Stephen Amell on wrestling and his new show ‘Heels’

He’s going from the Arrowverse to the ring. 

Fresh off an eight-year stint starring as Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow, on the CW’s “Arrow” (2012-2020), Stephen Amell is now starring within the wrestling drama “Heels.” 

Premiering Aug. 15 on Starz, the sequence follows brothers Jack (Amell) and Ace (Alexander Ludwig, “Vikings,”) within the fictional small city of Duffy, Georgia, who’ve inherited their late father’s pro-wrestling league (referred to as the DWL). There, they play out scripted matches for the locals, inhabiting larger-than-life wrestling personas whereas their egos conflict behind the scenes. 

“I watched the WWE growing up – WWF at the time. It was legitimately my favorite thing. So, to be able to hop into this world and make this my job was just a dream come true,” Amell, 40, informed The Post. “I was somewhat hesitant to jump back into something in television as the lead of a show after eight years of really hard work on ‘Arrow.’ But it was too great of an opportunity to turn down.”

In “Heels,” older brother Jack, who’s a “heel” (a villain on the planet of wrestling) is making an attempt to maintain the DWL afloat and deal with all of its promotion whereas additionally juggling his day job as a lawnmower salesman and with his household life: his spouse, Staci (Alison Luff) and son, Thomas (Roxton Garcia). Meanwhile, hotheaded Ace is attempting to leverage his expertise to make it out of their hometown into greener pastures. 

Stephen Amell as Jack, left, and Alexander Ludwig as his brother Ace, left, bedazzled in flashy pro wrestling outfits as they prepare to enter the ring.
Stephen Amell as Jack (left) and Alexander Ludwig as his brother Ace, put together to wrestle decked out in flashy outfits.
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Amell, who grew up in Toronto, isn’t only a fan of the game. He has expertise, having appeared on WWE’s “Raw” program in 2015 and in “Ring of Honor” (2017) between seasons of “Arrow.”

“Because of the connection that I’ve had with professional wrestling, since I’ve gotten to do some stuff with the WWE and AEW, [‘Heels’ wanted] me. When I did previous stuff with professional wrestling, I faked it as best I could,” he mentioned. “Because I didn’t have that much time. I was doing other stuff. I was just coming in for cameo match appearances and things of that nature. It was really important for me this time around to spend as much time as possible on fundamentals. Hitting the ropes, walking up, punching. That’s what I focused on.”

Stephen Amell as Jack stands in the ring and riles up the crowd in his 'heel' persona in 'Heels.'
Stephen Amell as Jack riles up the group in his “Heels” persona.
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Even although he wasn’t a novice, Amell sustained a serious injury whereas filming. 

“I did a move called the ‘Coast to Coast.’ I got it on the first take, things were good, but I couldn’t help myself. I wanted a second stab at it. But, I overshot it and landed straight up and down and suffered a compression fracture on my vertebrae. I’m OK.” 

Stephen Amell as Jack in the middle of wrestling on "Heels."
Stephen Amell as Jack in the course of wrestling on “Heels.”
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Aside from their mutual curiosity in wrestling, Amell mentioned he associated to his character as a result of Jack is “flawed and makes mistakes.”

“As early on as the first episode, he’s faced with a decision regarding his brother and what to do in the ring, and he’s a little bit freaked out about the prospect of losing Ace [if Ace leaves]. Ace is such an integral part of the DW, and Jack doesn’t do the right thing. He kind of pulls a d–k move. That’s the most interesting part, for me. I like characters that are flawed and don’t always make the right call.”

Stephen Amell as Jack, left, and Mary McCormack as Willie Day on "Heels."
Stephen Amell as Jack and Mary McCormack as Willie Day on “Heels.”
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His time on “Arrow” changed him and ready him for “Heels,” Amell mentioned. 

“Being on a show for eight years, other than getting higher as an actor, I grew to become a lot calmer, extra mature, extra affected person, and higher at recognizing what my scene accomplice wants from me. I’m able to pacing myself versus going 100 miles an hour on a regular basis. All of these issues, I bought to deliver into ‘Heels.’ 

“You learn those lessons, but it’s not until you step away from a project and get onto something new that you really feel like you can implement them.”

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