Arrow's Emily Bett Rickards: There Will Always Be Hope for Oliver and Felicity
Arrow's Emily Bett Rickards, who plays everyone's favorite hacker Felicity, gave interviews with EW and Hollywood Reporter about her upcoming origin story episode and her extremely tangled romantic life, which currently includes Oliver Queen, Barry Allen of The Flash, and new recurring Arrow guest star Ray Palmer, played by Superman Returns's Brandon Routh.
On Oliver and Felicity (or Olicity, as the shippers call them): "There will always be hope for the Olicity 'shippers to a certain extent. But Sara's death is still very fresh. Having to take a lot of emotional responsibility for it doesn't leave much emotional liberty for other things, like romance and fun."
"They are so much more than friends, but they're not a couple. They're not in a relationship, but they're in a relationship all the time. They care really deeply for each other on more than just a platonic level. There's a deep love there. There's a very deep emotional connection you don't really get with everyone. It's special. It should be treasured, but it's also scary and a little inconvenient."
On Ray Palmer as something of a reaction to Felicity's relationship with Oliver: "He's transparent as far as Felicity can tell. I think that that's something Oliver never had with her because of his scars and his masks and the burden he carries of being the hero. With Ray, Felicity is just looking for transparency, whether she consciously knows it or not."
But will anything actually happen between Ray and Felicity? "They have a little bit of spark-ness that you'll enjoy. You'll get a sparky, lustiness. I don't know how else to explain it."
She also spoke about her highly anticipated origin story episode, in which Felicity goes Goth (or went Goth, as it takes place five years in the past), her mother makes an appearance, and Starling City is attacked by a computer virus for which Felicity wrote the code in her more rebellious days at MIT. "She hadn't found who she was yet. We get to see her in her college years, so she hadn't stepped into the Felicity we see now. She was still trying to hide... We see her find her true self... She's still the Felicity we love and the one we look to in the time of need and to to do the right thing. This is where she learns that those are her qualities that she does like to stick by."
And finally, when asked about her new costume's similarity to The Sandman's Death of the Endless, she teased, "Well, I think we're sort of just nodding [to that character]. I don't know how close we're going to get to completing that comic-book fetish and dream in this particular episode. But maybe in times to come?"