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GateWorld
December 26th, 2005, 04:32 PM
<DIV ALIGN=CENTER><TABLE WIDTH=420 CELLPADDING=0 CELLSPACING=0 BORDER=0><TR><TD><DIV ALIGN=LEFT><FONT FACE="Arial" SIZE=2 COLOR="#000000"><A HREF="http://www.gateworld.net/articles/interviews/tapping03a.shtml"><IMG SRC="http://www.gateworld.net/articles/interviews/graphics/tapping03_m.jpg" WIDTH=90 HEIGHT=104 ALIGN=RIGHT BORDER=0 HSPACE=8 VSPACE=3></A><FONT SIZE=1 COLOR="#666666">AUDIO INTERVIEW (2 PARTS):</FONT><BR><FONT SIZE=4><A HREF="http://www.gateworld.net/articles/interviews/tapping03a.shtml" STYLE="text-decoration: none">ACTION MOM</A></FONT>
<FONT SIZE=2><I>GateWorld talks with Amanda Tapping</I></FONT>
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In part one of our extra-long conversation, Amanda Tapping talks about the challenges of being a mother and a full-time actress, Samantha Carter's future on SG-1, and much more.

As our conversation concludes, SG-1 co-star Amanda Tapping shares her thoughts on the evil RepliCarter, sticking up for her character's integrity, and her hopes to direct the show again.

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Agent_Dark
December 26th, 2005, 05:11 PM
Whooo, yay! What a nice christmas present :D

Nem2k
December 26th, 2005, 05:12 PM
I have to say, being a huge Amanda fan, that is a brilliant read! thanks!
cant wait for part 2 :D

dipsofjazz
December 26th, 2005, 05:17 PM
:D Thanks for the interview. I can't wait for the second part.

CKO
December 26th, 2005, 06:41 PM
damn David.... cant wait for PT2 now... that was one great interview... talk bout a long distance phone-bill that could get quite expensive.... ;)

Kliggins
December 26th, 2005, 07:42 PM
Thank you David; anxiously awaiting part 2. :D

tsaxlady
December 26th, 2005, 08:14 PM
Thanks David for another great interview - Looking forward to part II.

Admiral Mappalazarou
December 27th, 2005, 08:01 AM
I once saw Amanda Tapping buying a Tv from the electronics store, but it wasn't a Tv, it was a microwave. And she got banned from the shop.
It was either her or Tina Turner...(It's funny how often you can get those two mixed up)

That interview was great, by the way.

immhotep
December 27th, 2005, 09:01 AM
looks good david, well worth the wait...part 2 should be just a good i hope :)

Bagpuss
December 27th, 2005, 09:10 AM
*Mind now boggling at the idea of anyone getting confused between Amanda and Tina Turner *
Olivia Newton-John ,circa Grease and Xanadu ,maybe... ;)

Anyway, back on topic ..nice interview,and thanks,David.:cool:
Hope the new Seasons and the time-juggling work out well for AT.She deserves respect for her positive attitude and loyal service to the Shows .

Looking forward to Pt 2...:)

Katkin
December 27th, 2005, 11:06 AM
She is just such a genuinely lovely person isn’t she? And having breastfed with the teeth nipping away: winces in sympathy!!!!1:D

ann_sgcfan
December 27th, 2005, 11:14 AM
I loved the interview with AT and can't wait for Part 2 today. Thanks Daivd for posting the interview.

Chlex
December 27th, 2005, 01:48 PM
Great questions as usual, thanks for the interview! :D

Agent_Dark
December 27th, 2005, 03:05 PM
any chance of the audio interview being uploaded as well?

Uber
December 27th, 2005, 03:35 PM
any chance of the audio interview being uploaded as well?Great part 2! And might I also request the audio...

;)

Darren
December 27th, 2005, 03:44 PM
David is cooking up a short sampler audio file right now for forum members (including the first sounds of Olivia)! The full interview audio ended up too low-quality to post for the world.

