Interview with Louis Ferreira & Brian J. Smith from Stargate Universe

Stargate Universe cast

Stargate Universe returns April 2nd at 9 pm on Syfy with the second half of it’s first season. I recently got the honour of interviewing Louis Ferreira who plays Colonel Everett Young, and Brian J. Smith who plays, 1st Lt. Matthew Scott. Both men were a pleasure to speak with and answered our questions candidly. Let’s get to it.

We’re kind of like halfway through the first season and what has that experience been like now that we’ve kind of seen some of it? You’ve seen the fans kind of embracing you. What is that like? How is it interacting with those fans?

Louis Ferreira: Okay. Well for me its been twofold. I think that what we have recognized and noticed that we were always going to – some of the fans were going to be a little discouraged because their version of the old Stargate is no longer the same. I was – for me personally, we were aware that they wanted to try to do something different with the franchise.

I always say to those folks what – how lucky. Many fans don’t get to have as much as 15 years of a franchise on air. That in fact is the case, that there are 15 years of that franchise already on. So for them to want to say we want to try something different to me initially was wow, that’s fairly bold considering you’ve got a built-in audience and success. So to take that risk was something that made me personally feel like hey, this is kind of neat just from that perspective.

To watch it unfold and then to watch these Brad and Robert actually execute their plan has been I think really positive for all of us. And one of the things that we have noticed is that we are keeping those fans and for those we are grateful. But we are also hopefully attracting people that might not have come to a Syfy type show in the past and go hey, this is just a good drama set in space and so I think that was part of their intention as well.
So its kind of nice to feel that we are – as much as we are part of a franchise that we are on our own sort of a unique original show. And I think that Brad and Robert, it says a lot for them for trusting. It was always their plan. People will notice in the back ten the growth of the show and it was always their plan to sort of establish things initially before things would come – it seems to me, and I’m sorry I’m going around in circles here.

But what I’m basically trying to say is that ten episodes has just grown and there just seems to be a lot of growth happening forward from this moment on. And I think old fans who might have said well its not the same show might be surprised in fact with what’s coming. I didn’t want to give anything away hence I was at a loss for words so I hope I answered your question. Over to you Lieutenant.

Brian Smith: Well, you know, you cant really make everybody happy, and I know one – now that I’ve gotten to know a lot of Stargate fans and we hear from people and meeting people at conventions or whatever, you hear, you know, a lot of people saying that they wanted – that they were kind of disappointed in the lack of character development in especially Atlantis.

And I think that’s something that we tried to address with the show this year especially in the first ten episodes is to say okay, this is still going to be, you know, a show that’s going to have action and adventure and Sci Fi elements in it. But were going to take our time to really set up the chess board and to really set up, you know, who these people are and what’s at stake for them in the situation.

And, you know, we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from people saying that’s fantastic, this is great, now I know who these people are. I just want to see where we go next. I want to see some of the, you know, I want to see the gun to the head and I want to see the crisis situation.

Louis Ferreira: And don’t forget the aliens.

Brian Smith: Yeah and like Louis said, yeah, the aliens are coming and like Louis said, that was, you know, in the book.

Louis Ferreira: The aliens are coming.

Brian Smith: That was in the book from day one. So I think people are going to – that have stuck with the show and who, you know, have spent the time getting to know the characters are really going to experience a very big payoff on Friday night.

Louis Ferreira: And these aren’t just regular aliens, were talking CGI District 9 type aliens. No actors in…

Brian Smith: Yeah this isn’t some guy in a Halloween costume.

Louis Ferreira: Yeah some guy with a big head and going oh God, why did I take this gig, its so hot in here.

[Note from Me: I’m going to credit this question to the actual journalist because it’s funny but I’m not responsible for the off side nature ;).]

Kenn Gold: Hey Louis I’ve got to ask you a question. I think somebody at the set in October compared you to the father of all these kids and I think we’re kind of seeing where that comes from. I’m just going to ask, don’t you ever just want to take Ming-Na over your lap and spank her butt?

Louis Ferreira: Oh my God, did he just say that for real? I would like you to phrase the question as you did in print and then have my reaction to be oh my God, did you just say that. I think there’s enough said there, yeah.

