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Exclusive Interview with the Amazing Alaina Huffman

Welcome back everyone.  I’ve got a big treat for you all this time.

Alaina Huffman as Lt. Tamara Johansen on SGUThis next lady is no stranger for us scifi fans, especially those of us loving Stargate as we do.  She was 1st Lt. Tamara Johansen from Stargate Universe, but her talents doesn’t stop there.  She was also Black Canary on Smallville.  And off screen, she’s a dedicated mom and creator of Agent Mom.  In my opinion, she’s an awesome role model. 🙂

And for those of you who are big NCIS fans, she will be guest staring on Tuesday’s episode of NCIS Los Angeles.  I know I’ll be circling May 8th for sure to see Ms. Huffman in action.

And for all you convention goers, she will be in London for “Starfury” May 9th – 13th.  And in Detroit Motor City ComicCon May 18th – 20th.  Pop by and say heya.

So now on to the reason why you’re all here,,

KF:  First of all, Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions.  I know you’re a busy lady with Agent Mom, which by the way, congratulations.  How has it been doing? Will it be in an actual comic book form for people to buy?

AH:  Thank you… Agent Mom has been a fun project. We were able to get a great team together including Tony Lee as the writer. He really took our ideas and characters and made the whole thing come to life.  It is currently available on MTV comics at Geek.MTV.com  Check it out 😉

KF:  Did you ever think that you would get the compliments back as you’ve been getting?

AH:  We are very proud of the Agent Mom series and thankful for the positive feedback. We’ve got a great team so it’s not surprising that it all came together.

KF:  What else is in store for us fans? What other projects are you getting involved in?

Alaina HuffmanAH:  I have an episode of NCIS Los Angeles airing May 8th. And a couple of movies I am attached to that are currently in development. Both are amazing scripts with great characters for me to play, the producers are just doing there thing and hopefully we will get to make these movies this summer.

KF:  Have you done any directing? Would you love to get in that part of the business?

AH:  I have not directed anything, at this time in my life/career I don’t have much interest. Often times when you are a part of a long running series there are opportunities to direct and if that happens I would take the offer but it’s not something I am perusing… It’s a big job and it takes a lot of commitment and I have a very full home life.

KF:  Who is / was your biggest influence on where you are today?

AH:  I love Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice is one of my favorite movies. Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Al Pichino, Morgan Freeman, Charlize Theron… I could go on and on… 

KF:  With your family growing, how far away will you go for a job?

AH:  Is Mars offering good tax incentives? I’ll go anywhere anytime! I always take my family with me… We do have kids in school but I don’t see that as an obstacle. Both John and I moved/travelled a lot growing up and we both credit our success in part to that. Sheesh I homeschooled myself thru part of high school while living over seas via FedEx! Now we have computers/iPads/Skype…. I always see travel as an opportunity for education. I actually have more time than one would think. Most of the time while working I only work about 3 days a week. Lots of time… Plus if we are in a hotel I don’t have to clean;-) lots more time. Hahaha

KF:  Do you have limitations as to the role you will play?

AH:  No limitations. If the script is solid and it’s a story I think I can tell then I’m in.

KF:  Are there any charities you support?

Alaina HuffmanAH:  We as a family choose a different charity each year to support. This year for Christmas we adopted a local family that was similar to ours in size so our kids got to pick out gifts for the kids and we delivered groceries for a complete Christmas eve and day experience.  Elijah and Hanna both have birthdays at the end of May. They both want a big pool party this year so in Lieu of gifts Hanna would like donations to our local animal shelter and Elijah has chosen a children’s home in India we have supported in the past www.pathway-India.com

KF:  Let’s get into some of your favorites now.  Color?

AH:  I love the color green, pale greens in particular. I feel green is fresh and rejuvenating while very calming… If that makes sense 😉

KF:  Restaurant?

AH:  My favorite food is Lebanese, there is a spot we love in town. We have a wonderful friend who is Lebanese, he passed away a few years ago… I miss our food dates. He use to call me and tell us to come over and he’d cook for us all day… It was wonderful. Good memories 😉

KF:  Vacation spot?

AH:  We try to make a vacation out of all opportunities. But I don’t feel like its a vacation without a beach 😉 I recently read that it’s not a vacation if you are bringing kids… That’s a trip. Gonna work on that one 😉

KF:  Junk food?

AH:  Ice cream 😉 I love moose tracks ice cream. Dark chocolate and fried zucchini… But not all together.

KF:  Music?

AH:  I love hip hop, I love how the genre of hip hop has evolved since the late 80’s and 90’s and I love it all. My favorite artist is Michael Jackson, I love the Gap band… I named Charley after Charlie Wilson from the gap band… Hahaha.  John thinks that is the funniest thing ever. He was at an event with Charlie Wilson a couple months ago and told him all about my crush on him and that we named our daughter after him… It didn’t phase him much 😉 aaaaa the life of a musician, I am sure he’s heard it all.

KF:  Movie?

AH:  There are so many great movies…  I mentioned already Sophie’s choice, I loved “The Help” … There are so many I can never just list them… I always look back and say “oh I should have said this…” but I remember watching “Annie” when I was little and when Annie goes to the movies to see “Camille” with Greta Garbo, they show her death scene and I think that is the moment I knew I wanted to be an actor… So I love Annie and Camille too.

KF:  TV show?

