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September 19, 2007.
When you think of the word ďnerd,Ē in general the picture that comes to mind
looks nothing like Gina Holden. After all, she is beautiful, poised,
talented and successful Ė not usually traits that one associates with the
term. Yet, Holden will openly acknowledge that she does have a bit of nerd
in her. Somehow, this makes her all the more charming.
a television and film career which has been gaining momentum by leaps and
bounds, Holden is still Ė first and foremost Ė a fan. She still gets giddy
thinking of favorite films and series. She is genuinely thrilled to work
with her favorite actors and have the opportunity to play a part in new
stories Ė projects that may move people watching her on screen to the same
flights of fancy she felt watching Sigourney Weaver fighting off an evil
space creature. She isnít a grizzled show biz pro. She still revels in the
glitz, glamour and fantasy Ė from both sides of the aisle.
Holdenís positive career thrust is even more impressive when you realize
that she does it all on her terms. For example, she still lives in her
native Canada rather than following conventional wisdom and moving to
Hollywood for the big roles. However, the roles have continued coming at a
dizzying pace since she has broken onto the scene. She has been in movies
Destination 3, Fantastic Four, Man About Town
She has guested on series like
Supernatural, Dead Zone
she is juggling regular roles in
cable TV series. She has finished the first season of the Lifetime
and segued smoothly into the iconic comic role of Dale
Arden in the Sci-Fi networkís re-imagining of the classic serial
one of the big breakthroughs for the channel, helping them to weather the
imminent docking of
offering a new franchise based on an old favorite.
You wouldnít think sheíd have time to breathe, much less work more, but
Holden also has
films on the way. Holden reunites with Jared Padelecki (star of the series
that she considers her first big break,
in the family film
She plays a supporting role in the second movie in the
Alien vs. Predator
series. Finally, she took a small role in the upcoming buzz film
Battle In Seattle
just to get to work with a cast that includes Charlize Theron, Ray
Liotta, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Rodriguez and many others.
Holden took some time off of the filming of
check in with us and give us a guided tour of her life and career.
How did you first get
involved in acting?
was when I was really young. I donít know if itís something youíre just
born withÖ. For me it seemed like it. I was only about five years old when
I did my first onstage performance. Iíve just always really loved it. It just starts as a child, wanting to make believe and
tell stories and stuff like that. It started very, very young for me and I
really embraced it and did a lot of theater and all the high school plays,
you were very young, you originally studied dance and did some musical
theater. Would you like to get back to those talents at some point?
Oh, I would love to. Iím very active.
Physical activity is such a huge
part of my life. I still dance Ė just for fun, recreationally. I do ballet
classes. Iím not competing or anything like that, but for me, itís
something that is still a big part of my life. So, to do it actually for
work Ė in a musical or something like that Ė would just be so great. I
think thatís why I also love stunt work, because itís so similar to dance.
Believe it or not, the choreography and how set it is as far as a final
result Ė youíve got to have everything together. Itís very calculated.
Has it been difficult
to get a career going and still be able to stay in your native Canada? Have
you ever tried to go Hollywood? As much TV and film as is done in Canada,
there are more chances in California.
Absolutely, but for me Iíve always just done everything sort of my way.
Itís just how it happened. Iíve never really said Iíve got to go to LA or
Iíve got to stay in Vancouver. Itís just every opportunity thatís come my
way Iíve embraced. Iíve done it very freely and openly. It just happens
that a lot of the projects Ė actually almost all of them Ė have been
American but filmed here in Vancouver. So even though Iím very free Ė I
travel a lot, I have no problem moving in a heartbeat, drop of a hat Ė but
itís just sort of happened that itís all stayed within Canada. I have
traveled down. I shot some of
first season in Los Angeles. So, Iím back and forth. But itís never been;
oh, I have to do this because thatís what everybody else does. Things have
happened for me, just in my own ways.
read that you have a great love of Japan. You lived there in your
teens. How did you first go there? How did it help you start your career?
was dancing and performing in Vancouver. A modeling agent had seen me and
approached my mom and said we really think sheíd do great over in Japan. It
just all started that way. For me, it was just a wonderful experience.
