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Katie Cassidy on Her New Line of Glasses: I Used to Wear Just Frames with No Lenses – People Thought I Was Nuts!

Katie Cassidy didn’t always need glasses, but that didn’t stop her from wearing them. “I love them so much that before I needed [reading glasses] I literally would pop out the lenses,” she tells PEOPLE. “I put them on and just felt like a whole new person, almost like a disguise. People probably thought I was nuts, but I didn’t care — they made me feel good and were fun to wear around.”

The Arrow actress is now sharing that passion for glasses with fans, creating a collection for with her best friend and fellow lifestyle blogger Lynsey Eaton (with whom she writes Tomboy KC). The pals took us behind the scenes of their Vancouver shoot, where they styled looks and got silly backstage

The collection, Sorella + TOMBOY KC, is “a celebration of all of the women [who] have inspired and influenced us in our lives,” Cassidy tells PEOPLE. “The frames are as varied in color and style as the women we call friends and family, but they all share this sort of confidence and really cool aesthetic. I’m honestly impressed with every single pair.” Their designs comprise 14 frame styles varying in shape (from rectangular to soft squares to cat eye to rounded) and an assortment of colors including blue, green and tortoise.

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The Scribbler: Katie Cassidy on Fighting for the Role

Katie Cassidy talks about playing a woman with Dissociative Personality Disorder and the trouble with lip piercings.

It was nearly two years ago that I visited the set of The Scribbler at Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles. Katie Cassidy was just about to begin filming “Arrow” after shooting the pilot. That’s how long it takes with indie films, and XLrator Media is releasing The Scribbler in theaters, VOD and iTunes on September 19. Based on the Dan Schaffer graphic novel, The Scribbler stars Cassidy as Suki, a woman with multiple personalities being interrogated about deaths at the halfway house in which she now lives. Suki’s story reveals a process known as the Siamese Burn which attempts to remove her alters, and one alter who uses Suki’s body to scribble messages backwards all over the wall. On the set, Cassidy was dressed in a skeleton costume which she wears for the second half of the movie, and took her lip ring out in between takes.

CraveOnline: I was wondering if you would have the lip piercing from the comic book, and you do. So you take it in and out in between takes?
Katie Cassidy: I do, because if you’ll notice, I started to get a little scab.

Are you tempted to fiddle with it?
Yeah, it’s actually become a habit, I think as a character and then me also in general. Off set, I’ll look for it and it’s not there.

Did you go after this film?
I did.

How did you hear about The Scribbler and how did you fight for it?
I read the script and fell in love with it, the character. I’d been looking to play a character like this for a while, so I called my agents, had a meeting with the director and producers. Prior to going to the meeting, prepping for it I obviously read up about Dissociative Identity Disorder and came in with my ideas and thoughts specifically on different scenes, on this character, on what I thought the character should look like, what I would do, actually sat down with somebody who had a multiple personality and just observe and learn as much as I possibly can. They were obviously impressed with my presentation on it and I got the offer.

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The Coveteur Outtakes

We’ll be straight with you—save for her treacherous turn on Gossip Girl (before you judge us, we place the blame squarely on Netflix), we didn’t quite have actress Katie Cassidy pinned as the buying-out-Bergdorfs type. Fast forward one chance encounter in Vancouver later (hello, Hollywood North? It’s totally a thing, guys. Did you learn nothing from Twilight?), which quickly evolved into a weekend-long hangout of grand proportions, and, well, let’s just say our perceptions have done a 180. Those baby pink Alexander Wang wedges? A Givenchy rottweiler tote? Thigh-high (and then some) Tom Ford boots? Check, check, and check—and all inside Cassidy’s closet. See what we mean? With every piece that made its way out of Cassidy’s travel wardrobe and onto her person during our playdates, we increasingly began to sense a theme: girl knows how to throw down when it comes to sample sales and plunking down the plastic. Then again, she does double as a personal style blogger, so we guess we should have seen the whole thing coming.

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Institute Magazine – August 2014 Interview & Photoshoot

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.
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BeatyHigh Interview

As well as the photoshoot for Beatyhigh Katie did a great little interview with them, She talks about Tomboy KC, her own style and Arrow.

“Actress Katie Cassidy has certainly shown she can take on whatever role is thrown her way – from a manipulative schoolmate as Juliet Sharp on “Gossip Girl,” to a legal wiz as Laurel Lance in her current role in the DC Comics based CW show “Arrow.” The gorgeous actress has found her footing quite comfortably with the young, prime time audience, and has cemented her place as one of today’s fashion “It” girls, not only sharing all of her obsessions over social media, but most recently venturing into the blogosphere with her own site.

As for her current role as Laurel Lance, Cassidy makes us all envious of her drive and ability to go after what she wants and believes is right – even if she gets a little bit too feisty at times. But, what all of the fans of the show are of course waiting for is how Cassidy will transition Lance into the Black Canary – a development that is long-awaited by the original “Green Arrow” comic book fans. Nothing gets viewers more excited than a good old fashioned character transformation, and we’re sure Laurel Lance’s will be one for the books.

Although the 26-year-old is currently filming the second season of the hit show in Vancouver, she made time to stop by our studios to fall back into the ’90s – a genre that was perfect for the actress, considering her tomboy tendencies. Cassidy fully embraced the ’90s theme, rocking everything from a bold burgundy lip to perfectly-tousled locks—as well the requisite flannel and overalls, of course. (If you have flashbacks of “My So-Called Life” and “Empire Records,” we happily take the blame!)

