emorial Day is just around the corner and there’s not much time left to get your summer beach body ready. Luckily, we caught up with the stunning Katie Cassidy at the CW Upfronts Red Carpet event and she gave us the 411 on what it really takes to get in tip-top shape for the summer. From her workout regimen to her daily diet—here’s what the Arrow actress had to say.
“Workout wise, I always think it’s good to keep your body guessing,” Cassidy told InStyle. You won’t catch the 28-year-old doing the same routine over and over. She’s constantly mixing things up explaining, “I do spin—love it. I do yoga—love it. And I’m also into old-school weightlifting.” Cassidy skips the little 5 and 10 pound dumbbells and instead reaches for heavier weights. She added, “At my peak, I want to say I was lifting about 25 pounds for bicep curls.” She might have a small frame, but the star reminds us that she has to stay strong for her role on Arrow. She confessed,”I’m also in training for the show, so playing a superhero requires big muscles.”
Cassidy naturally complements her intense workouts with a balanced diet. “It’s a lot of protein, vegetables, greens and skipping the red meat. I’ve been like that for a very long time; it’s just a personal preference,” she says
Although Cassidy prefers to change up her workouts, she keeps her first meal of the day consistent saying, “I always do the same breakfast: smoked salmon, poached eggs, avocado, multi-grain toast, grapefruit juice, and coffee.” For lunch she says, “I try to do greens again, but then I’ll try to put some sort of protein on there.” And her dinner depends on the mood she’s in. “I do a lot of brown rice, pasta, or chicken, and then some sort of vegetable.”
As for her go-to snacks, “I love almonds and fruit. They’re both super good for you so, I’m always snacking on one or the other.”
Exercise and healthy eating aren’t Cassidy’s only concern for getting ready for the summer. She revealed to InStyle,”It’s important for me to also live a happy, healthy, and full life. Your energy, mind, and body totally connect.”
In a recent interview with Design & Trend, “Arrow” star Katie Cassidy discussed her career goals, her character Laurel Lance and her acting roots. When she wasn’t talking about her role in the hit TV series or her future projects, Cassidy was giving us a deeper understanding of the woman behind the superhero
What is one thing you can’t go without in your bag?
Clinique Chubby sticks, gum, my Too Faced compact and hand sanitizer.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Stop it. You’re joking right? No. What? I gotta go…
Who do you most admire?
I admire many people. The qualities I admire in people are honesty, integrity, bravery, originality, ambition, self-awareness and those who are eager to learn more.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I’m really stubborn. I believe that it has gotten me to where I am today professionally, but sometimes I wish I wasn’t so hard-headed. It can be a good quality when it comes to work, but not necessarily in my personal life.
Recently, we did some catching up with “Arrow” star Katie Cassidy. On the show, Cassidy plays the role of Laurel Lance — assistant district attorney by day, vigilante Black Canary by night.
During the interview, Cassidy spoke on the development of her character and in doing so, gave us a few spoilers about what’s to come for the next few episodes of season 3.
1. From Oliver cheating on Laurel with her sister, to joining him in Team Arrow, the two of them have gone through a lot. How would you describe their current relationship? Is there a chance they can rekindle their past romance?
Their current relationship is interesting. Oliver sees Laurel in an entirely different light. He sees that she has what it takes to be a “fighter” or “hero,” but she hasn’t been properly trained. Laurel is also not afraid to stand up to Oliver and stand up for what she believes in. I don’t think that Laurels current mental state is anywhere near a place of romance. That’s the last thing on her mind.
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Recently, we had the privilege of catching up with Katie Cassidy, who plays Laurel Lance — aka the Black Canary — in The CW’s popular TV Series “Arrow.” In our exclusive interview, Cassidy discusses her acting roots, past roles and her plans for the future.
1. When did you start acting?
When I was in my mother’s womb. Ha! Seriously though, I’ve always had a passion for the art. I began studying acting at the age of 8. I was in theater all through grade school and finally started working as a professional at the age of 18.
2. You come from a family of actors. How much did that influence your decision to become one?
My grandfather, Jack Cassidy, was a phenomenal actor. Followed by my uncles Shaun, Patrick & Ryan, as well as my biological father, David. I’m a third generation actor, so I suppose having a family of actors was destined to influence me in some way. I don’t feel like I consciously made the choice. I guess you can say it’s in the gene pool.
3. How did previous roles on The CW prepare you to play a character like Laurel?
I think the diversity of all characters I’ve portrayed served as ample preparation for such an emotionally complex character. That, and studying acting for almost my entire life has been extremely beneficial. It’s something that I will never stop. I believe that you can never learn too much.
