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Chat with Producer Josh Friedman and star
Summer Glau of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles". (Friedman is
pictured above with star Lena Heady during the strike last year)
I attended this FOX conference call and thoroughly
enjoyed hearing Josh and Summer chat. They seem like very nice and
dedicated people, happy to be doing what they are doing.
Unfortunately, time was limited, so I did not get to ask my question.
This has happened a lot lately, unfortunately. It was still a treat to
be there, though.
I've watched every episode of the show. Summer Glau plays Cameron, the
robot protecting John Connor. She was also fabulous in the TV shows
"Firefly" and "The 4400", and the movie "Serenity". It was an honor to
talk to her. It's a great show, too!
FBC PUBLICITY: Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles
February 3, 2009/1:00 p.m. EST
Tra Mi Callahan
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to
the ďTerminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesĒ Interview Call with Summer
Glau and Josh Friedman. I would like to remind you that todayís
conference is being recorded. Iíll now turn the conference over to Tra-Mi
Callahan for opening remarks.
T. Callahan: Hello, this is Tra Mi with FOX Publicity. Thank you for
joining us this morning for the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Conference Call with executive producer and creator Josh Friedman and
Summer Glau who plays Cameron on the show.
A quick reminder, Terminator makes its time period premiere on Friday,
February 13th at 8/7 Central on FOX. And also, due to the number of call
participants this morning, we ask you to limit yourself to one question
and one follow up before resetting the queue. Okay thanks, Iím going to
go ahead and turn this call back over.
Moderator: We will go first to Daniel Fienberg with Hitfix.com.
D. Fienberg: Hello guys, thanks for doing this call. I just want to start
with a pretty basic question for Josh, I just want you to talk about the
Friday time slot and what advantages or disadvantages you feel like it
J. Friedman: Well the advantage I see is that we were getting our *sses
kicked on Monday nights, so Iím happy to move to Fridays.
S. Glau: I donít think we were getting our *sses kicked, I just think
there was a lot of people on Monday.
J. Friedman: Yes, it was crowded, it was crowded on Monday and I think
that Friday gives FOX an opportunity to promote us together with
ďDollhouseĒ, which seems like a pretty exciting show. You know itís an
opportunity for a fresh start and we have a lot of great episodes in the
back nine. So I donít think anyone really knows what to expect in this
environment. So I feel good about it.
D. Fienberg: Well following off of that, do you get the impression
already that FOX has different expectations for you guys on Friday
J. Friedman: You know I havenít really talked to them about numbers or
anything, I think that FOX was very sort of just open to see what
happens. I mean I think that they are excited by the possibility, but I
havenít really talked to them about it. I think just generally,
statistically Friday has obviously been a lower ratings night, which is
good and bad. I mean I think itís good in that you have a different set
of expectations, but I donít know exactly what they are and I havenít
D. Fienberg: Fair enough. Thanks Ö.
Moderator: Next we have David Martindale with the Hearst Newspaper.
D. Martindale: Hello, Josh. Hello, Summer.
S. Glau: Hello.
D. Martindale: Summer, you are really quite wonderful in the show.
S. Glau: Thank you.
D. Martindale: A question for Josh about that. I look at the show and I
say, yes, Summer is really good as Cameron, but what was it that you all
initially saw in Summer that made you all go, ďYes, yes, sheís the right
J. Friedman: Well I sort of wrote the part for her. Well I had seen
Summer a few years earlier, she came in and auditioned for another show,
but then she went off and did the Serenity movie and I walked around
carrying her audition tape for a few weeks, kind of lamenting the loss
of Summer. So when I was working on the show, working on developing it
and I realized I wanted to do a character like this, she as about the
only one that I felt like I knew could do this. And I think itís just
something just ó you know she has a quality ó one itís her physicality
and her dance training and all sorts of things, I think she has a
particular kind of ó sheís really the only people I know who can kind of
be completely still and still be fascinating to watch act. Sheís got it.
D. Martindale: Youíre right, itís hard to take your eyes off of her,
which is a good thing. Thanks so much.
S. Glau: Thank you.
Moderator: Next we have Fred Topel with Sci-Fi Wire.
