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“I understand going to the gym if you live in Seattle or a place with bad weather, but not in L.A. I hike with my dog, run and do chin-ups and situps. I do my own thing.”


I like vocabulary and I actually read a book called ‘Word Freak,’ which is about a guy who basically went into competitive Scrabble for a year. But having a big vocabulary and being good at Scrabble are not the same thing.


When I first broke into the acting industry, I taught spinning classes to support myself.


I’m still an actor who wants to work all the time.


I’m flattered if any movie role and my name are mentioned in the same sentence, because there haven’t been a ton of them.


[comparing Justin Hartley’s portrayal of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in Smallville (2001) to his] I think we find Oliver Queen more injured than we saw him before. Other than in name, there are virtually no similarities between [Hartley’s version and his version]. It’s not to say that one’s better than the other, it’s just that they’re so different, it’s almost weird to compare them.


[on whether his constant shirtless scenes helped to make Arrow successful] Me being shirtless certainly isn’t the only element that’s made it successful, but it is certainly part of the total equation and I’d be silly to think that it is not. There are different motivations when it comes to going to the gym and the motivation of maintaining the physique you’ve established on television. And the fact that you are going to be showing it on television – if that’s not enough to motivate people then I don’t know what would. I’m working out really hard right now because I wasn’t shirtless for the first few episodes of the season and then I am shirtless all the time for a long stretch.


[on whether the constant attention on his abs detracts from Arrow’s other selling points] Listen, I’m not gonna complain about it. I will say that every once in a while I get my back up when the first question is about my abdomen and not about the fact that Time magazine wrote that we might be the best superhero TV show ever. If the show was about my abs, then people would have watched the pilot, created a GIF on the internet, and not watched the second episode. So part of me wants to be, like, Fuck off.









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