In what has become typical Arrow fashion, the action for Season 3 is big and the personal drama is even bigger. Team Arrow is facing new villains and new heartache, all while trying to recover from the death of one of their own. In Episode 305, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak,” a cyber attack brings Starling City to its knees, and Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are pushed to their limits to contain the destruction. And of course, life gets even more complicated for Felicity when her mother, Donna (guest star Charlotte Ross), stops by for a surprise visit.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Emily Bett Rickards talked about how cool it is to get an episode named after her character, how Felicity’s past turmoil and troubles surprised her, getting to explore Felicity’s goth period, how nobody recognized her in the hair and make-up, Felicity’s college relationship, the dynamic with her mother, the future for Felicity and Oliver, why she needs the fun and light she has with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), and the importance of Felicity and Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) friendship. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.