Read on to find out what products Cassidy really uses on her skin every day (we actually rifled through her makeup bag!) plus the details on her all-new blog, Tomboy KC.

Beauty High: What beauty products do you keep in your purse at all times?
Katie Cassidy: Clinique Chubby Sticks. When I’m traveling, I keep Skinceuticals A.G.E. Eye Cream, eye drops and Benefit. They have a tiny Benefit mascara that’s travel sized that I like to keep in my purse, because mascara kind of just makes everything more fabulous. Mascara at all times. Usually some sort of chapstick, and that’s probably about it, as far as beauty products go.”
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‘Arrow’ scoop

EW shared with us some scoop about the new season of ‘Arrow’. You can read the whole article here.

As for what awaits Laurel in season 2, which picks up five months after the earthquake that leveled the Glades: “Both Laurel and Oliver are dealing with the death of Tommy. Even though Tommy had broken up with her, she really feels like she betrayed Tommy by sleeping with Oliver — and certainly after Tommy died trying to save her,” Kreisberg says. “So Laurel’s energy this season early on is to try to make amends for that. Unfortunately for Oliver, that means she wants to catch the vigilante in her new job as the District Attorney. So as she and Oliver are trying to deal with their respective grief at having betrayed and lost Tommy, their hunting each other at night. It’s a new and fun dynamic for us to put them in.”

Below the article you can also watch a short video about the character of Laurel and how she developped through the first season.

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Spoiler about Arrow’s season 2

Katie Cassidy shared a spoiler of season 2 of Arrow for E!Online.

Liam: Hit me with an Arrow… scoop that is.
“I feel like it’s season one times ten,” Katie Cassidy teases of season two. “I feel like every episode has been so big and I literally did not think when we shot the first season it would get bigger I would just figure it would get smaller. Literally they have taken season two and just have expanded it bigger and it’s just amazing! Expect the unexpected and just know it’s darker.” So not only is she gorgeous, but Cassidy knows how to tease her show. Sometimes God gives with two hands, y’all.

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My First Job: ‘Arrow’ Star Katie Cassidy

Before she played model citizen and lawyer Laurel Lance on The CW Network’s “Arrow,” Katie Cassidy was just a model.

At age 11, Cassidy began her career as a model, something that would last several photographic shoots.

“It began as a photoshoot for Mervyns. Somehow I was in modeling. Actually that sounds like runway modeling. When you are a child, I don’t consider that modeling. It’s like, “okay, you want to put me on a poster, sure,” Cassidy recently told the Journal.

She was discovered in a mall where she was shopping with her mother.

“He was like, ‘you should do print work.’ I guess print work is a better way of saying it at that age,” said Cassidy.

Although the 26-year-old actress doesn’t remember what she wore or how she posed, or ultimately where her pictures ended up, she recalls the temperature as if it were yesterday.

“It was freezing, it was a summer shoot but they shoot summer during the winter, so I was freezing,” she said.

After Mervyns, she modeled briefly for Kmart before moving onto Abercrombie & Fitch ANF -0.07%.

“It was one of their catalogs. They had 10 models do it. After that I was like ‘I am done with this. I want to have friends and go play and be done with this,’” said Cassidy.

Even though she may have disliked the work, she enjoyed making her own money.

“I got paid $250 and my mom was like ‘what do you want to do?’ And I was like, ‘I want to spend it.’ I bought a belt that was $180 and then she gave me the rest and I went to the movies with my friends. I was very excited about it. I was very into fashion at that age,” said Cassidy.

When it comes to life lessons learned, Cassidy definitely realized a few. The actress is the first to admit they didn’t stick.

“I think it would be don’t spend most of your money on clothes, but I cant help myself. I’m obsessed with clothing.”

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Katie Talk’s To Video

Although we’re still getting acquainted with the CW’s “Arrow,” its cast and crew have impressed us enough with their storytelling thus far that we are very optimistic about the future of the show and the seemingly endless possibilities for exciting nods, cameos or full-fledged inclusions of our favorite DC characters. One of those introductions goes down in tonight’s episode “Legacies,” in which we’re introduced to the infamous Royal Flush Gang.

How dastardly will these guys be for Oliver Queen and the Green Arrow? MTV News caught up with star Katie Cassidy recently to find out.

“It’s so good. Oh my gosh, this episode is so cool,” Cassidy gushed when we asked her about the upcoming ep. “This is when I realized while we were shooting, I read the script and felt like I just read some gigantic blockbuster. It’s so nuts and so well done. I saw it and was like, ‘Oh, thank God.’ Reading it I wondered, ‘How do you pull this off in a nine-day shoot?’ We’ve figured it out, the actors: they shoot most of the action scenes in five days, and the acting in two, all the character work in two [days].”

Cassidy went on to say that one of the things she most enjoys about being a part of the production are its feature film-level action sequences.

“It’s a huge production. It’s one of my favorite episodes,” she said of “Legacies.” “[Episodes] four, five and six are my favorite episodes. They’re so well done and smart.”

But what about that Royal Flush Gang? What’s exciting or intimidating about this villainous bunch?

“They do the whole masked bank robbery thing. It reminds me of ‘The Town.’ It’s crazy,” she said. “It’s so good.”

To view the video please click on the photo but note only people in the U.S can see it.

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Attack of the Show

Katie was on the show G4’s Attack of the Show yesterday doing a interview with her Arrow co-star John Barrowman. She talks about Arrow, how she took computers apart and then put it back together when she was eight and about her upcoming project “The Scribbler”.