Exclusive: Aaron Ashmore Talks Smallville
At the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena,
California on July 17, we were able to catch up with Aaron
Ashmore who takes on the role of Jimmy Olsen in Smallville's
sixth season, which begins airing on September 28 on the new CW
Mars are probably the ones who know Aaron the best, from
his role as Troy Vandegraff in several episodes of the show's
first season and one episode in year two. So what was it like
going from one snarky blonde to another, as Jimmy is rumored to
be romantically involved with Chloe Sullivan in Smallville's sixth
year? "I feel really, really lucky to be able to do that.
Somebody's gotta do it, so I will definitely volunteer to be the
one that goes from one beautiful girl to the next," Aaron
has already done a day of shooting as Jimmy Olsen and is impressed
with the "well-oiled machine" they have at Smallville.
"It was actually the first day that they started back. Even
with a 3-month break or whatever it is, they just jump right back
in. So it was great," he said.
first Smallville scenes are set at the Daily Planet, where
he shares screen time with Allison Mack (Chloe) and Tom Welling
(Clark). "I got to do a couple scenes with Allison Mack,
and I did a scene with Tom Welling as well. Both were very welcome,
and it was just totally cool. They were just like, 'come and play'.
It was really great," he revealed.
is familiar with previous interpretations of Jimmy Olsen, particularly
from the Richard Donner movies and the recent Superman Returns
film. In fact, Sam Huntington, who played Jimmy Olsen in Superman
Returns, is a friend. Because of their busy schedules, they
haven't gotten a chance to talk about it, but it is something
Aaron would like to do in the future. "My roommate Mike [Daugherty,
one of the screenwriters of Superman Returns] told him that
I got the part, and he text messaged me, like 'Yeah! Way to go
Aaron' and stuff. I haven't talked to him because I've just been
all over the place, but I'm looking forward to sitting down with
him, and being like 'Big screen, small screen. Who knew?'"
Fans of Veronica Mars may remember Aaron Ashmore and Sam
Huntington sharing screen time in the Season 1 episode "You
Think You Know Somebody."
does not know at this time how many episodes of Smallville
will feature Jimmy Olsen, but he has had time for some outside
projects. One project is currently filming - a movie called Palo
Alto also starring Ryan Hansen, "Dick Casablancas"
of Veronica Mars. "I don't know when it's going to
be out, but keep an eye open for it, because I think it's gonna
be great," Aaron tells us. And although he does not know
what the plans are, he wouldn't rule out a return appearance on
Veronica Mars if they should want to bring back Troy. "I
think Veronica Mars is a great show, so if they wanted
me to, I would love to. I love the show, and I love the character
of Troy, too," he tells us.
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