[Note from Me: Enter moderator telling them it was a provocative question and we were going to move on. LOL. Seriously I was like “Did he just ask that for real?” It was a shocker.]

Louis I want to ask you if you were a Sci Fi fan before the show.

Louis Ferreira: Negative. And I don’t mean that in a bad way, it just was not the thing, sort of was not my journey as a child growing up and stuff. So but what I have said is that when I did get the show I was – I did watch a lot of the SG-1’s and the Atlantis’s and I am very – I quite liked SG-1 a lot. I thought it was a great show. I enjoyed that one. Atlantis, not as much but I did love SG-1 and I sort of – I had done one episode of star Trek before, I did a Voyager, but that wasn’t really my genre.

But saying that, again for me it was going to be pretty much a drama set in the space backdrop. So for me on my personal journey as an actor it definitely was something that I had not done before and it certainly was – its one of the criteria I look for myself in doing something, I always try to do something that I haven’t done in the past.

Brian- I know you’re a star Trek fan and I was wondering if you knew this piece of Star Trek trivia that I just found out which was that Louis was in an episode of Voyager and he played a rubber faced alien.

Brian Smith: You played an alien Louis?

Louis Ferreira: No I wasn’t an alien, I was a holographic tree in one of the kids video games. I was definitely – I was beyond rubber faced alien as far as the work that went into it. I was a latex tree from top to bottom and I had a slit where my pupils were. That is the only thing that I could see out of.
And the reason that was such a bad experience for me is that I was unable to use the bathroom for 15 hours because I was a tree. And so you could imagine what the thoughts that went through my mind were. You know what I mean?

Louis you have Rush and Young, those two characters appear to be really going head to head and being to sort of be mortal enemies.
I know there is going to be some – some of it will be addressed in the upcoming episodes but do you think that in the rest of the season were going to see a resolution to the conflict or is it going to be even heightened? And for both of you, are you guys going to be at Comicon this year?

Brian Smith: Yeah actually I think we are going to be at Comicon this year. Its kind of been built into the schedule. I don’t know if we’ve been announced officially but its something that the show loves to do. We all love to go out there and so yeah I’m very – I’m 90% sure were all going to be there.
Louis Ferreira: Yeah I think its going to be exciting. I didn’t go last year but I’m super excited about going this year not only as part of a show but also as a fan of so many of the other ones that are going to be there. So I’m looking forward to taking my kids out there and having a good time.

Great. And what about you – sorry, the Rush and Young stuff.

Louis Ferreira: I think like any relationship its one of those where they – its the push-pull tactics that will always have to be there. You have two men that ultimately have very two different agendas yet they need each other to survive. And like one of those unhealthy perhaps relationships that people stay in way too long, this is even more trapped because you’re caught on the ship literally. So you don’t have I’m getting, I’m leaving, I’m packing the bags so you don’t have that out.

So I think that it will forever be a journey of extremes and at times, you know, balances but I think that particular conflict is absolutely necessary to the heart of the show.

How have each of you found more trust in the writing as the series has progressed?

Brian Smith: I’ve been a fan of the writing from the beginning and I’ve always liked the direction that they’ve gone in. And especially hearing where were going this next season and after seeing what happened in the last half of Season 1, I definitely trust these guys a lot. They’re really good about letting us like cut a line or kind of change words around and they fit us on the day. They’re very good about letting us do that.

But I find that they’re very, very smart. They know where – they’re so forward thinking in where all these episodes are going that you just kind of get along on the ride. And each time we get a script were all – its like Christmas, you know, were all kind of like walking around the trailers talking about oh my God, did you just read this last script? Its great, I wonder what’s going to happen next. So its – yeah you just enjoy it.

Louis Ferreira: For me most of what Brian said as well, its all – its been amazing for me to watch these guys who created a very specific type of other series in their 15 years of a franchise. It would be easy to sort of have them go back into that formula and go because they know it.
But to watch the evolution of their new series take shape the way it has has been for me very interesting, dynamic, challenging, and super exciting from the perspective of they’re really looking at this as like a journey over a certain amount of time. So its not like each episode stands out, its not an alien of the week and then threes a happy ending or maybe even a two-parter.

