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An interview with Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan), featuring in issue #32 of Smallville Magazine.
Chloe Sullivan hasn’t had it easy lately. It wasn’t that long ago that the perky blonde reporter discovered she was a meteor freak, lost her Daily Planet job, was abducted, and most recently had a monstrous alien creature crash her wedding, as well as becoming possessed by the evil Brainiac. Most people would swear they were cursed, yet for Allison Mack, the string of bad luck has made Smallville’s eighth season a milestone for her character.
“This has been a blast!” enthuses Mack. “Any time there’s a big shift in what I’m doing, I’m so appreciative. We work for 10 months out of the year, and as actors, we’re doing the same characters pretty much day in, day out. The freedom we’re given on the series thanks to the sci-fi, otherworldly elements is an amazing gift in allowing our characters to evolve in new and different situations. I’m very pleased with the evolution of Chloe, and impressed with the new ideas the writers have been able to come up with.”
One bright spot for Chloe has been shutterbug Jimmy Olsen. Like everybody else, the endearing couple have had their ups and downs, but any doubts they weren’t soul mates were seemingly put to rest in Committed. Kidnapped by a mentally unstable jeweller, the two were forced to confront their true feelings for each other, with fatal consequences if they weren’t completely honest.
“I really loved that episode and thought it turned out well,” says Mack. “It was very genuine and honest. I like the fact we clarified Chloe’s relationship with Jimmy. He really is the light in Chloe’s life. He’s the caring, light-hearted reminder that things can be fun. It was great that we really got to celebrate that, and Aaron [Ashmore] is an awesome actor.”
Yet if Chloe and Jimmy are a perfect match, it’s one that’s seriously threatened by the attraction between her and the enigmatic paramedic, Davis Bloome, as well as Jimmy’s downward spiral after coming out of his coma.
“Part of what draws Chloe and Davis together is the programming Brainiac has placed in Chloe’s body so that he and Doomsday can eventually take over the world,” explains Mack. “But Davis also represents a lot more darkness, intrigue, and mystery than Jimmy does. If you look at Chloe’s evolution throughout the series, it’s been about searching out the strange or bizarre and trying to [make sense of it]. That curiosity has never been quenched, so Davis/Doomsday is another version of that.”
There’s no denying Mack made a creepy Brainiac, and one menacing sequence in particular stood out for her.
“There was a moment where I’m Brainiac and in the Fortress of Solitude with Davis,” recalls Mack. “I come up to Davis, sniff his face, and talk about the sad attraction he has to the woman I chose to inhabit. It was so raw and animalistic. I really enjoyed playing that.”
Read the full interview in issue #32 of Smallville Magazine, on newsstands May 5th. SMALLVILLE and all related characters, names, and elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2009. All Rights Reserved.