Susanna Thompson plays Moira Queen, the mother of the title character in the DC Comics television show “Arrow.” It is a big role, where Thompson plays someone who just might be the big bad for the series. Thompson spoke to The Huffington Post on Nov. 29 about playing the character and her career in acting.
Thompson has starred in a number of TV shows, including “Kings,” “Cold Case” and “Star Trek: Voyager” before taking on her role as the matriarch in “Arrow.” She talked about how this new show, a major new hit this season, is different from others that seem to fall short.
“I think about my husband and his childhood days and how comic books were a popular escape,” Thompson said. “I certainly think that the creators are trying to take Green Arrow and make it have a contemporary feel. The show has this wonderful way of connecting younger generations with older generations. The comic book brings people in but the relationships in the show make people come back to it.”
It also shares some traits with another older popular show in “Lost,” as the series flashes back and forth from Oliver Queen’s time on the island to the present day where he is trying to right the wrongs in his home town of Starling City.
“I’m very interested in the post-traumatic stress aspect of what the main character went through but I also love the political canvass,” Thompson said. “The way we’re able to discuss how to deal with what’s going on in the world.”
Thompson also talks about how she has been able to sustain such a long, and relatively successful career in television, even at the age of 54.
“I always knew I wanted to be an actor. I was talented in college but not the most talented. But I knew I wanted to do it and that intention got me there and kept me there,” Thompson said. “I knew that I had to commit to it energetically in my being. As soon as I did that, the auditions started to come in.”
“Arrow” airs on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. EST on CW.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.