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Katie Cassidy’s style can be summed up in one word: tomboy.
While the word tomboy and style are seldom used in the same sentence, Cassidy is putting a fresh spin on the term. She launched a style blog called Tomboy KC with her best friend Lynsey Eaton, and together they are proving sneakers can just as fashion-forward as stilletos, and to never underestimate the power of a blazer.
“Today’s modern woman can get away with wearing a lot more,” Cassidy said. “Being sexy doesn’t necessarily mean wearing less clothing. I think it comes from a confidence you have within.”
So when it comes to the “Arrow” star’s personal style, don’t expect her to be following trends.
“I’m not necessarily following what’s trending or what’s not. I think personal style is what is important to me,” Cassidy said. “I love blazers, I love sneakers. I love looking like it was effortless.”
We spoke with Cassidy about her effortless style, her fashion tips for festival season, and what it is like to play a superhero. Keep reading for our latest exclusive:
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An audio interview was released last week by DC Comic News, in which Katie spoke about her career and Arrow. You can now listen to the interview down bellow!
DC fans, DC Comics News is proud to bring you another exclusive! This time we go head to head with Arrow star Katie Cassidy. Katie Cassidy plays the duel role of Laurel Lance & more recently the Black Canary. In this interview Ms Cassidy talks with us on a broad range of topics spanning her career, the show Arrow, and much more.
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How would you define tomboy ?
“The word ‘tomboy’ has always encapsulated women whose interests were more aligned with those of men. And to a lot of people that’s still what it means. But as times have changed, I think the definition of a tomboy has changed. To me, a tomboy is a woman who believes in self-confidence and can’t be bothered with acceptance. A woman who doesn’t succumb to traditional gender roles. The kind of woman who will spend her last pennies on a beautiful pair of pumps but runs straight for her sneakers when she has a chance.”
What are the biggest perks of being a tomboy?
“Sneakers, messy hair and little to no make-up.”
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The 28-year-old actress shared her excitement for the DC Comics superhero in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Cassidy has portrayed Laurel Lance on The CW series since its premiere in 2012, and assumed Black Canary after Sara Lance’s (Caity Lotz) death.
“I can’t tell you how happy it made me,” she said of the transition. “Honestly, there’s no words that can even explain how lucky, excited, grateful, thrilled I am. For the Black Canary fans, I hope they’re happy with my performance and my take on the character.”
Sara Lance was killed by Thea Queen (Willa Holland) in the season three premiere, and Laurel Lance took up her sister’s mantle in episode 10. The character will continue her transformation on Wednesday’s episode, as previewed by executive producer Marc Guggenheim.
“If you’re a Laurel Lance Black Canary fan, this episode is going to make you insanely happy,” he teased in a promo. “This is our first episode with Black Canary in full view, total action. It’s a pretty significant step in the life of the series.”
The moment Arrow fans have been waiting for finally came to fruition during last week’s episode as Katie Cassidy suited up as the Black Canary.
“I can’t tell you how happy it made me,” Cassidy gushes to EW. “I remember at the end of season 2, they needed to fit Sara’s [Caity Lotz] jacket on me and I started to cry when I put it on. I’ve been waiting for this for so long. I’m so happy and honored. From Day 1, I knew that eventually that’s where they were planning to go with the character, but I didn’t know when and it’s television, anything can happen. Honestly, there’s no words that can even explain how lucky, excited, grateful, thrilled I am. For the Black Canary fans, I hope they’re happy with my performance and my take on the character. I hope people are happy.”
But Laurel is far from the fishnet-sporting hero fans know from the comics. In Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) absence, Laurel decidedly stepped up after new baddie Brick (Vinnie Jones) freed a slew of thugs Team Arrow worked so hard to put away. However, she doesn’t quite have the skills the Arrow does. “Even though it’s messy, you can tell there’s fire,” Cassidy says. “She has some skill, but she’s not trained.” That’s exactly why not everyone will be on board with Laurel suiting up. “But then she proves herself because she has so much heart and drive. Arsenal [Colton Haynes] is the first person to come around to it.”
Laurel’s transformation into the Black Canary will really culminate after the trilogy, in an episode aptly titled “Canaries.” “There’s going to be some really crazy, badass scenes of the Canaries fighting,” Cassidy cryptically teases. Let’s not forget, the other Canary—her sister Sara—is dead!
