Arrow Cast: Before They Were Heroes

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For some, the road was long. For one, it was a mere song before he or she found ended up in Starling City, poised for stardom.

We had a hooker, a preacher, a prep-school brat, two tours on Gossip Girls and two on 90210, many trips through the supernatural as wizards, werewolves and fighting zombies - and that's just a hint of all of the acting experience involved in building the awesomeness that is the Arrow cast.

It's always exciting to see where people were before we fell in love with them as a cast. So where did Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Willa Holland, Caity Lotz, Colton Haynes and John Barrowman get their starts? 

Your answers are mere clicks away. Flip through the slide show for exciting photos!

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Arrow Quotes

You know Oliver, somebody once told me that secrets have weight. The more you keep, the harder it is to keep moving.

Diggle

Ra's al Ghul: You tasted death and you wanted more, but the truth is everyone and everything must come to an end. Even for one such as me.
Oliver: Kill me, but spare John Diggle's life. Let him go. I will beg for it.
Ra's al Ghul: You have shown tremendous strength, fortitude, power. No, Mr. Queen. I don't want to kill you. I want you to take my place. I want you to become the next Ra's al Ghul.