Summer Glau–time and the sci-fi is sizzling

I know we’re collectively
drooling all over our sensible shoes at the prospect of seeing Lena
Headey
each week once Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

premieres Jan. 13. But Lena isn’t the only one packing serious heat.
Joining her will be the underrated, overly flexible Summer
Glau
.

But according to a recent Access Hollywood
interview
, Summer
almost didn’t audition for the role of the benevolent teenage Terminator
Cameron. In fact, she had never even seen any of the original films
in the Arnold Schwarzenegger
franchise.

“I had in my mind what I
thought they would want for a girl terminator and I definitely didn’t
think that I fit that criteria and so I didn’t want to go on the audition.
My mom was actually the one who said ‘You’re getting in the car
and you’re going to that audition!’ I thought I would get in the
room and I wouldn’t look like the rest of the girls. I thought they
would want statuesque, icy blondes.”

But she got over her reservations
when she discovered that Josh Friedman, screenwriter for The Black Dahlia
and War of the Worlds, was behind the project and realized that
“the kind of terminator that he wanted to create, was someone that
you wouldn’t expect, someone that could hide in society and fit in
and look like a normal teenage girl and [who] stepped up when she needed
to.”

Summer, whose sci-fi pedigree
is impeccable thanks to Firefly, Serenity
and The 4400, said she is drawn to the genre because her mother
used to read her science fiction stories when she was little. And she
said sci-fi demands more suspension of disbelief from its actors.

“You have to be able to really
dive in and believe the world that you’re creating and that comes
really natural to me. Science fiction actors — sometimes we are on
set and we look at each other and we get the giggles because we’re
doing something so outrageous and having to say something that’s so
[much] bigger than life and it’s really fun for me. As a little girl
I always dreamed of getting to do something like this.”

What she’ll get to do
in The Sarah Connor Chronicles
is kick assailants through walls and generally kick robot butt. But
she also has to pose as a normal teenager, pretending to be the daughter
of Sarah and sister of John Connor. She hints that despite
their brother-sister charade, there could be a little something between
the teen and the robot. Is it just me, or is that wrong on every level?

Not that this coupling is better in terms of the faux familial dynamic, but it is better to look at (Photoshopping
hat tip to Ida).

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