Iíve always been really independent and adventurous, so for me to fly over
to Japan when I was fifteen was nothing. It was just Ė absolutely, no
question, I want to do it. It was a wonderful experience. For me, it just
set my work ethic up. The amount of hours and travel Ė for me for my
career, itís so invaluable, that experience. I grew up so fast, but in a
wonderful way. Having all that responsibility was great for me. I embraced
it. It wasnít a challenge. It was just natural. It really helped me when
I started acting, because the hours that you work modeling are just crazy
and itís just such a huge amount of energy. Youíre telling a story in a
different way. Itís a still photograph. You have to be so expressive and
natural. It all really compliments each other. It was setting me up for
something I didnít know at the time. Now I know why I have all that
experience under my belt. Even the dance background set up for modeling,
because that discipline of ballet and the poise and how natural it needs to
look Ė but underneath it all itís very technical. Everything has sort of
led to the next. I feel so blessed.
In your career, you
seem to get a lot of roles in the sci-fi and horror genres. Is this
something youíve searched out or just the way itís come up?
just sort of came to me. Iím very happy about it. I have a brother who was
very into sci-fi and comic books growing up, so
Iím really excited about this genre. When I started getting these roles Ė
was a really big one for me,
Final Destination 3
was sort of the
big one that opened up all these doors Ė so when I see it comes to me in
terms of a script that I go audition for, I do get really excited. I love
it. Itís so challenging and fun.
Your first series was
was getting good buzz but then Fox Ė as they often do Ė pulled the plug
after just like five episodes. Was that disappointing?
Itís always disappointing when something you love to do so much is
cancelled, but all that stuff is not in your control, so you just have to
enjoy the process. What we did have was so great. It was so much fun for
me to play that character [who is] so different than me Ė physically, even.
It was just a great opportunity. Everyone still is wondering what
happened. So many fans still want to know who actually [committed the
murder]. Itís hard not to find out, even for me as the actor. I donít know
any more than anybody else, so itís disappointing, because you get really
involved with the characters and then they pull it for whatever reason and
you donít ever really have closure. But it was still such an awesome show
to be on. Great memories.
actors dream of getting a regular role on one series. What is it like to be
starring in two at the same time?
canít believe it.
Itís so wonderful. I try not to sound too cheesy or corny, because it just
sounds fake, but Iím very, very honored. Itís a dream come true. I worked
so, so hard. I donít take it for granted. Iím just so grateful for the
opportunity. I really donít know what else to say. Itís just so humbling
and Iím honored. I work really hard and I hope fans know thatÖ. I really,
really put all of my energy into a partÖ. To have two such different
characters is nice. Itís a nice contrast and shows, hopefully, my
versatility to fans. Itís not just an easy thing. Itís very different and
itís challenging. Iím loving it.
Blood Ties is
kind of a very quirky character for you Ė very dark, funny and sort of goth.
Was it fun to get into the mindset of the character?
Absolutely. Absolutely. I just let myself get completely taken over by
her. Some of the things that came out were so fun and amazing. But, again,
that to me is such a wonderful challenge as an actor, just to go right in
and give over [to the character] and see what happens. Thatís a wonderful
freedom to have. For me, itís just so fun. I miss playing her; I really
hope they go back for a second season. I hope I can guest star in it. Iím
really close with the producers and although
my 100% commitment and Iím so busy with that, you never knowÖ. Everyone
talks to each other and if it can work out, it will. Itís just a scheduling
thing and weíll see what happens. Iíd love to continue to play her, even in
a guest star scenario. Just pop in every once in a while if possible.
Sheís so fun! How can you notÖ I miss her.
