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Katee Sackhoff Talks OCULUS, Being a Fan of Mike Flanagan’s Work, Concerns about Physical Intensity with Younger Actors, RIDDICK, and LONGMIRE

Collider:  How did this come about? 

KATEE SACKHOFF:  I was looking for something to do.  I had just auditioned for a big action movie that I wanted really, really bad, and ended up not getting it.  Normally, when something like that happens, you look for something going immediately, so that you don’t focus on it.  So, I was like, “What’s going immediately?”  This script was sent and I read it was from Mike Flanagan, and I realized that he had written a script that I’d fallen in love with, about five years before.  I read it in 45 minutes and called back and said, “Absolutely, I’ll do this.  This is amazing!”  I think I left two weeks later.  It was crazy how quick it all happened.  Really the only question I had was, “How young are you going to make the children?”  I was really trepidatious.  I think they were written to be 8 and 10, or 9 and 10, and I was a little worried about strangling a 10-year-old.  Not that strangling a 13-year-old is any better, but it makes it a little different when there’s a “teen” at the end.

Did this story read the same way on paper, as it did to actually see it?

SACKHOFF:  It read the exact same way.  That’s what was so crazy about it.  Literally, I read it in 45 minutes.  It was incredibly fast.  Normally, when I read a script, it takes me two and a half hours.  I usually put it down and come back to it.  So, I know if I can read a script in one sitting, it’s a fantastic script.  That’s usually how I decide which roles to take.  If I can read it in one sitting, that’s something I should go after.  If it takes me two reads, then it’s boring, or just not something that I’m interested in doing.  But, I read this so fast.
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Hey this is Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica and Riddick and the new movie Oculus, ask me anything.

What was your weirdest moment with fan(boys|girls)?
1. By: gastroengineer

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I had a Wookie tell me that they loved me in the bathroom at Comic-con at 2003 and honestly to this day I don’t know if it was a man or a woman.

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I have stomach flu too! Hope we get better soon!

You’re pretty ripped in BSG and Riddick, what’s your training regimen to get a crazy body like that?
2. By: yumcake

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Gosh, number 1: sorry, feel better soon.

And it changes. The older I get the harder it is. So my workout regime is constantly evolving, depending on what I have to look like and what I find fun. Right now I’m doing a lot of rock climbing. But also Longmire is the most forgiving role, so I don’t have to be as in shape for this role. But I have a role coming up the first of July and I have to be in VERY good shape for that, so the diet is going to kick in the next few days!

 

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Interview: Katee Sackhoff | RIDDICK

Where do you draw inspiration for these roles from? What drives you?

I don’t really, maybe I did when I was 21 or so and I didn’t really understand the roles as well as I do now. I think at this point the things that happen in life and as a woman and living in this world, the older you get the stronger you get. I can draw on my own life experiences at this point. What drives me when I’m going in to try to get a role is my desire to play the character and use my imagination, that’s always been a big draw for me. If it’s a role that I’ve already got, it’s music. I listen to a lot of music. I listen to the Tim Burton A Nightmare Before Christmas [soundtrack] a lot. I like a lot of orchestral music.

Riddick’s star, Vin Diesel is known for being a bit of a gamer, especially on set. Did you get a chance to join in on that sort of fun?

I actually don’t play video games. I grew up playing video games with my brother and I just sort of grew out of it. I do still have an Atari because I like the old games. I play that every once in a while. I wouldn’t know how to play something like Dungeons and Dragons. I did Halo because my nephews and my brother are huge fans. Up to that point I really hadn’t done anything that they could watch, so I kind of jumped at the opportunity because I wanted to do something that they would think was cool.

Rumours are always floating around that you’ll be involved in the next big geek movie. What sort of role do you want to do next?

Oh god; to be in the Marvel world or to be in the Star Wars movies, I could only be so lucky. At the end of the day I love these characters and I’ve always wanted to do Star Wars because I love the movies so much and I want to do Marvel because I love comic books. I’m a fan of both of those franchises and I would be happy to be involved in either of those.

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Meet the Mercs – Riddick DVD Extra

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Katee Sackhoff Talks OCULUS and… Another RIDDICK Film?

Last weekend at the 18th annual Art Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Nerdist caught up with presenter and one of our favorites, Longmire star Katee Sackhoff and asked the Battlestar Galactica alum what the status of the Riddick franchise was. Will there be another film? “Oh, I think so. Definitely. I think Vin [Diesel] and David Twohy will.” Would we see her back as Dahl? “I think it’s just a matter of whether or not they’ll let me do it!”

Up next for Sackhoff is the Blumhouse horror feature Oculus. Said Sackhoff, “[I'm] really excited about Oculus… couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s a different, new take on something that’s so simplistic and I really feel that fans are going to walk out of there just completely thrilled and really, really satisfied at seeing a different, nuanced, smart horror film.”

