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Emerald City Comic Con 2012

6 December 2011 1 comment

Who: Emerald City Comic Con

What: A three day convention for fans of sci-fi, comics and gaming, with special guests, exhibitors, gaming and more.

Where: Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101-2350

When: 30 March to 1 April 2012

How: Online Booking

Price: 3-Day Pass: $45.00 | Friday Only: $15.00 | Saturday Only: $25.00 | Sunday Only: $20.00 | Child (3-10) – $5.00

Whedonverse Guests:

Adam Baldwin

Summer Glau


Summer Glau on The Human Preservation Project from CBR (video)

20 November 2011 Leave a comment

CBR TV @ NYCC: Summer Glau on “The Human Preservation Project”

“Firefly” and “Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles” actress Summer Glau spoke with CBR at the New York Comic Con, but not about a new television show or movie. Glau is currently involved in “The Human Preservation Project,” an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) in which she plays a scientist named Natalia Suttinger. Glau speaks about her geek leanings and how she chooses roles, as well as compares her role as Natalia to some of her other genre performances.

Glau also discussed the interactive nature of the ARG format as compared to the more one-sided aspect of traditional media, and sees it as a positive step for future storytelling.

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Summer Glau Cast in The Scent of Missing

12 November 2011 Leave a comment

Summer Glau has been cast in a pilot for TNT, The Scent of Missing.  The series stars Tricia Helfer as a K-9 Search and Rescue Volunteer. Summer will play a new member of Search and Rescue Team. Production is set to begin in late November.

Source: Deadline

Summer Glau Talks The Human Preservation Project with MTV

27 October 2011 Leave a comment

 Summer Glau On ‘The Human Preservation Project’ And Fandom – NYCC Interview

Posted: 10/17/11 by Charles Webb

Jonah Ray gets in a few questions with the Firefly and Dollhouse actress.

Summer Glau was on hand over the weekend to discuss her latest project, The Human Preservation Project, an ARG/web series thing in which she’s joined by Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn. The “series,” which began this summer, is sponsored by 5Gum, and purports to collect and analyze sensory and emotional data from web participants, with Glau playing the role of “Natalia.” Content can be unlocked on the Human Preservation Project site using codes found inside the pack of gum. Glau’s character has not yet made her debut in the series, but will be unveiled later this year and will have some connection with the Terry O’Quinn character.

Did you click over a check it out? Yeah, that’s a lot of stutter cuts.


Over the last few years, Glau’s face has become familiar to anyone into genre shows and movies with appearances and starring roles in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Cape, Alphas, Dollhouse, and The 4400. Although she’s done predominantly geek-centric material, Glau says she doesn’t actively seek out sci-fi and genre material–she just happens to be attracted to the roles that she reads. Part of that attraction comes from her childhood, during which her mother would read the works of C.S. Lewis and Madeline L’Engle to Summer and her sisters.

She credits her continued success on the outpouring of support from fans. “I think that they’re devoted. I love their passion, and they have certainly paved my career. I’m very grateful.” That fan support is hard to argue with: consider the number of shows on which Glau has appeared whose very vocal fanbases started vigorous letter writing and e-mail campaigns to keep the series alive when they faced cancellation.


You can find out more information about the Human Preservation Project on its site.

Original Interview at MTV

Summer Glau in Keith Urban Music Video

22 August 2011 1 comment

Summer Glau stars in Keith Urban’s video for Long Hot Summer, watch it below:

Summer Glau To Guest on Alpha

28 July 2011 2 comments

Ira Steven Behr, executive director of the SyFy series, Alpha, announced at Comic-Con this weekend that Summer Glau would be one of several genre guest stars to appear on the show. No details of her character were revealed but Behr described her as “terrific” in the episode. Source: IGN

The L.A. Times Interviews Summer Glau

4 May 2011 Leave a comment

‘Firefly’: Summer Glau reflects on Joss Whedon, sci-fi women and River’s edge

May 03, 2011

Fox canceled Joss Whedon‘s 2002 television series “Firefly” after a meager14 episodes were produced, but you can’t take the sky away from this space Western — the series maintains a cult following among “Browncoats,” the fans who have taken the series to U.S. Navy ships and even outer space. Fans were disappointed when the show’s big-screen sequel, “Serenity,” didn’t spark the prayed-for second season. Now, Capt. Malcolm Reynolds and his ragged, vagabond crew are back on television on Discovery‘s Science Channel — and while there aren’t new adventures, Science is the first channel to roll out all 14 episodes in the proper order, “the way Joss had intended it,” as a Discovery spokeswoman puts it. The season finale airs May 29. Our Noelene Clark caught up with “Firefly” and “Serenity” cast member Summer Glau, who played River Tam, the ship’s brilliant, spooky and damaged fugitive. The role launched Glau’s genre acting career, which has carried on with “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “The Cape.”


Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin and Summer Glau in “Serenity.” (Sidney Baldwin / Universal Studios)

NC: Eight years after “Firefly” was abruptly canceled, what’s it like to know that the show is finally airing in order, in its entirety?

SG: I’ve been getting a lot of people coming up to me, saying that they love that it’s back on…. We had our fair share of obstacles, but in the end, I think that people really understood the heart of our story and still love it even today.

NC: Why do people still love it so ardently?

SG:I think they love it because of Joss and because of the way that Joss writes. I think that he has many, many special gifts, but one in particular is that he writes characters that people instantly feel that they know. I think that a big part of the magic of “Firefly” is that it was a group of people that couldn’t be more different, living in close quarters and becoming a family, and I think that viewers instantly found someone to identify with specifically. And I think that’s why people still love it today. I think that our audience immediately connected in an emotional way.

