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Tricia Helfer

Feeling the Burn

by Jay S. Jacobs

 
Copyright ©2008 PopEntertainment.com.  All rights reserved.  Posted: July 10, 2008.

Tricia Helfer is a busy woman.  She wouldnít have it any other way.

The Canadian-born former supermodel has been able to pull off a leap which most in her profession never are able to make Ė she has become a well-known working actress.

She has spent the past several years as the face of the cult favorite Sci Fi Channel series Battlestar Galactica.  She played Number Six, the beautiful Cylon android who works to infiltrate the human survivors searching for the lost planet Earth.

Also during this time, Helfer moonlighted as the host of the reality series Canadaís Top Model (the Canuck version of the US hit) Ė a gig that she eventually had to give up because of her burgeoning acting career.

Helfer and the Galactica cast have spent the last year completing the saga and dealing with the series is coming to an end. 

Now she is joining the cast of the popular USA Network spy series Burn Notice.  She plays Carla, the glamorous and competent figurehead for the spy agency which sent agent Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) out to pasture in sunny Miami.  So far she has only filmed two episodes, but she looks forward to returning to the role in the near future Ė maybe even getting more screen time with series stars Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless.

As if this wasnít enough on her plate, Helfer has just signed on to co-star in a potential FOX series called Inseparable Ė a thriller loosely based on the idea of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde which was created by former teen idol Shaun Cassidy.  Not only that, but rumors are bubbling about a series of Battlestar Galactica films.

If all goes according to plan, Tricia Helfer wonít be getting much vacation time Ė but sheíll be getting lots of face time on your widescreen.

Recently Helfer sat down with us and some other websites in a conference call to discuss her experiences on Burn Notice and Battlestar Galactica.  

Can you start off telling us what is Carlaís back story and how many of the episodes are you going to be on in season two? 

Iím going to be in, I think, seven episodes of the sixteen being done.  Iím in the first two, and I think the season finale, and then will be in 2009ís episodes as well.  To be completely honest, I really donít know much of Carlaís back story.  Just as sheís mysterious to Michael, sheís also mysterious to the audience, and I think weíll learn more about her as Michael does and the audience does.  At this point, Iíve only filmed the first two episodes, so I have yet to discover a lot about Carla myself.  I do know that she was a spy, and that she is now the public face of the organization that burns Michael.  So she is definitely in a leadership position, and, at this point, pretty much ordering Michael around. 

Is it difficult coming into a show thatís already become an established hit?  I know you were the face of Battlestar Galactica for several months before the series, but here with Burn Notice itís already had a season and is very well known. 

Itís always daunting going into a show in a guest role, but with Burn Notice, I honestly canít say how wonderful they were and how welcoming they were to me.  When I first signed on, Jeffrey e-mailed me and welcomed me on, and itís just nice knowing youíre going down to an open, warm environment, and that people are looking forward to working with you.  I sat down with Matt Nix before I went down, and we had a good chat.  He gave me a bit of a story arc at that point before they had started filming.  Things are still being written, so I could get a broad overview, but no specifics really.  Itís definitely easier starting in the beginning with the whole cast and crew, but stepping into a show that you can see and you can see the tone of the show, itís easier to try and fit in, knowing how theyíre going and what theyíre looking for.  There are pros and cons to both, but they were absolutely welcoming to me. 

When youíre coming off a hit show like Battlestar Galactica, which is so tied into, how difficult is it to find new projects and what do you look for? 