For an actress who is known for her work in genre film and television, what keeps her coming back for more? “You know, I grew up on science fiction and action and I absolutely love it. It’s what I want to watch so I always get pulled back.”

Oculus opens on April 11, 2014 and Longmire returns to A&E this summer.

 

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Katee Sackhoff Dishes on Making Action Movies: “I Love the Challenge”

Riddick, the third film in the action franchise, hit store shelves on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this month. The best new character? Well, the space dog was adorable, but we’ll go with Dahl, the kick butt mercenary played by Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff. We spoke with the former Cylon killer about joining Vin Diesel’s series and other cool flicks she can’t get enough of.

1. Dahl Is Second Only to Riddick: “I loved her from the second I read the script” recalls an enthusiastic Sackhoff. “She was probably the strongest of everybody in the movie minus Riddick.” Does that mean Dahl could give Starbuck a beat down? “For sure,” the former Kara Thrace insists. “We never really saw Starbuck fight too much where she didn’t get her ass kicked. Like the one time we saw her fight a Cylon.” For the role of Dahl the actress worked out a lot, sculpting 15 pounds of pure muscle.

2. Her Latest Obsession: “I think one of the best movies of the last 15 years is The Raid. I don’t think we’ve seen action like that come out of America ever. I didn’t care what they were saying, I was just like, ‘Fight more people. This is amazing!’ It was just phenomenal.”

3. Similarities Between Dredd and The Raid: “I also liked Dredd. I actually auditioned for it. I’m a big big fan of Carl [Urban] and I desperately wanted to work with him. I was up for the role of the police officer [played in the film by Olivia Thirlby]. I didn’t get it,” Sackhoff laughs. “One of my favorite movies is Mad Max so I think that makes sense to me that I ended up in these roles that are in these lawless areas or backdrops. I find it incredibly interesting subject matter, and place to set a story in.”

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Riddick, the third film in the action franchise, hit store shelves on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this month. The best new character? Well, the space dog was adorable, but we’ll go with Dahl, the kick butt mercenary played by Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff. We spoke with the former Cylon killer about joining Vin Diesel’s series and other cool flicks she can’t get enough of.

1. Dahl Is Second Only to Riddick: “I loved her from the second I read the script” recalls an enthusiastic Sackhoff. “She was probably the strongest of everybody in the movie minus Riddick.” Does that mean Dahl could give Starbuck a beat down? “For sure,” the former Kara Thrace insists. “We never really saw Starbuck fight too much where she didn’t get her ass kicked. Like the one time we saw her fight a Cylon.” For the role of Dahl the actress worked out a lot, sculpting 15 pounds of pure muscle.

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2. Her Latest Obsession: “I think one of the best movies of the last 15 years is The Raid. I don’t think we’ve seen action like that come out of America ever. I didn’t care what they were saying, I was just like, ‘Fight more people. This is amazing!’ It was just phenomenal.”

3. Similarities Between Dredd and The Raid: “I also liked Dredd. I actually auditioned for it. I’m a big big fan of Carl [Urban] and I desperately wanted to work with him. I was up for the role of the police officer [played in the film by Olivia Thirlby]. I didn’t get it,” Sackhoff laughs. “One of my favorite movies is Mad Max so I think that makes sense to me that I ended up in these roles that are in these lawless areas or backdrops. I find it incredibly interesting subject matter, and place to set a story in.”

4. Tight Spaces Mean No Rules: Sackhoff also makes a connection in all her roles, like her current one as Vic on the hit A&E series. “It’s an ongoing theme in BSG and in Longmire too just in reverse. As an actor, I like that play on space and confinement. It’s interesting to see what people do when they’re backed up against a wall.”

5. Should a Riddick Sequel Up the Action? “For Riddick though that would be a complete departure, so it might not stay true to the storylines, but I do have the untitled female Expendables movie coming up,” the star reveals. “That’s probably as close to The Raid as I’m ever gonna get. There’s some pretty badass fight scenes that I’ll need some massive amount of training for. I love the challenge. I was a gymnast and a dancer at a young age so for me, it’s just choreography and I just love it.”

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I’ve always looked at this as a job – it’s not my life

Katee Sackhoff, 33, is best known for starring as Starbuck in the Battlestar Galactica reboot. She is in Vin Diesel sci-fi action film Riddick, out now on DVD.

Was showing your left boob essential to the plot of Riddick? I’m at an age where I think everyone’s seen a boob before and it wasn’t a big deal. It was essential in that the character needed to know Riddick had seen her in a very vulnerable position and could have killed her but didn’t.

You’ve said people have been critical of that scene in particular and some aspects of your character in the film in general. If I was hurt or offended every time someone criticised me I’d never have shown up for my second day on Battlestar Galactica. People hated the fact Starbuck on that show was a woman – I got death threats. Someone’s always going to have a problem with something you do – you’re never going to make everyone happy. Even if you get a 50/50 response, you’re still doing well.

