‘Arrow’s’ Colin Donnell: ‘You’re Going to See a Harder Edge From Tommy’

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Colin Donnell talks with THR about how his character will handle news of Oliver’s secret and balance news that his best friend is a killer.

Collin Donnell

To say Arrow‘s Tommy Merlyn has a lot on his plate right now would be an understatement.

After learning that his best friend Oliver (Stephen Amell) is the hooded vigilante cleaning up Starling City, his girlfriend’s mother returns with news that her late sister may still be alive. Then there’s the small detail that the upstanding guy still has to learn: that his father, Malcolm (John Barrowman) is the Dark Archer — who is heading for a confrontation with his hooded best friend.

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Colin Donnell to preview what’s ahead on the CW’s DC Comics adaptation and what’s ahead for Tommy.

The Hollywood Reporter: How will we see Tommy grapple with Oliver’s secret identity?
Colin Donnell: It’s going to be interesting. That revelation throws everything into turmoil and all the relationships start shifting — especially the one between Tommy and Oliver. The impact doesn’t end there; because of the closeness between Oliver, Tommy and Laurel, it’s going to seep into the relationship between Tommy and Laurel and the relationship between Malcolm and Tommy shifts, too. You might see the two of them being pushed closer together.

THR: Tommy now knows that his dad can hold his own in a fight — as we’ve seen — and his best friend has a secret identity as a killing vigilante. How will this impact how he feels about the people he thinks he knows? Might he have some trust issues?
Donnell: Most certainly! (Laughs.) Tommy is one of the only people who really reacts to finding out his best friend is a killer in a way that any of us might: Great, you’re cleaning up crime but you’re also killing a lot of people in the process and he doesn’t like it. For Tommy, it’s not just the issue of somebody lying to him that is a problem — it’s what he’s lying about as well. Tommy has some stuff to figure out (laughs).

THR: Will Tommy keep Oliver’s secret from Laurel (Katie Cassidy) or will he use that against him?
Donnell: The burden of trying to keep this secret in is a lot to bottle up. That’s one of the things that will ultimately impact Tommy’s relationship with Laurel. I don’t know if he’d ever tell her outright because that’d be a lot for anybody to handle. Tommy is a person of his word and the fact is he’s going to make a promise to Oliver not to tell. I don’t know if there is anything that could really force him to play that card.

To read the complete interview, please visit: THR