Magazine article Variety

Tom Welling 'Clark on "Smallville" and I Both Kind of Grew Up Together'

Magazine article Variety

Tom Welling 'Clark on "Smallville" and I Both Kind of Grew Up Together'

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For a decade, Tom Welling played young Clark Kent on the Superman origin story "Smallville." It was his first major role, and one that he calls his "version of college." He has carried those lessons into his role on Fox's "Lucifer," as well as into developing projects as a producer.

What kind of career did you envision when you first came to L.A.?

It was a "Let me see what I can do in a year" kind of thing. I just wanted to work. And it kind of worked out because as much as I didn't know, the character of Clark on "Smallville" didn't know much about his life or who he was or what he should be doing. So I think we both kind of grew up together a little bit.

What have directing and producing given you that acting hasn't?

I see it as another vehicle for storytelling. Guys I looked up to, like Warren Beatty and Robert Redford, some of their biggest achievements were projects that they created, and I always found that inspiring. I couldn't bring everything to the table - I couldn't do it all myself - but I could create opportunity for stories that I'm interested in into development and into production and then onto the screen. …

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