Black Canary is nobody's sidekick. What have you enjoyed about the way the writers have handled her?

I like that they've kept her so independent and kept some of her demons. It's not like all of a sudden she comes back and everything is great and she's perfect. They really kept in mind the history of where she came from, and that her coming back to reality is a process. I'm happy they've respected that, and kept her strong. Of course she's vulnerable, but not in damsel-in-distress moments. She's only vulnerable when it makes sense. It's more character-driven than plot-driven.

What else can you tease about Sara's role in the back end of the season?

Maybe what I was mentioning about some of her demons. She still has to deal with stuff, finding her place and who she is. She's still a little lost. There are some interesting developments with her relationship with Oliver.

Slade Wilson/Deathstroke has started to make his presence felt in Starling City. Why does he pose such a threat to Oliver and, possibly even more so, to Sara?

Slade wants to take down the entire city, which is where Sara's family is. Laurel is there. Her dad is there. She also doesn't want innocent people to die, and she knows Slade. There's a personal connection she has to him. There's a responsibility over who he is and who he's become. She's a little bit responsible for that, so she feels the need to help.

Whether she's facing Huntress or Deathstroke, Sara has one major ace up her sleeve: her sonic Canary device. Why doesn't she use that card more?

I've always wondered the same thing. I would use it all the time. I guess they tend to save it for some key moments. Maybe Sara only wants to use it when she really needs it and most time she feels she can handle the situation without it.

Lastly, in what ways do you think your upcoming movie "The Machine" will appeal to "Arrow" viewers?

If you're a fan of sci-fi, that's exactly what "The Machine" is. It's an awesome sci-fi movie. There's a lot of action in it. It almost feels like "The Machine" is a comic book character. There could totally be a "Machine" comic. If you're into that kind of world, you'll like this movie. I'm so proud of it. It's the coolest film I've ever worked on.

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