Flash Gordon is
such an iconic character in science fiction. How familiar were you with
that story before getting involved in the show?
little bit. Like I say, growing up, having the comic books around with my
brother, I had known about it. Whatís great about
itís got this huge history, but itís been changed and updated so many
different times. So for us, we can use all that as background in history
but then modernize it so itís believable in this day and age. Ours has the
inter-dimensional rip rather than a spaceship Ė things like that just need
to be updated. Of course I knew
and Iím just so excited to change it up and bring it a fresh new face.
you do give it this fresh new face, do you feel a certain responsibility to
stay true to the overall feel and story for the fans of earlier incarnations
Oh, sure. The writers really are in charge of that and having the old
characters from the comic books; they are all here and they are coming up.
Especially in new episodes Ė thatís all there. They have done a great job
of just letting the characters be fresh and new and updated. We want to
honor the originals, but you have to update them. Especially my character;
she was originally justÖ her character description was ďpassenger on
plane.Ē Thatís not a modern woman anymore. As much as that was important
then and great, now women are running the world right along with the men.
If I didnít bring her up to speed it wouldnít be believable and I donít
think anyone would really be that interested in watching. Sheís got to have
all sorts of things going on now. Thatís great, because thatís what modern
women do. They are amazing.
Do you think the
series will sort of tease the romantic tension in the storyline? Obviously
Dale and Flash are attracted to each other, but you also have a romantic
interest, Joe there. Now the alien character of Baylin seems to have a
spark with Flash. Do you think Flash and Dale will ever get together or
that it will be just a long-smoldering passion that isnít acted on?
hope that they will, because historically they do end up together and they
belong together. I think thatís always there. But, oddly enough, theyíve
got so much going on
even if they wanted to act on that Ė Daleís engaged now. Flash has got
this huge responsibility to save the universe and save his father. Even
though the attractionís there and the chemistry is there and we know thereís
things we want to talk about and work on Ė we donít really have time
necessarily. Over time, through the series, if we are so lucky enough to go
on and on, that will hopefully come out. But right now, there are pressing
matters we need to deal with before love. So, even though thatís there and
there are triangles and that makes it very interesting, we have to balance
all of those things. The timeÖ we just canít even deal with that right
now. Itís there, but itís going to take some time to come out, I think.
you have any sort of fantasy storyline youíd like to see Dale involved with?
Wow, yeah. I just daydream all the time about future episodes.
I love action so much and Dale is such and adventurous woman and wants to
get right in there with Flash and Baylin and all the action. I would love
to see possibly Baylin and I Ė the other wonderful, strong woman on the
show, the alien bounty hunter Ė maybe we could team up and save Flash from
something together and have a great fight sequence. I think that would be
really exciting. Give the fans a really good show. That might be neat.
You also have a few
movies coming out. Speaking of sort of iconic characters, you are doing the
Alien vs. Predator
film. Were you a fan
of those series and what is that role like?
am a huge fan. Growing up, Sigourney Weaver was Ė oh, sheís just such a
phenomenal actress. Iím such a
fan of the
movies. When I found out that I actually got the part, I was so excited. I
couldnít even believe it. Even on the first day of filming, I was so
star-struck because itís the original crew that worked on
well. It wasnít just seeing the aliens; it was just to work with the crew
that had done those movies was so awesome. I had to really focus and say,
okay, Iím the actress that theyíve hired to do this Ė so stop being a fan
and get to work and get an autograph later.
But no, it was thrilling. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life,
for sure. I canít believe it.
The Christmas Cottage
with Jared Padalecki,
who you also worked with in
What was it like getting back together to work with him? This movie is a
little less genre-driven, was it fun to do more of a family drama?
really is. I love doing all sorts of projects. Iím really lucky that I can
do both. It was so great to work with Jared again. I talk about him all
the time. I just love him to death. I think heís so wonderful. To have a
relationship before Ė because our characters in
The Christmas Cottage
date in college and have a very passionate relationship Ė so to have a
friendship already built with him just added so much to our characters, I
think. It was very easy and natural. To work with him again was great. I
loved it. Itís a great project and was very inspiring to work on.