F. Topel: Hello guys, I have a question for Summer. And that is weíve
heard that the back nine episodes have a lot more action in them, what
does that mean for Cameron and big robot battles?
S. Glau: It means lots of Squibbs, and lots of extra stunt rehearsals,
which Iíve missed, because we did take a little break from it at the end
of our first half, because we were really intensifying some of the
mysteries that weíve been building on. And now that Iíve come back from
the Christmas break it seems like Iím always putting on a Squibb jacket
and running around and shooting people and Iím having a blast. The back
half is going to be exciting.
F. Topel: Cool. Did having that episode early on in the season that
establishes Cameronís back story in the future, did that affect ó how
did that affect the way you play her now?
S. Glau: It really just helped intensify my understanding of Cameron and
really kind of helped me as an actress. I had already really imagined
who I thought she was and sort of filled it in, in my own mind. But I
think it just made it more exciting for me and for the fans.
F. Topel: Thank you both for being on today.
J. Friedman: Nice talking to you, Fred.
F. Topel: You too, Josh.
Moderator: Next we have Joshua Maloni with Niagara Frontier.
J. Maloni: Hello guys, thanks for you time today. I really enjoy the
show, I have to say, and Summer, your character in particular. Iím
really trying to figure out this end game of Cameronís, it seems like
youíre obviously very robotic, but then at times youíre very human. And
the relationship that your character is developing with John Connor, I
mean what sort of, as far as your understanding of the character, what
do you think her end game is and how do you bring emotion in those
scenes to this robot?
S. Glau: Well I just got a hold of our season finale script and I am
J. Friedman: Summer and I havenít talked about it yet.
S. Glau: I am shocked, Josh. So Iím not going to give it away, but Iím
excited and Iím a little bit sad, but more excited and just really proud
of what Josh has done. I mean itís the most beautiful character and I
love playing her and sheís done above and beyond what I ever thought I
could do in two seasons on TV and thatís been a huge blessing for me.
But Cameron is so complicated I couldnít possibly imagine this
storyline. Iím glad that Josh is the writer and Iím the actress.
J. Friedman: That makes two of us, by the way. I really donít look good
in those Ö.
S. Glau: But I think everybody is going to be shocked at what happens at
the end of this season ó itís not the ending.
J. Friedman: But really Summer is shocked, because I hadnít told her what
was going on in the episode. I was waiting for you to read the thing.
S. Glau: Iím shocked.
J. Maloni: Josh, along those lines, it seems like we havenít seen the
last of the Allison storyline, what can you tell us about any future
J. Friedman: Again, the Allison from Palmdale episode is one of my
favorite episodes and writer, Tony Graphia did a great job with it and
Summer was just phenomenal in it. And I think that none of us really
knew when we were working on the episode kind of what we were going to
end up with and it ended being something, I mean again it is one of my
favorite episodes. So I certainly would like to revisit the Allison
character at some point.
Itís interesting, I mean Allison and Cameron are two complete ó you know
they are different characters and I think that one does inform the
other, but they are different characters and I think that itís important
to be able to differentiate them and Summer does a great job doing that.
But Iím sure weíll see Allison some day.
J. Maloni: Alright great. Thanks, guys.
Moderator: Weíll go next to Tara Bennett with SFX Magazine.
T. Bennett: Hello Josh, hello Summer, how are you guys doing? The last
episodes and of course moving the show to a different night is going to
be an experiment to see how ratings do and if you guys are able to pick
up more eyes. So how have you kind of been planning leaning towards this
finale that you guys have already written. Is it kind of going to be a
little bit more close-ended or Josh are you thinking in positive terms
that there will be a third season?
J. Friedman: Well Iím always optimistic. I mean again, I think we have no
idea of what is going to happen in the next few months. We donít know
what, we just donít know. I mean I sort of look forward to it ó yes, I
mean Iím not really sure if Iím saying it right, Iím very optimistic and
I think how it relates to how I wrote the finale, I wrote the finale the
way that I was planning on writing the finale for a long time.
I mean I think that there were things that weíve been building to all
season and you owe the audience that has been watching the show, kind of
a logical conclusion to the things that youíve been building towards.