Agent_Dark
December 27th, 2005, 03:46 PM
David is cooking up a short sampler audio file right now for forum members (including the first sounds of Olivia)! The full interview audio ended up too low-quality to post for the world.
Ooo, nice :D Though I'm really not that concerned about audio quality anyway ;)

LaCroix
December 27th, 2005, 03:51 PM
Great interview. Thank you.

tsaxlady
December 27th, 2005, 04:09 PM
Okay David I enjoyed the first part yesterday but part two was even better. Thanks

dipsofjazz
December 27th, 2005, 04:27 PM
:D I loved both parts. Thanks for doing this. Oh, I'd love to hear the audio version too!

esoap524
December 27th, 2005, 04:35 PM
Wonderful interview. She seems like a lovely, down to earth kind of person. Now that we know that she reads Gateworld, I hope some people back off a bit.
Thanks to both GW and Ms. Tapping!

ShadowMaat
December 27th, 2005, 04:45 PM
Back off a bit? On the contrary, I think this will kick her detractors into ever lower levels of vitriol and spite. Which is sad, and shows just how pathetic some people can be. *sigh*

The interview was lovely, but I wonder at her uncertainty over Sam's future. It makes me uneasy, despite whatever platitudes Joe vomits at us. I may not watch SG-1 anymore, but I still think Amanda's a really classy lady (and I've met her a few times so I at least have SOME basis for opinion on that) and a great actress and I wish her well in the future... even if it's on Stargate. :P

Agent_Dark
December 27th, 2005, 05:07 PM
Back off a bit? On the contrary, I think this will kick her detractors into ever lower levels of vitriol and spite. Which is sad, and shows just how pathetic some people can be. *sigh*
Like they even need an excuse to do that :rolleyes:
Quite frankly, let 'em do their little tantrums. All it shows is what utter idots they are.
I know what a class act Amanda is. I really dont care what some raving lunatic from another fanbase spits out in their attempts to bring down one character and shore up another.

esoap524
December 27th, 2005, 05:11 PM
Like they even need an excuse to do that :rolleyes:
Quite frankly, let 'em do their little tantrums. All it shows is what utter idots they are.
I know what a class act Amanda is. I really dont care what some raving lunatic from another fanbase spits out in their attempts to bring down one character and shore up another.

Oh, I don't think it's ONLY the fans from another fanbase. I'm definitely from another fan base. At any rate, anytime personal attacks are made on anyone's job performance, it's tacky. I mean, sure, criticize and analyze the way a professional would but stooping to name calling and such is pretty low. I think most actors are used to the analysis. It's the petty stuff they can do without.

Agent_Dark
December 27th, 2005, 05:18 PM
Oh, I don't think it's ONLY the fans from another fanbase. I'm definitely from another fan base.
Oh, I know that. However I'm quite sure that a large portion of it comes from a subsection of another fanbase[/QUOTE]

Skydiver
December 27th, 2005, 05:20 PM
That was a fantastic interview David.

It was nice that AT was so upbeat adn positive even in the face of such uncertainty about her future.

ShadowMaat
December 27th, 2005, 05:21 PM
Humans will be humans. Unfortunately.

But as has been said, MOST of us know how great Amanda is and while she deserves better than to be ripped into by a bunch of infantile curs, at leat they're in the minority and only showing their true colors by throwing their dung about. And doing it in the cloak of anonymity, like the cowardly slugs they are. Salt them all, I say, and let's move on to happier topics. Like the baby. :) Yay for her and for Olivia.

David
December 27th, 2005, 05:46 PM
Everyone ready to hear Olivia for the first time?
You'll need to turn your sets up for this one (http://www.gateworld.net/david/graphics/amanda_olivia.mp3).

minigeek
December 27th, 2005, 05:53 PM
David, that was an outstanding interview. Thank you so much for doing it and sharing it with us all. :)

minigeek

Agent_Dark
December 27th, 2005, 06:05 PM
Everyone ready to hear Olivia for the first time?
You'll need to turn your sets up for this one (http://www.gateworld.net/david/graphics/amanda_olivia.mp3).
lol I see what you mean by too low quality. Had to listen a few times before I caught the cooing in the background :D

CKO
December 27th, 2005, 07:17 PM
well done David... second part was just as good as the first part :)

GaterGina71
December 27th, 2005, 07:24 PM
Thanks for the interview. It was great. Enjoyed the sound byte too.

