charlotte ross emily bett rickards arrow Emily Bett Rickards: Felicity's 'Arrow' backstory will explain 'why she has a scar'Emily Bett Rickards loves Felicity Smoak as much as you do. The “Arrow” actress tells Zap2it that her character has become one of her best friends, so she was delighted to learn more about Felicity’s background in “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak.”

“I feel like my relationship with her has grown so much. I really love her,” Rickards says. “She’s one of my best friends, so just getting to know that part of her and having it solidified is really cool for me as an actor. To know how much she means to the story is really cool.”

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But aside from the fact that she’s Jewish, from Las Vegas and the smartest person on Team Arrow, what else do we know about her? You’ll find out in Wednesday’s (Nov. 5) episode, Rickards says.

“You get to see where she gets her maternal, caring quality from — she gets that from her mother. Even though they’re completely different human beings, they share that one strand, which is why they’re related and why they’re similar. You get to see why she became who she is and why she wants to be a hero. That’s what we get to figure out.”

That includes meeting the mother Rickards mentioned, played by Charlotte Ross, and her college ex-boyfriend, played by Nolan Funk.

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“He was such a monumental part in her life, as first loves are, and it was destructive but it was also a great learning curve,” Rickards says. Through her interactions with Funk’s character, you’ll see how much Felicity has grown as a person since her first love.

“We see her learn a lot about herself in the first season of ‘Arrow,’ [and ‘The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak’] gives us some really strong insight into her ability in relationships, where she stands. We get to see kind of why she has a scar.”

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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