As you know, I’m a pretty big fan of Battlestar Galactica (I know, I know, that goes without saying if you’ve started your own BSG aftershow…:).
I also happen to have a great appreciation, and growing adoration, for the art of interviewing (or the art of fluid conversation, as I like to see it).
So when I was presented the opportunity to mashup two of my passions, it gave me the chance to speak face-to-face to two actors I have gained a great amount of respect for over the last six years (yes, it’s been THAT long since the show started. Oiy!).
Chatting to Mary McDonnell (who played President Laura Roslin) was an absolute delight. On a professional level, I was excited to have the chance to interview a a two-time Oscar-nominated actress (My adorable mom will be excited to know she acted alongside Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves). But on a fan level, I couldn’t wait to pick her brain about Battlestar’s finale, Laura’s fate and even the up-coming series, Caprica! Let’s also take a moment to note what fabulous, voluminous hair she has:)
I may or may not have geeked out, just a bit ,when I got to interview Alessandro Juliani, better known as Lt. Felix Gaeta on BSG (obviously, I totally geeked out.) He was a character that started off as a fairly minor role and grew into one of the most dark, tormented and sympathetically flawed characters on the show. I fell in love with him after the episode “Final Cut” where you saw him “letting his hair down” for the first time, or in this case, undoing his collar…and lighting up a cigarette…AND sharing his tattoo with the audience. I knew at that instant that there was more MAN-stique to this seemingly straight-edge military boy than anyone could’ve expected. I’m glad to see I was right:)
~Anastasia “Nat” Tubanos
P.S. Although I’m still developing my interviewing skills, I’m genuinely thankful for the overwhelmingly positive feedback I’ve gotten about these segments on BSGcast. Truthfully, the response blows my mind. But it makes me so grateful that I’ve been able to make the conversations entertaining enough that fellow BSG fans feel like they’re getting something new and valuable out of it. So, thank you:)