One of the biggest things for me was coming off of a show that is a very specific genre show that tends to be more what you get offered and the direction people think of you.  So, for me, it was really important to try and go against that and broaden my range, or peopleís perception of what I can do, so Burn Notice was perfect for that, because it has nothing to do with outer space, but I find it on par with the level of writing and the level of acting thatís involved.  Battlestar, Iíve been very lucky, itís an exceptionally well written show, as well as Burn Notice.  Thatís one of the first things I noticed about it.  I really liked the script and then sitting down and watching the episodes, I thought it was a really well done show.  Like Battlestar, how I feel it has kind of a unique take on the sci-fi genre, much more of a drama and grittier, getting away from the soap opera kind of norm for science fiction.  I feel Burn Notice has that with the spy espionage genre.  It has a different elite take and I find it fresh, fun, and exciting and you have absolutely no qualms that Michael can do what he does and you would completely trust yourself in Michaelís hands, but, at the same time, thereís a humor and a tone to the show that is just really fun and fresh.  Youíll see this spy tripping going up the stairs.  That kind of thing I think is just really fun, so for me it was important to try and find a project that broadens my range and peopleís perception of me. 

What is it vibe like on the set of Burn Notice versus Battlestar Galactica? 

What is the vibe? 

Yes. 

The biggest thing I actually noticed was the pace.  Things move a lot quicker on Burn Notice.  At first, I was trying to put my finger on it.  Iím like wow, one or two takes and weíre moving on, or the amount of stuff you get done in a day, but then I figured it out that thereís a lot less cast, just in the size of cast and set, itís a lot smaller.  On Battlestar thereís about ten lead casts compared to four on Burn Notice, and just the amount of cast you have and the amount of extras and the size of the set.  Our stages on Battlestar are huge and when youíre in the CIC, or youíre in the hangar deck, or things like that, itís just the scope is so big that things move a little slower.  Tone-wise, Iíve been incredibly lucky.  Both shows are just really fun shows to be on and the crew gets along great and the cast gets along great, and thereís a mutual respect.  Everybody has respect for one another, so itís not a bickering show.  Iíve heard some horror stories of some sets where itís just not very fun to go to work, and that hasnít been the case with either Burn Notice or Battlestar.  Theyíve been really fun sets to go to. 

How different is it working in Miami compared to Vancouver?  Itís quite a difference with the weather. 

Yes, thereís a huge difference with the weather.  Vancouver has been incredibly rainy this spring, so I think we had our first nice hot day on Friday when I was on set, but the umbrella takes on a whole different meaning.  In Vancouver, youíre being shielded from the rain, and in Miami, youíre being shielded from the sun, so itís definitely your body takes a little bit of getting used to going back and forth and adjusting and the humidity really gets to you in Miami.  Theyíre both ocean-side towns, and they both have this vibe of fun and outdoorsy.  In that respect, theyíre similar, but obviously, drastically different temperatures and climates. 

Have you seen season one of Burn Notice yet, and, if so, did you watch it before you got the part or after? 

I have seen the whole episode, yes, or all the episodes, the whole season.  I hadnít seen it prior.  It was one of those that was on my list of DVD box sets to buy.  I had been definitely intrigued by commercials I had seen, but Iím definitely a DVD box set kind of watcher, because of so much of the traveling that I do, itís hard to commit to a show when it airs.  When I was offered the part, they sent me the DVDs and I was immediately hooked from the first episode.  There was one scene in the episode, I think it was the first episode, where Michael is playing an art dealer.  You can go in and find this information, and he sits down in the chair and his arm slides off, and itís just something thatís so subtle and simple, but I laughed so hard.  I was watching it with my sister up in Vancouver, and we had to rewind it five times, because we kept laughing.  We were trying to debate if he had done that on purpose, or if it was a mistake that they kept in.  So I told Jeffrey when I got down there, as odd as it sounds, that was one of the things that really hooked me, because it was in the first episode and youíre expecting this spy show to be very serious and very whatever, and the humor that came out, or just the tone that shows that Michaelís a normal person, even though heís this incredibly experienced spy, I just found it really fun to watch.  I was hooked from then on, and I watched all the episodes and just immediately called my manager and said I want to be part of this show. 

I was wondering how you became involved in the project.  Did they have you in mind with this role, or did you have to audition, or how did that work? 

