Roy Harper is moving on without Thea.
At least at the beginning of Arrow Season 3 he is.
When new episodes kicks off in October, Roy will be single, considering Thea broke up with him before leaving with her father, Malcolm Merlyn. But he won’t necessarily be alone since he’s more entrenched than ever with Team Arrow.
At last night’s TCA party in West Hollywood, Haynes told me what we can expect from Roy the fall, touching on his relationship with both Oliver and Felicity.
The actor also talked about how one thing he wrote on his positivity wall many years ago that has incredible come true...
TV Fanatic: What can you tell me about the new Arrow season?
Colton Haynes: Well, I’ve read the first three episodes….
TVF: Thea left town at the end of last season. Is Roy pining for her or is he just in his own world?
CH: He’s trying not to think about it. Every time he hears her name he says ‘I gotta go do a patrol’ or ‘I gotta get out there. I gotta clear my mind.’ He’s running away from it because Thea said she never wants to see him again or talk to him again, he’s been lying to her forever so he has to do what she wants so he’s giving her her space.
We’re going to see a frickin’ bad ass Thea coming. We’re also going to see a bad ass Laurel. Her guns are…if you see the pictures she’s posting on Instagram. She’s kicking ass. She’s just shredding it.
TVF: Roy is now in the mix with everybody so do we see him much more active instead of doing his own thing?
CH: He is and he also has a really cool story with Felicity this year. They’re both know-it-alls and when you put two know-it-alls in a room, they like to correct each other and we have some really fun banter this year.
I’m so happy because I adore Emily [Bett Rickards] and it’s so much fun to work with her. She’s so talented and so new to this world and she’s so naturally talented. It’s really awesome to work with her in a scene and so fun what she throws at you in a scene.
TVF: Before, Roy and Oliver’s relationship was more contentious. Are they more buddies now or it more mentor-like?
CH: The relationship is a lot more mentor. Roy is keeping a little bit of information this year and I can’t say about what but I can say it’s going to get him in a little bit of trouble. But he does still looks up to Oliver. Oliver is very gracious and attentive to helping Roy out and helping him through his journey.
TVF: Any new love interest for Roy or no time for that?
CH: I’m hearing talk. I don’t know who it’s going to be but in the comic books it was Cheshire but also in the comic books I lose my arm and I have a child. I think I’m still 19 on the show so I don’t know.
TVF: And John Barrowman is back!
CH: He’s the coolest person in the world, I’m so stoked that he’s back now and it’s going to drive the fans frickin’ crazy!
TVF: The first time I talked to you was for that first season of Teen Wolf. How have you made sense of how the last five years have gone for you? It’s been a whirlwind!
CH: I feel like I got thrust into it and it’s really so much fun. I like to still continue to have fun with everything and have a sense of humor even though people don’t get my sense of humor, but I still like to be a little weird. It’s nice I still get to do that and people are still nice to me, nobody throws shit at me. I think the days of the nice guy finishing last are a thing of the past.
TVF: You are a funny guy and I know you’re dying to get on The Goldbergs.
CH: Let me explain something to you. She is the reason I got a laugh at the Critics’ Choice Awards. She gave a huge laugh and everyone else laughed. My brother Tivo’d it and I watched it and Wendi’s got my back. Do something to get me on this damn show! I can play anyone [on The Goldbergs]. I’ll be an extra. Give me one line.
TVF: I want to see Colton Haynes in a mullet.
CH: [eyes wide] Oh!! Please, please! Talk to someone! Do something!
TVF: I saw you Instagram a picture with Dwayne Johnson.
CH: Our movie wrapped today. I did a movie called San Andreas that will be out next June with him. It’s a big earthquake disaster 3D film, my first movie! We shot for two months in Australia over the summer and then wrapped it here and a few days in San Francisco. It was just the coolest experience of my life.
TVF: Did you get to do some kick ass action stuff?
CH: I got to do some stuff. There was some puking for me because I’m afraid of heights but Dwayne is the most gracious guy. You can’t work with a nicer guy. I wrote on my positivity wall in 2007 that one of my goals was to do a movie with Dwayne Johnson and my first movie was with him.
Arrow Season 3 kicks off on October 8 on The CW.
Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.