Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: Close Up: Jewel Staite

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Close Up: Jewel Staite

May 27, 2008 (Actors)

This year Jewel Staite will join the regular cast of Stargate Atlantis. So how will Doctor Jennifer Keller deal with life on the front line? The actress took time out from filming season five to tell us.

A brief excerpt:

...the actress reports that she jumped at the chance of signing on for more screen time.

“They called in the fall and told me that we had been picked up for a fifth season,” recalls the actress, “and once contract negotiations began, they asked if I was willing to come on for more time. It’s a great show, a great cast, the hours are great… It’s a very easy set to be on but at the same time, there’s all these extreme situations that we’re playing out every week, so it’s kind of fun. You never really know what your character is going to go through next, so it’s a bit of a challenge as well, which is good. It shoots in my home town and I’ve bonded with everybody – I definitely wasn’t ready to say goodbye, so I was happy to keep exploring the character.”


Staite also hints that the season will hold a few shocks as far as Keller is concerned. “There’s a surprise coming,” she teases. “I think Keller’s definitely going to take the audience by huge surprise! She has some skills that we don’t know about – and that’s all I’ll say about that!”

This year will also see the return of Carson Beckett, whom the Keller character was designed to replace following his untimely demise. Staite couldn’t be happier to welcome both Beckett and his alter-ego, actor Paul McGillion, back to the Stargate Atlantis fold.


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