Smal­lville star says say­onara

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ANOOSKA TUCKER- EVANS Smal­lville, Eleven, Mon­day, 9.30pm

AF­TER Amer­i­can ac­tor Cas­sidy Free­man filmed her fi­nal episode of sci- fi se­ries Smal­lville, she ad­mits she broke down.

‘‘ To be hon­est, I left my last day film­ing and I kind of lost it I couldn’t keep it to­gether,’’ she re­veals.

‘‘ But it was good too; it was kind of cathar­tic like what an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney this has been.’’

Be­hind the raw emo­tion of it all was the fact it was not only the end for Free­man on the show, but the end of the hit sci- fi se­ries it­self. Af­ter 10 years the Su­per­man- based se­ries called it a day ear­lier this year, with the fi­nal episode set to air in Aus­tralia on Eleven next year.

For Free­man, who had starred in the se­ries for the past three years as Tess Mercer, the act­ing CEO of Luthor­corp, watch­ing the show wind up brought mixed emo­tions.

‘‘ What was re­ally beau­ti­ful about the last sea­son of Smal­lville was that we knew it was the last sea­son. I think so many times they don’t know that it’s the last sea­son,’’ she says. ‘‘ Whether or not it was right for me, it was right for the show. Every­thing was com­ing to a close and 10 sea­sons is such a beau­ti­ful, round num­ber, so it was time.’’

The 29- year- old says know­ing the 10th sea­son would be the last also gave the writ­ers time to craft the per­fect end­ing, which she says they did.

‘‘ I was re­ally, re­ally happy with the way things wrapped up,’’ she says.

‘‘ I wouldn’t have been able to come up with a bet­ter end­ing and I was to­tally blown away by how beau­ti­ful it was.’’

While she won’t re­veal how things end, she says be­ing on the show changed her life.

She cred­its Smal­lville with mak­ing her a bet­ter ac­tor and per­former, es­pe­cially for tele­vi­sion af­ter com­ing from a mostly the­atre back­ground.

‘‘ I had not done a lot of TV work be­fore Smal­lville and it’s a dif­fer­ent beast, which was in­cred­i­ble,’’ she says.

‘‘ As an ac­tor be­ing on a show like [ Smal­lville] for so long it’s a re­ally unique bless­ing be­cause you do get to watch your­self.

‘‘ It’s like the weird­est thing in the world you’re sit­ting there in your liv­ing room and watch­ing your­self on TV. I bite off all my nails and it’s to­tally nerve- rack­ing and you’re like, ‘ Why did I make that face? Why did I do that? Why did I do that ges­ture?’. But at the same time you have to watch your­self as an ac­tor be­cause you have to see what your ten­den­cies are and you’ve got to see where your strengths and weak­nesses are.’’

And be­cause of that, Free­man says she’s been able to con­tinue her ca­reer, scor­ing a role in the new US se­ries Long­mire, based on the Craig John­son nov­els about a sher­iff in Wy­oming.

‘‘ Its go­ing to be a big change [ from Smal­lville]. I have a feel­ing my time in the make- up chair is re­ally go­ing to go down, but its fun.

The show will be­gin film­ing in March next year, which has given Free­man some rare time off to do things like travel to Aus­tralia, where she at­tended the pop cul­ture fes­ti­val Su­panova in Bris­bane last week.

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