insider – Katie Cassidy is delving into the world of NFTs with ME.SHE.WE., a series of digital portraits. The former “Arrow” star spoke with Insider about her cancelled spin-off and her new ventures. In addition to her NFT, she’s exploring her creator side behind the camera with multiple projects.
Though many fans of The CW’s superhero universe may have been devastated earlier this year when the network chose not to pick up a proposed all-female “Arrow” spin-off, titled “Green Arrow and the Canaries,” at least one person wasn’t: leading lady Katie Cassidy.
Across the series’ eight-season run (and in several episodes of its spin-offs “The Flash and “Legends of Tomorrow”), Cassidy played two different versions of the popular DC comics character Laurel Lance, otherwise known as the Black Canary, and was slated to star in the spin-off alongside Katherine McNamara and Juliana Harkavy.
But, to hear Cassidy tell it, the decision to ground the Canaries is likely the best choice for all involved.
“I’m actually okay with it not going,” Cassidy told Insider in a wide-ranging phone conversation in April. “That whole show was such a blessing. Not only for myself but for everyone involved. I loved it. It was a wonderful experience. I really feel as though we have… [we] really milked it.”
And after eight years, Cassidy says she’s ready to “do something fresh.”
Cassidy’s life recently has been marked by change. But between filing for divorce in January 2020, the final episode of “Arrow” airing later that same month, and the onslaught of a global pandemic that saw everyone adjust to life in lockdown, the actress has done her best to use these setbacks to push herself in a new direction — just probably not one her fans expected.
The confluence of these events prompted Cassidy to not only engage in an extended period of self-reflection, but to dive into the emerging world of NFTs (non-fungible tokens), and her newfound interest in cryptocurrency gave rise to an unexpected passion project.
The actress has just released her first NFT drop, a series titled ME.SHE.WE., in which she explores herself, the persona she presents to her fans, and the way those two identities intersect. A set of gorgeous digital portraits, the series mixes cotton canvas, black and white paint, and the human body to create something striking, dramatic, and wholly original.
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