Smallville's Olsen Finds Romance

      Aaron Ashmore, who joins the cast of The CW's Smallville as Jimmy Olsen, told SCI FI Wire that the well-known Superman character will get romantic in the show's upcoming sixth season. "He's also going to be a love interest for Chloe [Allison Mack]," Ashmore said in an interview at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on July 17. "They met a couple of summers before and had a bit of a thing, so now they're kind of reconnecting."

      Ashmore's Olsen is only the latest character from the DC Comics Superman mythology to find his way into Smallville. As in other incarnations, this Olsen will work at the Daily Planet, he said. "He's basically been hired as an intern at the Daily Planet, and his job right now is, like, scanning pictures into the computer and stuff like that. But he really wants to be a photographer. Hasn't really perfected his skills yet, you know, half of it's out of focus."

      Ashmore, the twin brother of X-Men star Sean Ashmore, added that he's only just now begun work on Smallville, which started up production again recently in Vancouver, B.C. "Yeah, I worked with Allison Mack and Tom Welling [Clark] the first day, because I've only done, like, a couple of scenes this one day, and they're both, like, super friendly, and the crew as well," Aaron said. "You know, they've got, like, a real family atmosphere down there. I guess they've been doing it for long enough that everyone really knows each other, and, yeah, they're very welcoming."

      Ashmore added that his Jimmy Olsen won't be much younger than Clark Kent or Lois Lane, unlike the movies and comics. "He is supposed to be younger, but we're all peers, I think," Ashmore said. "That's the way it's playing." And will Jimmy call Clark "Mr. Kent?" Ashmore laughs. "I call him CK, actually," he said. "Yeah, CK. I don't know how much he likes that, but that's what he's been labeled." Smallville will return Sept. 28 in a new Thursday 8 p.m. ET/PT timeslot.

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