didn’t have to search anywhere for motivation. I just knew that I had to do it. It wasn’t like an elective change. It was like you have to do this, and that was it.” Read more…
If day one for us was all about Stephenie Meyer, day two was all about the boob tube. Both Kate Spencer and I spent the day getting hyped about existing and future TV favorites. Kate talked to the cast of Game of Thrones and visited the Joss Whedon and Breaking Bad panels, which she talks about in our little recap video above. I got to speak to the stars of two of the CW’s new shows: Arrow (Stephen Amell=yummmm) and mid-season show Cult. The latter stars Vampire Diaries alum Matt Davis, who isn’t giving anyone a chance to miss Alaric before he steps into a completely new character. True to its name, that one’s aiming for a cult following. Speaking of nostalgia for bygone characters, I also chatted with Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn, who make the handsomest of scary power couples onscreen in ABC’s 666 Park Avenue but are perfectly charming in person. Terry was even wearing flip-flops for his interview. Not that I blame him, my own feet were killing me after a single trip around the convention center — where I peeped the scariest line for Hall H: both because it was a mile long and ’cause it was filled with zombies waiting to get into the Walking Dead panel. No way was I getting into that one at the last minute. But the first thing you learn at Comic-Con is to manage your expectations, and have fun with whatever you end up doing instead of the hottest panel of the moment — whether it’s popping into a smaller ballroom to hear about some hot new urban fantasy books or roaming the floor to admire a real working R2D2 and ogle Stan Lee for a minute. Can’t wait for Day 3!