Exclusive interview with Echo Kellum on "Arrow" season 5 and "Girlfriend's Day"

October 21, 2016 | Echo Kellum plays Curtis Holt in The CW's "Arrow". In our interview we talked about his promotion to series regular on season 5, Curtis' journey and Echo's other projects like "Girlfriend's Day" and rap music.

Foto: Echo Kellum - Copyright: Lesley Bryce
Echo Kellum
© Lesley Bryce

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German translation of the interview.

1. First of all congratulations! You have been promoted to series regular on season 5 of "Arrow"! Did the writers already tell you what is ahead for your character Curtis Holt? (Everybody is waiting for the Mr. Terrific reveal...) What can you share about Curtis' journey this season?

I think his journey is going to be terrific, if I can say that! It's definitely going to have ups and downs. He's going to be tested but he will persevere to the end.

2. Curtis already had the chance to work with Team Arrow on season 4. How does it feel to really become a part of the team and not only work with mainly Emily Bett Rickards but also the other actors of the show?

It's a really great feeling to be able to work with everyone. Emily obviously is queen, but everyone is so nice and welcoming. They're so talented. It's really nice to be able to learn so much from all these established, professional actors. It feels really nice to be a full fledged part of a team and the cast now.

3. You just finished working on "Girlfriend's Day", a movie that is released on Netflix in February 2017. Can you tell us a little bit more on your character Madsen?

Madsen is a beat poet and card writer. He's one of Bob Odenkirk's character's best friends at work. He helps him go through his struggle of trying to get back to his golden years when he was a famous card writer.

4. Madsen and Curtis Holt of "Arrow" seem to be very different guys regarding their fields of work. How much fun is it to explore these different worlds and did you maybe find some similarities in both characters?

They are very different. I love playing different roles and different characters. I feel like it allows me to be kind of a chameleon and just embody whatever that character has to bring to the screen. I think if Curtis and Madsen had some similarities it would be their undying respect for their friends and their commitment to be there for their friends.

Foto: Echo Kellum - Copyright: Lesley Bryce
Echo Kellum
© Lesley Bryce

5. In your private life you enjoy making music and are working on releasing a hip hop album. Will we ever see a glimpse of that on "Arrow"? Will Curtis maybe rap a little, working on his tech, when he thinks nobody is watching?

If I was writing the show, I'd say absolutely! But we'll have to see where Greg, Marc and Wendy all go with it. I would be totally on board with having Curtis do some rapping on the show.

6. Wendy Mericle revealed that Curtis will be more like Cisco Ramon of "The Flash". How would you imagine both of them meeting in a crossover of both shows? Would they work well together?

I definitely think they would work well together! I think their meeting will be just one of comedic genius minds in one place, and I think it would be a lot of fun for the fans of the shows to see how they interact with each other.

7. What was your favorite fan encounter?

I was in a club a couple of months ago, and these two big, burly black dudes came up to me and they looked like they were going to kick my ass, but instead they were like "yo! We're huge fans of your character on Arrow!" and I was like "Oh, cool!". They bought me drinks and were really awesome and nice!

8. Since myFanbase is an online magazine about TV series, we would like to know what your favorite shows are?

My favorite TV shows currently are Man Seeking Woman, You're The Worst, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones!

Thank you so much for making time for us, Echo, we wish you all the best!

Thanks for speaking with me!

Catherine Bühnsack - myFanbase