And I think that everyone says, well you know fans get really upset if a
show gets cancelled and things are left hanging. But you know fans get
upset if a show gets cancelled. And I think fans also get upset when you
write a crappy finale.
So I think that you have to try to write the best finale that you can,
providing closure to the stories that youíre telling, but if I tried to
kind of sum up every single thing in 43 minutes, it would be a disaster.
I think youíd end up with like a clip show. But again, hopefully itís
going to be something that feels satisfying for people who have watched
all year, and also it certainly letís you know where we would be going a
T. Bennett: And just following up with that, in optimistic terms, if you
do get that third season, is there a particular storyline or
continuation of those threads that you talked about that youíre most
excited about exploring in a third season?
J. Friedman: Yes, but I wonít tell you which ones.
T. Bennett: Okay, thanks so much guys.
Moderator: Next we have Jeanne Jakle with the San Antonio Express.
J. Friedman: Hometown paper, Summer.
S. Glau: Hello Jeanne, how are you?
J. Jakle: Hello Summer, fine. Have you been back home lately?
S. Glau: Yes, I was home for a long time at Christmas, it was amazing.
J. Jakle: Well I hope you had a good time.
S. Glau: I did, I did. Thank you.
J. Jakle: I wanted to ask about ó I sort of changed my question when you
said that you read the season finale and you were shocked and a little
bit sad, I hope this doesnít mean that youíre not coming back if there
is a third season, first of all.
S. Glau: Thank you, I always love to hear that.
J. Jakle: Could you elaborate on what made you sad?
S. Glau: Well first of all Iím just sad to be at our finale, I love the
show and I love my cast and my crew and itís just always hard to ó the
word finale is always hard for me. And itís just hard to walk away from
the show, hopefully for just a little while, because Iím very optimistic
about us getting a third season. But a lot happens, a lot happens, in
the last few episodes. I just think people are going to be on a
rollercoaster wondering what is going to happen next. So thatís all I
meant. I think everybody is going to be really thrilled and really proud
of where the storyline goes. But as an actress in the show; I have a lot
of mixed emotions about it.
J. Friedman: You have to understand that if Summer was like in the dog
show, she would be in the working group.
J. Jakle: Can I ask you, are you both happy about being grouped with
Jossís new show on Friday nights and do you think it will help with the
fans out there and everything else?
J. Friedman: I havenít seen the show yet, but yes, Iím excited about it.
I mean I was excited six months ago when I just heard that he was going
to come back to FOX and do a show. I mean Iím a huge fan of his, and he
an I, I know him a little bit and weíve talked and sent e-mails once in
a while, kind of like supporting each other. So yes, Iím excited; I
think that itís a really smart move by FOX. I think you have to start
trying to brand yourself on certain nights and give people a focus,
because there is just so much to do.
I know Summer doesnít really like Joss that much.
J. Jakle: What do you think Summer, is this a good move by FOX?
S. Glau: I think itís a great move. I think its fun and I think that the
shows are very well paired together. And of course I love Joss and I
know some of the actors on ďDollhouseĒ and Iím rooting for us both. I
think itís going to be a fresh start for us.
J. Jakle: How about coming back on Friday the 13th, are either of you
S. Glau: Iím going to say itís going to be lucky for us, hopefully.
J. Friedman: Iím just happy when weíre on television, I donít care what
night it is. Itís like youíre lucky, if you have a show on television,
you should be happy.
S. Glau: Yes.
J. Jakle: One more thing Summer, any more plans for the summer, Summer?
After the show has stopped shooting, do you plan to do anything else?
S. Glau: Iím starting to read some different scripts and go out and try
to have some meetings, Iíd like to have something going. Of course I
want to hear that we have a third season. But Iím going to go out and
try to do something else during the break.
J. Jakle: Okay, well I appreciate it. Thank you so much.
Moderator: We have a question from Alice Newgen with the Times Courier.
A. Newgen: Hello, I was wondering, Summer what was your biggest challenge
in defining your character as Cameron, are there connections that you
feel with her, as a character?
