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What It's Really Like To Be A Celebrity At Comic-Con, As Told By "Arrow"

I followed around Oliver, Laurel, Diggle, Felicity, and Roy before and after their Comic-Con panel. It was a lot of freight elevators, and awesome cosplay.

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This is the cast of the CW show Arrow, and I traveled as part of their entourage this past weekend at Comic-Con.

Most people who go to Comic-Con are on the opposite side of the curtain; waiting in lines for hours, battling through the crowds to get geek paraphernalia, and hoping to catch a glimpse of some of their favorite actors.

But for actors attending the convention — such as Arrow's Stephen Amell, Colton Haynes, Katie Cassidy, Emily Bett Rickards, and David Ramsey — their experience is very different from what the fans observe. That's something I learned after Warner Bros. Television agreed to let me travel around the convention center with the stars of the CW drama.

I was with them from 4 p.m., while they were in the midst of press junkets, to just a little after 7 p.m., when their autograph signing ended. I took photos, listened in on conversations, and asked questions about their experience.

For the badass heroes of Starling City, Saturday started off with going down the line in the press rooms.

Erin La Rosa

It feels a bit like a cattle call. Reporters stand in a single file line, while the actors shuffle their way down to the very end.

And while you're hopping from room to room, sometimes brave fans come up just to say how much they love you.

It's a little intimidating, especially when someone like Amell is flanked by security guards that can be roughly twice your size.

Once you're done doing press and taking cell phone pics, everyone piles into a freight elevator.

Erin La Rosa

When you're in the elevator, you talk about Topher Grace:

Amell: “The only thing that Emily has ever told me to do, is give me explicit instructions not to introduce her to Topher Grace.”

Rickards: “And then he did, and I looked like an idiot.”

Haynes: “I went to Disneyland with Topher.”

Haynes wins this round.

Sometimes, if you're like Haynes, you take a moment to have a little fun along the way.

Erin La Rosa

This is Colton Haynes' fourth year at the Con. He previously came for Teen Wolf, and said of this year, “We have to wear a lot of green, and be prepared to take your shirt off at all times.”


And if you're John Barrowman, you take photos of your sister with Diggle.

That's Barrowman, who plays Malcolm Merlyn, holding a camera phone as his sister, Carole Barrowman, poses with David Ramsey.

Hey, even family members of famous people have celeb crushes, right?

Essentially, you're in that green room to wait for the cast of The Vampire Diaries to wrap up their panel.

Erin La Rosa

Comic-Con is a very well oiled machine. And once one panel ends, the other quickly shuffles in to start the next one.

For some fans, like Jonah from the Make a Wish foundation, being able to ask the cast a question is one of the best moments of their life.

Erin La Rosa

Jonah asked how Oliver was going to evolve into the Green Arrow.

"That journey begins with wanting to honor Tommy and wanting to be a different man than he thought I was, when he died," Amell responded.