By Sandra Gonzalez
January 24, 2013 at 03:00 PM EST
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In its first season, Arrow has wasted no time introducing classic villain’s from the Green Arrow mythology and next week, Count Vertigo will make his debut. But there’s a twist.

“The character doesn’t have any super powers to start with but any superpowers that the comic book character had get manifested in the form of a drug called Vertigo that I sell on the street,” explains Seth Gabel, who plays the character The Count. “I’m a street drug kingpin, and I’m flooding the street of Starling City with Vertigo.”

That’s where Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) comes in to stop him, but as daunting of a match as Arrow seems to be, Gable explains, The Count’s quest for notoriety overshadows his fears of defeat. “I found that at the end of the day, the [he’s] obsessed with power and money and whatever it takes to get that is what he’s willing to do. [He wants] to ride to the top and be one of the most powerful people in Sterling City. So to have the opportunity to take on the Arrow character and prove himself to himself and to the rest of the city is everything he wanted and more.”

To the genre audience, Fringe alum Gabel has little to prove. As agent Lincoln Lee, the actor became a fan favorite — especially after developing a romance with Bolivia in a parallel universe. And with the show now complete, Gabel says he’s excited to enter a new genre world. “I was always prepared for my Fringe journey to end immediately. I had only signed up for a guest role but they kept bringing me back in the third season as a recurring character. So pretty much every time I went to film a Fringe episode I kind of said goodbye to the show, but then they kept bringing me back. But [now that it’s over] it feels really great to have a sense that I was part of this show that was a phenom and will hopefully have a lasting impact for the genre audience — and the drama audience in general.”

Gabel says a return to Arrow after his debut episode could definitely be in his future, but for now, part of his time is currently being spent promoting his film Allegiance, a military drama in which he plays a man who helps a fellow soldier go AWOL. The movie is currently on DVD.


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