Canadian actress and former model Tricia Helfer is one of Hollywood's rising acting talents, best known for her portrayal of the humanoid Cylon Number Six on Syfy's critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica. More recently, Helfer has starred in e.g. Andrew Paquin’s Open House and appeared as Alex Clark on NBC's The Firm. Helfer is also an active benefactor of animal rights and environmental causes.
Tricia Helfer took time off from the set of Christmas Share in Toronto yesterday to make an appearance at the Entertainment Weekly & ABC Upfront Party in New York City. Tricia looked absolutely spectacular at the event in a white sequin cocktail dress and a sleek do. The first 12 medium- and hi-res photos in our gallery!
Tricia Helfer Talks Lifetime Movie, Playing a Killer Woman on ABC
by Jim Halterman
It’s a good weekend for Tricia Helfer.
Her new Lifetime movie, Dangerous Intuition, premieres tonight and her pilot Killer Women — which she headlines as a Texas Ranger (that has Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara among its producers — was just ordered to series by ABC.
Helfer and I talked a few days before the Killer Women announcement, as she gave me a window into why she connected with the new role, while also touching on the challenges in Dangerous Intuition…
TV Fanatic: The character you play in Dangerous Intuition has more than a little bit of baggage and it’s interesting how it played out since we, the viewer, are not even sure what’s going on in her mind.
Tricia Helfer: In filming it, I knew the outcome and hopefully the audience won’t get it too quickly. We didn’t want to give away the ending too quickly and with the situation it walks the fine line of is she really having a mental breakdown or is she really having these premonitions?
TVF: What was the biggest challenge in the role?
TH: It’s really about finding the relationship with the actors and then trying to bring them onto the screen. David [Cubitt, who plays Kate's ex] was great to work with. He’s really a fun guy and the little girl, Genea [Charpentier], was a sweetheart and such a professional. I don’t think she complained once, working outside of Vancouver in December and it was very cold and rainy and I never heard her complain once. She was such a trooper.
TVF: You’ve been involved in some big concept shows like Battlestar Galactica and even Dark Blue was an intense cop drama. Where do you naturally fall in terms of the roles you want to play?
TH: That’s one of the reason I did this film is because it’s a character I don’t necessarily get to play very often. In Battlestar or Burn Notice or Dark Blue I played quite strong characters. Kate [in Dangerous Intuition] is strong in her own way but there’s also this vulnerability and she loses control of her life. That was a draw of mine and that’s the goal of most actors to do different things.
In this vid, Tricia talks about working with Dennis Farina and Scottie Thompson on the upcoming indies Authors Anonymous (previously Scribble) and 37 respectively, shooting new headshots for her autograph shop and her recipe for a martini. 8) The current series of “Ask Tricia” clips was filmed back in February. Courtesy of TriciaHelfer.com:
“You know better than to come between a mother and her child.”
Good news on Deadly Visions!
According to the film’s Facebook-page (now located at facebook.com/dangerousintuition), Deadly Visions has been retitled Dangerous Intuition and has a new airdate of May 11th on Lifetime. This is, of course, much sooner than the previous August release date, so don’t miss it!
Dangerous Intuition is directed by Roger Christian. Again, May 11th on Lifetime!
Speaking of title changes, Tricia’s upcoming indie comedy Scribble has according to the Internet Movie Database also undergone renaming, and is now known as Authors Anonymous. So far as we know, however, no release date has yet been set for the film.
The gallery has been updated today with four medium-res digital scans of Tricia Helfer’s stunning cover feature in the December 2012 issue of the American AIDS publication A&U. Be sure to check ‘em out!
Another great interview with Tricia from Yahoo! TV, in which Tricia talks especially about her new ABC pilot Killer Women and her tonight’s appearance on Community (and how she and Katee Sackhoff both would like to guest star on Sons of Anarchy — please, won’t someone finally make this happen??). Full article under the cut.
Yahoo! TV exclusive: Battlestar Galactica alum Tricia Helfer talks about her new ABC pilot, playing a sci-fi fan on Community
By Kimberly Potts
Battlestar Galactica fans, here’s a double dose of good news: not only is BSG alum Tricia Helfer guest-starring in a fun, sci-fi-themed episode of Community tomorrow night, but she also just signed on for a, ahem, killer new ABC drama pilot.
Helfer will play a Texas Ranger in Killer Women, an ABC drama adapted from a popular Argentinian TV drama called Mujeres Asesinas. The series, executive produced by Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, revolves around Molly Parker (Helfer), the only woman in the Texas Rangers (the law enforcers, not the baseball team, Helfer jokes).
