Tom Welling portrays Clark Kent, a young man with superhuman abilities, who tries to find his place in life after discovering he is an alien. He uses his abilities to help others in danger. Clark's problem in season one includes not being able to share his secret with anyone. He just wants to be normal. After months of scouting, Tom Welling was cast as Clark Kent. David Nutter had to convince Welling's manager that role would not hurt Welling's film career in order to be able to get Welling to read the pilot script. After reading the script, Welling was convinced to audition for the role.