S. Glau: Absolutely, more so than ever. But it was ó and I know I said
this before, but it really was a team effort. When I came in to read for
Cameron originally, I just had the side, I didnít have a script, I
didnít really know what to expect or exactly how we were going to build
the character. And the biggest difference between playing Cameron and
playing other roles that I have in the past is just that I have to, Iím
constantly making a decision about how I play this role. You know it has
to be planned out. And as an actor, a lot of times you just react in a
scene and you just do it from your heart. And you know Cameron cannot do
that. So thatís the biggest difference, but I really rely on Josh and I
rely on my writers to help me with the character.
J. Friedman: Donít be fooled, I havenít talked to her in about two
S. Glau: Well youíve been busy.
J. Friedman: Sheís Ö, she is almost a robot at this point, she can do it.
I mean the great thing about Summer is that she makes decisions and I
think we noticed it back on the pilot, I was sitting with James
Middleton on the set and it was probably day two or three of shooting
and we didnít know Summer that well, or know what her take on the
character was and we talked about it, and I remember there was a point
where she did something in a scene that was so sort of clever and very
sophisticated and we thought, did she do that on purpose, we donít know.
If she did that on purpose, it was so cool and we hadnít talked about
it. And we waited for the next take and then she did it again, and we
were like, she is doing it on purpose and it was awesome.
I think at that point he and I both looked at each other and high-fived
and we were like okay, thereís somebody here who we can entrust with
this, who is going to be able to do this and doesnít need her hand held
all the time. She understands the character, I think, better than I do.
A. Newgen: Yes, she is great in her character. Thank you.
Moderator: Weíll go next to Abbie Bernstein with Dreamwatch.
A. Bernstein: Hello. Thanks for doing the call. I have one of those
horrible nitpicky fan questions. When Cameron was leaning out the car
window and saying, ďYes, we feel we wouldnít be much good if we didnít,Ē
if they do feel, how are they so good at not reacting to getting shot?
J. Friedman: Well I think there is a difference between feeling sensation
and feeling pain. I mean I think there is sensation and it may, I donít
think we know exactly, I think we donít exactly know what that
equivalent is. And it doesnít mean that ó the reason I think that ó I
mean you and I feel pain and we express it in our face, because somehow
thatís connected. It doesnít mean that just because a cyborg feels pain
that it has to be expressed in their face, those things arenít
A. Bernstein: It might be expressed in the rapidity with which they fire
J. Friedman: Yes.
A. Bernstein: Summer, when you had that scene, did you in any way modify
how you played Cameron after that? Did that affect how you saw the
S. Glau: That scene was really important to me. It was really fun to have
an opportunity. I think that she has a plan for drawing John closer to
her. So Iíve been trying to incorporate that all season. But no, I donít
think I played her differently after that scene, itís all part of the
plan for Cameron.
A. Bernstein: Thank you very much.
Moderator: We will go to Rick Porter with Zap2it.com.
R. Porter: Hello, thanks for doing the call, guys. Josh, Iím just
curious, given that youíve been away for a couple of months now, if
there is anything in the first episode back, other than just a standard
previously on, that sort of will bring viewers back to where the story
stands at this point.
J. Friedman: No, maybe this phone call. We have a recap like we generally
have a recap; we donít have anything special on there. The episode picks
up pretty quickly after the things that happened at the end of episode
13. I seem to do that all the time, I did that after last season when we
had the shortened season, you know Samson and Delia picked up, basically
30 seconds afterwards and I kind of like doing that. I think it does
frustrate some of the powers that be sometimes, because Iím not much for
resetting scenes or kind of reminding people of things. I kind of feel
like the people who watch the show know where we are and I also donít
think that the first episode ó you know itís pretty clear whatís going
on at that point.
R. Porter: And if you know that there is going to be a hiatus in the
middle of the season, do you sort of write to that with your last
episode back and the last episode before?
J. Friedman: Sort of. I mean itís less about a hiatus and most just about
trying to have something big happen somewhere in the middle of the
season. And I think that we were ó you know we started writing, I donít
know if I remember if I knew how long we were going to be off. But I
knew that you always try to write episode 13 as sort of a big thing. I
meant 13/9 breakpoint is sort of almost like the halftime of a football
game. So definitely we tried to write to that. And also, I think having
those sorts of signposts help the writers and me focus.
R. Porter: Okay, thanks.
Moderator: Weíll go next to Troy Rogers with the Deadbolt.com.