It was one of the very rare circumstances where I actually got offered the part and I didnít have to audition.  Yes, thatís definitely a wonderful thing when youíre an actor.  Iím not quite sure exactly how it came about, but someone in the writing room, when they were discussing.  I think that Matt said that one of his writers came in and they had seen a press release in Hollywood Reporter that I had just signed a holding deal with FOX Network, and they said this is who we should get.  They approached me and it was a little bit of working on everybodyís part, because I had a holding deal at FOX and I was currently shooting Battlestar Galactica, so there was a lot of roadblocks to get over, but it was one of those circumstances that everything seemed to work out.  I had just finished a really heavy episode for my character on Battlestar where I was in every single day, and then the next episode, I was quite light in.  I only had one scene, so they shot me out in the beginning and FOX let me out to do Burn Notice and Burn Notice was great by consolidating all of the stuff from my first episodes into two days and I literally flew down, shot out two episodes, and then flew back up to Battlestar, so it was conveniently worked out and I pick back up on Burn Notice mid-July, a few days after we wrap on Battlestar.  Then it turns out the FOX show that I had signed onto called Inseparable is going to shoot right in the two week period Iím off between Burn Notice episodes, so I couldnít have asked for a more convenient and lucky situation. 

I was also wondering how you and Fionaís character are going to handle one another.  Are we going to get see any other action with that? 

At this point, I donít know.  I hope so.  I hope to work with Gabrielle.  Iíve met her briefly on set.  She popped by my trailer and said hello, but I would love to work with her, and I would imagine it would definitely be some good interaction.  I canít imagine Fiona taking too kindly to Carla, even though Michaelís not really a fan of Carla at this point either, Iím sure Fiona doesnít really want another woman coming into Michaelís life, however it may be.  But I havenít read the future episodes.  Iím expecting actually to get my next episode any day, and then Iím definitely looking forward to reading it. 

I have a question about acting more specifically.  I was wondering what the difference is between playing Carla and playing Number Six is for you. 

Actually, theyíre more similar than you would imagine with one of the characters being a robot.  I hadnít actually thought about it, but somebody pointed it out to me that both characters, Iím kind of going in with blinders on, so to speak, sort of touching on the first question as well about Carlaís back story.  I donít really know much about her at all really, and that was sort of the same with my Number Six character.  When we started Battlestar, she was kind of a known Cylon, but when we picked up the first season, Ron Moore had written a series Bible of back stories for all the lead characters and the style of shooting and everything, just the style of the show that he wanted, and all the lead characters had two or three page back stories, really in-depth and something that any actor just wants to gobble up and go oh, my God, yes, thank you.  My character said the machine as woman, and that was it.  I asked Ron about it and he said I havenít decided everything about the Cylons yet, so, because you are the known Cylon at this point, I canít give you a back story.  So I had to go into it just really obviously putting my own two cents in and putting things in my own mind about the character, but also, just really going in, trusting the writers and their vision of the character, and then obviously me bringing it to life.  What is similar with Carla is Iím going in not knowing much about her.  Sheís mysterious and illusive and I just have to think of her as sheís just as equipped as Michael is.  Sheís incredibly intelligent, incredibly strong, but I think, in one way, the fixed characters are a little bit more vulnerable at this point.  I see Carla at the top of her game and sheís also one of the higher-ups in the organization, so a lot of people to get through to get to her.  So I feel she probably feels sheís pretty invincible at this point.  I donít know, but possibly part of her storyline is some of that maybe shaking up. 

This question is not really related to the show.  You mentioned earlier that you watch a lot of shows on DVD box sets.  What kind of shows do you sit down and actually watch and love? 

I actually am one of those that donít watch much, but I was a huge Arrested Development fan, a South Park fan.  I have some 24.  I got into some 24, although I have not seen all the seasons.  I have Dexter, although I havenít watched all of it yet.  I got into Six Feet Under when it was on, definitely Burn Notice, now thatís on my shelf as well, although now Iím a little biased.  I like shows that are a little quirky, a little off.  I would like to get into Madmen and Weeds.  I havenít had the opportunity yet, but thatís the kind of show I go for. 

