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Her Dark Materials

Dreamwatch #26

December 2006

Transcript and Scans by Julie

Bryan Cairns gets the scoop from Battlestar Galactica's Cylon newshound, LUCY LAWLESS.
"I love big philosophy stuff," grins Lucy Lawless about Battlestar Galactica.  "I'm not interested in doing procedural drama.  They just don't sit well with me.  They are fantastic, everybody loves them, and if you want to be taken seriously as an actor, supposedly that is the type of show you should be on.  I think that is b.s.!  It doesn't neccessarily show what a good actor you are and I would rather do things that are personally fulfilling and fun!"
Executive producers Ron Moore and David Eick have made it no secret that Lawless' input was instrumental in fleshing out her character, 'reporter' D'anna Biers.  "Oh, I don't know," she says modestly.  "Every actor makes a contribution by their very manner, they way they look, the way they walk, and what they bring to the role is their whole history.  The writers see something that works and see some new potential in you and they write towards that.  Originally, we did speak about a religious concept as is explored in His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.  He has an interesting take on God and since we are talking about Cylons, it just seemed to fit.  That was the starting point for our discussion in taking D' Anna further."