Iím an old friend of
Mary Aloe, who is one of your producers in
Seattle, so it was kind of cool to see that you were working with her. It
doesnít appear that you have a huge role in that, but it has such a strong
cast Ė Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Woody Harrelson, Channing Tatum. What
is it like working with such respected actors?
was great. That role came to me and I said I absolutely would do it. It
was a small role, but I have no problem doing that in such an amazing
script. My scenes were with Michelle Rodriguez, who I am a huge fan of from
and all of her other stuff. I got to work with her, which was thrilling for
me, actually. I tried to be all cool. I just said I love your work and
that was it. She was really wonderful to work with. Overall, you have
names like that and you have my name in the mix Ė [it] is so exciting. That
was such a great project. Oh, my goodness, what a great script. So, any
bit that I can be a part of: Iím there.
a couple of interviews Iíve heard you refer to yourself as a nerd. Most
people would just on first glance say sheís a beautiful woman and not really
expect that aspect of you. Why do you feel you are a nerd?
Because I am. Iím a very excited person. I was not the cool kid growing up
Ė but thatís okay with me. I love sci-fi. I grew up playing video games
with my brother. I like computers and technology. Yeah, you look at me and
people would maybe judge me a certain way, which is fine. But then as soon
as you talk to me for five minutes, you go, oh, sheís down to earth. Sheís
cool. Thatís just me. I donít know what it is. Itís just always been my
personality. I can play really glamorous.
They can dress me up and I can play great parts as glamour, but to me life
is just too fun and exciting. I guess if thatís nerdy, then Iím definitely
You went to Comic Con
for the first time this year. What was that like for you?
Yeah, that fits in to my nerd thingÖ. I went home. It was my first time.
Because our show wasnít on the air yet, I didnít get a lot of people coming
up to me. I did get people approach me for
and a few autographs were taken and some photos Ė but I literally got off
the plane, after shooting all night and walked straight onto the floor and I
went and got
some autographs that I wanted. Pictures with storm troopers and got a light
saber and things like that. So, I was at home as a fan of sci-fi. I got to
enjoy it on that level. Then in the evening, it was all the glamorous
stuff. We did red carpet and had a Sci-Fi party. That was really fun, but
for me, just to go onto the floor and see what was going on and see all the
fans dressed up Ė it was just a really awesome experience. A great place
for people to go and just be themselves and do what they love to do. It
was really neat for that.
Did you get tired of
hearing the joke about one of your older films Ė how can there be a third
No, what do you mean, sorry?
Iím sorry, there were lots of jokes going around, like how many
can there be? The
first one was supposed to be the finalÖ
Oh, I get it.
didnít hear that one.
Oh, you didnít? It
made it onto
Gilmore Girls, Ebert and Roeper;
I heard it a lot at
Oh, Iím sure. I think itís great. You have to take pokes at things, for
sure. Youíve got to laugh. Yeah, thatís an amazing series of movies for
sure. But, yeah, thatís a good point. Sorry, that went right over my
Say you were looking
back at your career from 50 years in the future Ė how would you like people
to see your work?
Thatís a great question, thank you. If Iím so lucky to do that, I hope that
people could just look back and say thatís somebody that worked really hard
and had a lot of fun and just had a nice steady career and a great work
ethic. Turned out some really great projects. Hopefully people will just
have a good memory of the projects that Iíve done. That would just be
some things people would be surprised to know about you?
Well, I think the nerdiness is one, for sure. AndÖ even though Iím in this
business that has a lot of stereotypes attached to it, that Iím just a
down-home girl who likes to do normal things Ė spend time with family and
friends and just have fun and laugh and is a big geek at heart.
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