T. Rogers: Hello Summer, hello Josh. In the upcoming episode, ďThe Good
Wound,Ē the promo mentions an injured Sarah, Weaver is protecting John
Henry, I was just wondering, what is Cameron up to in the episode?
J. Friedman: What is Cameron up to in that episode?
S. Glau: Cameron is ó I donít know how to put this, sheís doing a few
unexpected things. Oh gosh Josh, I donít know how to put this.
J. Friedman: We arenít going to tell you.
S. Glau: Okay.
T. Rogers: Awesome.
J. Friedman: Howís that Summer?
S. Glau: Thank you.
T. Rogers: Amazing.
J. Friedman: Sorry, Iím a fascist.
T. Rogers: No problem, actually I was curious, since Cameron survived the
explosion and her brain got kind of scrambled there, how has that opened
up the character for you like with flashbacks or new emotions and things
S. Glau: Josh and I were talking about it one day on set, we were just
talking about how, because Cameron is absorbing human behavior and
trying to understand human emotion, I think that the fans are sort of
getting drawn into having ó feeling like they relate to her more and I
think there are moments where you almost think, Cameron is a family pet,
sheís really more docile and weíre trusting her, but then she has to do
something to shock everyone into remembering sheís a dangerous robot.
And thatís something that I try to remind myself of all the time in
scenes, I want people to be drawn in, but then be shocked into
remembering, oh my gosh sheís really dangerous. Anything could happen at
any moment with her.
T. Rogers: I just have one more quick thing for Josh. What advantages or
disadvantages does Cameron have in a hand-to-hand brawl with Catherine?
J. Friedman: Very few Ö.
T. Rogers: Really?
J. Friedman: Well you know, I mean I think I certainly would rather be
Weaver than Cameron in a straight up brawl, but you know, maybe sheís
quicker, but thatís a rough one, thatís a rough fight. But it was a
rough fight in T2 and there are very few advantages in that fight.
T. Rogers: Okay.
S. Glau: I donít know if I want to know what happens, Iíve been avoiding
T. Rogers: I canít wait to see you guys throw it down, that would be
awesome. Thanks a lot you guys.
Moderator: Weíll go next to Rachel Bishop with Thetwocents.com.
R. Bishop: Hello, my question is for Summer. Josh mentioned earlier your
dance training and youíve been able to use that talent in the Sarah
Connor Chronicles, specifically the episode where Cameron shakes down a
ballet instructor. But besides actual dancing, how else do you feel that
your dance background has helped you in the role of Cameron?
S. Glau: Iíve been really fortunate to have been cast in some roles where
Iíve been able to incorporate movement. I think that Cameron is isolated
in a way and isnít really able to relate to the other characters on a
human level and I feel that movement is a way for me to express that. I
feel that sometimes her movement is awkward or her movement is
unpredictable. And it is a way for me to help tell her story, if that
R. Bishop: It does, it does, she can sail out without saying anything,
thatís for sure. What has been some of your favorite scenes to shot so
far in the series?
S. Glau: In this series, oh gosh, I loved everything about Samson and
R. Bishop: Yes, that was a great one.
S. Glau: I think about so many of those scenes and just how beautiful
they were and how meaningful they were for my character and Thomasí
character. Another one of my favorite scenes from this season was my
scene with Thomas in the car; you know where Iím trying to make him
believe that I can feel; that was really important to my character. And
Iím really excited about the season finale; I have a lot of really great
stuff to do.
R. Bishop: Alright, well thank you so much, I really do enjoy the show.
J. Friedman: And I think you guys just ó and Iíve said this before, but I
always like to say it when Summer is on the phone, you guys have no idea
how hard it is to play this part and I think that one of the curses of
Summer is that she makes it look easy. I mean itís one of the reasons
why we did do ďAllison from PalmdaleĒ and things like that, to let
people know this is a real actress who is not just walking on the set
and walking around like a robot. Weíve had a lot of good actors have a
really hard time playing Terminators. And luckily weíve got three really
good ones right now. But she makes it look easy and itís really hard.
