“I never saw him as a bad guy, because that would be too easy,” he said of Ryan. Like, really hard for her — and I think we did a good job of that.”While Welling has found roles in Hollywood that coincide with his professional desires, thus far those opportunities have only allowed him to act. “I grew up unknowingly looking at guys like [Robert] Redford and [Warren] Beatty — guys who created opportunities for themselves as soon as they could,” he said, which is why he launched Tom Welling Productions toward the end of Smallville’s run.
And it also served as early exposure for guest stars Amy Adams, Ian Somerhalder, Lizzy Caplan, Cory Monteith, Cobie Smulders, and Tyler Posey.There was some adjusting that I needed to get back into real life and to make up for lost time as well.I was like, 'Guys, I'm out of here.'”But the home that had rejuvenated him over Smallville’s hiatuses didn’t help this time.Welling had come to Los Angeles at 23 to do commercials and modeling, but soon after his arrival in 2000, he earned a six-episode arc on the critically acclaimed CBS drama Judging Amy. That set felt a world away from his friends and family, scattered across America, and Welling had no idea how to handle it.
“Towards the end of that, I ended up getting Smallville and that was it,” Welling told Buzz Feed News one recent Saturday afternoon at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. “From an emotional standpoint, I was basically cut off from everyone.” In order to emotionally endure and professionally thrive, he said, “I just put my head in a hole and I basically blocked everybody and everything out.”It was a coping mechanism that served him well during his years spent playing high school sports.
That’s when a very unexpected — and, truthfully, unwanted — prospect came about.“They said, ‘Why don't you use your television company and create a show that you actually want to be in? “Honestly, if someone had said that to me a month earlier, I probably would have said, ‘No, I don't want to do TV again.’ It was something I was completely against.