Smallville said goodbye to viewers in 2011 after ten seasons and 217 episodes, ending with Clark Kent officially taking on the mantle of Superman. The impact of the show on other superhero television shows since has been undeniable. The Smallville cast, from Tom Welling to Cassidy Freeman, have not gone away after the show ended. Much of the core cast of the show have appeared in a number of projects since the show ended. While the post-Smallville life of Allison Mack has been well-documented, here is what the rest of the Smallville cast has been up to since the series finale.
Freeman, who played Tess Mercer on Smallville, has numerous guest appearances since the show’s end in series ranging from The Vampire Diaries to NCIS: New Orleans. From 2012 to 2017, Freeman starred as the daughter of Sheriff Walt Longmire, Cady Longmire, on the show Longmire, based on a series of mystery novels. She also sings and plays piano in a band that she started with her brother called "The Real D’Coy". Freeman is next set to appear in the HBO series The Righteous Gemstones, centered on a family of televangelists.
Jones III, who played Clark’s friend Pete Ross for the show’s first three seasons, left the show to film the 2006 basketball film Glory Road but reprised his role in a 2008 episode. Since leaving Smallville, Jones appeared on Bones, ER, and Blue Mountain State. In 2010, a sex tape featuring Jones and his then-girlfriend was leaked and in 2010, he pled guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess illegal drugs with the intent to distribute. Once released from incarceration in 2012, Jones resumed acting in a series of independent and made-for-television movies.
Hartley, who played Oliver Queen on Smallville, went on to appear on Revenge, Mistresses, and The Young and the Restless after a proposed Smallville spinoff starring Hartley and Erica Durance fizzled out. In 2017, Hartley married his girlfriend, actress Chrishell Stause and they currently live in Los Angeles. Hartley became a household name after landing the role of Kevin Pearson on NBC’s hit drama This Is Us. He and the show won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2018 and 2019 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Hartley also has three movies currently in development, The Hunt, The Exchange, and Lexi.
After appearing for five seasons in Smallville as Clark’s adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, Schneider reprised his role in three later episodes before appearing in a variety of movies and TV shows including The Secret Life of the American Teenager and The Haves and the Have Nots. In 2017, Schneider returned to his music career with a country album titled "Ruffled Skirts" and was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2019. In 2018, Schneider appeared as a contestant on Dancing with The Stars and currently has nine movies in production.
After playing Clark’s adoptive mother, Martha Kent, for six seasons, O’Toole returned for four later episodes. In 2007 and 2009, O’Toole joined her husband, Michael McKean, on tour as a backup singer for his parody band Spinal Tap as well as wrote lyrics for the band’s 2009 album. O’Toole has also appeared on stage in various plays. In 2013, O’Toole was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. O’Toole most recently appeared in Halt and Catch Fire, Virgin River, Blow the Man Down, and in the second season of The Punisher as Eliza Schultz.
After playing Clark’s love interest and intrepid reporter Lois Lane for six seasons on Smallville, a proposed spinoff with Durance and Hartley’s characters never made it to air. Durance then starred in the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope as Chief Surgical Dr. Alex Reid for five seasons.
She also produced the Saving Hope series and directed a season four episode. Durance recently returned to the Superman world by playing Supergirl’s Kryptonian mother, Alura Zor-El in season three of Supergirl, replacing Laura Benanti in the role. Durance currently resides in Vancouver with her husband, their two children, and her stepson.
Glover played Lex’s father Lionel Luther for seven seasons before returning to Smallville for the final season as an alternate version of the character. After the series ended, Glover guest-starred on television series The Blacklist, Agent Carter, The Good Wife, and The Good Fight in addition to recording several audiobooks including "The Tempest" and "Dracula." Glover most recently returned to the DC Universe playing Mr. Sivana in 2019’s Shazam! movie as the father of another villain, Dr. Sivana played by Mark Strong. Glover currently has a film in development, The Extraordinary Farewell.
Rosenbaum played Lex Luthor for seven seasons before reprising his role in the series finale. Afterwards, Rosenbaum starred in the series Impastor and had a role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Rosenbaum is better known for his voice work, as he has voiced numerous DC Universe characters, most recently Barry Allen in Justice League: Doom. In 2014, Rosenbaum made his writing and directorial debut with the film Back in The Day. Rosenbaum currently hosts an interview podcast called "Inside of You" where he interviews celebrities. He previously expressed an interest in returning to Smallville if continued as an animated series.
Kreuk appeared as Clark’s initial love interest, Lana Lang, in the show’s first seven seasons. She went on to star in video game adaptation Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and appear on the television series Chuck. Kreuk went on to star in and produce the reboot of the television series Beauty and the Beast, which ran for four seasons. Currently, Kreuk stars and executive produces the Canadian legal drama Burden of Truth. The second season of Burden of Truth will premiere in the United States on the CW network this summer.
Welling starred as Clark Kent for all ten seasons of Smallville, executive-produced the two final seasons, and directed seven episodes of the series. After the series ended, Welling appeared in smaller films including Parkland and Draft Day. Welling also executive produced the short-lived cheerleading drama Hellcats. Welling recently recurred on the third season of Lucifer as Lt. Marcus Pierce and is working on the series The Professionals. Welling has a son, Thomson Wylde Welling, with fiancée Jessica Rose Lee and has recently suggested that he will be appearing on Arrow’s final season, though the details of his role are unknown.