One look at actors Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Italia Ricci (Supergirl) and it’s easy to see why the homegrown talent made Hello! Canada’s Most Beautiful list for 2016. For starters, they are stunning, but what makes them true candidates for the magazine’s top honours is their humility and love for their country – and for each other. Later this year, the Ontario natives will devote their lives to each other when they say “I do” in front of their closest friends and family. But Robbie and Italia’s love story runs deep, all the way back to the summer of 2007 when they met on the Toronto set of American Pie Presents: Beta House.
While getting glammed up for our exclusive photo shoot with the couple, 29-year-old Italia reflected on the day she met Robbie and how they had to share their first kiss onscreen within minutes of being acquainted. After some light-hearted banter over Italia’s love for Michael Bolton and some serious quizzing from the Hello! team on all things love and beauty, the duo gave everyone on set a dose of #relationshipgoals as they posed and goofed around in front of the camera. Here, Robbie and Italia spill their beauty secrets and reveal what they find most beautiful in each other.
Italia, do you remember your earliest beauty memory? I think when I got glamour shots done at like Sears or something and they put lip balm on me and I was like “Oh this is fun!” Growing up my mom had this beautiful vanity in her room with buckets and buckets of makeup and I would just have way too much fun.
And Robbie, you dabbled in modelling when you were younger. What was that like? I was so young that it was just like, I’d call them my jobs. My mom would be like, “You got a job” and that’s what I would tell my teachers when I would leave school. They must have thought some illegal labour was going on. I saw it more as just a way put a little money away for college and then my modelling agent got me an audition for Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and it was that weird moment that changed my life.
Today April 21st marks Robbie’s twenty-eighth birthday and in light of this fact, we would like to wish Robbie a fantastic birthday. Happy Birthday, Robbie!! Xo
Robbie Amell and Jennifer Garner watch on while the family’s new cat shows off his crazy antics in the trailer for the upcoming family film Nine Lives.
The movie stars Oscar winner Kevin Spacey as a daredevil billionaire and absentee dad who gets trapped inside the body of a cat during a terrible accident en route to his daughter’s birthday party. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son (Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected.
Jennifer plays the wife of Kevin‘s character while Cheryl Hines plays the ex-wife. Christopher Walken also appears in the film as the eccentric owner of a pet store!
Nine Lives will hit theaters on August 5.
Cousins Robbie and Stephen Amell have yet to work together on a feature film — and this is the time for that. It started as a short called ‘Code 8’ that the guys completely financed on their own, but now they’re working with fans to launch the full movie! Watch the 10-minute short below!
Due to scheduling, Stephen couldn’t star in the movie, but he plans on being in the feature! Today, Code 8 officially launched on Indiegogo. The story follows a young man with special powers (Amell) struggling to find work as a day laborer. After a dispute over payment, he finds himself in a confrontation with a police officer (Kang) and the autonomous robots backing him up. CODE 8 takes place in a world where 4% of the population are born with some type of supernatural ability. Instead of being wealthy superheroes, most ‘specials’ live in poverty and resort to crime, forcing the police to become more militarized.
“Robbie and I have been friends for a long time and have always talked about doing a project together,” the director said, “finally we said, let’s just do it.”
“Once Sung Kang came on board, I knew this was going to be something the fans would be really excited to see,” Robbie added. As for his cousin who acted as EP, he definitely wants to be a part of the movie. “I had to jump straight from Turtles back to Arrow, but I’m going to do everything I can to help see this become a full length movie.”
“The short is just a sample of what we can do,” Robbie added. “By working with indiegogo, we let the fans decide if they want to see more.” The indiegogo campaign is full of exclusive perks, the most notable being “Go Fast and Furious” where you get to race Robbie and Sung in gocarts or “Big Time Birthday Party” where fans can celebrate Robbie and Stephen’s birthday. “We want this campaign to really engage the fans, giving them as much access to the process as possible,” Says Kang. The Indiegogo campaign will run for 31 days and can be found here!
ComingSoon.net: Watching footage from the short definitely sparks a lot of curiosity. What sparked the idea for the film initially?
Robbie Amell: Well, Stephen and myself wanted to work together for a long time and we got to do a tiny bit of it on air with “The Flash.” My friend Jeff Chan directed, we’ve been trying to work together for almost six years now. And then the three of us were just talking one night and we decided, “Well, why not do it ourselves?” None of this can be published until Tuesday, but we just decided to shoot a short film. We prepped the whole thing, and then, of course, at the 11th hour, Stephen booked “Ninja Turtles,” and we were unable to have him for the short film, but we have such a great cast already in Sung Kang and Aaron Abrams and we had our crew. We had everything locked down. We decided to proceed without him. We just tweaked the story a little bit, knowing that if we didn’t shoot it now, we weren’t going to have him during “Arrow” anyway. So we shot the short film. Stephen stayed on creatively and he will be a part of the feature, but we shot a 10-minute short. We had three days of filming in Pasadena. And then, we posted in Toronto.