“You’ll be surprised how much Sara is a part of Laurel in season 3 in her going from avenging her sister’s death to honoring her sister’s death to becoming her sister,” Cassidy continues. “Sara is so much apart of season 3 as a character even though she’s physically not there. It stays with her and the show. It’s what gets Laurel out on the streets. It’s what she wants to do. She has a choice. The difference between Sara and Laurel is that Sara didn’t have a choice. When her and Oliver were on the island, she had to go through that with him. Laurel has a choice. She takes her sister’s position, but it comes from her heart and again avenging her sister’s death and honoring her sister.”
As for the one who killed her sister, the cast has already revealed that Laurel will soon find out the truth that Thea (Willa Holland) did the deed, but we’ll be “surprised by her reaction,” Cassidy says. However, Sara isn’t the only one Laurel needs to avenge—after all, those left behind in Starling City believe Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) killed Oliver. “She will seek vengeance on those who she feels deserves it,” Cassidy concludes.
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Fresh off a small role in Taken, Katie Cassidy was one of the most recognizable faces in the cast of Arrow when the show launched just over two years ago. Playing Dinah Laurel Lance, she was immediately assumed to be a Black Canary-in-waiting…and then the waiting just kept going.
Eventually, Laurel’s sister Sara — not a character from the comic book source material — was brought in to play the role of Canary and with Oliver’s romantic interests directed primarily at Felicity Smoak, some fans wondered just what role Cassidy was set to play on the hit series.
The same as ever, it turns out. This season has revolved largely around the death of Sara and Laurel’s subsequent transformation into a new, less well-trained and more tech-savvy Black Canary. We got to see her in action and in costume for the first time last week, in the first of what showrunners have described as a “Canary Trilogy,” the second installment of which airs tonight.
Cassidy joined us to discuss the series, her years of waiting for a chance in the mask and just how she handles online fans and critics in a show that’s got such a passionate base.
You’ve seemed really excited about your character and your story in recent interviews. Do you feel like you’re about to enter a really good status quo for Laurel?
Yeah! I mean, look: As an actor, I remember when I met with Greg and Marc and Andrew about this show before we shot the pilot that this is where this character was going to go. That was definitely a huge thing for me. I wanted to do action, I wanted to stay with Warner Bros. and CW and I loved the fact that this character had this journey that she would go on but I didn’t necessarily know how long it would take or what the journey would look like.
I don’t think they did, either; they just knew eventually at some point that Laurel would turn into the Black Canary. When that would be…who knows? They assumed Season One or Two, but you’re shooting a show and things change and you’re trying to find your footing and what’s working and what’s not. I think it’s smart that every character has to earn their suit or their costume. You can’t just overnight all of a sudden be a superhero. You have to go through things and hit your rock bottom and then be able to come out on top and build character and be strong.
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Black Canary is here and she’s taking names!
Katie Cassidy swings into action in tonight’s all-new Arrow as Starling City’s latest crime-fighting crusader – but be warned, her debut isn’t exactly the stuff of lore. Driven by her quest to seek revenge for her sister’s death, Laurel’s sloppy rookie mistakes create more problems than solutions, and it’s an unlikely friend who may be her sole savior.
Without Oliver Queen in the mix, is Laurel in over her head as Black Canary? Cassidy caught up with ETonline to dish on what’s to come – plus, scoop on the upcoming “Canaries” reunion!
ETonline: You had such a dramatic entrance at the end of last week’s episode! Is that a preview of what’s to come for Black Canary?
Katie Cassidy: Yeah absolutely! We saw Black Canary at the end of the last episode and I definitely think that’s an introduction to her three-part arc in the next coming weeks – [from] avenging her sister’s death to honoring her sister and becoming her sister, but with her own take on it. She has a ton of drive and heart and she’s a fighter, a go-getter.
ETonline: How do the team – Felicity, Roy and Diggle – first react to Black Canary?
Cassidy: At first, “Team Arrow” doesn’t necessarily respond to it very well but eventually, Roy will start to see that Laurel actually has it in her to go out on the streets and to fight, and that she’s choosing to do this for her sister and for the city and that she means well. He begins to support her.
ETonline: Colton Haynes told us that Roy is the first one to be on Laurel’s side as she transitions to her Canary role. Sounds like their partnership progresses on a more serious level?
Cassidy: Yeah, it absolutely will – just with Laurel being involved in Team Arrow. It’s been a blast and I’m having the best time.
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Part 2 of ELLE’s Behind the Smile series with Katie Cassidy, TV actress on Arrow and fashion blogger at TomBoyKC.com. Kate shares her day-to-day beauty routine, and how she takes it up a notch to stand out at red carpet events. Follow @3DWhite on Instagram and Twitter for even more behind-the-scenes #SmileStyle wisdom!