“I just found out yesterday, and I’m really, really excited about it. It’s a fantastic script, and we start shooting it in early March,” Helfer tells Yahoo! TV. “I’m playing a Texas Ranger, but [the show] is really about women who kill, and usually it’s done for a lot of different reasons than what you expect.
“It’s more character driven, as opposed to just pure procedural, which is something that I’m really excited about. And with [Molly], there’s definitely a quirky side to her, so that’s going to be fun to play. She’s not just a total badass, she’s got a quirky side as well.”
Helfer, who made memorable guest appearances on Burn Notice and last season’s finale of Criminal Minds, is also starring on this week’s new episode of Community, titled “Conventions of Space and Time.”
In a clever nod to her sci-fi history and the many fan conventions where she’s starred, Helfer plays a woman named Lauren, who catches Jeff Winger’s eye when he goes to an Inspector Spacetime convention with Troy, Abed, and the gang.
“That’s certainly the fun side of the role, when you first meet Lauren, you think she’s coming in as this really together person,” says Helfer, who’s a fan of Community and dramas like Justified. “And then, through her talking with Jeff Winger, you find that there’s this hidden side to her that he’s certainly not expecting, so it was fun to do a little flip on him there.”
Community: Tricia Helfer on Going from Battlestar Galactica Cylon to Inspector Spacetime Fangirl
by Eric Goldman
Helfer discusses her ‘Community’ guest role and her animation and video game voice acting work.
On this week’s Community, the Greendale gang will go to a place near and dear to Abed and Troy’s hearts — an Inspector Spacetime convention.
Inspector Spacetime is of course an ongoing Doctor Who parody on Community, and a real life sci-fi icon will be appearing on the episode, as Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer guest stars. Helfer plays Lauren, a beautiful woman Jeff (Joel McHale) encounters, only to learn she is a huge Inspector Spacetime fan herself. Which suddenly makes Jeff a lot more interested in Inspector Spacetime…
I spoke to Helfer about appearing on Community and working with McHale. We also chatted about her work in animation, such as The Spectacular Spider-Man, and video games, including the upcoming StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion pack.
IGN TV: You haven’t done a lot of comedy. That being the case, was it pretty exciting for you to get the chance to be on Community?
Tricia Helfer: Oh, absolutely, yeah. I hadn’t done much comedy, and it’s something I’d certainly like to do more of in the future. It was just fun, and it also had kind of a fun tie-in to have a sci-fi genre actor in one of the roles, because of the episode being at an Inspector Spacetime convention. But for me, just a chance to work with Joel, who I think is absolutely lovely and very funny… It’s why I signed on, no questions asked.
Former Battlestar Galactica badass Tricia Helfer has landed the lead in Killer Women, ABC’s drama pilot about the only female in the male-dominated Texas Ranger Division, TVLine has learned.
Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas, the project — which counts Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara among its producers — finds Helfer playing Molly Parker, a beautiful and ballsy Ranger who knows how to get the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there.
Hannah Shakespeare (The Playboy Club) penned the script.
More information, of course, as we get it.
Super exciting!! :D Congratulations, Tricia!
Update Feb 21: More casting news from Ausiello! According to TV Line, Marc Blucas, who currently appears on USA Network’s Necessary Roughness, has been cast in the pilot in an as yet unspecified role as “Dan”. Details from The Hollywood Reporter:
Blucas will play Dan, an East Coast educated, dedicated DEA agent who’s personally reserved and highly noncommittal. He has an undeniable attraction to and physical relationship with Tricia Helfer’s Molly but like her, admits superficial is all he can handle. The duo will work together to solve open cases.
Blucas plays Matthew on USA Network’s Roughness, which this week aired its sophomore finale and was recently renewed for a shortened Season 3. He has also appeared on Castle, Body of Proof and Revenge. Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will remember him as the Slayer’s first serious post-Angel boyfriend.
Update 2: The new stuff keeps coming in. The Hollywood Reporter has a more detailed description of Tricia’s character Molly, and also reports Casino Royale‘s Martin Campbell will be directing the pilot:
Big update from last weekend’s Sci-Fi Expo in Dallas, Texas! Hope you’re ready for it. :)
Kicking things off with some terrific fan photos of Tricia from both Day 1 and Day 2, which you can now check out in the gallery. Most of today’s new expo photos are courtesy of G. Espinosa, H. Hernandez, Honey Bunny, A. Johnson Dowling, M. Netherland, D. Pike, C. Skiles and R. Valerie on Facebook, RevG14 on Flickr, nicoleanell and rococoms on Tumblr and WesPrime on Twitter.