NC: About that connection with your audience — did you ever worry that people wouldn’t connect with River Tam, or for that matter, with Cameron in “Sarah Connor”? Both characters are sort of programmed and have to prove their humanity.

SG: I think that River and Cam are actually opposites in a way, because they both do have a difficult time connecting to people, but are extremely different in how they express that obstacle. With River, it felt very natural for me because it was basically my first job, and I didn’t know any of the rules or the process that goes into shooting a series. I had just done one job for Joss before, a guest star spot on “Angel,” and he cast me after “Angel” as River. So in the beginning, when I was first joining the cast, I didn’t know how to read the call sheet, I didn’t know that they would come get me when they were ready for my scene. I had come from the dance world, and it was so different. So in a way, I used that in my portrayal of River —  just sort of a fish out of water and someone who didn’t quite know how to jump in.

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Summer Glau as Cameron in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Credit: Fox Broadcasting Co.

NC: At the beginning, nobody understands her, but by the end, everybody loves her.

SG: Thank you! I’m so moved that people really started to feel protective of her and started to really see her as their little sister, you know? It meant a lot to me.

NC: Did you know River’s secrets when the show first started? Did you know where the character was going?

SG: No, I didn’t know anything! He’s so good at keeping secrets, and I remember going from “Firefly” to “Serenity” … [Whedon] had just had his first son, and I was coming to visit Arden for the first time, and he said, “I think River is going to be a martial arts expert.” And my jaw just hit the ground. I had no idea he was going to make this killer weapon. So all my dreams came true when I came to that role. Everything was bigger and better than I could have imagined it, and that’s just the way Joss is.

NC: Even in the fight scenes, River moved with determination and grace. Was your dance background helpful for this part?

SG: Absolutely, for River specifically, because she wasn’t great at communicating the way that everyone else communicated, and part of the way I decided to express that was through her physicality. And Joss really encouraged that part of it for me. My favorite episode of the series was “Objects in Space,” and she really did get to express herself physically in that episode. It was a really fun part of the challenge of playing River.Summer Glau

Summer Glau and David Lyons in “The Cape.” Credit: NBC.

NC: I’ve heard some of the cast members say that the “Firefly” cast grew unusually close in a short period of time. Was this your experience?

SG: It’s interesting. I didn’t know any different because it was my first job, and I remember everyone telling me at different points while we were shooting, “This is a really special experience.” Even now, looking back – it’s been eight years – it really was a special experience that I could never replace. Everyone was so in love with the story, and everyone really, really wanted to be there. I think that our chemistry as a cast was extraordinary. And I learned so much. I can’t believe how forgiving everyone was of me not really knowing what I was doing. They treated me like an equal, and I made a lot of embarrassing mistakes in the beginning, and they never made me feel like I didn’t deserve to be there with them. It meant a lot to me.

NC: What lessons did you take from your “Firefly” experience to future parts, like “Sarah Connor” or “The Cape”?

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SG: I think the teamwork is something that I’ve always sought to re-create. After doing “Firefly” and moving on, I always wanted to be part of a series again. I love doing films, too, but there’s just something special about being part of the team and feeling like you’re actually a part of the family, and I always look to re-create that. And I really did with “Sarah Connor.” I worked on “Sarah Connor” even longer than “Firefly.” And I always remembered how generous everyone was to me when I didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t know the rules, and I didn’t know camera angles, and I didn’t know lighting. I remember Allen Easton, who was our camera operator during “Firefly,” he used to have to guide me onto my mark from behind the camera, because I just absolutely did not understand lighting. I ended up working with him again on “The Cape,” and he saw how much I had grown and how much I have learned, and so I always try to remember how much everyone else gave to me. I also remember how Nathan [Fillion] was so welcoming whenever we had guest actors on our show. I’ve been on other shows where nobody really talks to you when you’re a guest, and you don’t ever really feel like you get to know anyone, and I remember watching Nathan really reach out and try to make the experience fun for any guest actor who came on our set. That made a big impression on me.

NC: Were you a Whedon fan before you were cast on “Angel” and then “Firefly”?

SG: I was, but I didn’t realize how much I was going to love him until I met him. My actual first audition for him, I thought was a complete disaster, and I had no idea that he was going to end up being my mentor and being the person who I feel is responsible for giving me my career. Words cannot express how much I love Joss.

SG: You know, I’ve always just made the choices on my characters based on my connection to them, and I’ve made decisions that maybe other people haven’t understood, why I passed on something, for instance. Why would you pass on that role? Why didn’t you want that role? But it’s all about your connection to it. And one thing that I can say about working for Joss is that he writes women better than almost anybody. He has such a connection to our voice, and never writes women just as sex symbols. They’re always very complicated and strong. And what I love about River is that she was very strong, and she was very vulnerable at the same time. And I think all women are like that. I’ve never taken roles that I felt were very overtly sexualized, because I just don’t connect to it. I don’t respond to it. I hope that women can relate to that.

NC: What do you have coming up? I understand “Knights of Badassdom” is coming out this year.

SG: Oh yeah, I shot that movie last summer, and it was such an incredible experience. It was my first comedic movie. I actually called Joss, and I told him about it, and I said, “Steve Zahn‘s in it,” and he said, “Do it.” We both love Steve Zahn. It was like summer camp. We shot it up in Spokane, Wash. I learned so much from those guys, you know, Jimmi Simpson, Ryan Kwanten was in it, Danny Pudi, Peter Dinklage, it was just an amazing experience. And I think that the fans that have been supporting me are really going to enjoy this movie. It’s really a love letter to LARPers, and we had a blast shooting it.

–Noelene Clark

Original Interview at L.A Times

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