in Rochford, England Amanda Tapping was raised in Toronto.
She has had a number of guest roles on US TV series including
before being cast as Samantha Carter on Stargate SG-1.
Nick Smithson recently caught up with her...
Nick Smithson: What are your very first
memories of working on SG-1?
Tapping : I can remember quite vividly Michael [Shanks] and
I walking on to the set for the first time and seeing the
Stargate. I remember walking in and suddenly seeing this huge
prop there. We both saw it at the same time, stopped and both
just gasped in awe. I thought: "Wow! This is huge!"
We were both totally blown away
What were your first thoughts on your character?
I thought she was linear - one dimensional in that she came
across as this out to prove herself feminist standing on her
soap box and constantly ranting about equality. As a feminist
I personally found this so tired and boring.
I talked to the writers about it and said: "Firstly women
don't talk like this and secondly why can't she just be a
member of SG-1 without constantly raising the flag that clearly
points out that she is a woman. She's an integral member of
the team. She loves the people that that she works with and
would die for them and that is something that I really like
about her. I really admire her incredible loyalty.
now, at long last she is starting to warm up a bit and have
How far will that fun go do you think? Do you think that Carter
and O'Neill will, or should, ever get it together?
They should never be together. Sure there is the potential
for them to fall in love and they are definitely attracted
to each other and that's fine. But they also need to temper
it with the fact that it's not going anywhere.
had sort of a three episode arc where you actually get to
see them admit that they have deep feelings for each other.
And we leave it with the two of them admitting it. We finally
hear them admit out loud that they love each other. They practically
say: "I love you, you love me. I would die for you, you
would die for me." And this is not just because they
are in the military. But it is made clear that this is as
far as it goes - as far as it can go.
I'm sure the fans will be disappointed to hear that.
Our fans are great. They are so generous. Some of the things
that people have come up to me and said are just amazing.
I had this one woman who came up to me at a convention and
said something to me that I will never forget. I was signing
autographs and she came up and said: "You make me a better
person." I didn't know how to react to that. I didn't
know what to say. I was so shocked. She meant it from her
heart and I thought: "I don't know how I've done that,
Your character has a pretty heavy background in the sciences.
Do you actually understand half of what your character says?
I actually studied as much as I possibly could for the role
and when I found out I had got the role I only had two weeks
to prepare. I hired a personal trainer to make sure I got
the physical aspect of the character right.
science aspect was just homework really. I went on to the
Internet, I read Stephen Hawking's book and anything else
I could get my hands on to help me prepare for the role. I
did this because I feel that the only way I can play my character
is if I understand what she is talking about. She comes out
with a lot of scientific technobabble and if I don't understand
what I'm saying then I'm lying - I'm cheating. It would be
so easy to read the script and put on an intonation that makes
it sound as if I know what I'm saying, but it works better
for me if I really do understand what she is talking about.
How do you relax between takes. Do you all chill out together?
We do get on incredibly well together. I know this sounds
like a cliché but we are like one big happy family.
Richard has a great sense of humour, Christopher Judge has
a wonderful sense of humour and possibly one of the best laughs
I've ever heard. These elements, coupled with all these goofy,
wacky people, are what keeps us sane on the set. We really
do, on the whole, have a great time.
Thank you for your time.
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