You had mentioned that you havenít worked with Fiona yet.  In your first few episodes are you only working with Michael then? 

Pretty much.  I have one scene with Michael and with Sam. 

The character of Carla is a bit of a balancing act.  She, externally at least, seems very charming and friendly, and yet, thereís definitely a sense of menace from her.  As an actress, how fun is it to play a duplicitous character like that? 

Itís a lot of fun.  Itís also challenging, because you want to make sure you find the right tone and that was definitely one thing that I was concerned about going down, and thatís one place that Jeffrey really was great, because after our first take in the first scene, heís like you have the tone.  You nailed the tone.  Thatís exactly our show, now letís play.  I keep thinking of what Matt said is sheís serious, threatening, but with a smile, and I just try to keep thinking in that.  Again, that sort of comes back to where I feel like she feels sheís sort of invincible at this point.  Sheís so sure of herself that she can be relaxed and a little playful, because sheís just so sure of herself.  If youíre not as confident, thatís when youíre a little more wary, and if youíre super-confident about what youíre doing, or your mission, or whatever it is, you can allow yourself to relax a little bit. 

Youíve said that you havenít seen some of the things that youíre going to be doing later on in the season, but just as an actress, what are some things that you would like to do with the character? 

I would definitely like to get into showing some of her skills.  So far, itís basically been the public face and the connection of the organization to Michael, but I would certainly enjoy getting into a little bit of showing her skills and showing that sheís on par with Michael and just as experienced, or just as dangerous as he is.  That would be a lot of fun.  Iím a bit of a tomboy, so I like the stunts idea, although I know Jeffrey now says that heís not allowed to do his own stunts, so I doubt theyíd probably let me do mine, but I do all my own stunts on Battlestar and I get a kick out of it.  So hopefully, I get to do a few. 

You said earlier that you only filmed two episodes so far. 

Yes. 

I donít know if you necessarily know the answer to this, but at the end of that second episode, Carla kind of slips and reveals a foreign accent of hers.

Yes. 

Iím just wondering is that something that comes back to haunt her?  Does she realize her mistake quickly? 

I donít know yet, because that literally is the last thing Iíve seen, episode wise.  I havenít even seen what they have shot since, although I did voice a couple of phone calls.  My opinion is she probably doesnít kind of realize maybe that she messed up.  He certainly does use that to his advantage, and I think Sam manages to dig up a little bit of information on me, not near what they need to actually find out who I am at this point, but its baby steps. 

How many total episodes do we have you for? 

I think seven.  Seven or eight, but I think seven. 

You donít think theyíre ever going to steer this towards any kind of sexual tension sparks thing between Carla and Michael, do you? 

You know, I donít know.  I certainly wouldnít rule it out, but I donít think Carla is really on Michaelís wish list or action list at this point, although we know with Fiona, heís definitely attracted to a challenge and somebody that challenges him, so that could be down the road, but I would imagine it would be quite far down the road, because, at this point, she annoys him pretty much. 

I was wondering if you could just clear up something about Inseparable.  The main character, the forensic pathologist who has the dual identity type of thing, heís partially paralyzed in his main persona, but then what?  In his alter ego, heís not paralyzed anymore? 

Right.  Yes, heís a cop and my character is the cop psychologist that evaluates him and has evaluated him prior to his injury.  He was shot and it is definitely heís injured.  Heís in a wheelchair.  One side of his body he doesnít really have control over.  He can walk on crutches, but barely, and his alter ego is completely healed.  Whatís exciting about that is itís a psychological injury. 

Yes, so all the while sheís working with him and studying him and I would imagine that, sooner or later, sheíll start raising an eyebrow. 

Yes.  My character, Mason, is quite light in the pilot episode because thereís a lot to set up with Lambro, with the cop and his alter ego, Clyde.  So thereís definitely a huge discovery in that and everything, but Mason will be the closest thing to him and sheíll know immediately pretty much. 