This will start here and end – and this is the question that none of us know, we don’t know where, but along the way we do know that the changes that will happen with all the characters can be and will be – there’s no parameters to it. And I am ecstatic at the idea that, you know, who you meet in Episode 1 is my character for example is not necessarily the person that will be there in Episode, you know, 60. Knock wood we should be so lucky.

That’s sort of the journey that’s sort of left ambiguous and so they really are on that kind of a track. And to be just really honest with the timing and the spacing of the show to let things breathe amidst shows now that, you know, its super fast, get it cut, and that’s sort of the hype.

To have this kind of gift to be able to just sort of breathe life into the situation and making it as real as possible has really been a pleasure to be part of. And I think that their writing speaks to that more and more like Brian says with each episode.

Now that the series has found its legs, what do you think you both bring to the characters now without the uncertainty of wondering how the series will be received?

Brian Smith: You know, there’s a lot of odd little parallels with – between me and Scott and, you know, I am finding that I’m able to bring a lot of my own uncertainty and my own kind of hesitation about things. And, you know, knowing that you’ve got the skill to do something but not necessarily having the practical experience yet to do it. I think that’s something that’s becoming much more present in Scott.

And I think also hopefully youll be seeing, you know, as the rest of Season 1 goes but I think certainly in Season 2, you know, youll be seeing Scott and myself really starting to find our power and really starting to find a certain kind of stillness or a certain kind of purpose. And I think that’s kind of where I’m at with the character right now.

Louis Ferreira: I love it, that’s beautiful. Young has become a cross between Jim Carrey and Paul Lynde. He becomes the comedic relief, all righty then,. So I’m very excited about that metamorphosis myself as, you know, going from a very dry sort of serious colonel I now have to backtrack and obviously give you the serious answer.

That’s my hope though that he takes some funny juice at some point and he becomes over the top hilarious comedian guy. I don’t think that’s going to happen but I can dream, I can have a hope. Its deep there, its deep down.

No, Young is always been battling from the get-go his own demons. The bigger picture demon is the life as I knew it back on Earth was not working for me as much. So coming, being on the mission to begin with was something that in his heart of hearts was the last thing kind of he wanted there.

And so what I love about what they’re writing with him is sort of a metamorphosis as that happens when we have that period of mourning in someone. And you need to take that time, the death happens and you ultimately come to a place in your life where you make the choice and that choice is always about survivor – surviving.

And right now more than ever in this particular situation, the whole thing is about being a survivor, surviving. So I think amidst everything that’s going on there is a sort of rebirth that will happen with my character and that impacts I think how he looks at everything.

And that’s what’s really interesting about the show. Everything that any one of these characters has has been taken away. There is no – anything that made sense on Earth, the rules don’t apply. We are basically our own civilization stuck on the ship.

So this thing across my thing that says colonel is a name tag, it might have meant something on Earth but as time progresses and as people deal with the reality of what’s happened, does it mean the same thing. So all those kinds of questions that I think are wonderful metaphors for our own journeys in our lives anyway are sort of the things that are going to be asked.

And this is what I think is the strength of Sci Fi from what I have learned about it, that this does allow you the medium to really ask those kinds of questions, and they can put it and tell the stories in a way that leave it ambiguous and allows people the audience hopefully to fill in the blanks with their own answers.

So I feel very privileged to be part of that journey not just for myself as my character but for the entire – for every single character that’s written. I think every one of them has their own validity in that and I think as they explore more and more people that the audiences will really be able to identify with certain characters more and more.

Louis Ferriera at Col. Young on SGU

Gentlemen, I want to ask you I think what’s a great plot device on the show is it allows you to kind of show your characters a little bit are the stones that you have where you can go back to Earth. Can you talk about that and how it has impacted you as actors and also your characters.

Brian Smith: Yeah sure. I think its a really great device. I think its an important device because otherwise, you know, I think the whole flashback thing is so tired. I mean, we do flashbacks a little bit in the show but its done in a smart way, in a different way I think.

And what I like about the stones is that it serves as a sort of stand-in for the flashback, right? You get to actually go back and in real time as the story is moving forward meet these peoples pasts. You know, you get to see Scott and you get to see the implication of his past and what’s happening with his son and the girl that he got pregnant. And the same thing with Young and his wife, the same thing with Chloe and her mom. Its a really smart way of getting to go deeper into the characters.

