Arrow and Gossip Girl actress Willa Holland.
Arrow and Gossip Girl actress Willa Holland. Contributed

Arrow star Willa Holland ready to meet fans at Supanova

WILLA Holland is relishing her move from teen drama queen to crime fighter.

The actress, best known for her roles in The OC and Gossip Girl, currently stars in superhero series Arrow.

Based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, the popular show stars Holland as the younger half-sister of Oliver Queen (Arrow).

"The entire third season has been a lot of physical stuff (for me), which has been great," she tells APN.

"I love it. I have absolutely no complaints about working and getting to kick ass in the process."

While she has a stunt double, Holland says she does as many of her own stunts as the show's insurance allows.

"It's intimidating fighting the guys, but you just have to trust that these big muscly guys know how to not hit you," she says.

She is in Australian for the first time to meet fans at this weekend's Supanova Pop Culture Expo on the Gold Coast.

Willa Holland as Thea Queen from the TV series Arrow.
Willa Holland as Thea Queen from the TV series Arrow. Channel 9

"The fans for this show are definitely drastically different from anything else I've done," she said.

"The comic book fans are known for being some of the most passionate.

"But it's hard answering a lot of the questions because I'm not allowed to say anything (about upcoming episodes)."

Holland, 23, became a child model and actor after director Steven Spielberg encouraged her mother to put her in front of the camera.

She has gone on to a successful career in television and film, starring in movies including Legion, Straw Dogs and Tiger Eyes.

Unlike most people her age, Holland says she isn't an avid social media user. While she has Instagram and Twitter accounts, she admits she's "really bad at both of them".

She plans to soak up the Queensland sun during her short visit to the Gold Coast.

"I'm bringing my boyfriend with me, so we're going to sit by the beach and chill," she says.

"I haven't been able to sit by a body of water and do nothing for a long time."

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo plays the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre this Friday through Sunday.