I was just wondering if there was any aspect of your character thus far that you identify with, or that you particularly like or dislike. 

With Carla? 

Yes. 

I like her sense of mischievousness and fun and the fact that sheís so together and so experienced that she can have that fun, and I like that she, in one way, doesnít take herself too seriously, even though sheís taken herself extremely seriously.  Without really knowing too much about her yet, itís kind of hard to go more in-depth with her, but Iím attracted to her intensity and her smarts to be honest. 

Whatís been your favorite thing so far during the filming of these two episodes? 

I think just really enjoying the tone of the show and coming off of a show that is very serious all the time.  Not that there isnít some jokes and laughter on the Battlestar episodes.  Itís really heavy subject matter and youíre talking about world subject matter and humanity subject matter, not just the subject matter of individual characters.  When youíre talking about the annihilation of the human race, or suicide bombings, or that kind of thing, it can be really heavy on set.  So Iím enjoying the lightness and the levity of Burn Notice and just having a lot of fun with that. 

I want to ask a totally different question, which is, as the contracts expire, how is that affecting you as an actor?  Are you following that closely? 

I havenít been following it pretty much at all, near as closely as I should be since it affects me, but being up in Canada, Iím actually in Los Angeles right now, but flying up tonight.  Iíve been in Canada mostly because weíre doing the final episodes of Battlestar, so have been removed from it.  I havenít been down here in any of the meetings or anything like that, or following too closely.  Itís a touchy situation and we talk about it on set a bit and certainly, even within the Battlestar set, thereís vastly varying views of what people think and what they donít.  Iím hoping things are resolved and I certainly want to keep working and not have things pushed, so weíll see.  Weíll keep our fingers crossed that everything works out. 

Back to Burn Notice, how do you go about preparing for a role like this? 

My first two episodes were really quite straightforward in terms of there wasnít a lot of preparation in terms of physicality or anything like that.  Iím hoping to really dig my heels in a little bit more coming up, but the first two episodes were really just I was much more focused on finding the tone of the show and really not knowing much about the characters.  Itís just really sitting in and revealing that sheís somebody Michael has to take very seriously and sheís not going to be an easy one for him to deal with, and that to make sure that she had the upper hand over Michael.  That was really where my focus was in the first two episodes, more so than preparing in a physical way with stunts or things like that, but really trying to make sure that the audience understood that she had the upper hand and was somebody to be reckoned with. 

How busy are you going to be at COMIC CON in a couple of weeks? 

Iím sure Iím going to be pretty busy.  I think Battlestar is sending down some Cylon-human couples, so I know Iíll be there with Baltar and Starbuck will be there with Anders, so it should be a lot of fun, and Iím looking forward to it. 

Are you going to do anything with Burn Notice at COMIC CON? 

I donít know yet actually.  I will certainly be willing.  I just havenít heard yet. 

Has "frack" become a common term that you use in your daily life now? 

To be completely honest, I tend to use the real counterpart bit too much, and have used it all my life, unfortunately, so itís kind of a hard habit to break.  I should start using it more instead of the other, but not as much.  I think the people that actually say it on set more, because Number Six has never really said it that much.  I tried to get it in there once and they didnít use it.  I think the characters that say it more, itís become more part of their vocabulary and certainly the crew uses it quite a bit, but I donít really use it that often, no. 

Hereís another question for you, which is more related to the finale we just saw of Battlestar.  Is there hope at all for the humans and the Cylons moving forward now that theyíve made it to a devastated earth? 

Thereís certainly, I think, some hope.  Itís certainly the idea of the show is that you have to keep pushing forward and you canít let things, even though that massive, knock you down for too long.  So theyíre going to keep pushing and keep trying.  I canít tell you if they make it or they donít, but I think the humans and Cylons are going to try, at least the one faction of the Cylons are going to try and work together, but it hasnít really worked very well in the past.  Unfortunately, youíre going to have to wait until 2009 to find out.  Even though weíre on the last episode, I could be fired if I give any more information out. 

