Emily Bett Rickards
Born and raised in Canada, Emily Bett Rickards was always interested in acting. She took dance classes and engaged in musical theatre as a child. Rickards attended the Vancouver Film School and studied at the Alida Vocal Studio. Her first professional appearance was in Nickleback’s 2009 music video ‘Never Gonna Be Alone,’ but her breakthrough came in 2012 with Arrow which earned her many awards and nominations including several Teen Choices. Rickards has also appeared in film and on stage. She is involved with charities and launched a t-shirt campaign to support the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, and she also established a scholarship fund at the Vancouver Film School. Rickards does not maintain much of a social media presence, but she still has hundreds of thousands of followers. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 115 lbs.
Emily Bett Rickards’ Diet
Rickards doesn’t subscribe to any particular diet like keto or Paleo. That said, clean foods are an essential component of her ripped physique. She always eats her veggies, both whole and in juice form. She sticks with clean animal protein like fish, which also provides healthy fats. She’s also a fan of nuts and nut butters. Her carbs usually come in the form of whole grains, and she also likes fruit. Overall, she avoids junk food and processed foods and eats a balanced diet.
- Low-Medium Fat 25% 25%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
- Medium Carb 45% 45%
A K.I.S.S. Plan
Rickards doesn’t engage in any kind of extreme dieting. She simply eats whole, unprocessed foods, including plenty of veggies.
Rickards makes sure to get her green vegetables every day. Besides leafy greens and broccoli, she also sips on green juice for an easy, on-the-go way to fit those essential nutrients into her busy lifestyle.
Rickards swears by an apple-slices-and-almond-butter snack at 3 to keep her fueled until dinnertime.
Pass On the Junk
Rickards can spend long days on set, and needs energy which she gets from wholesome foods rather than the temporary high (and subsequent crash) that comes from eating processed, sugary foods.
What to Eat
Whole, Natural Foods
What to Avoid
Rickards on Her Favorite Snack
‘Apples and almond butter!’
Rickards on Her Least Favorite Food, Durian
‘Those really smelly things in Thailand that’s all spiky. Those things should just go away.’
Rickards on Asking for Help
‘Any question you have, most likely someone else is having as well.’
Emily Bett Rickards’ Fitness Routine
Rickards was always into movement and exercise. She loved gymnastics as a kid and often performs her own stunts on set.
Rickards says she’ll go to the gym even when shooting lasts 14 or more hours a day. She says working out helps her feel focused at work.
Make It Fun
Rickards works with trainer Thomas Taylor, owner of T3 Athletics. She says he keeps things interesting even when the exercises are hard.
Double Up on Help
Rickards also works with trainer Brady Roberts who favors HIIT and resistance training.
Double Daily Dose
Rickards is committed to working out, and often hits the gym twice a day.
Rickards runs regularly, which is a great cardio workout and increases her stamina for long, grueling days of filming.
Rickards enjoys doing hot yoga, and usually takes a class on Sunday. The hot room allows for maximum stretch.
Good for the Soul
Rickards also digs boxing and SoulCycle and calls herself an ‘addict.’ Both types of exercises burn serious calories, up to 700 per workout.
A Emily Bett Rickards Routine
Weight training: daily
Challenge yourself. Try new things to keep it interesting.
Rickards on Her Active Childhood
‘I was always very physical growing up, and did sports.’
Rickards on Her Favorite Exercise
Rickards on Keeping Things Fresh
‘I like to get out and do different things, and walk in different shoes.’
Rickards on Exercise
‘After a great workout, I feel accomplished.’
Rickards on Working Out Hard
‘I like change. I like challenge.’
Rickards on her Challenging Workouts
‘Another glorious moment of pain.’
Emily Bett Rickards’ Supplements
Rickards isn’t talking about any supplements she might take, so below are supplements that can benefit anyone following a similar diet routine.
High-intensity workouts and long days require extra support to keep energy levels up. Rickards is always careful to eat her greens, but if you sometimes fall short, consider adding a greens supplement.
Emily Bett Rickards’ Lifestyle
Top Pick for Staycations
Rickards says her favorite way to relax is getting a massage. Massage is a great way to improve circulation, reduce post-exercise soreness and detoxify, especially if you aren’t getting as much sleep as you’d like.
It Was Fate
Rickards’ character was only meant to be a guest star on Arrow, but everyone agreed that the screen lit up when she entered the scene, leading to the offer of a recurring role that lasted until the show ended.
Rickards has played Felicity Smoak on 5 different series: Arrow, The Flash, Vixen, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Rickards dotes on her pet pooch, Ophi. The dog accompanied her every day to the set, where her castmates shower her with love.
Rickards is very close friends with former Arrow costar, Colton Haynes. Rickards also has a close relationship with Aisha Tyler, and speculation abounds as to whether they are dating.
Rickards on Her Career Choice
‘There was a point in my life where I either wanted to be an astronaut, a veterinarian, or a pirate. I just though being in space would be really cool, but then you have to have 20/20 vision which I don’t have, so there.’
Rickards on Her Friends
‘I’m always interested to meet my friends’ parents, or who they were raised by. Where they grew up, I always find very interesting.’
Rickards on Love
‘It’s interesting that you don’t always fall in love with someone that you’re perfectly perfect for.’
Rickards on Her Dog’s Reaction to Arrow Castmates
‘As soon as she hears any of their voices, I have no control over my dog.’
Rickards on Losing a Loved On
‘Every time someone in your life dies, you realize you’re not invincible, and you have to wonder if we’re celebrating life or if we’re mourning a death.’