Sexy Tom Welling of Smallville fame is putting our couch-loving butts to shame. Not only is he busy starring in the tenth and final season of The CW’s hit show, he's also executive producer for Hellcats. Much like mild-mannered Clark Kent, Tom is leading a double life clocking in late hours at both of the Vancouver, Canada, sets. Seriously, just because he plays a superhero on TV doesn't mean he needs to be one IRL — sheesh, the guy's makin' us feel bad about skipping the gym... again.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, the uber-busy Tom said, "I wish I could split into two people. I desperately want to be in two places at once." He brought this workload on himself when he pitched Hellcats to CW execs last winter, knowing that it would round out the network's guilty pleasure-filled lineup.
Impressively, Tom brought Hellcats from light-bulb-over-the-head to completed pilot episode in less than seven months, scoring Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives) as a writer and co-producer and Allan Arkush (Heroes) as director. And if you're wondering how that light bulb turned on in the first place, Tom credits a little book called Cheer! by Kate Torgovnick. When he read it, he was fascinated by her descriptions of the crazy-competitive, grueling nature of cheerleading. "There are people who stay in school just to cheer, and I didn’t know that existed," he said of the unique subculture.
Like Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and 90210, his cheerleading drama also boasts an ensemble that, to quote Zoolander, is "really, really, ridiculously good-looking." To make Tom's squad, however, you have to prove you have more than just gorgeous eyes, an irresistible smile, and a cute tushie like, say, Tom Welling himself. Just ask our lead girl, Aly Michalka (Marti Perkins). In the pilot alone, you’d think she's filming Tomb Raider 3, what with all the jumping, running, flipping, and biking she does. "We just put her through hell," said Kevin Murphy. "She had bruises head to toe. Having Tom there to say to her and to all of the cast, 'I've been there, it's going to get better,' was of incredible value. As far as reassuring presences on your set go, you can't do much better than Superman."
Indeed. With his jam-packed agenda, Tom Welling has proven to be Superman on and off the screen. Oh, and PS, Hellcats airs on Wednesday nights immediately after Top Model. Girls' night in, anyone? We'll bring the ice cream — gym can wait 'til Thursday.
Source: The New York Times
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