From trading blows with the hooded vigilante on "Arrow" to trading barbs with Nathan Fillion on "Castle," actress Kelly Hu is making her presence felt on the airwaves this season. Hu spoke with IGN about her guest roles and what viewers can expect to see.
On "Castle," Hu will play Scarlet Jones, bodyguard of an adult video series founder who fails to prevent her employer from being murdered. The actress is happy to kick a little tail with her martial arts background, but insists she's nothing like the tough characters she often plays. "I’m always playing somebody’s bodyguard or an assassin. I’m constantly playing the tough chick. If you really knew me, you’d know I’m so not the tough chick," Hu joked. "I can do martial arts, but the girls who are the real tough chicks are the stunt girls. They’re the ones really getting bashed around, beat up and whatnot. I can just kick pretty, you know? But I did get have a little date with Jon’s character, Esposito."
While one of the main draws in "Castle" is the chemistry between series stars Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion, expect Hu to steal a few scenes with Jon Huertas' Javier. "There’s a spark that flies, and we go on a date and stuff. Things look pretty good. It was fun. It was a fun character. She’s a bodyguard and a hard-ass, but at least I get to flirt and be a little sexier with him," she said.
Over on The CW's "Arrow," Hu has played one of the few villains who has made her presence felt in more than one episode, leading the Chinese Triad against the hooded vigilante. Expect her villainess China White to make yet another return in the not so distant future, a prospect Hu is more than a little excited about. "We were just doing the table read for this next episode, yesterday, and I got to hear it for the first time. There are so many twists and turns in this episode coming up, I was gasping," she said. "It’s almost like a soap opera, in a sense. There are so many twists and turns and things that happen -- people trying to kill each other, people who you think are good and yet they’re trying to get some other person killed -- it’s such a great show to watch. You cannot miss an episode because there’s always something in every one that just turns the entire story on its head."
The one downside to the China White character has been the awful white wig, which Hu assures is set for an improvement. "Actually in this episode we’ve got coming up, I’ve gotten a bit of a wig upgrade. I think fans are going to like it better," she said.
Don't miss Kelly Hu in her guest appearance on "Castle," this Monday night on ABC!