And for us as actors its nice sometimes to get off of a ship. You know, its nice to be in a living room, its nice to be wearing regular clothes, its nice to, you know, be talking about something that’s got to do with a personal human problem and not just, you know, how do I survive this crisis situation that I’m in. It helps keep me invested I think.

Louis Ferreira: I think for me the stones have various significances from the idea, the core idea, I believe the idea that its you psychologically, you know, inside the person. So there’s something interesting that happens. I think humans as we – certain encounters, the walls would be up. You play the mask because this is how were taught to survive in our society, the pain is hidden. And so it allows for the audience to see sort of how the characters are really feeling.

For example, stoic Young who really sometimes is just – its just hard to read him period can go onto Earth and you see the pain, you see the hurt, you see maybe the little boy that exists there. And that’s I think a wonderful way to describe it. With all the other characters you can see sort of behind the mirror because the emotions are exposed.

Saying that, its also interesting because for us using the stones as well its a bit of a mind trip. As you’re sort of trying to adjust with the reality of what’s going on as much as it is for the audience going okay, that’s not them but its them. For someone actually going okay, I’m in somebody elses life psychologically and I’m trying to comprehend it myself and the more times you use it the sort of more you get used to it so that becomes an interesting journey on itself.

The flip side of that I think is that the stones some have said perhaps are a little bit too convenient and takes away from the tours away from the idea that these people are really trapped and that it allows them an escape. So I think for example if there were several episodes where the stones werent accessible then I think that you would also get the idea and understand just how stranded and alone and, you know, how – basically how alone these people are in their situation.

So I love that you love the stones and we certainly love playing it but I also think its an interesting idea to not – have a period where the stones aren’t able to be used and you see what’s left. So sorry if I rambled.

One thing you both had the space ship – space suit experience, wearing those. What was that like for each of you?

Louis Ferreira: It was a living hell.

Brian Smith: Three days in them. Louis was it three days we were in water?

Louis Ferreira: Right now Brian you’re being so cool. Let’s pretend you’re using the stones and you’re really showing how you feel.

Brian Smith: That would be…

Louis Ferreira: Okay when you were in the hole, when you were dangling in the hole, how did you feel?

Brian Smith: Like pooh-pooh. Hows that?

Louis Ferreira: Yeah I mean, I remember being there. I never felt so bad. He was completely – and Brian forgive me, I hope I’m not saying anything you won’t. But I mean he was very claustrophobic.

Brian Smith: Yeah it was scary. I mean, those things are claustrophobic to begin with and, you know, you’re in a crevice, you know, like 15 feet away from help.

Louis Ferreira: Its like you’re a walking MRI.

Brian Smith: Exactly, yeah.

Louis Ferreira: And I remember the first scene we did we came through a gate and we had helmets on and the scene was 60 seconds. This was the first time we had used the space suits. Were doing one scene at the end of a day. And so we knew that after this particular moment we were going to now be in the space suits for three days. We came through the gate, did a scene for 60 seconds, put our hands up saying help, take these fricking helmets off, take these helmets off. They took them off, were gasping for air going there is absolutely no way we can endure three days in this space suits.

But what they realized is that they hadnt vented the helmets correctly so they actually ended up putting little fans because or we would have died. I came out, I was completely drenched, I felt like I was going to pass out, and I was terrified that we were going to have to spend three days in these suits. But they made it a lot better and at the end of the day it ended up being one of those things like we did it, we climbed the mountain together.

Brian Smith: And they bought us a bottle of wine and a massage.

Louis Ferreira: Yeah that’s right.

Brian Smith: For going through it.

Louis ,your character has certainly had in the first ten episodes some qualities perhaps of an anti-hero. I was wondering is it more difficult to play a character like that than say the more sort of straight cut heroic or the kind of authority figure that you played in for example 1-800-Missing.

Louis Ferreira: I love to play any character which within the character allows for walls to be pushed, dimensions to be broken, you know, barriers to be sort of, you know, stretched.

You know, I think I started him off in a very much place like a sort of military thing and what you’re saying is absolutely correct. Hes in this box of this trained guy who thought his life was taught this is the way you do things and this is how you have to be and how to act and is a leader by trade and all that kind of stuff. These are different circumstances and I think the cracks start happening with the reality of the situation.