Admiral Mappalazarou
December 27th, 2005, 07:28 PM
I loved the part where she talked about her relationship with her obvious twin; miss Tina Turner. Or did I just randomly imagine that?

I prefered part 2 of the interview, it brought out her more 'aggresive' side.

Admiral Mappalazarou
December 27th, 2005, 07:30 PM
Oh, I don't think it's ONLY the fans from another fanbase. I'm definitely from another fan base. At any rate, anytime personal attacks are made on anyone's job performance, it's tacky. I mean, sure, criticize and analyze the way a professional would but stooping to name calling and such is pretty low. I think most actors are used to the analysis. It's the petty stuff they can do without.

I still can't believe you're a girl, esoap524. You talk like Carter (the WOMAN on SG-1; not the big, bald, threatening guy)

PG15
December 27th, 2005, 07:49 PM
Awesome job guys! I know I wouldn't be that coherent around Ms (Mrs?). Tapping.

Also...




It's interesting. I go on GateWorld. It's one of the few sites I visit because I don't go on the Internet a lot. I catch all these things that I shouldn't. I take things way too personally. So when people say disparaging things about the character, disparaging things about myself, it's very painful. I'm human, right? So it hurts.



I wonder whether people who insult Amanda and other people involved with the show realize this simple fact. If they don't, then they should. If they do...then I really don't know what to do about that, other than to say that they should...well, tone it down.

Admiral Mappalazarou
December 27th, 2005, 08:18 PM
Hey, I got nothing against Amanda Tapping. She seems nice and I'd love to go out with her if I wasn't already taken, All Hail Amanda Tapping! (lets not hurt her feelings, coz apparently she's human, guys. Alright?)-(Only joking, you're great Amanda!! Congratulations on the baby and hope it all works out!!!

David
December 27th, 2005, 08:21 PM
Is Pam Rowden on the Forum? I'd love to thank her for giving me additional focus in this interview.

Admiral Mappalazarou
December 27th, 2005, 08:28 PM
I'd just like to remind everyone that the user esoap524 is, in fact, a girl.

Oh yeah, and Amanda Tapping can give great interviews...

Kliggins
December 27th, 2005, 08:42 PM
Thank you Amanda and David. That was a fantastic interview and Olivia was so cute; thanks for letting us have a listen :)

Admiral Mappalazarou
December 27th, 2005, 09:12 PM
Who's Olivia? Will she be joining SG-1 at some point?

Uber
December 27th, 2005, 11:47 PM
Who's Olivia? Will she be joining SG-1 at some point?Yes. In season 37 I believe.

greytop
December 28th, 2005, 12:56 AM
I like both parts of the interview.

greytop
December 28th, 2005, 12:58 AM
Who's Olivia?Olivia is Amanda Tapping's newborn daughter.

Commander Ivanova
December 28th, 2005, 01:52 AM
Olivia is Amanda Tapping's newborn daughter.

Kudos to AT on being a working mum 'n' all that, but could've done without that image of her rushing to her trailer, pink-cheeked, hair tousled, stripping her uniform off in order to feed the baby. Wait a minute, on second thoughts.... nope, don't mind that image at all. AT, you rock!

dutchmega
December 28th, 2005, 02:12 AM
Very interesting interview. I can imagine it would be very hard to be a full-time actrice and mother at the same time. Thanks GW and AT :)

Agent_Dark
December 28th, 2005, 02:17 AM
Kudos to AT on being a working mum 'n' all that, but could've done without that image of her rushing to her trailer, pink-cheeked, hair tousled, stripping her uniform off in order to feed the baby. Wait a minute, on second thoughts.... nope, don't mind that image at all. AT, you rock!
:D:D

tara3583
December 28th, 2005, 05:42 AM
Lovely interview and so nice to hear Olivia in the back ground!:)
Hope Amanda's upbeat thoughts for s10 turn out good because she really has shown just what a great lady she is with all this not knowing what and where Sam's place will be in the new season.

betjam
December 28th, 2005, 09:08 AM
Great interview.

I could so relate to baby, work, breast pump, and lack of sleep. But not to being on tv for all to see during that stage.

jckfan55
December 28th, 2005, 11:07 AM
Great interview. Interesting to hear her take on some of Sam's situations and thoughts. Thanks!