I have to tell you that I watched the first two episodes last night and I love Carla, even though Iím not supposed to.  I think sheís a great foil for Michael, and I think youíre doing a great job with her. 

Thank you.  I havenít even seen the episodes yet.  You have one up on me. 

Youíll love them when you see them. 

Thank you. 

You may have answered this before when you said that youíve done a couple of phone calls, youíve taped a couple of phone calls.  Does Carla go out of the picture for a while, or is she just there, an omniscient presence in the background, giving him orders via the phone?  Do you know, in those episodes that youíre not in, obviously? 

Yes, I think the episodes that Iím not in, there are a couple of phone calls in there, and I think the idea to get across is that Carla is always watching.  Theyíll be talking about her even if sheís not actually even a voice on the phone, because theyíre trying to find out who she is in order to find out why they burned him, so it may be that theyíre trying to find out more information, or maybe theyíll find a picture, or whatever it may be.  Theyíre trying to find that information, so she will have a presence throughout, even if sheís not physically on-screen. 

In the first couple of scenes where we see Carla interacting with Michael, the tasks theyíre giving Michael donít seem like that difficult, and I guess Iím just asking your take on this, whether you think that theyíre just testing him right now, or just getting his feet wet, or if itís just because they donít want to get their hands dirty so theyíre making Michael do the hard work. 

I think it might be a mixture of both.  I think theyíre certainly testing him and I think maybe if they give him too big of a task, or too important of a task right in the beginning, it may open them up to be found out easier, because there may have to be more interaction, or more fingers may point in their direction.  So I think it is a bit of a sousing out period, so to speak. 

I was just wondering, Carla is described as evil and sexy, or, as Bruce Campbell likes to call you, ďevexy.Ē 

Yes, I read that. 

I was just wondering how you would describe her to somebody that doesnít knowÖ 

Well, I donít necessarily see her as evil, but then you canít really see the character youíre playing as evil, or you fall into the Iím playing an evil character kind of clichť.  Carla thinks what sheís doing is right, so I donít see her as evil.  I see her as just incredibly powerful and focused.  So I think thatís what I would want to try to get across is that sheís somebody that you have to take very seriously, and you wouldnít sleep too well if youíre on her bad side. 

Another quick Battlestar question Ė whatís it going to feel like when you guys finally wrap this thing and you just leave? 

Itís going to feel odd.  Itís funny, because this was my first series, so I havenít ever had a series ending before, so itís all new for me compared to some of the cast members who have been on other series before.  I was talking to Mary McDonnell about it the other day.  Weíre incredibly busy right now, and the days are incredibly long and the crewís exhausted.  Itís funny because Iím like wow, I thought the last episode everybody would be laughing and chilling out.  Instead, everybody was walking zombies, because weíre so tired, and she says yes, itís always that way with series endings, because the last script, you try to fit so much in there that thereís so much to do, but yet, youíre really still trying to fit it into a normal script schedule shooting time.  So while weíre in it, weíre just so encapsulated with it that I think it will be really walking off the lot the last time. 

Then itíll sink in. 

Then it will really sink in, or flying home to L.A. after the wrap.  Itís like oh, okay, Iím really done, and that, I think, will hit me more, but right now, weíre so in the throes of it that itís like okay, I need some sleep. 

Beyond everything that you have going on with Burn Notice and Inseparable, weíve heard that thereís going to be three movies featuring Battlestar after the series ends.  Are you retained to be a part of those yet? 

None of the actors really know yet.  We obviously know about them, but we havenít been in discussions or anything yet.  I think theyíre waiting for them to be written and what the story lines are going to be.  Weíve heard rumblings around set and so forth, and I imagine most of us can be part of it, or at least one of them, or something.  But, at this point, Iím not signed on to anything, no. 

With Inseparable, is that going to be a pilot for mid-season, or are we talking about 15 months from now in the next TV season? 