I think not just myself but every character starts questioning their own identity and their own identity meaning not just who they are but what they represent and what its been for them right now for their lives and you start dealing with the bigger issues.

And then I love that in a character to have that kind of depth and those kinds of levels, the more the better because then the richer in content. And especially when you’re doing a series you hope to do for a while, it allows you to sort of take the journey where you’re not going I did 80 episodes of this exact same person.

I would love to see evolution and change from all characters because I think effectively that’s probably what would happen to people under these circumstances and I think the writers are very aware of that and that is part of the journey that’s being written for every character on the show. So I hope I answered your question with that.

Just a related question for Brian then, Matt Scott has perhaps been the character who is maybe the closest to being what would be considered a traditional hero. Will we get to see your character push the limits in the rest of the season in terms of perhaps being painted a little less heroic and maybe a little bit more Louis’ character?

Brian Smith: I don’t know, I’m not sure if I agree with that statement. And, you know, if you go online youll see a lot of people, you know, saying that, you know, Scott is a sexaholic, that hes a horn dog, that hes a womanizer, that, you know, hes going to hell because, you know, he has abandoned his religious principles.

You know, Scott is in a very different place. He went into the military in order to find some sort of purpose in order to kind of wipe the slate clean and to turn into to a new human being, you know what I mean? And this situation that hes in is actually providing him with the experience that he may need in order to be a leader.

Right now hes not really all there. Hes trying but hes still – I don’t know if he really has great command presence, if he really would be able to control the ship. I think maybe the only reason why he may seem to be heroic at times is because hes in a lot of situations where hes a victim and he relies on people to help get him out of that situation, you know what I mean?

I’m very eager actually to see Scott make decisions and I’m very eager to see Scott alter the course of the storylines. I’m eager to see Scott…
I’m ready to see him become a force on the ship as opposed to right now someone whos learning about himself and whos trying to be compliant.

[Note from Me: I agree with Brian, Lt. Scott is a flawed character, but that’s why we love him. Heroes get boring after awhile if they’re not complex.]

Is there some way to say how would the second half of the season be a little bit different from the first? Would you say its different in some way?

Louis Ferreira: Oh absolutely.

Brian Smith: I would say that were still sticking with our show and were still sticking with these characters and were still interested in the relationships. The difference is now that we have established who these people are we can now throw them, you know, in the pool and see how they swim or not.

Louis Ferreira: Imagine an SGU meter, its going to be cranked up another 20% in these second 10 and that’s I think the way its going to happen over the course of the year. So that’s – in other words the growth comes out, you know, we have to establish.

We started these people with that beautiful metamorphic symbolic birth through that Stargate. People 89 coming through nothing, they’ve got to start from scratch. They need air, they need water, basic elements, a little bit background from every character.

Now you’re getting into sort of the acceptance of things and you’re actually getting into areas of Sci Fi that people are more familiar with but amidst that still a very character driven show. But I think its just gotten richer and heavier and…

Brian Smith: More fast paced. The pace really picks up.

Louis Ferreira: Yeah.

A lot of the producers and writers online have reached out to fans to ask what they would like to see in the second season and I’m wondering if you guys know if any of that input is being implemented and how.

Louis Ferreira: The answer is yes and how is for them to watch and find out perhaps rather than saying, you know, we’ve been told not to sort of really give away any plots. We can say things like the aliens are coming, the aliens are coming. And but I think as far as anything else I think we’ve just got to keep – right Brian, were told not to talk about it as far as…

Brian Smith: Oh yeah but I think we can say that actually we – I remember sitting down and having this talk with Rob and, you know, he was saying that, you know, they have heard what a lot of people have had to say.

And look, I mean, this is really a new show. This is not, you know, like a continuation of Atlantis or SG-1, this is a completely new series. And you can learn a lot as you go and I think that they have also learned from some of the more tasteful and intelligent, you know, criticisms of the show and I think you might see some of those things being considered as we move forward.

But, you know, as far as to how they’re, you know, integrated they’ll just have to wait and see. But its actually really exciting to see how they’ve I don’t know, just where they’re going.

