4YE’s Year In Review: Here’s How Stephen Amell Won 2015

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Credit: Frederick Brown / Getty Images

2015 is coming to an end, but before we say goodbye for good we want to take a moment to look back at what and who had an influence on the world of pop culture in 2015. 

The following man is not only no.1 on the call sheet of one of the most popular TV shows of the year, and on a show that has inspired not one but several spin-offs, but he also constantly graces us with pictures of his incredibly adorable-y perfect family (so what if we find ourselves gushing over little Mavi every once in a while?). From shooting a multi-million dollar movie to raising money for charity to fighting a professional wrestler – Stephen Amell is a busy man. He is the Green Arrow after all.

Let’s take a look at some of Amell’s coolest moments in 2015:


The Canadian actor has a history of working towards making the world a little less awful by supporting various charities, such as Fuck Cancer. In January 2015, he launched yet another campaign via Represent,the Sinceriously campaign;  benefitting Stand For Silent – a charity that focuses on bullying and mental health– and Paws & Stripes –a charity which provides military veterans with service dogs. He did not only establish the made-up word “sinceriously,” he also helped a whole lot of people, thanks to selling over 65, 000 “Sinceriously” shirts, sweaters and more. 

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Life continued to be pretty good for Amell. As if he wasn’t busy enough with his hit show Arrow, he jumped right into yet another huge job opportunity. Late last March, it was announced that he would be taking on the role of vigilante Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel. Filming for the movie started in April, meaning Amell went from filming Arrow right onto filming Turtles. Who needs a break anyway? 

To end the year with a bang, just a couple days ago the first trailer for TMNT 2: Out of the Shadows premiered on Amell’s very own Facebook page. If we weren’t pumped for this blockbuster already, we certainly are now.

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In 2012 Amell and buddy Andrew Harding started Nocking Point Wines, which provides you – yes, you guessed it – with the finest wine there could possibly be. In addition to great wine, NP also offers merchandise, coffee and a fancy wine club stuff (like exclusive and limited wine varieties, with a probably gigantic waitlist). They also throw spectacular parties, so I have heard.

But wait, there is more. Early this past April, Amell and Harding released the first episode of their documentary style tv show “Dudes Being Dudes in Wine Country.” Take a look at the trailer below, and check out the first episode over on ITunes. In August the dudes teased that a second episode is already in the making.

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It is not exactly a secret that Stephen Amell is obsessed with sports. His very opinionated tweets are always a joy to read, whether you’re a sports fanatic yourself or not. Time and time again he professes his undying love for the Toronto Blue Jays, when finally in June Amell joined them for batting practice and promptly hit a homer (because apparently that’s what you do when you’re an actor visiting a ballpark). And if his reaction was anything to go by, this moment was a big one. Another thing to check off of that bucket list.

July is undoubtedly every geek’s favorite month – it’s Comic Con time! We said goodbye to our regular lives for a few days and enjoy the buzz in and around San Diego. Of course the Arrow family was present as well, and while they did not come with a new trailer Amell did promise a surprise. During Warner Bro’s & DC’s Night of Entertainment Amell took the stage in the new and improved Arrow suit. Definitely a sight for sore eyes. And if you thought the suit was impressive, take a look at his in-character speech below. Year after year SDCC is a highlight not to be missed, especially if it comes with a special appearance by the Green Arrow himself.

Another thing that happened during SDCC that had shippers in tears (happy ones this time); Amell and co-star Emily Bett Rickards took home the award for Ship of the Year at MTV’s Fandom Fest. We cried, we laughed, we felt things. Although a minor win for Amell, it was a huge one for all the Olicity lovers out there.

August must have been a great month for the Arrow star, as one of his childhood dreams became reality. After a rivalry that originated on social media was taken one step further when he visited WWE’s Monday Night Raw, Amell finally got the opportunity to take on Stardust at WWE’s Summer Slam. The match itself was surprisingly balanced. We always knew Amell was athletic but it takes a lot of intensive training to keep up with a pro-wrestler. Not only a highlight for Stephen himself, but all WWE fans, too. Relive the final moments that made our jaws hit the floor:

Just days before getting into the WWE ring Amell decided to launch a specific Represent campaign: in cooperation with Cody Rhodes he started the “Amell vs Stardust” Campaign, featuring a really cool fan-made design highlighting the upcoming Wrestling event. All proceeds went to Emily’s House, a children’s hospice in Amell’s hometown of Toronto. Even better? Both men showed up to deliver the check in person.

 

But Amell did not stop there. In October he launched his second campaign supporting the charity Fuck Cancer, presenting a new design and lots of cool merchandise. This time around there were even a family-friendly versions included – for the kids out there. The second Fuck Cancer campaign was a success with more than 22.000 shirts sold.

Apart from his own campaigns, Amell goes above and beyond to raise awareness and support others. In a video back in October he spoke about SMA, a genetic disease. 

 

Generally we can’t help but love how involved Stephen Amell is on Facebook. He keeps his fans up-to-date, shares fun and exciting behind-the-scenes stuff and just interacts with his fandom. He created Meme Monday, Fanart Friday and even Lightsaber Saturday to further engage his fans and keep his page active. It is certainly a great way to give back. And in the past year he used his fame to raise a whole lot of money for charity. We do believe that standing up for those in need, time and time again, makes him a prime example of a real life super hero.

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So thank you Stephen, for not only entertaining your fans via Facebook, Twitter and the like, but also for replying and sharing some of the cool stuff you have received.

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What do you think, did Amell win everything there was to win in in 2015? It was certainly quite the exciting year. We don’t doubt that 2016 will bring new challenges and adventures, and we can’t wait to come along for the ride!

Happy new year!

 

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