'The Flash': Emily Kinney's Supervillain Will "Wreak Havoc on the World"

The 'Walking Dead' alum says her take on the Bug-Eyed Bandit is "out for revenge" after being shut down by the company she works for.
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Emily Kinney is bringing the sting to The Flash

The Walking Dead alum buzzes into Tuesday's big episode, where she plays brilliant villain Brie Larvan, who creates an army of mechanical bees to do her bidding. The episode will see her in a standoff against Arrow's Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), who is in Central City with fledgling superhero Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh) to team up with STAR Labs gang on a case.

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Kinney, who played teenager Beth Greene on AMC's The Walking Dead for three seasons, steps into The Flash as a version of comic book villain Bertram Larvan (Bug-Eyed Bandit).

In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, she talks about her character's plot for revenge, battling Felicity, and going from fighting zombies to fighting The Flash (Barry Allen).

Why is your character so upset when viewers meet her?

She had a good career going. She was developing these mechanical bees and some people in her company felt like she was trying to use them for evil instead of good, and they shut her down. Now she's out for revenge. She's out to get back at this company, so she's made up her own little bee hive and is sending her bees to wreak havoc on the world.

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At some point you get into a hacker battle with Felicity. What's this fight like?

It's a different sort of battle, where you're fighting with your computers. They are well-matched and it's a good fight to watch to see who will win. But of course, The Flash gets involved.

How did you decide to sign up for this role?

I was done working on The Walking Dead, and they reached out. I've never played anything like a supervillain before. I'd been playing Beth — and she's so sweet and kind hearted. She's strong as hell, but so very different but from a supervillian. It sounded like a different part of my personality I could tap into. Also, my little nephew is the hugest Flash fan, so I had to do it to get cool point.

What are the big differences between working on The Flash and The Walking Dead?

It is very different. Brie dresses very sexy and cool. When I'm on set for Walking Dead, it's the apocalypse and we're all dirty. On The Flash they're always trying to fix my hair and make me pretty, while on Walking Dead they go, "oh good, you look worse!"  

What's it like working on an effects-heavy show like The Flash compared to Walking Dead?

There's a lot of special effects in Walking Dead, but they are things you can kind of see. Special effects makeup. And maybe the sword we use doesn't have the end, so we add it later. With The Flash, it's a lot of things you don't even see. When I would be talking to the bees in this episode, I was just pretending there was a bee in my hand. So you really have to trust the director and the people around you to say, "yes, that looks real," or "no, the bee is going to be right here, so change your line of sight."

The Flash villains tend to come back. Will we see Brie again?

That would be awesome. You never know.

 The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.