I’m completely shocked with where they went in the second half of Season 1. I think people are – and a lot of the concerns that people had were addressed before people even had concerns in the second half of the season. So its all there.

Louis Ferreira: I think we’ve got an overall plan, but again one of the things that I was drawn to with the show is that these guys who had done 15 years of a type of show and there’s 15 years of series out there that they’ve done. And that’s rare for any show, to want to create essentially a new show within the franchise was admirable and I think we’ve all been very impressed with the execution.

It would have been easy for them to go back into writing exactly what they knew and continue that journey but they have definitely created a different type of show and were very grateful to those who have stuck with it. And I think because of that their loyalty to the – to that fan base is very, very evident to all of us as it does come up all the time. So to incorporate I think both has been a task that they’ve really tackled in the second part of the show.

Who is the one character from this new half of the first season that you cant wait for fans to see more about? It can be even your character but who is the one person you’re really excited to sort of come out?

Brian Smith: T.J. You’re going to see a lot of T.J. in the second half and there’s going to be some developments with her that are pretty shocking and some things that oh God, I’ve got to stop myself because I get too – start talking about the end of the season but I don’t want to.

She’s – I’m actually – I think Alaina is actually, you know, a fantastic actress and she brings so much to the role. And its a very interesting role to begin with and I was really happy when we got some scripts about midway through the second half of Season 1 where we really got to see a lot more of her and to see her tested and I mean really, really tested. I think that those are really strong episodes and people are going to really enjoy that glimpse into who she is.

Ferreira, your character has actually pulled in a lot of non-science fiction fans I’ve noticed because they say everything Colonel Young does is exactly what they would do but he’s a very flawed character at the same time. I was wondering if you could talk about your characters flaws and why he seems almost more of an everyday man even though he does the most dramatic things on the ship.

Louis Ferreira: I think that is the intent of, I mean, I think we are all flawed. I think that’s the greatest strength of the character. I mean, I think we – that’s the duality that every one of us as a human being, I mean, there are the good – there’s the good and the bad.

The variations obviously can be a little bit more extreme under the guise of a television show for example but I think that it speaks to everyone as far as, you know, that man who’s ethical and you want to do the right thing. And there’s this version of who you want to be and are trying to be but the gap to get there sometimes is a journey that’s not always taken so you’re fallen and you’re blundering but you’re accepting and you’re taking it and growing as opposed to claiming defeat.

So you’re a survivor and I think just use that word, you’re now a survivor under the most of survival circumstances to be abandoned on a ship with nothing and to start from scratch.

So I think that I have not heard these comments before, this comment until you just said it so I’m flattered by that comment. But I think for me I am particularly excited about not just my character but every one of these characters who are both villains and heroes on some lack of a better analogy, the growth spurts and the dealing with ultimately your own worst enemy which is going to be yourself at the end of the day.

And so that’s what this show to me has become about is that personal journey. And then within that you’ve got to fit into this group of 90 under these dire circumstances. So I think that’s what lends itself to seeing not just my character but all characters under these circumstances and so that’s – as an actor and being part of that show that’s probably the thing that I’m most proud of and the thing that I’m most excited about future episodes coming down the line.

You guys talked a little bit about the space suits and I was wondering if you could share with us any of the other challenges either mental or physical that you’ve had to deal with during filming so far.

Louis Ferreira: I’m with my beautiful girlfriend so we can go down the journey. Honey what’s happened to me? I had parasites, I had – what did I have? I had a lot of insomnia, what was the other one? I had another one. Shingles, stress related shingles.

Oh yeah, this is called method acting. I was like I thought I was over the method acting phase of my life. But it was a lot of work, it was intense work. You step onto that ship and you immediately feel a certain energy and then you just have to embody it. You cant sort of rise above it even, it just sort of takes over. And I love that actually as a metaphor.

I can tell you that in later episodes and coming down the pipe is the Destiny itself becomes a major, I mean, its already a major character but it even gets more involved with that particular ship and its interesting what’s coming down the pipe with the ship itself.

But it was just – its just a hard head space to sort of – to embrace simply because of the nature of the show and the weakness. And you’re not in – it would have been great if it was some sort of super spacey new age spaceship with all the tools and the bells and whistles. That could have almost been a fun thing. But were there with nothing but ourselves and very limited supplies and, you know, were really starting from scratch. So just to get into a head space.

