Interview: Smallville’s Erica Durance Investigates Lois Lane & Season 10

Interview: Smallville’s Erica Durance Investigates Lois Lane & Season 10

Man of Steel, The Red-Blue Blur, Kal-El, or Superman, Clark Kent has many aliases. Lois Lane has only one: Erica Durance. Played with wit, gumption, and feistiness, Erica Durance has made this iconic role her own.

Lois Lane proves she’s not just Superman’s girlfriend, but a real, modern woman who goes after what she wants and is not afraid to get bruised along the way. Hey, she’s got Smallville standing by to catch her in red and blue shiny threads, so why not throw caution to the wind?

Like the Daily Planet, The Flickcast sent its reporter to the scene to examine the truth behind the super stories. Ace reporter, Lois Lane, aka Erica Durance switches places as she answers our questions and sparkles with a style all her own.

The Flickcast: What do you love most about Smallville fans?

Erica Durance: You know, it’s just neat to see how many people love the show and are so excited about it. Thank God. I know that’s why we’re here 10 years later, or me only since 7. They’re so supportive and so excited and initially they weren’t with me.

So they’ve come around. But in fairness I wasn’t part of the mythology, Lois wasn’t, so that makes sense, so I can understand. It’s a beloved story and I kinda kicked in and invaded it, but they’ve been really, really positive now.

TF: What was it like to work with Michael McKean who played Perry White? Do you know if he will be coming back to the Daily Planet this season?

ED: I enjoy Michael very much and he made me feel at ease. You know, when you’re around people that are so gifted like that and they’ve been working for so long and you’ve seen all their stuff and all of a sudden you’re sharing a scene with them, it can be pretty intimidating.

But, he’s just a very amazing guy, and he’s great. I’d love him to come back as Perry White, that would be great and it showcases a different side of Lois. But, I think it’s dependent on the powers that be and probably his schedule.

TF: Are you excited for Lois and Clark to move towards their true destiny in Smallville’s final season?

ED: Oh, absolutely and that’s what we were talking about, the executives were talking about. It’s the 10th year so put everything in the mixing pot and get to the payoff we’re looking for. So, I’m really hoping that that will happen.

TF: Can you give us any hints as to your path this season?

ED: I haven’t been given a glimpse into their future, but I kinda don’t want to know. I want to do it while I’m doing it, you know? In fact, I’d probably like to go to the last scene and not even know what it’s about and they would just hand me my pages, that would be fantastic.

TF: How does it feel to embody not just an iconic character, but one replete with depth and crafted with fully developed idiosyncrasies?

ED: I just feel really humble and thankful that it went that way and I’m grateful to have been part of it and to be given this role and this opportunity. She’s rad basically, this character, that is real. She’s a woman, but she’s real.

She messes up, and does some stupid things sometimes, and she says some crazy stuff to boys, and whatever it is- she’s just human and she’s real. I’m so glad to be able to be part of that.

Lois Lane may be rad, but we know Erica Durance is downright awesome. Thanks for reading our in-depth coverage of Smallville and stay tuned to the CW as the final season of Smallville unravels faster than a speeding bullet.

  • Cheeriohobby
    November 13, 2010 at 3:23 am

  • daydreamer
    October 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks so much for the fantastic interview with my all time favorite Lois Lane! Erica is downright amazing, and her portrayl of Lois is what got me hooked on this show in the first place. She was a phenomenal addition to the cast when she was added back in season 4 and has continued to wow me with her talent in the seasons since. Love her and love season 10.

  • Jujuss8
    October 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful interview with the best Lois Lane of all time! Erica is a love, I was sad to think that she was not part of the mythology. Erica my DIVA, I just started and I still watch Smallville because of YOU. His Lois Lane is the best! Congratulations, you Mareco all good.
    Clois Forever!!

