Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sanctuary - Seen It: Amanda Tapping discusses latest sci-fi role

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Amanda Tapping discusses latest sci-fi role

By Staff ⋅ September 19, 2008

Stargate: SG-1 star Amanda Tapping discusses her latest role the 157-year old Dr. Helen Magnus in ITV4’s latest sci-fi signing, Sanctuary.

...The creatures in the Sanctuary are what most people would call monsters – why do you think Helen sees them differently? Her interest seems to go beyond dispassionate scientific enquiry.
AT: "Absolutely. She has a huge humanitarian passion and that’s why she brings on board Will Zimmerman. She sees that he has a gift that she doesn’t have, an ability to connect things and find out the real story, to empathise with these creatures and the ability to get them to open up. So she’s definitely a humanist. She chooses to surround herself with people that can do the things she may not necessarily be as good at, and it’s all because she cares about these creatures."

...And what about Helen and Will? What do they make of each other?
AT: "I think Helen finds him fascinating. He’s so idealistic, she see in him all the qualities that she admires, but all the qualities that she knows will probably get beaten out of him over the course of time. His idealism and purity of thought and the way he analyses things… she absolutely respects that, but I think she also realises that there’s going to come a time when he’s going to become a bit jaded. The world is not as kind as Will Zimmerman would like it to be! But she has a lot of respect for him.

There are a couple of episodes where there’s been this bizarre sexual tension between the two of them, and it’s by virtue of what’s happening in any given episode, especially in an episode called Requiem where Magnus goes a bit crazy. But generally there’s just a huge healthy respect – he’s the first real protégé she’s had..."

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