And you cant help I think when you’re an actor, I mean, were there 15, 16 hours a day to sort of take on and, you know, I did start bringing it home and it wasn’t fun. You know, my girlfriend would tell me that she – straight up she goes I hate you as she was talking to Young. He’s a righteous and I don’t like him at all. And it was like oh baby, its not me. And she’s like I don’t care. And so it definitely impacted me.

[Note from Me: All of it has paid off, he does a wonderful job on the show, in every aspect of the character.]

How hard is it being so much out of sync when you’re giving interviews like this? I mean, you guys already know what happens in the next ten and you’re already into Season 2 and here you are talking about stuff you did, you know, a long time ago and kind of where the show is. Is that kind of disconcerting or hard?

Louis Ferreira: You know, I appreciate the consideration of your question. You know, because its one of those things that’s really true. Its like when you’re, you know, people do a film and then, you know, 14 months later are going out and they start promoting the thing.

I wonder all the time, I was like that’s one of those things because if you’ve moved on and its part of the process you’re really sort of like you’re going back and you start sort of giving these sort of pat, generic answers. And then you don’t want to do that because you want to have a little bit more insight because ultimately its what you believe in. But there is a part of you that’s going I’m just – a part of that is just gone, you know? So I do appreciate your question.

So for me its like its slightly difficult but at the same time I’m assuming it would be a lot more difficult if we were in Season 4 and we were having to talk about Season 1 or something. So I think we – having just started Season 2 are still fairly fresh with this particular circumstance but I think that, you know, your question overall under different circumstances, I can see that it would be fairly jarring.

Brian Smith: Yeah and its been – its kind of been bizarre all the way through because we were already filming the second half of the season when the first half started to air and, you know, people were saying where is the action, where is this, where is that. And were like my God, were on set today shooting space and, I mean, this is going to be enough action to fill five episodes of most shows on television.

So, you know, we’ve got this whole big picture of where we’ve been and where were at now and its like, you know, the world is now like five months in the past in the show. So yeah, its a little bit disconcerting.

One of the things I wanted to ask about, you know, the hiatus or the first half of the season kind of ending on that cliffhanger. And, you know, Rush is off the ship and without giving anything away, I mean, its kind of resolved fairly quickly.

As kind of Sci Fi fans or like fans of the show, you know, this is something that I think a lot of people are going to bitch about that was kind of just a too pat answer or an easy way to work it out.How do you feel about that? Do you think its I guess a good way for the writers to do it or do you think they painted themselves into a corner and just had to resolve it somehow quickly?

Brian Smith: I actually completely disagree. I think that – I havent heard the people who have not seen the episode I haven’t seen a single person come close to predicting how Rush gets back on the ship. And, you know, you look he’s Robert Carlyle, we know were going to have him back on.
You know what I mean? I mean, people aren’t dumb and they know he’s going to be back. And I think that if it wasn’t done in the exciting way that it is, and what I think is a really smart way and the way that I didnt see coming and I don’t think really like I said anyone on the Internet has come close to predicting, I think it works great. And, you know, there’s always going to be people who are going to complain, you know, so let them.

Brian J. Smith as Lt. Scott on SGU

This question is for Brian. Brian, can you talk about the ongoing relationship between Chloe and Scott for the remainder of this season and also in Season 2?

Brian Smith: Well I think the remainder of the season its going to go to a different level, its going to be tested, its going to be pulled in a lot of ways. You know, its actually looking back on Season 1 it just – so much of the relationship seems like a mystery like we don’t really see much of it but we know that its there and I’m really happy to see that were going to be exploring that much more in the second season.

But yeah its, you know, Matt is going to be going through changes, Chloe is going to be going through changes, and Eli as well is going to be going through changes and he’s definitely there in that mix. So, you know, it will be interesting to see how people react by the end of the year.

I personally love it, I think its a great relationship to explore. It makes a lot of sense to me. Its not a relationship based on sex but its one based on mutual respect and kind of understanding for where these – for where they’ve been. So I like it, I’m glad were still exploring it.

That’s it for the interview, they were great. Don’t miss the spring premiere on Friday April 2nd at 9 pm on Syfy.

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