Geeks have inherited the Earth, it’s true, but there’s no better time to be a female geek especially than right now. With creators finally starting to stand up and take notice of women in their audience – a large but until recently practically invisible percentage of the viewership – actresses are getting more and more chance to sink their teeth into roles previously reserved for their male peers. On such lass is Australian star Jessica De Gouw, who after cutting her teeth with roles in small local films, has made a big splash in the US as part of CW’s top rating series Arrow.
The 26-year-old has found a "passionate" fan following playing DC Comics character Huntress, a tortured and morally ambiguous BAMF that’s as close to a female Batman as we’ll ever get (excluding Batgirl and Batwoman, of course). But it hasn’t been an easy road to depict the crossbow wielding, purple clad heroine , with De Gouw adding that it’s a "world away" from what she is used to doing.
"I love that people love her," she said while in Sydney promoting her new film These Final Hours.
"I kind of stumble my way through her – she is a BAMF.
"It’s great fun and it’s a great set to walk on to because I’m in the position where I get to pop in and pop out all the time.
"It’s such a well-oiled machine and the fan base is so huge now, that it’s a pretty cool thing to be a part of."
The end of season two was suitably dark for the character, who ended up in prison for a string of murders and a few dozen more attempted. Yet don’t think the cell is locked and the key is thrown away, because there’s one thing showrunners have been repeatedly hinting is coming: the Birds Of Prey. The all-female super heroine squad which features Huntress, Black Canary and a post-Batgirl wheelchair-bound Barbara Gordon as Oracle has been teased and winked at throughout Arrow’s considerably improved story development… and De Gouw isn’t denying anything.
“They left it very open ended for me but… they put me in prison so I could come out of prison at anytime,” she said, smirking.
“I’m lucky because when they need the Huntress, they can just yank her out.”
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These Final Hours opens in cinemas on Thursday, July 31.
Sydney, Australia. Getting her start as a police reporter, her writing on pop culture has appeared in publications such as the New York Post, Guardian, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, Empire Magazine, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, i09, Junkee and many more. Previously seen as a presenter on SBS Viceland’s nightly news program The Feed and as the host of Cleverfan on ABC, she has been a journalist for over 15 years.
Her best-selling debut novel Who's Afraid? was published in 2016, followed by its sequel Who’s Afraid Too? in 2017, which was nominated for Best Horror Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2018. Who’s Afraid? is being developed for television by the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Hoodlum Entertainment. Her Young Adult debut, It Came From The Deep, was released globally on October 31, Halloween, 2017 and is a twist on The Little Mermaid meets Creature From The Black Lagoon.
Her fourth book, The Witch Who Courted Death, was released on Halloween, 2018 and nominated for Best Fantasy Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2019. Her fifth novel set within the share supernatural universe is due for release in October, 2019.