  • Sunset
    October 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Thank you for this great interview with the wonderful Erica Durance! Love the two pictures you posted as well! ED’s Lois Lane is the only reason I’m watching Smallville! It’s really too bad her character wasn’t allowed to be there since the premiere, then maybe the fandom wouldn’t be too divided… I really feel bad that Erica was not aware that there are a lot of viewers who truly welcome her addition to the show and that those who love her are probably more than those who do not! I’m looking forward to the end of the series not because I want it to but largely because I’m hoping the haters will finally stop posting their vitriol anywhere and everywhere! Can’t wait for all the good Clois stuff on Homecoming and so ecstatic to get to watch all the episodes of Season 10! Good job to everyone who’s working so hard to make Smallville’s last and final season the best! And truly hope the viewers enjoy the last remaining episodes… I know I will!

  • Fe_Rosa
    October 15, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Thank you so much for this amazing interview with the best Lois Lane! Erica is so adorable! She deserves all the best for her talent and caring. I´m a little sad to know she thought she wasn´t part of the mythology! Erica, dear, so many people started/keep watching the show because OF YOU! You rocked our world and show why Lois Lane is Mad Dog Lane, but sweet and classy! And you are loved since “Lois… Lois Lane”, in Crusade. You have our heart and keep warming it in every scene! So, thank you for being so kind with us (fans) and the iconic Lois Lane!!! I wish all the best on your way!!!

  • shalimarfox80
    October 15, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Erica I just wish you knew how many people love you. You deserve all the love for making Smallville’s Lois Lane such a wonderful character. There may have been some fans who didn’t like you for their own reasons, or how they wanted the story to be, and how you changed that for them, but for many of us fans, you’re this generation’s Lois Lane.

  • Adelafer
    October 15, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I love Erica so much!!! She is awesome. Her Lois Lane is amazing because she is amazing. Thanks so much for the interview.

  • Bluelilyflower7
    October 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks for the interview. Erica Durance is so awesome, and I am so grateful for her dedication to her character and the show.

  • s@m
    October 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you very much for the awesome interview. I just hope Erica knows how much she is loved. She’s an amazing actress, an amazing LOIS LANE, and an amazing person. She has definitely made Lois loveable, and my favourite version hands down.

    Thanks again, and love to the DURANCE!

  • Fates3
    October 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you so much for the interview with the awesome Erica! I’ve loved her since she first started, and she has definitely made Lois Lane one of my absolute favorite characters! She tops the list for me! I’m so glad that she joined the show, she really revitalized my interest in it!

  • mcvs2104
    October 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I love Erica’s Lois Lane and she is one of the reason why I was able to stick with the show for so long. Love to see what is in store for Lois Lane in the final season.

  • Mollymop
    October 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Erica plays lois lane the best from all lois lanes (including Teri Hatcher)

  • AnnieM
    October 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks for the great interview with Erica Durance. Like some others have already mentioned, I too was a casual viewer of Smallville. By some twist of fate I happened to catch an early season 4 episode and realized they’d brought Lois Lane into the mix. Erica’s performance sold me on SV in that one episode (I think it was Facade) and I’ve been hooked ever since.

    There have been times when I’ve considered moving on from SV, but Erica’s continued great performances as Lois Lane, always kept me coming back for more, despite whatever else was going on around the character.

    As Lois Lane’s go, she’s definitely at the top of my list–though it’s a close run thing with Margot and Terri. 🙂

    I’m really looking forward to seeing how the rest of season 10 will unfold for Lois and Clark.

  • Sam
    October 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Erica Durance is probably my favourite live action Lois Lane and that is saying a lot because I completely adored Teri Hatcher’s potrayal but Smallville’s Lois Lane especially in the last 2 seasons (8&9) completely brought Lois out of the pages of the comics and straight onto my TV screen. I’ve watched since season 1 and apart from 1 dodgy season ::::cough 7::::: it just keeps getting better and better.

  • 1eclecticviewer
    October 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks for such a fantastic interview with the adorable Erica Durance. Back in Season 4 in the season premiere episode Crusade, after I watched the first scene she was in, I knew in my bones she was Lois Lane. She blew it out of the water! She was awesome to behold. I’m glad that the Smallville producers decided to add her to the cast because she sure was a breath of fresh air and she was a phenomenal addition. I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us in Season 10.

