Erica Durance on Lois Lane in ‘Smallville’

We talk to Superman's main lady.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Erica Durance on Lois Lane in 'Smallville'

For The CW’s portion of the Television Critics Association winter press tour, they had one panel to cover all their shows. The Kick-Ass Women of the CW featured stars of Nikita, Hellcats and Vampire Diaries who do indeed kick ass. Representing Smallville was Lois Lane herself, Erica Durance. I found Durance in a corner at the Kick-Ass Women cocktail reception to ask a few questions of my own about the end of Smallville.


CraveOnline: Who was your Lois Lane growing up?


Erica Durance: A little bit of Margot and a little bit of Teri. I mean, Teri was on TV and that was enough. I watched a lot of television.


CraveOnline: Were there any eras of comic book artists you looked at?


Erica Durance: I have a few and I don’t have their specific names but what I do have are these great sketches that they’ve done. When I went to conventions myself and I went around to these different booths, I have these great different sketches that didn’t actually get turned into comics. I have them.


CraveOnline: Given what we know about how this story ends, what are some moments you’re still waiting for?


Erica Durance: I’m waiting for them to surprise me with all of the clever things that they do. I want to fly. I want to get married. I want to see catastrophe. I want to see Clark become Superman. Those are all the things I want to see. That’s on my wish list.


CraveOnline: Do you get the Lois Lane thing, like why guys have a crush on her?


Erica Durance: No, I don’t. I guess I would assume what attracts me to her is that she’s just who she is. She’s real and she let’s other people make mistakes because she makes mistakes. I just think it’s her humanity, it’s all her flaws that make her interesting. That’s my perspective but I’m not a dude.


CraveOnline: What are you looking forward to doing with your down time when it’s all over?


Erica Durance: Having down time. I’ve been so busy, I think it’s a lot of focus on family and making contact with people that I haven’t been able to see for a long time and just kind of rejuvenating, having a new fresh look. Like anything, when there’s change in your life you look back at your own sense of spirituality and what you think about life. You get all those deep questions going too so it’ll be nice to get that kind of grounding and get back to my grass roots a little bit, rev up so I can start over and bring something else to the table.


CraveOnline: You mention some deep questions. Do you have a way to suppress it when you have to be in work mode?


Erica Durance: Just when I go to work it just takes over. It’s not too difficult for me. I’m quite obsessive about it. I’m passionate about it. That’s why it’s almost good that I have a break so that I can get back and refocus.