Comic-Con Report: Cassidy Freeman (Tess) Speaks! We're
almost finished with posting our roundtable
interviews that were held after the Smallville
panel at the Comic-Con International in
San Diego, and this time we talk to Cassidy
Freeman, who plays the show's newest villainess,
is a go-go dancer, coming to take over the
world," Cassidy jokes when asked about
her character's background.. "No. Tess
Mercer, she's fierce, she's fun, she came
from nothing and she worked her way, and she's
super, super smart, which I love. She started
working for Lex, and saw how powerful he was,
and how strong he was, and she was thankfully
chosen as the one to sort of fill in for a
to taking the Smallville part Cassidy
appeared in a CW television pilot titled Austin
Golden Hour opposite Justin
Hartley, who will be sharing many scenes
with her in Season 8 of Smallville.
pilot that I shot with Justin was so much
fun," she says. "We both played
paramedics, and it was really cool to have
the opportunity to work with him again, because
he's a familiar face. Coming into a group
of people that you don't know, it's nice to
have a person that you do know. And Justin's
sort of the funniest guy I know," she
laughs. As for their characters, "what
I can tell you is that we know each other,
and I'm still finding out how we know each
other," she says.
more about Clark is very high on Tess Mercer's
list, much like it was a priority for Lex.
"I really want to know who he is, and
what's going on with him. I'm very inquisitive
about Clark, because he was close to Lex,
and Lex is missing, and pretty much the only
thing I want to find out right now, is where
he is, and I think that Clark can help me
do that. I'm trying to find out ways to convince
Clark to help me out," she reveals.
does hope to get to work with Michael
Rosenbaum at some point on the series.
"Oh my gosh," she enthuses.
"Who wouldn't love to work with
Michael Rosenbaum? The stories are incredible.
Everybody loves him. Watching him, he's
so talented. I would absolutely love
to work with Michael Rosenbaum,"
she says, revealing that she has been
a fan of the show prior to signing on.
show actually started when I was going
to college, so unfortunately I didn't
have a television in college,"
she laughs, "but after I got out,
I actually did start watching it, and
I've become an even bigger fan now that
I went back and filled myself in."
on the Smallville set seems to have
been a comfortable task because of how the
show is run in Vancouver. "They are an
incredibly well-oiled machine," Cassidy
says. They've been doing this for a long time,
they're all really good hearted people, and
there's no diva on set; there's no person
that has a bad attitude, which is rare. And
so, it was daunting at first, even just moving
up there and changing my life, but it's been
an incredible transition."
to her co-star Sam
Witwer, who will be playing Davis Bloome
in Season 8, Freeman reveals that there is
nothing planned as of yet for them to share
scenes, but that the two actors share an interesting
connection - both are from Chicago, and their
fathers know one another. "I
think maybe we hung out at the park, when
we were babies, but we just didn't know,"
Freeman makes her Smallville debut
in the Sept. 18 season premiere.