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

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


But according to a recent Access Hollywood

, 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


“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


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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