Do your fans want to see you as a non-stop arse-kicker? There are many different kinds of fans for many different reasons and a large section of my fanbase doesn’t want to see me do anything other than be tough. Then there are people who want to see me do a little bit of everything. I’m trying to give everyone a bit of what they want but, at the end of the day, it’s about me having fun and enjoying what I do for a living – so I go where the excitement is and do things I haven’t done before. There’s something different about every character or job that makes me want to do it. On Battlestar it was as simple as I’d never shot a gun before and I got to do that.

What role has had the biggest impact on your career? Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, for sure. The biggest impact on my life was the TV show The Education Of Max Bickford when I was 19 and working with Oscar winners like Peter O’Toole, Marcia Gay Harden and Richard Dreyfuss every day. That was when I thought: ‘Wow, I might be able to do this for a career.’ Battlestar Galactica meant I was offered more ‘tough girl’ roles – I finally found what people wanted to see me do, then made a career out of it.

Why did you want to become an actress? I was very shy and insecure growing up and acting gave me an outlet. My first professional job was Mr Holland’s Opus but I took a break right after that because I hated it. I decided if I wasn’t going to be one of the leads there was no point doing it. There’s a hierarchy on a film set and when you’re at the bottom it’s not much fun.

Why did you go back to it? Ultimately I feel passionate about art – it gives me an outlet and there’s a camaraderie and a feeling of inclusion when you’re on set and working. I didn’t have that in high school and longed to feel included.

There’s a fan campaign to get you the role of Ms Marvel in the Marvel superhero films. Are you interested? Of course, I’d be stupid not to be interested. I’d love to do it. Who wouldn’t? It’d be fun. I grew up trying to find strong female characters in lots of different venues and comics were a place you could find them – incredibly strong women with very few limitations.

You’ve got supernatural film Oculus coming out soon – what was it like? I had a great time working on that. It’s a very different type of horror movie I think people will enjoy.

Karen Gillan has a ten-minute monologue about the history of mirrors in the film. Did you see her do it? She did a brilliant job with it. I shot all of my stuff before Karen started working so she had time to prepare but a lesser actor would have had a horrible time with it. To keep the audience’s attention for ten minutes with just you talking is pretty impressive and she does a great job. I play Karen’s mom – I can’t really give away how.

What’s happening with the ‘female Expendables’? The script is amazing. The producer, Adi Shankar, did Dredd and The Grey, and can take an idea and turn it into something incredibly strong. It’s hard, gritty, nasty – everything you want an action movie to be. I can’t wait to get started on it.

What lessons has your career in showbiz taught you so far? I’ve always looked at this as a job – it’s not my life. Everything is finite, you ride the wave as long as you can and you need to find other things to make you happy because you’re not going to get it from this business. I’ve always been realistic about this business and gone in with a level head. Some people might call it pessimistic but I call it realistic. I’m producing my own projects and enjoy writing. If you can make yourself malleable, your career can last a long time.

Are you producing films? Yes, a couple of big ones and a couple of small ones. I produced a comedy, Sexy Evil Genius, a couple of years ago, which I’m proud of. I’m engaged to a producer – I’ve been with him for eight years – and when your fiancé’s produced films like Pitch Perfect and you see how he attacks this business, you can’t help but be influenced.

Riddick is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

 

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WARRIOR OF THE YEAR

Katee Sackhoff is no stranger to the role of the badass. She was the cigar-chewing, Viper-piloting tough and layered Kara “Starbuck” Thrace for five years on Battlestar Galactica and has brought a similar energy to other shows and several films through the years. When Empire reached her at home in Los Angeles, she was just back from an MRI scan, something she gets regularly after being treated for thyroid cancer in 2009. In 2013, she co-starred in Riddick as Dahl, the female officer who takes no crap from the men around her and tangles with Vin Diesel’s titular growler. The role proved controversial, though Sackhoff says she never saw it as such. She’s still one of our Unsung Heroes.

What sort of reaction did you have to Dahl?
Ninety nine per cent of it has been positive. And there’s the one per cent that thinks the movie is a little sexist towards her. It’s funny, because I didn’t even think that while we were shooting it. I was, like, “I don’t understand what you mean by that,” when she’s the person who throws the first punch, says the worst things to everybody else, so I didn’t really understand it. So I would say that there was a tremendous positive response to the movie, that people really loved it, and that it was worth the ten year wait.

When you got the script and Riddick was talking about the infamous “balls deep” line, did it give you pause?
Absolutely not! Not for a second. I thought the line was creative, I’ve heard the line before, I’ve heard people say it out in public, which is actually a little disconcerting, but no, it didn’t bother me at all. I thought it was quite humorous and it fit the tone of the movie quite well.

