Smallville: Erica Durance on Being Lois Lane

The actress talks about Lois and Clark’s close new situation in Season 8.

US, September 12, 2008 - Erica Durance has played Lois Lane on Smallville since the fourth season, but because the show was focusing on a younger Clark Kent — in high school still when Lois was introduced — so far the producers had avoided creating too much of the classic Lois and Clark scenarios. Things are beginning to change though in Season 8 of Smallville, debuting Thursday night. Clark now works at the Daily Planet alongside Lois, bringing their characters closer than ever.

During my recent visit to the Smallville set, I sat down and chatted with Durance about her character and how Lois is continuing to evolve.

IGN: Your character has slowly but surely gotten more important as the series has progressed.

Durance: This is now my fifth season. It’s gone by really quickly. But I was able to kind of learn as I went with finding the character. She was in little snippets here and there. But as the years have gone by, now we’re in our eighth season and a couple of the cast members are not in and some are not full time, so the dynamic is slightly different and therefore I’m actually getting to step up and do more and be more involved. It’s going a little bit more towards the Superman mythos, which is really fun. This year has a lot of new surprises and I think the fans will really like where it’s headed.

IGN: This year, you have more of the classic dynamic of Lois, Clark and Jimmy at the Daily Planet. Is it fun to get to play out such an iconic scenario?

Durance: It’s really fun and I’ve always been a kid at heart. Some would say I don’t play the kind of cool actress – “Oh yeah, I’m so above this.” I see a part [of the script] that’s going to bring it into that mythos and I get really excited. Like I fix up Clark’s outfit and change him – I don’t physically change him; that would have been a whole other thing. [Laughs] That would have taken me a few days! But that was one of the little things.

They’re starting to bring Clark into the Planet and he’s going to be working there and we have desks that are facing each other. So there’s all sorts of fun, tantalizing little scenes that we have there. For example, she sees herself as very mature and his mentor and she just kind of guides him through, whether it’s on the intellect of how to write a story or how to scoop out a story, or it’s just his physical appearance. He comes in and looks like a country bumpkin. She gets him all changed up and suddenly he looks like the Clark Kent in the mythos. It’s pretty fun. So I see little things like that and I get very excited about it.

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  1. yay! loving the clark-lois promoting! hehe, i also love that ED gets as excited as we do about the nods to the mythos!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Erica Durance's character is no Lois Lane; her character is depicted as an uneducated bimbo who slept with her boss and got favored treatment in return and that will never be accepted as the real Lois Lane. She is the worst "Lois" ever in over seventy years of Superman history and her constant self-promotion, such as when she nominated ehrself for an emmy as the leading lady of Smallville when she is only a part-timer and clearly is not a lead, is a perfect example. I've been a Superman fan for over fifty years and her character in no way deserves the mantle of Lois Lane. Smallville has trashed a beloved character with this tacky and appalling portrayal. The real Lois Lane would never sleep with her boss nor would she try to cheat her way into the Daily Planet with nothing but a tabloid reputation and not even a high school reputation. This life-long fan of Lois Lane is not watchign Smallville precisely because of this Not-Lois character and many others feel the same way. The producers of this show are crazy to think people want to watch Not-Lois behave in such an appalling way. It's the worst idea they've ever had and it's killing the show.


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