Smallville star says sayonara
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.