Any self-respecting sci-fi fan is well aware of the name Katee Sackhoff. This crazy talented and absolutely beautiful actress created a modern genre hero with her take on the character “Starbuck” in the updated version of “Battlestar Galactica.” Since then, she has continued to charm the hell out of her fans with her work on “24”, “Nip/Tuck”, “Robot Chicken” and her recent series on A&E, “Longmire.” Thankfully, this lovely actress is giving audiences a thrill in her latest flick which is currently available on VOD and DVD called SEXY EVIL GENIUS. This special project brought together a who’s who of genre favorites including Sackhoff, Michelle Trachtenberg and Seth Green. In the film, Katee gets to showcase her EVIL side and seems to have a blast doing it. This talented lady has found a home in genre flicks as she also appears in the upcoming horror sequel THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA (available on Blu-ray and DVD on April 16). Add to that the upcoming RIDDICK and it’s not hard to see why genre fans love her.
When I spoke to this beauty, we talked about her projects, but the conversation really opened up to her busy schedule, and how she keeps her sanity thanks to her love of her two dogs Meatball and Nelly Bean. Ms. Sackhoff rides a motorcycle, is a dog lover and really digs action and science fiction, yet she also reveals her adoration of Young Adult novels. So she's beautiful, sincere and pretty much a sci-fi geek’s dream girl. What is not to love?
Hi, Katee, how are you?
I’m good. How are you?
I’m good and I gotta tell you, as a fan of yours since way back when, I think you’re one of the reasons women have become such a powerful force in television again, especially with Starbuck from “Battlestar Gallactica.”
Oh, my God. Thank you.
Oh, absolutely, but I have to say, I did not expect Nikki from SEXY EVIL GENIUS, you know?
Ha! I know. That’s kind of the way you want it. You just don’t see her coming.
How did you get involved?
David Higgins, the producer, brought me on about three years ago. He brought up the project to me and I read it and just fell in love with it. I heard all about Scott Lew (screenwriter for GENIUS who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2004) and got so inspired. David is the steam train behind this, but we really set to get this thing done and to get it done in a timely manner and to do it justice. I came on and then we were set with the cast and the director was on board. I think the first person we had on board was Shawn Piller. Then, I brought in Seth Green, we’ve been friends for a while. Then, he brought in Michelle (Trachtenberg) and Harold (Perrineau) and Billy (Baldwin) came in and everything kind of fell into place and I think to get this caliber of actors on this small of a project, I think that says a lot about the script. I think people were just so inspired by Scott and his story. We just really wanted to get this made and tell this story. It’s so incredibly creative.
Well, for me, you have two cast members of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and you, so that’s a win-win situation.
Yeah! We really went for the Sci-Fi jugular on this one. From “Lost” to “Buffy” to “Battlestar,” I’m sure we could find one that Billy’s done at some point and throw that in there.
I know, right? Well, I know he’s done SLIVER, right? With Sharon Stone?
He was in SLIVER. I was gonna say, you get four science fiction actors and throw in a Baldwin for fun. He was great. He’s really great in the role and I think everybody came prepared and ready to work and to get this thing done.
Well doing some research for this interview, I was going onto your your YouTube page and I don’t know how you have time to do everything that you do. Your schedule is insane.
(Laughs) I am tired.
I can imagine.
Yeah. I don’t know. I think I’ve always had a very healthy acknowledgment of the finite...I’m trying to think of a way to say this without sounding self-deprecating...I’ve always known this business for a woman could end at any time and I’ve always respected that in a sense and taking it upon myself to work as hard as I can. I get on as many good projects as possible to try and extend my career and create some longevity in my career and to produce is just another way to do that. I think I got tired of waiting for movies to come my way, so I’m allowed to take the situation in my own hands.
Well, now you’re up to 200 projects, so…
(Laughs) It was a very busy three years.
I can tell! And you have your series - “Longmire” on A&E. Have you started shooting already?
I haven’t, but I’m already here. We’ve done some promo shoots and you kind of have to come to Santa Fe a week or two early just to acclimate to this place. It’s incredibly different here, especially when you come from a place where you’re at sea level and coming this high up in such a dry environment is kind of a shock to my system. So, we actually start Friday.
Well, what do you do up there? What do you do to escape the work and get away from it all?
Well, on a daily basis, I've been really lucky to surround myself with this group of people and we don't talk about work ever. My fiancé and I come home from work and it’s something that we don't really talk about. I have my dogs. I love my dogs. That’s my easiest way to escape. To anyone who has an older dog knows that it takes up a lot of your time and emotion. He takes a lot of my focus and it’s the best way to clear my head.
Now which one is your oldest dog? Is it Nelly Bean?
No. My oldest is Meatball. He’s seventeen and he’s so happy. I’m waiting for that day where he lets me know, but for now, he’s the little train that could.
Yeah. They’re so cute, by the way. I watch your videos and I’m so surprised how much of your life you share with your fans and where you can just be you.
I never knew how much that would interest the fans until I got into Sci-Fi. It’s a completely different world and it’s a conscious choice when you let the fans into your world and there are some aspects that are incredibly private, and then there are aspects of it that are like an open book. I’m one of those people, for better or worse, I'll say anything. I don't really have an edit button and in that sense, I think the fans have a large understanding of who I am. I want to respect a piece of my life and to keep some of that to myself. There are pieces of my life that my fans have no idea about. (Laughs)
Well, it seems you know how to balance it very well. Instead of your life appearing on TMZ, it seems that you’re saying, “Come on in, but this is all you’re gonna see.”
Yeah. I don’t think you’ll ever see me in those magazines. I know that there are aspects of that that are out of the actors’ control, but I live a very boring life and I do that on purpose. It gives me a balance to the crazy amount of work that I do and I like having a boring life. I like coming home and doing the exact same thing every night. It works for me.
I love the fact that you’ve taken control of your career and I love the fact that you’ve decided to stick to Sci-Fi because we love you in the genre.
Well, I love the genre. Of course, that doesn’t mean I'm not gonna do a romantic comedy because I am the biggest fan of chick flicks that you will ever meet.
I love them more than anything. I love Young Adult books. It’s all I read. I’m obsessed. I just optioned a book with one of my girlfriends and it’s as sappy and as fun as it can be and there has been an area I’ve been dying to go into, but I grew up on science fiction and action movies and I will never leave them behind. I’m obsessed.
Well, you’re a dog lover, you ride a motorcycle and you’re into Sci-Fi. You’re basically the perfect woman.
(Laughs) I don’t know about that.