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I have important news to share, and I ask that you continue reading with open minds and understanding hearts. April 18th’s episode, 511, was my last appearance as Selina Kyle in Gotham. It’s important to me that I’m the one to tell you this because it was a choice that I made, through a lot of thoughts, prayer, and time (which Warner Bros., FOX, and our internal production team respected).
I wanted to give (the character) Selina Kyle as much respect as possible. Some will say that give her respect would include seeing the character through to the end of the show, which I understand. But, I firmly believe that part of leaving a legacy and being a part of a legacy means knowing when to pass the torch to someone else. I was blessed to be the vessel for Selina Kyle for her formative teen years, and it only felt right to give someone else the torch for her adult self.
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The woman who will be playing the older Selina Kyle is the glorious Lili Simmons, who, when owe met for the first time, made me cry tears of joy. She is perfect for this role, and she really wanted to do Selina right. We spoke about Selina Kyle for hours; I shared journal entries and scene that were prime examples of Selina’s characteristics, and she shared thoughts of backstory for the 10 years that the audience doesn’t see.
I want to clearly express how much thought and care went into this decision, as well as how much respect for the character and legacy of Selina Kyle there is within it. I was blessed to be the seventh female actor to play Selina Kyle, the first to play her in Gotham’s adaptation — and now, there will...
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