SGObserver
December 28th, 2005, 12:01 PM
Great Interview ! You folks surely work your AS--S off !

One thing about Season 10 I don't understand, though.

Who SAYS Amanda's role will change ?? We had Jack, Daniel, and Teal'c.
All BIG STRONG Men. (If not physically, then mentally, in Daniel's case.)
They could each 'hold their own' but were FAR more potent when they worked together !!!

So WHY is it that somehow, introducing a new, strong, opinionated woman (Vala), FORCES Sam OUT ????

Hell. Sam has 'saved the world' "n" times now. Vala has done so once. I say the NEXT time they should work together to 'save the world' ! Working in a way that only Women of determination & intelligence can, leaving the men with their jaws on the floor !

I personally think this ''concern" is all tripe, and that these two distinct and strong Women have the ability to ROCK the whole show in ways never before dreamed !!!
==
But that's just my opinion. :>D (I hope J.M. & A.T. read this !)

ann_sgcfan
December 28th, 2005, 07:31 PM
I loved the 2nd part of the interview as well. AT is such a class act and very professional. I loved hearing about little Olivia too. Thanks David and Amanda Tapping for the interview! :D

ShimmeringStar
December 29th, 2005, 07:55 AM
Just finished reading the 2nd part of the AT interview. All I can say is that it affirms my faith in her as an actress and *her* vision of the character she plays. Kudos to David for doing such a great interview and for AT being so gracious to answer so many questions so honestly and directly.

((((AT)))))

(((David)))

:)

Admiral Mappalazarou
December 29th, 2005, 01:32 PM
Olivia is Amanda Tapping's newborn daughter.

Ahhhh....So, how will she be joining SG-1 in season 37..?

Or was that guy just playing with my head? Coz that's just rude...

neith4
December 29th, 2005, 08:11 PM
A great interview - thank You Gate world Staff and Amanda Tapping

Please do force the boys / pros to let you direct this year!

Dont be TOO gracious to them!

Remember one or two or several of them border on being "otaku" in the worse possible sense of that word!

That whole business with Orlin coming back "younger" has me feeling apprehensive but I'm assured knowing you'll handle the material with grace and style and skill.

If you read fanfic and you're lurking I cordially invite you and other fans and pros to check out SassyGate part of Neith's Place where the characters play between the scenes. We currently have Xmas Greetings on on the Gallery page

Neith

http://www.geocities.com/scholara.index.html

ForeverSg1
December 29th, 2005, 08:29 PM
Great interview! Kudos to David and everyone involved and special thanks to Amanda for allowing us to see a bit of how she is handling the new changes in her life and at work. Hopefully people will learn to remember that the actors on the show are simply people doing a job and they all have their own set of problems and insecurities once they step from behind the camera. It's too bad so many fans seem to forget that and they are often so cruel.

Thanks again,
Kat

David
December 29th, 2005, 09:02 PM
That's absolutely true. These actors are allowed to get grumpy. They are fallible and not made of steel.

I have a problem with fans who believe their favorite actor can never say the wrong thing or be responsible for something ill. They pit everyone and everything else against them like a measuring rod. Everyone else is out to get their favorite actor / actress. To me, this borders on deification and that's a big No-no. Actors are people. So many others deserve so much more. Your teachers do. Your parents do. Your doctors do. Your spouse does. Every once in a while you need to poke your head out of the sand. I hope to illustrate this in my new blog soon.

But as long as you know when to quit, there's nothing wrong with believing, every once in a while, that they're larger than life.

Hatusu
December 29th, 2005, 09:42 PM
But as long as you know when to quit, there's nothing wrong with believing, every once in a while, that they're larger than life.
David! I'm glad you're here. I just read part 2 of the article. It felt like you really connected with her. Amanda Tapping is a very warm person and the article showed that. I describe her to people as a "hugger". :) She's not larger than life at all, although she's taller than I expected.:p

Great interview, David.

BlueCat...Gater
December 30th, 2005, 05:20 AM
Great interview! Sam's my fav character by far. Amanda is completely personable, friendly and down-to-earth and very appreciative of her fans. I can't wait to meet her in Vancouver this March.:sam:

Hatusu you are right...she does seem like a 'hugger':) In only the best way.

jckfan55
December 30th, 2005, 11:56 AM
That's absolutely true. These actors are allowed to get grumpy. They are fallible and not made of steel.