R. Bishop: Alright. Thank you, guys.
Moderator: Thank you. Weíll go next to Debra Ronca with Too Much Free
D. Ronca: Hello guys. Our readers have a question. They would like to
know, will we ever see an episode that deals with the guy from 1963 who
built the time machine that was used in the pilot episode?
J. Friedman: The engineer, the engineer. I love the engineer character, I
will tell you. We talk about the engineer in the writerís room all the
time. We have arguments about the engineer. There are a lot of people in
the writerís room who constantly pitch engineer stories, and there are
people in the writerís room that say, I never want to see that guy in
D. Ronca: Really.
J. Friedman: I am determined, at some point, to have the engineer in the
show, I cannot guarantee that it will happen. In fact Iíll probably tell
you it will not happen in this last nine episodes, but I am totally
fascinated by that guy. I have multiple thoughts about what is going on
with that guy. So I hope so, is the answer.
D. Ronca: Okay, great. And one quick other one, was there a conscious
effort to make the first part of this season more episodic than you did
in season one?
J. Friedman: Yes, you know it was something that we had talked about with
the studio and the network and the network really wanted to feel like
the episodes were more close-ended. I think that I am, for better or
worse, Iím just a serialized storyteller, itís the stuff that I really
like in TV. So we tried to find a happy medium, where we could advance
the mythology and yet do close-ended stories. Again, ďAllison from
PalmdaleĒ is a close-ended story. It is also a big mythology story. I
mean I think that may be the example of where it works the best.
I think that we started out with that intention and then we just tell
the stories that weíre interested in. And I think that there are times
when we want to stop and tell kind of a fun story, I mean Self-Made Man
being an example of that. But for the most part the writers come in and
we talk about the larger story and I think the back nine is really much
more serialized, even than the front nine, front thirteen.
D. Ronca: Thank you for your time.
Moderator: Thank you. We have a question from Fred Topel with Sci-Fi
F. Topel: Oh good, I got to come back; I have a question for Josh. One is
that one of my favorite episodes this year was the one where Sarah had
to rescue the little boy and got to basically be his mom for an episode.
How important was that to her character? And then it looks like in the
teasers for the season weíre seeing Kyle Reese again. Can you talk any
J. Friedman: My assistant is chanting Kyle in the background. She likes
Kyle. Well I think that ó you know I love that episode where sheís got
to take care of that kid. One, I think I like that kid, he does a good
job and I think that the great thing about ó all of the things that
weíve tried do when we tried to do this season with Sarah is to put her
in sort of time travel situations without traveling her through time.
You know put her in situations where sheís sort of faced with alternate
versions of her own life, like kind of what could have been.
And I think the Kacy character is sort of that. You know sheís faced
with a single mother who is pregnant, who has her own concerns and that
could have been Sarah, but itís not Sarah. Or sheís taking care of a
child that is not her child, but could have been her child in a
different world. I think kind of different mother figures, different
child figures and thatís been something that Iíve kind of wanted to
weave through the first half of the season, which is just these sort of
ó again, I keep calling it time travel without time travel. They are
like alternate versions of her life. And it gives Sarah kind of an
opportunity to contrast what her situation is; again, what could have
been or what never could be and I find that sort of poignant.
You know the Kyle thing, letís all just wait and see what that one looks
F. Topel: Well did it disappoint you that they might have given something
away in the teaser?
J. Friedman: It always disappoints me.
F. Topel: So we should not have seen that.
J. Friedman: Well you know itís Ö a whole larger thing. And I wish no one
could see anything. You know I wish everyone just showed up. I wish that
ten million people showed up every week and watched the show, regardless
of what was advertised during the week. But thatís just not reality and
then the reality also is that our show is a bit ratings challenged or
has been and people want to do things to cut through the noise and I
appreciate that. But what that usually translates to for marketing
people is spoilers. And people, who know me, know that Iím just a
fascist about trying to control those things.
But itís hard to market a show without showing significant events in the
episode. Itís hard to just tease things and not show anything. At some
point you have to show stuff and I donít ever want to show anything. I
mean I write these do not reveal lists every week and send them to the
marketing people and things that I allow for reveal are very little and
the do not reveal list is always long and they call me up saying, ďHow
are we supposed to do a commercial?Ē And then we have to negotiate. So
thatís a long way of saying itís good that people know that Kyle Reese
is in the episode, but I wish people were surprised that Kyle Reese was
in the episode.
