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'Caprica' Star Magda Apanowicz on Upcoming Half-Season, the Growth of Lacy, and What It's Like to Hug a Cylon

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Oct 5th 2010 9:30AM
When we last left 'Caprica' (which seems like ages ago), things were descending into chaos. At the center of the madness – the suicide attempt by Amanda, Zoe's rebellious escape, the U-187 – sits one lynchpin of a character: Lacy Rand. Played by Canadian actor Magda Apanowicz, Lacy has grown from a background character into a crucial game-changer. Nearly every plotline hinges on her actions.

TV Squad caught up with the ever-gregarious Apanowicz right before the finale of season 1, and she is nothing at all like the subservient, malleable Lacy. She spoke with us about the upcoming season 1.5, how in love with 'Battlestar Galactica' she is, and what it's like to hug a Cylon.

Were you a fan of 'Battlestar Galactica' before you started on 'Caprica'?
I wasn't, no. My friend told me that I needed to watch 'BSG,' so I watched it after we shot the 'Caprica' pilot, and I fell in love with it. It's a fantastic show. I think Ron Moore and David Eick are incredible men, and I feel so lucky to be part of any legacy that comes from 'BSG.'

So did you end up watching the whole series?
Oh my gosh, more than once! When I go back to Vancouver I think I'm going to watch it all over again. I have the box set and I have the little Cylon dude. I have him doing a karate kick on my shelf.

At the 'BSG' auction (after the series ended), they sold a life-sized Cylon for a lot of money.

What?! I'd put that in my window. Someone might steal it if you left it on your front porch, because that's a hot commodity. Imagine a Cylon greeting people as they come in? [In Cylon voice] Welcome to Magda's apartment! By... your... command!

You do that pretty well.

Well, here's the thing, actually. They have a life-sized Cylon on the 'Caprica' set. They didn't have one for 'BSG.' Apparently they'd talked about it for so long, but supposedly it's really expensive to create, so they couldn't do it. I think it's so crucial – I can't believe they went so long without one. There are so many scenes when Eric [Stoltz], Paula [Malcolmson] and Polly [Walker] and I were all talking to the Cylons, and you need something there.

Like the infamous tennis ball on a stick?
Yep, we have one of those. There are many times when – sorry if I'm ruining anything for your readers – but I've been in a room before where they literally had a whole bunch of poles that are supposed to symbolize Cylons. That's where imagination comes in, but I find it easy to get lost in the 'Caprica' world, so it's not that big a problem for me. So there's the pole Cylon, the real Cylon, and then there's the cut-out Cylon.

Which do you use?
I usually have the pole. We drew straws and I lost. Eric gets the cut-out.

But didn't you have to hug the Zoe Cylon at one point?
I did. There was this specially-made papier-mâché upper body of a Cylon for that scene, and it was so cool. I was giddy inside, I won't lie. I was like, "I'm hugging a Cylon right now. This is awesome!"

Lacy's really becoming important in this series.
I know that Lacy was a really rough idea at the beginning. Her character, I mean. It's been so great – as an actor – to carve out who and what she is with the writers. We were always asking, "How does Lacy Rand fit into this story?" They were honest very early on with me, and suggested we do it together.

She started off relatively insignificant, wouldn't you say?
What I liked most about the pilot was that Lacy was almost the thru-line, the glue. If you looked at Story A, Story B and Story C, the only reason anyone knew about anything was because they had to go through this poor girl who was completely being used and manipulated. All she could say was, "I just want to go home!"

How does Lacy feel when she takes orders from Zoe?
Lacy is very used to being submissive. In friendships, there's always that alpha friend, and then the other one that's more subdued. Lacy believes in Zoe and is a bit of a sheep in the beginning. The thing is, Lacy is going to start pushing back. She starts to feel resentful towards her friend for constantly making her feel guilty about not getting on the train. She's like, "Listen. I would have died if I got on that train."

How is your real-life relationship with Alessandra [Torresani]?
She is amazing, and so, so cute. My favorite thing about her is her mannerisms. It's how she moves her hands when she talks, if that makes sense. I know it's weird, but I love body language. I could watch her talk for hours.

As a viewer, I felt badly for Lacy, but also wanted to give her a shake. She just seems so meek.

Again, I don't want to ruin anything, but in this second half of the season there is some serious growth of character. Lacy goes on a journey, and she's constantly thrown into these absolutely awful situations and decisions. It's really cool where she goes, and I'm really satisfied... the finale is amazing.

'Caprica' Season 1.0 is now available on DVD in stores and online! Special features include deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, video blogs, episode commentaries with cast & crew and more!

'Caprica' returns for season 1.5 on October 5 at 9PM ET on Syfy and at 10PM ET on Space in Canada.

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