Moving on to videos, here’s a quick PJTV interview with Tricia about her time on Battlestar Galactica and motorcycling from the Day 1 autograph table:
A really nice video of the complete Day 1 Battlestar Galactica panel with Tricia and her BSG co-stars Edward James Olmos and James Callis. At the panel, Tricia talked about among other things portraying the numerous Sixes on the show, filming sex scenes with James and pairing motorcycling with charity work. A great, packed panel.
Fresh and insightful article and interview with Tricia Helfer from Global Toronto in which Tricia talks about among other things family, acting, filming Deadly Visions for Lifetime and tensions between cast and producers on the set of NBC’s The Firm, which concluded its first and only season last summer. Definitely worth a read! Full article under the cut.
Canada’s Tricia Helfer is ready to soar
By John R. Kennedy
TORONTO — Tricia Helfer is back home in Los Angeles after spending time in her native Canada, where she shot a TV movie and spent the holidays with her family.
The 38-year-old actress can finally cruise the canyon roads on the BMW F8000GS motorcycle she got from her husband for Christmas. “It’s a fantastic bike that I’ve wanted for awhile,” said Helfer, who also owns a Harley Davidson 1600cc Rocker C.
Helfer relocated to Los Angeles in 2002, after spending a decade in the modeling industry, to focus on her acting career.
It was a good move – Helfer quickly landed guest roles on series like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Chuck, Burn Notice, Two and a Half Men and — of course — a starring role in Battlestar Galactica.
Her most recent project was the Lifetime movie Deadly Visions, in which Helfer plays a mother with premonitions that her daughter is in danger. “My character is struggling with believing herself when everyone around her is telling her that her daughter is safe,” she explained.
“It’s not hard to draw from within yourself to play someone protective of her daughter. I have animals and I’m a daughter, sister, wife, aunt and friend, and I can be fiercely protective.”
Helfer hasn’t played many mothers. “Sometimes, if you don’t have kids yourself, it’s assumed you won’t understand or know how to play a mom,” she said, “which is kind of silly if you think about it. I’ve played robots and killers and I am a lot further from those than I am a mother!”
Has playing a mom made her think about being one? “No, it hasn’t made me want kids of my own,” she said. “Never say never, I guess. But I don’t see it happening.”
First, we have a couple of lovely new photos of Tricia on the red carpet and at the gala ceremony. Tricia attended the event with her good friend, celebrity hairstylist Brian Magallones, who is also pictured in a couple of shots. Check them out in our gallery!
Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff's documentary about their October 2010 Acting Outlaws cross-country motorcycle ride from Los Angeles, CA to New Orleans, LA to raise funds and awareness for the BP oil spill cleanup, the "LA La Ride", is now online. Purchase your digital copy now from store.actingoutlaws.org!
Filming in Toronto, Canada. Genre: Comedy, Sitcom Network: CTV Role: TBA (rumored) News | Info | IMDb | Official Site | Photos
TV: The Firm (2012)
Canceled; Season 1 out on R1 DVD. Genre: Drama, Legal, Thriller Network: NBC Role: Alex Clark (S1 recurring guest) News | Info | IMDb | Official Site | Photos
TV: TRON: Uprising (2012)
Season 1 complete; pending renewal. Genre: Animation Network: Disney XD Role: The Grid (voice) News | Info | IMDb | Official Site | Photos
Web Series: BSG: Blood & Chrome (2012)
Complete series online. Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi Website: youtube.com/MachinimaPrime Role: Humanoid Cylon (voice cameo) News | Info | IMDb | Official Site | Photos
Web Series: Husbands (2012)
Complete Season 2 online. Genre: Comedy Website: HusbandsTheSeries.com Role: Pillow Girl #2 (ep. 2.01 guest) News | Info | IMDb | Official Site | Photos
MV: The Black Keys "Howlin' for You" - IMDb
SF: PostHuman - IMDb
VG: Mass Effect 3 - IMDb
VG: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - IMDb
WS: The Nerd Machine: Trailer Park Heroes - IMDb
Legend: AS - animated series; MV - music video; SF - short film; VG - video game; WS - web series.
In August 2010, Tricia Helfer and best friend and former Battlestar Galactica co-star Katee Sackhoff founded the charity company The Acting Outlaws. With periodical causes of choice, the purpose of the company is to raise funds and awareness for causes Tricia and Katee find important to them. For details on the company and how to participate in advancing the ladies' causes of choice, please visit www.actingoutlaws.org.
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