F. Topel: Well weíre looking forward to seeing him.
J. Friedman: Good.
F. Topel: Thank you.
Moderator: Thank you. Weíll go now to Sarah Jersild with the Tribune
S. Jersild: Hello, thanks so much for taking this call. Summer, this is
actually a question for you. Do you ever sort of get tired of playing
deceptively strong *ss-kickers?
S. Glau: No.
S. Jersild: You do not want to be an ingťnue?
S. Glau: No. Well I feel that in certain moments Cameron has been able to
be the damsel in distress. I know that sounds crazy and I think thereís
a moment where sheís been able to be the princess and sheís been able to
do ballet and ďAllison from Palmdale,Ē I got to play four different
characters. I mean I really cannot complain. Iíve really been ó itís
great to be on TV, on a TV show and get to play a complicated girl. And
for that Iím very, very grateful.
S. Jersild: And just one follow-up, we were talking about Cameron saying
that she was able to feel, did that mean that she would feel emotions or
S. Glau: Well I think she was putting it out there for John to decide.
S. Jersild: What do you think?
S. Glau: I am not going to give it away, I want the audience to decide.
S. Jersild: Okay. Thanks very much.
Moderator: Thank you. And due to time constraints our final question will
come from Joe Diliberto with the Soap Opera Weekly.
J. Diliberto: Hello, thanks for getting me squeezed in there. I wanted to
ask you, Summer, if you could talk a little bit about how you are
portraying the relationship between Cam and Sarah and John, I mean itís
clearly not just like an obedient machine kind of thing, but I guess
itís a mystery of whether she can actually feel emotion for them.
S. Glau: Well Iíve always thought that everybody wants a purpose and
everybody wants to belong and have a reason for surviving and I think
Cameronís deep love for John is because itís her whole reason for
existing. He is her whole reason for existing. And I think that is love,
I think she would do anything for him and in her reality, I think that
may be what love is to her. So yes, I think ó Iím not really sure what
Josh wants to do with the character and I think heís sort of peeling
away layers and revealing the past/future, so that we know more about
Cameron. But I know from my perspective of playing here, I always want
to believe that she does feel something for both of them.
J. Diliberto: Josh, does she?
J. Friedman: I was reading a review of a ó it was a novel about a robot,
actually, this really cool novel. And there was some quote in there that
said, ďYou know this book isnít about what it means to be using a robot
to figure out what it means to be human, itís about using a robot to
figure out what it means to be a robot.Ē And I wanted to steal that
quote, in fact I am, because I think that the Cameron creation, the
cyborg and what it means to be that thing, is sort of like ó that to me
is more interesting than what it means ó like is she becoming human?
No, sheís not becoming human; sheís becoming what she ó like the most
platonic ideal version of what she is designed to be. Or at least she
wants to be that. And what she is finding is itís difficult, just like
itís sort of difficult for us to be the best versions of ourselves, I
think itís difficult for her to be the best version of herself. And you
know she gets in fights and her chip gets hurt and sheís ó you know not
everything is clear to her all the time, where she has conflicting
purposes or conflicting ways that she wants to execute the one purpose,
which is to protect John. Yes, to the extent that is being fully
dedicated, not to say that sheís a dog, because sheís clearly not, but
does a dog love a master in the same way, because itís dedicated to that
ó I mean dedication isnít love, but you know, I guess is my point. Iím
J. Diliberto: Is this something that you want to continue to explore and
J. Friedman: Yes, I think absolutely it is something that weíre exploring
and itís something that is really important to last, to the back half of
the season, is their relationship and what types of decisions she needs
to make, to kind of keep her larger goals alive. You know she is faced
with a lot of information that I think makes her job complicated. Is
that fair to say, Summer?
S. Glau: I think so, yes.
J. Diliberto: Great. Well thanks to you both.
Moderator: Thank you. Josh and Summer, do you have any closing remarks?
J. Friedman: Friday the 13th, 8 oíclock on FOX.
S. Glau: Thank you everybody.
J. Friedman: Thank you.
Moderator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude our
conference for today.
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