It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since the series finale of Smallville — and even harder to believe that it’s been nearly two decades since we first met Clark, Lana, Pete, and Chloe, who were just your everyday high schoolers (or so we thought) in a small town in Kansas.
Season 1 of the CW series premiered in 2001, and since then, the stars of Smallville have gone from fighting Lex Luthor to taking on Hollywood. Tom Welling, the best Superman of all time (don’t @ me), may have hung up his red cape, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have soft spot for the show that kicked off his career.
“The idea of it being a team effort — it’s not really about one person ever — and the more you communicate the better,” he told Variety of the lessons he learned on set earlier this year. “You have to try to elevate whatever material you have in front of you the best you can. You just try to go in there and make the best thing you can and have a good time doing it.”
As for the decision to finally “suit up” in the series finale? He has no regrets. “We jumped onto this idea that at the end of the show, the idea is that Clark becomes Superman and he’s out there, and we know he’s out there, but we can’t go with him, but that we know and we feel good that he’s out there doing good,” he explained to Entertainment Weekly. “That was what we strove for, and I think we hit it. I liked the ending of the series, because it’s like, ‘Yes, he did it!’ I hope the audience didn’t feel like we didn’t show them something that they needed to see. I felt like we gave them the jumping off point for their imagination as to what could happen.”
So, what about his co-stars? Keep scrolling below to see what the Season 1 cast is up to today.
Tom Welling (Clark Kent)
Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang)
Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor)
Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan)
Sam Jones (Pete Ross)
John Schneider (Jonathan Kent)
Annette O’Toole (Martha Kent)
Eric Johnson (Whitney Fordham)
John Glover (Lionel Luthor)