by Eric Goldman (Sep 30, 2010 – IGN)
When Erica Durance first joined Smallville as Lois Lane, Clark Kent still only had eyes for Lana Lang. But a few years later, things have changed in a big way. Not only have Lois and Clark become a couple, but Lois is now aware of Clark’s abilities and his role as The Blur – even though she’s keeping that to herself for the time being. At last weekend’s party celebrating Smallville reaching its milestone 200th episode (airing next month), I spoke to Durance about Lois’ role in the final season of the series, along with what to expect in this week’s episode, in the wake of Lois having left for an assignment in Africa.
IGN TV: After years of Clark keeping a big secret from Lois, is it interesting to be able to play out a scenario where she now has this knowledge, but is keeping it a secret herself?
Erica Durance: Yes. It’s a power shift and it gives me the chance to show the kind of love she has for Clark, which is, “I accept you where you’re at. I accept you, even though you are keeping a secret from me, because I know that you have a reason and it’s difficult for you.” And that’s pretty huge. And she has some fun with it too! She gets to jab him a little bit and there’s some great situations the writers have created.
IGN: Right. Like the bit with the pen in the premiere.
Durance: She was having some fun! Yeah, that was a really great scene.
IGN: Last we saw though, she was off in Africa. Can you talk about this coming week’s episode, “Shield”, and where we pick up?
Durance: She goes off to Africa, because she’s not quite sure where she fits in with Clark and whether she’ll be a hindrance or a help to him. And we have a guest star, Michael Shanks [as Hawkman], that was on last year who’s coming back and has a huge fan base. He gives her some very helpful advice. She gets into a little bit of trouble.
IGN: Lois and Carter seems like a fun pairing. I don’t recall you guys sharing much, if any, screen time last season.
Durance: That’s who I have all my scenes with in this episode, so I had a great, great time.
IGN: Once Lois gets back, what’s the dynamic like between Lois and Clark?
Durance: They’ve done a great job this year of finding a happy medium between the seriousness of where they’re going in their relationship and then also branching off – going undercover and being a journalist and him getting tips for his side of things and having fun still. I really believe the writers have done a good job of just keeping it still moving, so it doesn’t get stagnant.
IGN: I know I’m curious as to whether they’ll be some sort of mind wipe or other curve ball, or whether the series will indeed end with Lois still knowing Clark’s identity, as he takes on the Superman identity. Would you like to see her fully in the know at the end?
Durance: Absolutely. I’ve worked hard for that moment! [Laughs] It’s been seven years!
IGN: As Clark heads towards his destiny, even while she hasn’t told Clark she knows his secret, do you think Lois might be able to help him along his path?
Durance: I think it would be really great for her to be able to have that. I think that is what the writers are trying to create, is their partnership. He has all these great abilities and those kind of things, but she’s kind of the human version of him. She would do anything for truth, justice and the American way. She just has her human limitations. I think that you’ll see this really wonderful partnership.
IGN: I loved seeing Lois and Perry White work together last season. Have you heard anything about Michael McKean coming back again before the series ends?
Durance: I’ve talked to Perry on the phone! That’s as close as I’ve come to Michael. But if he comes back, I would love that.