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 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.
According to the MCC website, Tricia Helfer will be appearing at this year’s Montreal Comiccon in Canada with her Battlestar Galactica co-stars Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber and James Callis. More information on the Montreal Comiccon website. September 13th through 15th.
Just to recap, here are the other fan events Tricia is currently scheduled to attend:
May 9th-12th: FedCon in Düsseldorf, Germany
Tricia is crossing the Atlantic to attend the largest sci-fi convention in Europe. www.fedcon.de
May 23rd-26th: Emissaries: Galacticon III in Houston, TX
Tricia is a confirmed guest at the what is set to be an epic BSG convention celebrating the double 35th anniversary of the original series and 10th anniversary of the reimagined series. Also going are Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, Michael Hogan, Richard Hatch, Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas, Nicki Clyne, Rekha Sharma, Kate Vernon, Luciana Carro and Leah Cairns, as well as several stars from the original series. www.galacticon3.com
More goodies today! The gallery has been updated with ca. 200(!) rare new and replacement medium-res promotional stills and promoshoot pics of Tricia Helfer as the various copies of Cylon Number Six in the Battlestar Galacticaminiseries, Season 1 and Season 2. Many of these are quite rare, some even never before seen, so hope you check ‘em out and check back soon for a second batch from Season 3 & 4 + behind-the-scenes pics from all seasons. :)
New & Updated Photo Albums:
Legend: N – new photos; R – better quality replacements; NA – new album
Just a little reminder about some of the upcoming events Tricia is currently scheduled to attend, in chronological order:
The Humane Society 27th Annual Genesis Awards on March 23rd
Tricia has yet to explicitly confirm her appearance, but she is part of the Genesis Awards Gala Host Committee this year and has been seen at the event three years in a row. So, her schedule permitting, we expect her to be on hand. More information & tickets at www.humanesociety.org; if you want to make sure Tricia’s going, give her a shout on Twitter. :)
Update: Bad news – unfortunately Tricia will not be able to attend the Genesis Awards this year. She kindly confirmed to us on Twitter she will still be in Texas filming Killer Women at that time.
Emissaries: Galacticon III on May 23rd through 26th
Last, but not least, an epicBattlestar Galactica fan event is coming up in May as Tricia is a confirmed guest at Emissaries: Galacticon III, the periodic BSG convention which will this year celebrate the double 35th anniversary of the original series and 10th anniversary of the reimagined series, in Houston, Texas. Also going are Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, Michael Hogan, Richard Hatch, Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas, Nicki Clyne, Rekha Sharma, Kate Vernon, Luciana Carro and Leah Cairns, as well as several stars from the original series. Register STAT at www.galacticon3.com.
… And here’s yet another promised batch of Battlestar Galactica replacement caps; 1,487x 720p Blu-Ray screen caps of Tricia Helfer as Cylon Number Six in BSG Season 2. Once again, they are a good 400 less than before (which is why the gallery file and view counts are down from earlier today), but of much better quality.
And as with our previous Blu-Ray cap updates, we’ve also updated the filmography page for Battlestar Galactica (which is itself soon getting an overhaul) with Number Six’s most memorable lines and conversations from the season. Hope you enjoy; next up, the fourth and final season! :)
Epic news!! According to TV Line, Tricia Helfer’s Battlestar Galactica co-star Michael Trucco will be joining Tricia in the upcoming ABC pilot Killer Women.
ABC’s Killer Women will host a killer Battlestar Galactica reunion, now that Michael Trucco has boarded the Tricia Helfer-fronted drama pilot.
Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas, the project follows Molly Parker (Helfer), the only woman among the notoriously male Texas Rangers. Described as a ballsy, beautiful badass, Molly knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers to do so.
Trucco will play Molly’s older brother, Billy, who is married to her BFF Nessa (played by Marta Milans). The actor’s recent TV credits include arcs on Revenge, How I Met Your Mother and Castle, and a co-starring role on USA Network’s Fairly Legal.
Also new to the Killer Women ensemble, which also previously cast Mark Blucas (Necessary Roughness), is Alex Fernandez (Commander in Chief), playing Molly’s coworker Luis.
The pilot begins filming next week’s Monday in Texas… and is getting more awesome by the minute. 8D
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.”
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.
While we await more news (not to mention Tricia’s Community episode, which hopefully airs later this month), here are some more vintage goodies to keep you going. The gallery has been updated today with a total 21 site-exclusive hi-res scans of Tricia Helfer in Spanish Marie Claire February 2000, Spanish Elle January 1996 and another, unknown issue of US Marie Claire. These are some of my personal favorite editorials from Tricia’s modeling career; hope you love them as much as I do! :))
On another note, just a friendly reminder that Dallas Sci-Fi Expo is now just four days away! Tricia and her Battlestar Galactica co-stars Edward James Olmos and James Callis will all be on hand at the event, so don’t miss them if you’re in the area. :) Tickets @ www.scifiexpo.com.
Battlestar Galactica fans! If there ever was a time to visit Houston, this is it, as Tricia Helfer is a confirmed guest at the Galacticon III BSG convention this May.
Tricia will be joined at the event by, among others, her BSG co-stars Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, Michael Hogan, Richard Hatch, Nicki Clyne, Kate Vernon, Luciana Carro, Aaron Douglas and Leah Cairns as well as BSG concept artist Eric Chu. Several stars from the original series will be on hand as well.
The “Emissaries: Galacticon 3″ convention will take place on May 23-26 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Register now @ www.galacticon3.com!
Also, don’t forget Tricia, EJO and James Callis will be at the Dallas Sci-Fi Expo on February 9-10. Tickets @ www.scifiexpo.com!
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.”
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!
Acting Outlaws 2013 Calendar
Check out Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff's smoking hot 2013 calendar for Acting Outlaws, featuring 12 never before seen photos by photographer Dennys Ilic. Now available exclusively on Redbubble!
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.
Besides an actress and former model, Tricia is also an avid animal rights supporter and environmentalist. Please visit some of the below websites for more information on Tricia's supported causes and charities.
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