And it felt like she turned it around on him later on..
She doesn’t take that crap. And not only that, but her comment to him indicates that she was thinking the same thing the whole time anyway, maybe. I don’t know. I think that people who were offended by the line were giving the movie way too much power. Here’s what it comes down to: not everyone in the world believe that women deserve equal pay, that women are just as capable. To some it’s fantastical. We’re not in the film business to avoid ruffling feathers and I think that it’s an accurate portrayal of what being a female soldier is like for some people and I thought it was completely right on base. Coming from a woman who does think women are just as capable as men and should be making more than them, I didn’t have a problem.

It seems like it was a boy’s club on set. But you’re used to that…
It was fun. I became really close friends with Matt Nable (who played Boss Johns) and I’ve seen David Twohy, the director, two or three times since the movie came out and I became close with him because I had great time. It reminded me of growing up in high school with my brother and all his friends, because I’ve always hung out with the boys, so it makes complete sense for me.

You also took it to Comic-Con. Was that everything you’d expected? Was it different to doing it for, say, Battlestar Galactica?
It was just doing it on a bigger scale. For Battlestar, we’d have 5000 people show up, but for Riddick there were 5000 people waiting who didn’t get in. It was just a very different scale, but science-fiction fans are the best fans in the world and they would follow you to the ends of the Earth – literally, because they’d probably think it would be fun – so I thoroughly enjoy Comic-Con, I always have and it’s a fun time for actors and people in the business.

It must be nice to get the reactions on that scale…
It’s the closest that film actors can get to stage, in the sense that you have this gratification that you get from the fans in a very personal setting, and that’s not normally the case with film and television. Unless it’s a half-hour comedy, where you have the audience. So it’s a nice change to go and hang out with people and hear what the fans have to say about performances.

And people tend to be more positive when they have to comment in public.
Everyone’s always entitled to their opinion and not everybody is going to like what you do. However, the internet has allowed people to become cruel and cowardly, and sometimes horrible things are said. People hide behind that computer screen and they find themselves more opinionated than they would normally be – and in a mean way. I was always taught to treat people with respect. You’re allowed to hate [what I do], but you’re not allowed to be mean to me or anyone else involved.

What’s next?
I just finished a movie called Tell, which was a lot of fun and I have the untitled Adi Shankar movie next year, which is a female action movie like The Expendables. I just read it, it’s fucking brilliant and I freaked out. It’s one of the coolest scripts I’ve ever read. It’s not campy at all, it’s just kicking ass. Then back to TV with Longmire in March. Oh, and trying to fit a wedding in there somewhere…

 

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Riddick is available on iTunes and amazon.com. Also the director’s cut version! Get them or buy the DVD/Blue Ray in January 2014!
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The Sci-Fabulous Katee Sackhoff in Riddick – ‘Riddick’ releases on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack January 14th

We shine the spotlight on the Sci-Fi Queen of Riddick, available on Blu-ray January 14!

For many sci-fi fans, Katee Sackhoff is a household name of this exciting genre., but you don’t have to be a sci-fi fan to know this woman is a force to watch. The all-new thriller finds the title character trapped on a sun-scorched planet and pursued by ruthless bounty hunters eager to collect the reward for Riddick’s capture—dead or alive. Savage alien creatures, expansive desert landscapes, monster storms, jet hogs and an arsenal of futuristic weaponry make this the most exhilarating episode to date in writer and director David Twohy’s breathtaking series of futuristic blockbusters.

In celebration of the Blu-ray release of Riddick, we shine the spotlight some of our favorite roles of Katee Sackhoff.

1) Dahl – Riddick

While her name might be pronounced ‘doll’, she’s anything but sweet in this role. Sackhoff has said Dahl is probably the strongest character she’s ever played.

2) Capt. Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrice- Battlestar Galactica

Before playing the role of a sniper in Riddick, fans most enjoyed Katee’s work as Capt. Starbuck in the SyFy network series Battlestar Galactica. For four seasons, she played Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrice, a pilot and warrior.

3) Herself - The Big Bang Theory

This may be her best role of all, a cameo in Howard’s fantasy. Katee guest stars on two episodes helping our nerdy hero muster up courage to propose to his girlfriend, Bernadette. Bernadette said no to the proposal but what better wingwoman is there for any sci-fi nerd than Katee.

4) Detective Sara Essen & Bo-KatanBatman: Year 1 & Star Wars: The Clone Wars

As if there is more reason to note that she’s a standout, she also lends her voice to the live animation classics like Batman, and Star Wars, opposite the Breaking Bad mastermind, Bryan Cranston.

Riddick is now available for pre-order on Amazon for $23.96, or you can sign up to win a free copy of the Blu-ray through GotchaMovies in the coming weeks!
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