  • WendySue
    October 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you for the lovely Erica durance interview..I just love her, what a sweetheart.. She’s the best Lois lane ever..

  • Monica
    October 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Lois will always belong in Clark’s story no matter what the story is, as Clark belongs in her story no matter what. If Lex (who Clark meets only after he’s Superman) can belong in this young Clark Kents life so does Lois, don’t see anything wrong with that. Been a huge supporter of Clark, Kristin, and Michael and when Erica came into the mix in Season 4 she added this edge to Clark’s character that no else was providing and that’s what was intriguing. Huge Clana and Clois fan so its been a blessing in disguise to see Clark’s relationship with Lana and Lois, played by two of my favorite actresses in Kristin Kreuk and Erica Durance. Great interview, thanks!

  • Jack-El49
    October 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Terrific interview with the finest actress to ever play the character. Erica Durance IS Lois Lane in my mind and there are plenty of like-minded people who agree. She has brought depth to the second-most iconic character in the Superman mythos in a way no one has before her. She is truly amazing to watch and in many people’s opinion, a big part of why Smallville is still on the air. Most of those vocal few who dismissed or disrespected her six seasons ago did so because they had their own agendas that were irrevocably changed once Erica arrived. For the vast but less vocal majority, her arrival was a breath of fresh air and a glimmer of hope of what has now come to fruition. We love ya, Erica. You’ll always be OUR Lois Lane.

  • Nathan & Julie
    October 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Lois is totally rad haha… kickass, beautiful and sassy rolled into one. So major props to Erica for being such a trooper she’s a gem. My wife and I enjoy this incarnation of Lois and her humble beginnings into Clark Kents life. Thanks for the interview!

  • Nora
    October 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Loved Erica the second she showed up on Smallville. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to the show.

  • Shelly
    October 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Agreed! Lois is the reason why many of us started watching the show. This is my seventh year with the series and I can say with absolutely certainty that if she wasn’t on, I wouldn’t be a viewer. She’s the reason why I tune in week after week. She’s my hero and my idol and I love her and Erica very much!

  • RyanS
    October 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    She’s my favorite Lois Lane. As a long time fan of the show since the pilot I was bit weary about Lois coming on but once she arrived on the screen in Crusade I was sold. Lois is bloody fantastic and Erica is equally just as awesome, love her!

  • BlodynCymru
    October 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    THanks! Love Erica and Love Lois Lane so much.

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  • KW
    October 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks so much for the interview! I’m one of many people who loved her since the moment she showed up. She was a breath of fresh air and is the reason I became a lot more than just a casual viewer of the show (some might even say obsessed). Right now I can’t imagine anyone else ever being Lois Lane and if they don’t cast her in the movie (along with Tom of course) they’re making a giant mistake. She IS Lois Lane and I don’t think they can find anyone who wouldn’t pale in comparison to her. It’s incredibly sad that we only have 19 episodes of the best Lois Lane ever left. But at least she’s finally in every single one.

  • Christy
    October 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    It was Erica’s Lois that got me hooked on SV. I was a casual viewer at best before season 4. When I heard that Lois Lane was coming on the show, I was skeptical at first (simply because she didn’t officially “belong” there, timeline-wise) but she quickly won me over (like, within the first two minutes of Crusade, lol) and if it weren’t for her I would have never fallen in love with the show like I have. For me, she saved the show.

  • Mary
    October 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I think it’s really unfortunate that some overly negative people in the fandom gave Erica the impression that so many people didn’t like Lois when she came on the scene. There have been a large group of fans that have loved Lois right from the start and were THRILLED to see her on the show. Lois is the second most important person in the Superman story and Erica should never feel like she’s any “less” of Smallville’s mythology. Sometimes the angry and negative people in this fandom are “louder” and more vocal than the rest. But it’s a huge misconception that people didn’t like Lois back in Season 4. There have always been people who loved her right away and I hope Erica knows that. Haters are gonna hate and truth be told there have been some fans who were cruel to Erica. But she has always been great.

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  • karen
    October 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Best Lois LAne ever..awesome interview….

  • Shelly
    October 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Nice interview! Thank you! 🙂