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Kandyse McClure Talks the Demise of Dee, 'Battlestar Galactica'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Mar 23rd 2010 10:44PM


Kandyse McClure's 'Battlestar Galactica' character Lt. Anastasia Dualla was certainly behind the scenes to start, even though she played a crucial role. As the central person in the CIC (center-in-command) aboard the rickety battlestar, she was often first to hear the orders coming, and was always on top of incoming enemy Cylons. As the series progressed, she became more and more integral to the goings-on of the crew, and her character blossomed into one of the most riveting arcs of the whole series.

With a year gone by since the finale, McClure looks back on her 'BSG' run with a sincere fondness – enough to the point where she can hardly watch certain episodes. Now living in Toronto, and set to appear at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, McClure sat down to talk with AOL TV about her life since 'BSG', what it was like being on such a groundbreaking show, and what she learned while walking the halls of the beleaguered battlestar.

Kandyse McClure's 'Battlestar Galactica' character Lt. Anastasia Dualla was certainly behind the scenes to start, even though she played a crucial role. As the central person in the CIC (center-in-command) aboard the rickety battlestar, she was often first to hear the orders coming, and was always on top of incoming enemy Cylons. As the series progressed, she became more and more integral to the goings-on of the crew, and her character blossomed into one of the most riveting arcs of the whole series.

With a year gone by since the finale, McClure looks back on her 'BSG' run with a sincere fondness – enough to the point where she can hardly watch certain episodes. Now living in Toronto, and set to appear at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, McClure sat down to talk with AOL TV about her life since 'BSG', what it was like being on such a groundbreaking show, and what she learned while walking the halls of the beleaguered battlestar.

How have things been since the show ended? What have you been up to?

I've been pretty lucky, I've been working. I did a show in Mexico called 'Persons Unknown', which is going to air soon. I've also been doing a lot of travelling, there have been a lot of conventions. I went to London, Paris, you know. I also went back to South Africa to visit my family.

Do you miss 'BSG'?


Oh, absolutely. All the time. It was actually quite an emotional experience for me. I can't really watch a lot of the show still. It brings back memories... it was difficult to leave. We're [the cast] lucky that we're all very close, and I believe I'll know all these people for the rest of my life. I see and talk to them all the time, and that's great, but it's a bittersweet memory. It was an amazing time in my life and because of that, it's always a sad realization that I'm not doing it anymore.

Dee's evolution was one of the most intense. Your character really took off.

It was all over the place!

Did you like the way Dee's storyline ended?

You know, looking back, it's fitting. She was a very tragic figure. Everything she tried to do didn't quite work out. It was the most powerful way to express the devastation that the civilian and military crew must have felt upon finding this hollowed-out planet, which was nothing like the paradise that [Captain] Adama had promised.

There was something very fragile about Dee as well.


Definitely. She had a very tough front, but ultimately she was a fragile, tragic character. And people do that, it's reality. There comes a point where people just snap, they lose it.

What about the overall ending of 'BSG'? Do you have an opinion on that?


You know, I don't. Ron Moore is a genius. I think it was what it needed to be. It gave a poetic ending... I'm sure they could have done more, but there was such a definite end to the show. I left the writing of the stories to Ron and the writers. I'm just there to make it live.

Was there a favourite story or arc that you enjoyed the most?

I loved the earlier part of the series when Dee was with Billy. I really missed his character after he was gone. I was excited about what that storyline was going to be, I saw a lot of potential in it. It was a great sadness to me when [Paul Campbell] left the show. Dee would have had an entirely different story had he stayed on.

Maybe Dee never would have been involved with that loser Lee, then. [Wink, wink]


Does he really love me? Why does he get so fat when we get married? What is that about? [Laughs] I've gotta run the ship, I have to do everything! Useless.

Other than your own character, did you have a favourite on the show?


I really loved Tori when she showed up. I was like, "Uh, oh. Watch out for Tori, people." And also, who doesn't want to be a demi-God? Who doesn't want to be Gaius Baltar?

Who of your castmates had the greatest influence on you?


Different people for different things... but I think for me it has to be Mary [McDonnell]. I remember one day on set I asked her during one of the scene breaks, "Is there anything you could tell a young actress about longevity in this career, about being a female in this industry?" And she thought for a moment, and she answered, "It's being OK with it. You are beautiful, talented, and you have a voice. You have to know those things, and then you have to be OK with it."

I'm also a huge fan of Grace Park because she embraced her culture along with her stardom. She goes back to Korea and always keeps in touch with her roots. She has a profound humility and an openness to new experiences. She is one of the least judgemental people I've ever met, as well.

Have you had any weird 'BSG' fan experiences since the show ended?

I feel like a normal person – you know, I have a house and a roommate. So when I'm around people and I see how the show has impacted them, it always kind of blows my mind. People are always really sweet, or quite flustered. I get a lot of, "I know you, don't I? Didn't you come over to my house that one time?" I was in Costco buying socks and this woman was insisting that she knew me, and she was naming all these different people. She walked out... and then she froze. She turned around and yelled, "You're Dualla!" Right in the middle of Costco.

That's the power of 'BSG'. It touched people in a way that I don't think any other show can replicate.

The show really affected people. It's raw, and it dealt with things. A lot of television doesn't have faith in the intelligence nor the emotional intelligence of their viewership. They don't think the public can take it. I think it's ridiculous. 'BSG' really showed that people can handle it, and then some.

Catch Kandyse in 'Persons Unknown' on NBC this summer, and at various sci-fi conventions around the world.

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