But as long as you know when to quit, there's nothing wrong with believing, every once in a while, that they're larger than life.
Yes. I don't think any of us would want to be in their position--with some people analyzing your every move and statement--for deification or derision. Yikes. I certainly admire Amanda Tapping's talent and she seems like a very genuine person, but it's not like I *know* her.

Brent
December 30th, 2005, 10:42 PM
Thanks for the Interview!!!!

AT rocks

I agree with her here:


"It's a little daunting, actually," she tells us. "I'm a little intimidated by the whole thought of it. I feel very much that my place is on SG-1 and not necessarily on Atlantis. I think Atlantis is a place where I can go once in a while, pop my head in and help McKay figure stuff out. I'm not sure my place is there.

Her place is on SG-1, not Atlantis, I hope they don't make that change.

She is an original cast member from episode 1, she deserves to be there full time.

I don't like Vala becoming a regular member at all, this isn't Farscape, It's Stargate damnit!

LOL


Literally there was one time when I ran from set, un-strapped my gun, ran from set to my trailer, unzipped my vest, unzipped my jacket, lifted up my tee-shirt, popped the baby on my boob and went, "OK, OK -- we can do this! I'm a mom! Bye, Olivia! Mommy's going to kill some invisible Jaffa right now!" Yeah, kinda goofy.

chocdoc
January 2nd, 2006, 06:31 AM
I loved the 2nd part of the interview as well. AT is such a class act and very professional. I loved hearing about little Olivia too. Thanks David and Amanda Tapping for the interview! :D


Ditto, ann_sgcfan! Thanks to David and Amanda Tapping for a wonderful interview!! AT is a class act, indeed! This was a very touching interview.

jazz!
January 2nd, 2006, 07:32 AM
huh? I see no download link for the audio? on:

http://www.gateworld.net/articles/interviews/tapping03a.shtml
or
http://www.gateworld.net/articles/interviews/tapping03b.shtml

David
January 2nd, 2006, 12:09 PM
No audio is available for this interview. At least not yet ...

Pharaoh Atem
January 2nd, 2006, 04:25 PM
:sam:

I think that it is good that she admits that carter believes in a higher power beucase that is something that there don't touch on in the actually series.
and with all the things there (SG-1) deal with ex gou'lud there don't reject there own personal beliefs and what makes them strong and the charaters and people that he have enjoyed for 10 years.

David
January 2nd, 2006, 05:15 PM
Yes, that was very important to me and I thought it was high time it was addressed -- at least with this particular character.

LoveYouBaby
January 3rd, 2006, 08:40 AM
I just read the Part 1 & 2 of the interview.

Olivia sounds so cuuute!!!!

Anyway thanks D&D for the interview and for the record, I thought Amanda looked stunning in &quot;Grace Under Pressure&quot;, she so does not look like a woman who just gave birth to a baby.

Thanks Amanda Tapping! WUV YOU! :)

LOL

Osiris-RA
January 3rd, 2006, 08:58 AM
Hm, I just read that. AT's really cool, and terribly funny, lol. I hope things get easier for her, what with balancing new baby and show. And she was defiant on the Sam/Pete issue! Hurrah! :D And she lurks GW! Talk about peeking in the lions den. :rolleyes: :p Anyway, she's one cool chica.

LoveYouBaby
January 3rd, 2006, 09:40 AM
I remember back then when AT didn't really have any opinions regarding Sam/Pete, lol

Pammie
January 5th, 2006, 06:08 AM
Is Pam Rowden on the Forum? I'd love to thank her for giving me additional focus in this interview.


Thanks, David: I still haven't come down to earth that you've quoted my story, and I found out two days ago! Glad you enjoyed it.

Pam

David
January 5th, 2006, 12:34 PM
It was terrific! Thanks so much for writing it. I don't read a lot of fanfic but that one really caught me.

Pammie
January 6th, 2006, 12:25 AM
It was terrific! Thanks so much for writing it. I don't read a lot of fanfic but that one really caught me.

