An Interview with Amanda Tapping

(Excerpts from an interview with Jenna Busch of the Huffington Post)

Just when you thought sci-fi legend Amanda Tapping couldn’t get any cooler…for eleven years, she starred as Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1.  Colonel Sam also appeared in twenty five episodes of Stargate Atlantis.  She’s guest starred on Stargate Universe.  And she’s currently starring in one of my favorites, Sanctuary.  If you’re not watching it, and you should be, Tapping plays Dr. Helen Magnus, a hundred-and-fifty-seven-year-old English scientist who runs a sanctuary for non-human creatures (vampires, mermaids … the kind you don’t see in zoos).  The show is largely filmed in front of a green screen and was the first North American show to use the RED camera exclusively.

 

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Ryan Robbins and Amanda Tapping in “Fragments”

 

“I know the last time I spoke to you at Comic Con, we talked about guest stars that you’d like to have on Sanctuary.  And when I spoke to David Blue from Stargate Universe, he said he loves you and he’d love to be a guest on your show.

Would he really?  That’s awesome!  [laughs]  We’ll have to get him on the show then!  
 

I actually wanted who else you have coming up or who you’d like to get.

 Jonathan Young comes back as Tesla in a big way.”

 

It’s got to be great to do something different.  After playing a role for eleven years, some people would get stuck.

I mean, all I can say is that I’ve been totally blessed.  To have Sam Carter at that time in my life that I got that part, and as long as I got to play her, what a blessing.  Because she’s an amazing character.  And I sort of thought, well, how do you top Sam?  Where do I go from here?  And then Sanctuary  came along and Damian handed me the script with this amazing character, and now, at this time in my life, is sort of perfect timing.  So yeah.  And now I’m saying to myself, where would I go after Helen?

 Speaking of Sam, I wanted to ask you about your guest spots on SGU and how many of those you’re going to do.

Well, I’ve done two episodes.  I did their first two-parter and I’m at the very end of their season.  And I just shot that a few weeks ago.  So I started their season and I’m ending their season, which was very cool. But I didn’t get to play with anyone.  That was my one, you know…if they were ever to have me come back, I’d want to be with people.  [laughs]  I’m kind of off on my ship, which I think is awesome.  I have to say, when I got to work, and I saw the uniform and the General Hammond crest on it, I teared up.  I think it’s a great honor to, not only Don, but to the character.  (note: Don S. Davis, who played Major General George Hammond passed away in June, 2008.)  So that was very cool.  But I’m up in my ship and I don’t get to play with anyone. 

 

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Michael Shanks and Amanda Tapping in “Penance.”

To find out about Michael Shanks’ upcoming guest appearance on Sanctuary and much more, read the entire article at: Interview With Amanda Tapping

 

Sources:  Amanda Tapping Online, Huffington Post Online

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