Katie mak­ing it on her own

Ar­row star Katie Cas­sidy shakes off some fa­mous fam­ily shad­ows, writes COLIN VICKERY

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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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