Glad you enjoyed it ... the first after a long break in fiction writing!

And thank you for giving us such an extensive and in-depth Amanda Tapping interview. I really enjoyed reading it.

Pam

Darren
January 6th, 2006, 01:59 PM
Hi everyone,

Thanks to some audio engineering help by GateWorld Forum's own ÜberSG-1Fan, the complete audio interview (http://www.gateworld.net/articles/interviews/tapping03a.shtml) with Amanda is now available on the site!

Uber
January 6th, 2006, 03:08 PM
Hi everyone,

Thanks to some audio engineering help by GateWorld Forum's own ÜberSG-1Fan, the complete audio interview (http://www.gateworld.net/articles/interviews/tapping03a.shtml) with Amanda is now available on the site!My pleasure Darren!

:sam43:

chocdoc
January 6th, 2006, 03:36 PM
My pleasure Darren!

:sam43:


Wow!! You rock!! Like Carter!! thanks for doing this!! :)

LtColonelSamC
January 6th, 2006, 06:19 PM
Carter rules...Totally agree...(like my sig says...:) )

ssx001
January 8th, 2006, 05:26 PM
Thanks Gateworld for ruining a good interview with AT by bringing religion into it.

I don't want to know that religion is important to you!

I don't want to know whether Sam prays or not.

I'm sure AT was just being nice with her response to your religious questions.

Bottom line.....leave religion out of Stargate and do proper interviews in future!

Agent_Dark
January 8th, 2006, 05:30 PM
ok...

But considering the overt religous tones of the Ori this season, I think thats a bit of a pointless thing to say...

lionel_pendergast_rocks
January 8th, 2006, 05:51 PM
Hmm, well, its a shame that you have to think religion ruins everything. I'm not religious myself, but ok.

I actually liked the interview.

Osiris-RA
January 8th, 2006, 05:57 PM
I think it's cool she thinks Sam prays. I'm sure Sam was praying to get the heck out of Sokar when she was being force fed with Sokar's Blood. Even if I didn't believe in God, I'd be praying to someone at that point.

Dromag67
January 8th, 2006, 06:02 PM
Thanks Gateworld for ruining a good interview with AT by bringing religion into it.

I don't want to know that religion is important to you!

I don't want to know whether Sam prays or not.

I'm sure AT was just being nice with her response to your religious questions.

Bottom line.....leave religion out of Stargate and do proper interviews in future!


So a couple questions ruined the entire interview?

Wow....

No comment... :S

jonno
January 8th, 2006, 06:11 PM
Thanks Gateworld for ruining a good interview with AT by bringing religion into it.

I don't want to know that religion is important to you!

I don't want to know whether Sam prays or not.

I'm sure AT was just being nice with her response to your religious questions.

Bottom line.....leave religion out of Stargate and do proper interviews in future!

hmm ... i appreciate that it's your opinion, and clearly this is an important issue for you.

All i can say is that, for me it wasn't an issue, and in fact gave an insight to how the character is played, giving Sam more depth.

AGateFan
January 8th, 2006, 06:21 PM
hmm ... i appreciate that it's your opinion, and clearly this is an important issue for you.

All i can say is that, for me it wasn't an issue, and in fact gave an insight to how the character is played, giving Sam more depth.
Oddly (especially since I am not religious myself) I always assumed Carter was religious just from the exchange she had with Teal'c in THRESHOLD.
Something about him asking her how she would feel if he questioned her God.

Doesn't change my opinion of the actor or the character, but I can see how it would put people off. Though, to be honest, I am curious to know the answer about Dr Jackson. For some reason I always assumed he was an atheist or angostic...again it wouldnt matter, I am just curious.

Deevil
January 8th, 2006, 06:34 PM
It's always interesting to get the actors take on the characters; and what they think the characters are or do off screen. Backstory is always interesting.

The religious question was not out of place, 'specially considering the Ori, and hell the Gould. The show has always dealt with false Gods and fanatism within the ranks. It would always have to play on their minds whether or not 'God' exists after all they have seen. It's interesting that Amanda believes that Sam still has faith after all that has happened, and her reasons for it.

If you didn't like it, that's your choice, but there were many other questions not pertaining to religion asked.

