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Lane Attraction

The new Lois Lane adds spice to ''Smallville'' - Newcomer Erica Durance mixes things up in the anticipated new season the hit WB show

In the world of The WB's ''Smallville,'' there's only one thing more threatening to young Superman than kryptonite: creative lethargy. But have no fear -- Lois Lane is here! Played by Canadian newcomer Erica Durance, Superman's future lady love arrives in Smallville during the Sept. 22 season premiere as a sassy college frosh, investigating the apparent death of cousin Chloe (Allison Mack). ''It's the mythic jolt we needed,'' says executive producer Alfred Gough, citing a need to spice things up between Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk). ''[The couple] went from I hope they get together to Sweet God, enough already!'' While Superman's movie overlords (that is, Warner Bros.) have forbidden romance from taking flight during Lois' 13-episode stint, there will be some intimate encounters: Her meet-cute with Clark finds the teen of steel in his birthday suit. ''Hello!'' says Durance, 26, who despite inexperience has fan-girl cred. ''I read a lot of comics growing up,'' she says. ''My mom used to say, `Would you please read a book?' She was worried where I was going in my life.''

Originally posted Jul 30, 2004 Published in issue #776 Jul 30, 2004 Order article reprints
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