Katie making it on her own
Arrow star Katie Cassidy shakes off some famous family shadows, writes COLIN VICKERY
IT isn’t easy having a famous father. Just ask
Arrow’s Katie Cassidy, who has strived to make her mark in Hollywood.
The 27-year-old is the daughter of Partridge
Family star David Cassidy – and that has proved a double-edged sword.
Katie was raised by her mother, Sherry Benedon, and step-father Richard Benedon, but David’s shadow loomed large.
“I definitely feel like I had more of a challenge (by having a famous father),” Katie said. “I did theatre growing up and I was praised (for acting) at school but I didn’t necessarily look at it as a career.
“I started going to auditions but I wanted to do it (get acting jobs) on my own merit. I didn’t want to get it because of my father, because I was the daughter of someone.”
Even now, Katie is forced to read embarrassing headlines about her dad, who was this year arrested for a third time for drinkdriving, and allegedly
entered court-ordered rehab. His wife of 23 years, Sue Cassidy, filed for divorce and has asked the courts to force the sale of the couple’s Florida mansion.
Despite this, Katie has prospered, starring in TV series including Supernatural, Melrose Place, and Gossip Girl, as well as
movies When a Stranger Calls, A Nightmare on Elm
Street and Taken. She is winning plaudits as Laurel Lance alongside Stephen Amell in Arrow, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow.
“Now I have reached a point where I can say I have made it on my own merits,” Katie said.
“I have a lot of fans because of my work, because of what I’ve done, as opposed to fans of my father.”
Katie’s character in Arrow is surprisingly multi-layered for a comic book series. She is the former girlfriend of Oliver Queen (Amell), the playboy-turned-vigilante The Arrow who returns to Starling City after five years stranded on an island.
Laurel is an highly driven attorney with strong morals, whose father is Starling City police detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne).
In series one, Laurel was drawn to Oliver as well as Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) – a classic love triangle, which ended with Tommy’s death at the end of the season. In season two, Katie is relishing the challenges of that fallout.
“The writers are wonderful and you get to see her go through a lot,” she said. “As much as she loves Oliver, she loved Tommy as well. His death will always stay with her.
“She battles through a lot of things – pills and alcohol. You see different layers, which is nice.”
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