So what we wanted to do was just to prove to people that we could make something really awesome that they would be proud to be a part of. And Stephen and I had met so many incredible fans and we just figured we’d take a shot at making something with them. So we launched an Indiegogo campaign on Tuesday to try and raise just enough money to get the film off the ground, and we’re going to take that and partner with some financiers and production companies and people we’ve already been talking to. We’re not trying to fund the entire movie through fans, but just enough to get it off the ground.
And we have this amazing network of people in Toronto, Playfight Visual Effects, this amazing visual effects house that did all the VFX on the short and will work on the feature. We can pull all the tax breaks through Canada because Steve and myself and Jeff, we’re all Canadian. We just figured this was our best shot at making something really cool that people would be pumped to be a part of.
CS: How are you able to work on it with how much other stuff that you have going on and that Steven has going on? How are you able to juggle that?
Amell: So that was the problem with scheduling the short film. We weren’t able to get Stephen for the short, but we’ve designed the feature film to shoot upon his availability. Not only that, there’s a couple other people we want to be in the movie, like Victor Garber and my fiancée, Italia Ricci, and just some people that kind of live by those network TV schedules. So we knew we were going to have to shoot in hiatus anyway, so that’s our plan. The other thing is, we just tailored the script that way, so that we can block shoot certain people out, so that we can get the best cast possible for the least amount of work.
The other thing is, all of these people are friends and family, and that’s kind of our whole M.O. behind this is we want to work with people we enjoy working with, who are still extremely talented, and we have that network of people in Toronto, and then as far as friends go, who are in the business and we all consider to be super talented and great individuals. So we always had to plan around it and plan accordingly, but it hasn’t been easy, we’ve just found a way to do it because we’re passionate about it.
CS: In the short you gave us a little taste of crossing high technology with urban warfare. How much of the rest of the film is storyboarded or pre-vized and planned out?
Amell: So the short film that you’ll see on Tuesday is 10 minutes, and it’s not necessarily a scene from the movie. It’s more of an example of the world that the movie will take place in.
CS: Like a proof of concept?
Amell: A proof of concept of how great we can make it look. A “Code 8” is a criminal incident involving someone with a superpower, so this world that we’ve created, people have developed just minor superpowers, mostly minor superpowers, but there are the occasional ones that have grown into something a little more dangerous and a little more powerful. And most people who have powers are really just trying to scrape by. They also make up most of the arrests. So we weren’t necessarily trying to comment on anything happening in the world today, but we did want it to feel relevant and just kind of take a world or a story that so many people have seen, and that we are such huge fans of and just put our own spins on it.
CS: In the synopsis, you make a clear delineation between the privileged, exalted superheroes and the superpowered beings in your world, who are living as pariahs in society. What makes this different than something like the “X-Men” franchise?
Amell: It’s glorified. You know, these powers and nobody’s wearing superhero costumes. It’s much more grounded. The deal was to try and make it feel, and really did develop their minor superpowers, although of course, some are a little stronger than others, but what would it be like and what would people do and how would people use them? And it kind of helps us that we’re working on a limited budget because the scale can’t grow too out of control. So we’re not going to have anybody levitating a stadium in the air. It’s awesome. I mean, I’m a huge fan of those movies and those franchises, but that’s not our world. This is more along the lines of a grounded character piece that just happens to have fantastical elements.
Learning to love Canadian TV
Growing up, Amell had an aversion to Canadian TV, but his respect has grown over the years, thanks in part to everyone’s favourite clone series. “I used to really dislike Canadian TV and, I’ll be honest with you, it was because it looked like garbage,” he said bluntly. “It was horribly lit. Why lie about this? It’s not that way anymore. Canadian TV has taken a lot of leaps. Orphan Black is super-impressive. It looks great. It’s a great show. She [Tatiana Maslany] was nominated for an Emmy!”
Heroes and villains
Asked whether he preferred playing The Flash’s Deathstorm or Firestorm, Amell seized the opportunity to riff on the differences between heroes and villains—from an acting perspective. “Deathstorm was more fun in a short period of time, but you’re also kind of overacting a little bit when you’re playing a villain in that world,” he explained. “I wouldn’t have liked to have done that as a series regular. If you’re gonna give me the choice between a villain or a superhero, I’m gonna take the superhero.”
Asked what superhero he’d most like to play, Amell revealed that he’s had a lifelong soft spot for the Caped Crusader. “I would like nothing more than to play Batman at one point in my life,” he said enthusiastically. “It doesn’t have to just be Batman. It could be Batman Beyond. It could be Nightwing. And I know Nightwing isn’t Batman, but he’s close enough for me, and it would be opposite Batman, which would be supercool. I grew up on Batman… and worked tirelessly on my Batman costumes when I was a kid.”