Seshat
January 8th, 2006, 06:44 PM
Interesting...I hadn't read the interview until I saw this thread mention it, so I popped off to have a read. :)

I wasn't offended by the religion question. (I'm an atheist, btw.) Didn't seem to me that AT was bothered either. (After all, the woman brought up the subject of breastfeeding herself and thus she does come across as being very open to most any type of question.) ;)

If you look at the story of Stargate, religion and the belief/disbelief in god(s) DOES play an important part, from the original goa'uld all the way through to the Ori now. I've seen several threads where the possible religious beliefs of the various characters were discussed. So asking AT if Sam believes in God doesn't seem farfetched to me. I've often wondered what kind of backstories/background the writers had invented for the characters. I always assumed Daniel was agnostic, for example, because of various comments he's made, and that Mitchell was a Christian because of his. Doesn't mean I'm right, of course, it just adds a little more depth to the character when you try to figure out more about what makes them tick. :cool:

Besides, the interviewer was not asking if AT believed in God or not. Only if her character did. That is acceptable, IMO. :)

Erised
January 8th, 2006, 06:49 PM
I don't want to know that religion is important to you!

I don't want to know whether Sam prays or not.


Then you aren't very interested in either, Sam or Amanda, if you say such things. I am an athiest myself, but I thought it was nice to know what Amanda and her character believe in.

ps. I don't even know why you bothered reading the interview if you don't want to know as much as possible about her.

ssx001
January 8th, 2006, 07:17 PM
Then you aren't very interested in either, Sam or Amanda, if you say such things. I am an athiest myself, but I thought it was nice to know what Amanda and her character believe in.

ps. I don't even know why you bothered reading the interview if you don't want to know as much as possible about her.

I'm not interested in Sam or Amanda if she isn't religious? I'm not sure where you can make a connection there?

I love the series. I think Amanda Tapping's role (as are all the cast of Stargate) is brilliantly written. If Amanda Tapping was never prompted to mention her religion and just came out in an interview and said it then I'd not feel any less of her (or her character) than I do now.

What got me with the Gateworld interview was the interviewer saying "GW: Well, I always felt that and I just wanted your take on that because that's something very important in my life.".

Fair enough if the interviewer asked her the question (well....it was more of a statement about what they like in her role)....but I think that it wasn;t necessary to write about it, nor bring it to everyone's attention on Gateworld, just because the interviewer is religious. Again.....it's not what Amanda said...it was the interviewer. I've nothing against religious people....only those who push their beliefs onto others.

Seshat
January 8th, 2006, 07:31 PM
I love the series. I think Amanda Tapping's role (as are all the cast of Stargate) is brilliantly written. If Amanda Tapping was never prompted to mention her religion and just came out in an interview and said it then I'd not feel any less of her (or her character) than I do now.

What got me with the Gateworld interview was the interviewer saying "GW: Well, I always felt that and I just wanted your take on that because that's something very important in my life.".

Fair enough if the interviewer asked her the question (well....it was more of a statement about what they like in her role)....but I think that it wasn;t necessary to write about it, nor bring it to everyone's attention on Gateworld, just because the interviewer is religious. Again.....it's not what Amanda said...it was the interviewer. I've nothing against religious people....only those who push their beliefs onto others. Again, the interviewer asked if CARTER believed in God, he didn't ask if Amanda did. How the actor views their character is interesting to me.

Okay, so a little of interviewer's own views were stated, which one does not usually expect, but hey, I can overlook that. IMO it didn't seem to affect the interview or the answers that were given. And if you think about it, lots of interviewers inject their own opinions and interests into their questions. They're just people, too. :)

SG1Poz
January 8th, 2006, 07:55 PM
Thanks Gateworld for ruining a good interview with AT by bringing religion into it.

I don't want to know that religion is important to you!

I don't want to know whether Sam prays or not.

I'm sure AT was just being nice with her response to your religious questions.

Bottom line.....leave religion out of Stargate and do proper interviews in future!

