S ANGELES – If you don’t see all of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” in every scene, don’t worry.
With seven or eight characters, it takes a lot of time to shoot them all.
“You’re doing one scene for four hours,” says Caity Lotz, who plays Sara Lance, the White Canary. “It’s very hard. We’re hoping they separate us more, which they’re getting better at.”
Already, producers have been able to find interesting groupings – ones that produce more laughs and new storylines. “We get to go off on different adventures and come back for a couple of scenes together. It’s great.”
Because the characters are so different (they have a laundry list of super powers and skills), they’re able to mesh in special ways. Newcomers, Lotz says, don’t get hazed because “it’s a trial by fire just coming on this show.” Production is so intense, “we don’t need to haze you.”
Stunts are pretty elaborate, too.
Although Lotz, who is adept at martial arts, did many of her own stunts in previous shows, she has been urged to relent on this one and let someone else hang from wires. When she does get the opportunity, she’s glad the double is there. “She knows all the choreography. She teaches me the fights and she knows the rigging, so I’ve come to rely on her, even if she doesn’t end up doing anything.”
In the early days of her career, Lotz got plenty of experience dancing behind Lady Gaga and Avril Lavigne.
“I danced because I loved dancing,” the 30-year-old California native says. “I didn’t think you could be a dancer for the rest of your life.”
While attending college, she got a job singing in Europe. “When I came back, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I started taking acting classes. I didn’t necessarily want to be an actor, but it was an art form about feeling. I wanted to feel those lows and those highs in a safe environment. It was the art of living in the moment.” Lotz made her way through MTV’s “Death Valley” and “The Pact” before beginning her run as White Canary in “Arrow,” “The Flash” and, now, “Legends of Tomorrow.”
The gig is a good one, particularly since it doesn’t require her to deal with Gaga-level fame. “I’m getting recognized more than I ever did. When it’s on a small level, it’s heartwarming.”
At superstar level, “you can’t take it in. You have to build this wall. Michelle Williams said, ‘It’s impossible to live authentically when you feel people are watching you.’”
Even in rehearsal, Lotz says, Gaga brought the persona. “At four in the morning, she showed up and she was already Gaga. She had sparkly underwear on and she (did the dances) full out. That level of success is scary.”
Dancing, meanwhile, isn't a cake walk, either. “It’s taxing on your body and people don’t really respect what you do. It’s changing, but there are not a lot of options. It’s not a lifelong thing.”
Instead, it was one of those skills that helped Lotz get to “Legends” status. “Dancers make good everything,” she says with a smile.
Now, as “Legends” deals with what it means to be a hero, it has the opportunity to comment on current events.
“Everyone has their own kind of journey that I think the audience kind of connects to and views and, hopefully, learns something from,” Lotz says. “Also, we’re just a bunch of outcasts and misfits. It’s this group of people who aren’t really important trying to make a difference in the world.”
Fans, she says, are inspired by the characters. “There’s some good stuff.”
Action figures. Yup, Lotz says with a smile, “I do have one!”