Making The X-Files
After an incredibly brief audition, Amell was surprised to learn that he landed the role of Agent Miller on the recent season of The X-Files. He was also surprised to find himself immediately thrust into a scene with iconic stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. “My first scene was in the X-Files office opposite the two of them and it just felt like being a part of TV history,” he explained. “They had actually written a seventh episode that we were gonna shoot, but date conflicts didn’t allow for it, so instead the show ends on the biggest cliffhanger I’ve ever seen.”
The future of The X-Files
Amell admits that his original negotiations for The X-Files included the possibility of an Agent Miller spin-off, but that idea hasn’t gone any further—and he’s happy to keep it that way. “To be honest with you, I don’t think I would do it,” he said, citing Anderson and Duchovny as essential ingredients in any incarnation of The X-Files. He’s happy to return for more episodes, but only if Mulder and Scully join him. “They’re trying to work it out. It’s just, she has a family, he has a family. They both work a ton. They’re trying to schedule some more episodes—hopefully another six or a movie or whatever they want to do—but if they’re involved, I’m in.”
Entertainment Weekly: Stephen Amell teases secret sci-fi project with Robbie Amell and Fast & Furious star
Arrow star Stephen Amell released a teaser trailer for a mystery sci-fi project called Code 8, starring his cousin Robbie Amell and Fast & Furious actor Sung Kang. “I’ve been working on something. So has Robbie Amell & Sung Kang,” Stephen wrote on Facebook. The footage shows glimpses of Lincoln City, a place where people with “abnormal abilities” make up 60 percent of all arrests. Robbie seems to play one of these superhumans, while Kang is seen driving a cop car before robotic reinforcements descend from a ship.
Very little is known about Code 8, but the Amells first debuted the teaser at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in Chicago. “Stephen and I have been trying to work together for a long time,” Robbie said. “We got a little taste of it on the Flash, Arrow crossover, and we’ve been putting this together since August with a bunch of friends and family, and calling in favors.” The official website features a clock counting down to a reveal on March 22, and an adjoining Facebook page lists Aaron Abrams (Hannibal), Chad Donella (Taken 3), and Alfred Rubin Thompson (Club Dead) among the cast. In a live Facebook video posted back in November, Stephen described the reveal as a “teaser trailer that will eventually become a film.”
Code 8 is directed by Jeff Chan and written by Chris Pare, both also producing with the Amells, Geoff Mclean, and Tommy Dingwall. Fans interested in more information can go to Code8.com and sign up for exclusive email updates.
The truth is certainly out there, if you have the proper connections. When it comes to speculating about the fates of “The X-Files'” Agent Miller and “The Flash’s” Ronnie Raymond, the best person to corner for answers is Robbie Amell. The Canadian actor enjoyed stints on both TV series this season, beginning with “The Flash.” As Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm, he appeared to perish while trying to cork a dimensional rift to Earth-2 in this year’s Season Two premiere, “The Man Who Saved Central City.” Meanwhile, on “The X-Files,” Amell’s Agent Miller and Scully (Gillian Anderson) were whisked away by an alien spaceship in the trippy finale to Fox’s revival series.
So what’s next? Have both characters vanished for good? On the Toronto set of his upcoming Netflix sci-fi thriller “ARQ,” Amell spoke to CBR News about filming that “X-Files” cliffhanger and whether agents Miller and Einstein (Lauren Ambrose) will be replacing Mulder and Scully in their own spinoff. In addition, the 27-year-old star talked about his love of Firestorm and when viewers can expect to see the nuclear man on “The Flash” again.
CBR News: “The X-Files” miniseries culminated with a massive cliffhanger. What was your opinion of that ending and the potential for more stories?
Robbie Amell: The ending was insane. All I kept saying to [creator] Chris Carter while we were shooting was, “How can you end it this way? People are going to be furious.” With that being said, when I read the script and saw that I was in the last frame of the season finale, I was like, “Maybe this is how I want it to end. This is pretty cool getting to shoot this scene on the Georgia Viaduct in Vancouver.” They shut down the bridge. They had 300 background cars. They had the alien spaceship coming from above. It was a full geek freak-out. It was so cool having David Duchovny in the car with me, and Gillian Anderson running toward me. I was like, “This is the coolest moment ever.”
As far as doing more, I would absolutely love that. I don’t think I would do it unless David and Gillian were joining in. I’m a huge fan. They really are essential. The show is Mulder and Scully. I’m happy to be a small part of their world, but it all comes down to Chris. He’s the brains behind it. It sounds like Chris is trying to figure out the way to do some more. I know David and Gillian have difficult schedules. I am as in the dark as everybody else. I have had no phone calls or anything about it.
I’ve added HD captures of Robbie from his second appearance on The X-Files into the gallery.