SciFi.com has put up a six-minute interview, conducted at COMIC CON (July 2007), with David Hewlett and Amanda Tapping, which can be viewed at http://video.scifi.com/player/?id=156459
Below is a transcript of that video, along with some screencaps.
Amanda and David are clowning around, giggling (AT) and laughing throughout. Very tongue-in-cheek.
AT: David, what was it like to have Amanda Tapping on your show?
DH: It’s great. Sometimes she kisses me on the side of the face and I get warm and fuzzy on the inside (AT giggles at that)
Q: Do they have any scientific/medical/engineering background that helps with the role?
AT: I actually won the science award in high school.
DH: Did you?
AT: Yup. My parents were ‘go science, go science’ and of course I became an actor but a scientist actor so I fulfilled their craziest fantasies, but David Hewlett, not so much.
DH: I failed out of high school
DH: Failed. Failed. Yeah, I failed drama in high school, actually. [shows clip from “Lifeline” with Rodney and Zelenka] I made a plant growth simulator, no, stimulator, that was it. It would makes noises and apparently it would make the plants grow but I cheated and I traded the plants out to make them look bigger. So I cheated on my science experiment. Yeah, sorry. Guess I just lost that B. [clip from “Lifeline” with Rodney and Ronon] God forbid we change anything, because all of a sudden, it’s like that galaxy doesn’t exist anymore. If you screw up the technobabble, you kind of lost the show. [clip of Sam and Jack from SG1]
AT: Entire races die without you even knowing it.
DH: You make stuff up, people get hurt. [clip from “Lifeline” with Rodney and Sheppard]. You know, especially when it comes to astrophysics, phsy…
AT: Spell it! Spell it! Spell it!
DH: I’ve never had to say it. It’s my job. [clip of Sam and Rodney from SG1 “The Road Not Taken”]
Q: Will McKay become the second tier of scientist on Atlantis now that Carter is there?
DH: I think there will be plenty of tier climbing back and forth I think throughout season four. There’s plenty of staggering up and down the tiers, I think.
AT: I think it’s all good. All good.
DH: Yup. [clip from season 4 episode with Rodney and Ronon in Mess]
Q: How will leadership change Carter’s character?
DH: I’ll do my questioning look.
AT: Oh, that’s a good look… my role has changed dramatically. She went in with a lot of trepidation about how to handle the situation and how to handle the fact that they were losing a leader who was much loved and so she stepped back on her game a lot… in terms of her scientific knowledge, she defers to McKay and allows him to shine, she defers to Sheppard in terms of the military knowledge of the Wraith. I feel like I’m playing an entirely different character in a lot of ways. And I think she’s more in love with McKay than ever.
DH: I know McKay is.
AT: I don’t want anyone to ever actually hear that, so (to camera man) don’t role on that one.
DH: Camera, right, Amanda?
AT: And that red light means…?
DH: Means go. (Amanda giggles) [clip of Rodney and Carter from SG1 “The Road Not Taken”]
Q: Will Carter and McKay get together? (romantically)
DH: Well, in my dreams, we’ve already had an episode where that’s practically happened.
AT: Yes, we did.
DH: Of course McKay’s fantasy happens under 4,000 feet of water with giant whales swimming around so…
AT: And I’m wearing a blue bra kissing you.
AT: Sweet? [clip of Rodney and Carter from “Grace Under Pressure”] He’s desperately in love with her. He knows that she’s way, way, way smarter than he is and that turns him on, basically.
DH: All I heard was ‘turns him on.” (AT giggles) It’s a slightly rocky road that we’ve had.
AT: It is a rocky road. They’re both incredibly intelligent people and that intelligence breeds a certain amount of ego and in the case of McKay, if I may say, that ego is WAY out of control. … There’s almost a sibling rivalry between the two of them and…
DH: Except for the ‘turns him on’ part.
AT: Except for the ‘turns him on’ part…siblings with at twist.
DH: (Laughs) Oh no…. A whole new gate has opened! … We work against each other very well. Yes.
AT: Very well. Friction abounds!
DH: We’re like yin and yang of sci-fi.
AT: Yeah (going into cockney accent), like the yin and yang, yeah, yeah.
DH: Only not British.
DH: Why did you go British?
AT: Its easy. [couldn’t decipher a few words]… I’m British so I can say that.
DH: I’m British, too.
[they both turn to each other in almost Valley girl type speak]
DH: Oh my god!
AT: Suddenly I like him. … Will our characters ever really get together?
DH: Not a chance in hell. When that happens, it’s like hell freezes over.
DH: But wait for it cuz it could happen
AT: Shut down the franchise.
DH: If that’s what you’re looking for. Yes. If not, then no. You decide (the viewer) That’s the good thing about scifi is you can do anything.
Q: Does Amanda feel pressure to prove herself?
AT: I have a huge amount of pressure to prove myself to the Atlantis fans. Huge.
DH: And I point it out to her every time. So we start every day and I go ‘hey, are you going to let the fans down today? I hope not.’
AT: ‘I hope you don’t let the die-hard Atlantis fans down today, Amanda,’ says the entire cast and I say ‘I hope not either. Okay I’ll step up my game. Stargate Atlantis survived perfectly well for three years without my intervention, thank you very much, and I was happy on Stargate SG-1 and I’m thrilled to have moved over.
DH: Yeah, now we got her.
AT: I love the cast, and I love the crew and I love the atmosphere there and honestly it’s a great move for me personally and for my character but I am painfully aware that I have a lot to prove.
Q: What will “A Dog’s Breakfast” be about?
DH: ‘Dog’s Breakfast’ is the first film that I’ve written and directed and acted in. It is a sort of a ‘Fish Called Wanda’ style comedy about a guy who hates his sister’s fiancé so much that he decides that he’s got to kill him. And one of the reasons he hates him so much because he’s a cheesy sci-fi actor. You know you can’t trust them, right, Amanda?
AT: Ever. Don’t ever trust a cheesy sci-fi actor. (makes hand gesture)
DH: Yeah, exactly. I know what that means. Time-out. I think she wants time out.
And the interview ends.