I thought David did an excellent job with the questions. AT didn't hesitate for a second to answer his question which leads me to believe it didn't bother her in the least.
As others have said, there has been countless times in the past 9 years where the name God was mentioned (Goaulds and Ori's) and one episode (Demons) even centers around Christianity.
So chill out. I've lurked here and at other forums to see religous threads/ posts like this turn into extremely nasty arguments. I mean really, look at our world, sadly to say, people in RL kill each other over religion.
A prayer doesn't hurt anyone, a gun or bomb does.

David
January 8th, 2006, 08:26 PM
Bottom line.....leave religion out of Stargate and do proper interviews in future!

The only logical explanation I can think of is this reader must not have seen Season Nine yet. Boy, is he/she going to be dissapointed.

Amanda's personal religious beliefs are ones that I very much think are none of our business. In fact I attended a Gatecon where an audience person was bold enough to ask about her religion or faith, and I involuntarily cringed. That's none of our business to know. Sam, however, we know intimately, and since the character -- and the series -- is knee deep in a holy war that will only get more intense, I felt it was the perfect time to ask if Sam was a spiritual person or not. If Amanda feels comfortable with throwing something in about her personal beleifs, who am I to stop her? But it's pretty clear in the question: Does Carter believe in God?

I am truly sorry if this topic was offensive to you, but if you have seen Season Nine and don't see the connection, well .. like the other poster said, "no comment.

As for extracting religious topics entirely from future GateWorld inteviews (or at least my interviews & other field work), sorry. Just warning you now. If there are strands of legitimacy in asking such a question (such as the main arc of this season) then I'm going to go for it.

A lot of people have thrown this exact question and Amanda's answer back and forth about it, for better and for worse. It's got people talking and asking serious, intelligent questions (yes, they are out there). Posing fascinating thoughts and conclusions. That's how I know I've done my job.

Albion
January 9th, 2006, 01:49 AM
Sorry, double post.

Albion :)

Albion
January 9th, 2006, 01:54 AM
Again, the interviewer asked if CARTER believed in God, he didn't ask if Amanda did. How the actor views their character is interesting to me.

However, he interjected his own personal viewpoint on his personal beliefs by answering 'Good' when AT answered in the affirmative when asked if Carter prayed.

I have to say that this aspect of the interview didn't bother me that much. But I did raise an eyebrow at the above comment and thought that it was unprofessional of the interviewer to interject his own opinions so forcefully into an interview. Bad form really.

It wasn't the initial question or the answer which I found surprising - it seems a legitimate question to ask, but the comment by the interviewer once it had been answered.

But, as I say, I couldn't care less about religion being asked about in an interview, per se.



Albion :)

Skydiver
January 9th, 2006, 08:12 AM
i think that amanda is a pro when it comes to interviews and if she didn't want to answer a question, she'd say so. as to whether or not a question is 'appropriate'...hey that'sa subjective term and means different things to different people

Pammie
January 10th, 2006, 08:37 AM
However, he interjected his own personal viewpoint on his personal beliefs by answering 'Good' when AT answered in the affirmative when asked if Carter prayed.

Albion :)

Having not heard the interview, just read it, I have to ask: Could the 'Good' have simply been a neutral comment, acknowledging the answer and ready to move on, an alternative to 'Okay'? The next comment is on a different subject ...

Pam

Pammie
January 10th, 2006, 08:42 AM
i think that amanda is a pro when it comes to interviews and if she didn't want to answer a question, she'd say so. as to whether or not a question is 'appropriate'...hey that'sa subjective term and means different things to different people

After all, there was the piece on Channel 4 in November when the interviewer asked if he could call her "Mandy" and she said "No."

However, at the Gabit convention in October, Amanda did answer every question fully, even ones that were clearly difficult ...

All the best

Pam

LoveYouBaby
January 10th, 2006, 10:22 AM
Though I thought this interview was great, I actually skipped over the religion bit - cos personally I didn't want to know.

Carter is AT's character, not ours and if you find it uncomfortable when it comes to religion then don't read that bit.

I thought that the religion bit was a bit inappropriate in the interview, I know there's a connection with Season 9's main theme and that, the alley has to be explored but the method of delivering, I didn't like it.

Sure I might be an atheist and I believe in science primarily but every now and again, I think about the possibilities of higher beings, and no I'm not on about just God, singular. I mean be-ings.

Look, if you find religion uncomfortable to deal with then just skip it. *shrugs*