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Katee Sackhoff on 'Longmire,' Saying Goodbye to Starbuck and Her 'Plan'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Sep 16th 2011 4:00PM
katee sackhoff'Battlestar Galactica' alum Katee Sackhoff may be best-known amongst the sci-fi nerd sect, but the charismatic blonde actress has appeared in several prime-time shows and is gearing up to begin a new, big venture on A&E's 'Longmire,' in which she gets top billing.

AOL TV caught up with Sackhoff as she worked the Comic-Con/Fan Expo circuit to promote her voicework in the feature-length animated film, 'Batman: Year One.' We spoke to her about saying goodbye to 'Battlestar' and Starbuck for good, 'Longmire' and why it's so tough in Hollywood these days.

How's everything going?
Totally fine, I'm actually at physical therapy on the traction table right now.

What's up with you? I talked to you a few years ago and you were on a treadmill.
Yeah, well, I would rather be on a treadmill right now than be on a traction table. [Laughs]

So are you going to be screaming or something in the next little bit?
No, they're just stretching my spine out.

What injuries do you have?
I got hurt about three months ago. I hurt my back and I hurt my shoulders.

You did? Were you riding your motorcycle?
No, I wasn't, I was kind of working. I did it on a movie and I decided to keep my mouth shut. One of those things.

How do Comic-Con and Fan Expo fans treat you, generally, when you go to those events? People seem to love you.
Yeah, you know, sci-fi fans have always been really respectful and appreciative of everything that I do even when they probably shouldn't, when I do a couple movies that they probably should avoid. [Laughs] But they're fantastic and they're really supportive and it's a genre of very, very loyal fans.

Do you have any really weird fan experiences that have happened to you?
No, not really, but there was one time at Comic-Con 6-7 years ago, where a Wookie followed me into the bathroom. I didn't know if it was a man or woman, so, it was fantastic.

I understand you're doing voice-work for 'Batman.' What was the process like doing voice? You like doing that work?
I do like doing voiceover work, it's fun for me. It's very different. It's very similar in many ways to live action work, but very different in so many ways as well. It's just a different way to flex your muscles.

Like on 'Robot Chicken.'
I do 'Robot Chicken,' yeah. Seth Green is a really good friend of mine and he and I screw around on 'Robot Chicken' quite a bit. We just finished a film together.

What film?
It's called 'Sexy Evil Genius.' We just finished it, and it's also a film that I produced so I love it very dearly.

What about 'Big Bang Theory'? Are you going to return on that?
I would love to but there's nothing in the works as far as I know. I just kind of wait and see. It's really fun and I love the whole gang over there. They could have something up their sleeve, I don't know.

What about this show 'Longmire'?
A&E just picked it up, everything's on track, looking great, we've already seen the copy. It looks fantastic. Everyone's just waiting for the go-ahead basically. I play the deputy to the main cop, and it was a ton of fun. I actually get to be funny! People around me on set were cracking up almost every time I said a line!

Lou Diamond Phillips is in it too.
Lou Diamond is in it, we call him Crazy Uncle Lou. Plus there are a lot of other amazingly talented people. It's a really good cast. People want to know about it, and it's based on a series of books by the author Craig Johnson. The pilot is pretty much the first book.

Do you find that you gravitate to horror and sci-fi roles? Is that something you enjoy?
No, I don't really gravitate towards a genre, I just gravitate towards characters. I like playing characters that are as far away from myself as possible. I've been lucky to be able to play, in my opinion, a wide range of characters. For some reason, people remember the two that are the most famous and they seem to be very similar. I enjoy science-fiction, I grew up watching it. But it's not something that I necessarily gravitate towards. I am good at the action stuff so it's something that comes easy for me. It's kind of fun to get thrown around a bit, but then this is what happens, you end up on a traction table.

I was going to say, it's kind of cool to be good at action roles because then you can stay in shape. And injure yourself.
Yeah, I enjoy it, I love action. I was an athlete for most of my life, so it makes sense that I'm competitive when it comes to doing stunts and things.

Are you following the 'Blood and Chrome' news?
No, not at all.

Have you been approached about it?
No, I don't even know what it is. I never watched 'Caprica.' I have no idea.

Would you ever reprise the role of Starbuck if you were offered?
Um, I don't know. The circumstance would have to be right.

Good script, good role, right?
I haven't played the role for almost four years now. I kind of put it to bed when I left before.

What about if you were 80?
No, I don't think so, but never say never. I don't think that I would.

Are you happy and pleased with the way Starbuck "ended" on the show?
I was. For me it worked and I enjoyed the way that it ended. I'm glad she didn't just walk off into the sunset; that was the last thing that I wanted. I think that they couldn't answer all the questions, I don't think there was enough time. I think that they also kind of wrote themselves into a hole where they really couldn't explain definitively what she was, so they decided to leave it. And maybe they do, maybe Ron Moore knows. But he hasn't told me.

Are you still hanging out with Tricia Helfer and [Michael] Trucco?
Yeah, Tricia is one of my best friends and so is Trucco. I just saw him a couple days ago. I was actually supposed to go to dinner with them, but I was on the traction table instead.

Just to see you [and Tricia] tweet at each other, it's adorable.
We're kind of dorks.

You two seem to have no problem getting roles.
The business is hard, the business has changed a lot. I would think that 98 percent of actors are having a hard time. It is what it is. This is not the business that it was ten years ago.

What changed?
There's no money. They're not doing as many jobs, they're not doing as many movies. You see big movie stars go to television because they need money. They're taking the roles that TV actors would normally take.

At least you still have your youth.
Age does become a factor. I'm not really at that point yet, hopefully, but 10 years from now, I will be. So we'll see. I've managed to always play roles that didn't have an age, which has helped me because I missed that weird teen age and I missed that weird 20s age, and hopefully I'll miss the weird 30s and I'll just keep working.

I think that's what happens when you play characters, you don't have to worry about an age. I've always said that I'd rather play the best friend and I'd rather play the character because when I fall on my face, I'll still have a job. That's my plan.

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