I think itís geared towards mid-season.  You never really know until youíve shot it and things are signed and slotted in, but, at this point, the pilot would probably be considered for mid-season. 

Weíve been hearing some rumblings about Them possibly being re-cut.  Thereís a pilot being re-cut for a TV movie.  Have you heard anything about that, or can you tell us if you know anything about that? 

I havenít heard.  I was sitting on a plane with David Icke the other day and he did tell me he was talking to Jonathan Mostow the other day.  That could be what they were talking about.  I might have to give David a call myself and find out, but he didnít share, no. 

Youíll have to let us know if you find out. 

I will. 

Iím a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica and Burn Notice, but I actually have a modeling question.  How do you think the modeling world has changed?  I know youíre involved, or were involved with Canadaís Next Top Model since you startedÖ 

I havenít really been involved at all for six years.  I quit modeling in 2002 when I started acting, but I did foray into it with Canadaís Next Top Model, but, to be completely honest, model reality shows are not like modeling in real.  Theyíre certainly not like the modeling business.  Itís about making a good TV show.  To be honest, thatís why Iím not doing further seasons of it is because Iím not a fan of reality shows.  Iím glad I did the first season and experienced it and was in the producing end of it, but it wasnít where I wanted to put my focus and my time.  It was taking pretty much my whole hiatus between the Battlestar seasons.  I couldnít do film or whatever.  Instead, the next hiatus I did the film Walk All Over Me that went to Toronto Film Festival and the Weinstein Company bought.  So thatís where my focus was, and I realized it while I was filming it too.  This isnít where my focus is and Iím not really enjoying it, so I shouldnít be doing it.  I think the modeling business, when I was in it, itís cyclical, just like anything.  It goes through cycles.  When I started modeling it was the big supermodel era of Naomi and Christie and Cindy and Linda and all that.  Then they went to this period where it was all nameless, faceless models walking the runway, and then it got back to the supermodels where you knew them by their first names Ė Giselles and everything.  I think now its back in a nameless, faceless, multiple girls, but again, I could be wrong, because I havenít picked up a fashion magazine for about six years, so I could be completely wrong.  I had a great time doing it and I traveled the world and I met a lot of really wonderful people, so I certainly donít degrade modeling. 

Do you miss it? 

No, I donít.  Ten years was enough.  I traveled the world and had some great experiences, but I needed more of a challenge and I needed more to do with my mind. 

You wanted to talk. 

I wanted to talk, exactly. 

Speaking of more to do, you had mentioned that you were going to be on Burn Notice this season and next.  If Inseparable takes off and the Galactica movies come to be, are you going to have any time to sleep at all? 

Iím going to be a very busy camper, yes.  There are so many times in this kind of career that you go through that youíll have slow periods that when you do have a really busy period, you have to try to stay focused on staying healthy.  But I just feel so lucky to have the opportunity to have the opportunities that I have right now.  Granted, I could use a little bit more sleep, but I certainly wouldnít want to give up one to do it.  Like I said earlier, Iíve been pretty lucky so far with the scheduling.  Things seem to have just slotted in perfectly, and I kind of expect that to continue with the three shows.  Hopefully, Inseparable ends up getting picked up.  I would enjoy being on three shows at the same time, let me tell you. 

Definitely.  Also speaking about opportunities, for so many years, television actors basically had three networks to get a job with.  The two shows that youíve done so far have been cable shows.  How do you think that cable television series have opened up the opportunities for actors? 

Thereís a lot more opportunity, and again, Iíve only been in the business for six years, so I donít really have a lot to compare it to, because my first show was a cable show.  I havenít been in the business for a long time and have seen the changes in it, but cable has been able to go to places where network hasnít, and itís been able to be a little bit more cutting edge.  So certainly, for actors, itís been fun and an opportunity, and I think you see a lot more actors today in television and on shows that would never touch television before, movie actors.  I think itís becoming a lot more attractive to actors across the board.

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