Legends of Tomorrow star reacts to that surprising Kendra move
Ciara Renée opens up about her exit
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Read at your own risk!
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow defeated immortal threat Vandal Savage during Thursday’s season finale, but in doing so, they lost part of the team.
Don’t worry, everyone survived — except Vandal, obviously — but with their centuries-long nemesis gone, Kendra (Ciara Renée) and Carter (Falk Hentschel) decided to start a new life together, one in which they wouldn’t constantly live in fear. And yes, this does mean that Renée will not be returning as a series regular in season 2. But is Kendra gone for good? EW turned to the actor to find out:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When did you first learn Kendra would be leaving and how did you feel about about her sendoff?
CIARA RENEE: It had been something that was in talks for a little while toward the end of filming. We didn’t exactly know how we were going to wrap up the season, but once the final script came out, we understood where we were headed. Honestly, I was like, “Oh, I get it, it makes sense. We wrapped up the story. Totally cool.” Marc [Guggenheim], Phil [Klemmer] and I, we all chatted about it and we were like, “I think this is going to be for the best.”
How did you feel about her sendoff, that she did ultimately get to kill at least one version of Vandal?
Yeah, I was very excited about that. That was basically her whole purpose on the show and in this mission was to be the one person that had to kill Savage. I’m glad that she got to fulfill her purpose.
But did you feel like there was more story to tell?
With all of these comic book characters, there’s thousands and thousands of stories to tell. There’s 4,000 lifetimes to tell for Kendra, specifically, but there are plenty of origin stories and other earths and other dimensions for these characters. So I think absolutely there’s more to tell if that’s what maybe we would talk about later, or something like that. But for now, this is definitely the best move for everybody.
This show deals in time travel. Are you really gone for good? Or if they asked you back, would you return?
Yeah, I mean it definitely depends on what’s going on in my life. This show has really opened up a lot of opportunities for me and allowed me the freedom to start doing a lot of the writing that I’ve wanted to work on and starting my own production company. Yes, I would totally love to embody Hawkgirl again, but I’m also happy to be doing other things as well.
You come from a stage background, so how difficult was filming a show like Legends of Tomorrow where it’s very stunt heavy?
It was very difficult. It’s a huge transition from stage to TV. I think that there’s a lot of integrity and grit and awesomeness in stage, but nothing compares to a TV schedule. It’s very difficult and very grueling. It’s a very stunt-heavy show, there’s lots of fighting. Luckily having a stage background, it is a very physical thing that you do every night, so I felt like at least I had some preparation for that. It was very different, but I learned a great deal. I’m very grateful to have had that opportunity.
What was your favorite part about filming Legends?
I actually really did like doing the stunts. Yeah, it was very physically demanding and hard, but I liked feeling like a badass. My favorite part was probably our cast. We just worked so well together, and we were all so different that we meshed perfectly. I became close with a couple of my castmates. We really worked well together and we had a lot of fun together. It was very inspiring, and I learned a lot working with seasoned professionals like Wentworth Miller and Victor Garber. I’m going to miss my cast for sure.
What was it like filming your final scene?
Oh wow, honestly those two weeks were such a whirlwind. A lot was happening. I was packing to move. I think it might’ve actually been the goodbye scene. I think that was our last scene when Kendra and Carter flew off from the team. Because it had been something that we had talked about for a while, me leaving the show, it was just like, “This is what is supposed to happen. This feel fine.” I was like, “OK, I’m sad to be leaving you guys and sad to be leaving Kendra for now… or forever, who knows?” It was a good sense of closure and exactly what it should’ve been, I think.
Do you think it’s fitting that she went off to take time to be with Carter?
I have a lot of opinions about whether or not they’ll actually stay together. I do believe that, in some capacity, they’re going to have to be in each other’s lives. I don’t know necessarily that it’ll have to be a romantic one. They’re the only two people in the world who have shared this much and have this much knowledge together. Who else can she go to and be like, “Hey, remember back in 1742?” I just feel like without Carter, it’s going to be a really lonely life for her.
Without Savage around, are the Hawks still immortal?
That is another thing, yeah. I wonder about that too. That would be really interesting if this was their last lifetime. How do they know, honestly, until one of them dies? Or both of them die and they don’t come back. It’s impossible to know.
What’s next for you?
Like I mentioned before, I started a production company about the same time that I started Legends, so a lot of stuff got put on hold. But I’m now currently writing a musical, and it’s titled Anything But Love, and I have two co-writers, Arianna Taxman and Arielle O’Keefe, and we are actually putting up a concert version. The show is in its infancy stages at the moment. We’re putting up a concert version at 54 Below in New York on June 26 at 9:30. Plug, plug, plug, plug, plug. [Laughs.] I’m really excited to be writing, I’m really exciting to be producing and directing. I’m wearing a lot of hats right now. I love being challenged, and I love learning new things. I’m learning a completely different side of my craft, which is really, really a wonderful experience. I’m also in talks for a web series right now that I’m writing. There’s a lot of stuff on the burner that we’ll see in the next couple of months where those things are leading.
What do you think Legends taught you that you can implement in future projects?
Endless amount of lessons were learned filming Legends. I learned a lot about writing and I also learned a lot about being a leader, because I got to watch a lot of people leading, and I got to talk to a lot of the writers and learn about that process. That was very helpful for me. That’s going to help inform the way that I start crafting my pieces now.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return this fall on The CW. In the meantime, read our postmortem with executive producer Marc Guggenheim here, where he previews the introduction of Hourman and the Justice Society of America.