AH:  Right now I am into Game of Thrones… Please hire me 😉 I loved Big love, True Blood, Lost, Modern family. I have so many shows to catch up on… I am looking forward to summer and iTunes 😉 usually I get no say the kids take over apple TV and Netflix, the kids love “shake it up” and John loves watching sports and “lock up” so I try to make it a character study for me… Now I just have to land a job as a criminal 😉 

KF:  Book?

AH:  I think my favorite book is Angels and demons… I like Dan Brown. I like series of books, like the shopaholic series… They were fun. Hunger Games, I am waiting for Elijah to read Harry Potter with him, I am thinking this summer…I read a lot of health/nutrition books… It always fascinates me how vast nutrition is. I am currently reading more spiritual books, Eckhart Tolle  “A New Earth”, Deepak Chopra “The book of secrets”… I also read at least 3 scripts a week. I love scripts… I love reading it and then seeing it brought to life… Even if they didn’t hire me 😉

KF:  If you weren’t an actress, what job would you see yourself doing?

Alaina HuffmanAH:  As I tell my agent, I have a full time job with a great hobby. I am a mom, I do lots of laundry, dishes, mopping, home work help and of course cuddling, puzzles, story time etc.  As I mentioned I read lots of health and nutrition books… I guess I would do something in the health/fitness arena… But maybe not… I started my career at 13 as a model and haven’t done anything outside of the entertainment industry so it’s hard to say.

KF:  What would your dream role be?

AH:  I want to do it all! There is no “Dream Role” I love big epic dramas, I wanna wear fancy hair pieces and trudge around in the mud, then shoot a romantic comedy… No limits.

KF:  David Blue prides himself into introducing the SGU cast to Twitter.  What was your initial thought?  What is your favorite thing about twitter?

Click to visit & follow Alaina Huffman on TwitterAH:  Lol David does take credit for introducing us to twitter… Funny enough I actually joined twitter one day before him, 4 months before we met. I started using twitter during the 2008 US presidential elections. I just don’t use it as much as him 😉 I like twitter, I think it is a great tool for social media which is so necessary these days. That being said it takes time and as a mother of 4, I don’t have a lot of time when I am not working… Ironically I have more time when I work 😉 usually it means I have some kind of help even if its my husband pitching in a little more than usual or an occasional babysitter but mostly it means I sit in my trailer a few hours each day…. Ahhhhh I love working 😉 so I think twitter is fantastic. For the most part the people I talk with are lovely… But I have spoken to a few people who are very pleasant and then I see their same screen name or image talking shit on a message board somewhere else and that is what it is.

KF:  You have been going to a nice few conventions lately.  What’s the best thing you take away from each one?  Which one is the most memorable?

AH:  I love the conventions, the fans are always so great. It’s amazing that I see some people at multiple conventions on different continents! That’s dedication! I am so honored to be apart of this genre for this reason alone.

KF:  Who was your role model to becoming an actress?

AH:  As I mentioned above… Greta Garbo in “Camille” in “Annie”.

KF:  Have you ever had any weird / funny experience or encounter with a fan?

AH:  I mentioned this on twitter not too long ago, I was out for pizza and Gelato with all my kids, I was wearing my SGU hoodie, it says SGU very small in grey on the back bottom of my grey hoodie… You can barley see it but this guy walks in and sees it… He’s like “did you work on that show” I said “what show” (forgetting about my sweater) he says SGU… I said “yes I did”… He goes on and raves about how great it was, and the cast was amazing, he’s so bummed it was cancelled etc etc. Had no clue who I was 😉 lol… In fairness I had no make up on (which I never really did on the show either) and of course my hair is now red… Lol I wonder if he ever figured it out.

KF:  These next two questions comes from a friend of mine, Sharon.  You know her as @punkersternubbin on Twitter.  What show, past or present would you have loved to have done or do?

AH:  @punkersternubbin thanks for the question… Sorry for the late reply 😉 I would have loved to work on Greys Anatomy… I actually came very close to a 7 episode arch, I met with everyone etc but I think the character just went away. That happens a lot. So many movies almost get made… So many times they have ideas for characters and then they just don’t happen… As I already mentioned I would love to work on “Game of Thrones”… I would love to do an episode of “Law and Order” it’s my parents favorite show… They would really think I’m successful then 😉

And…  When you get spare time, what do you do?

AH:  Oh spare time… Where are you? 😉  I do make time for myself each day, I go to the gym everyday, they have child care…I like to run, I need to run… It clears my head, I love to feel my body working. I think it’s important for moms to take care of themselves. I love the beach, yoga on the beach… Reading out by my pool, going to movies, date nights with my husband, scrap booking,  But honestly if I know I have 30 minutes…. I sleep 😉

KF:  To conclude the interview, is there a message you would like to say to your fans?

Alaina Huffman as Black Canary from SmallvilleAH:  I would like to take a moment to thank all the fans who gave SGU a shot … All the DC/Smallville/Black Canary fans who stuck with the show for such a long time. It’s such an honor to go to work each day, do what we love and have it received by you all. Thank you so much! Xo Alaina

Thank you all for popping by to read this interview.  And a big thank you for Ms. Huffman for taking the time to answer them.  You are one remarkable young lady.  This has been an honor.

Now don’t forget, she’s going to be in London, UK from the 9th to the 13th for the Starfury convention.  Then on the 18th she will be in Detroit for the Motor City ComicCon.  So if you’re out and about, please pop by and see this very talented woman.  And don’t forget to circle your calendars for tomorrow night to see her on NCIS: Los Angeles (check local listings).

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Karen.


Exclusive Interview with the very talented Fraser Aitcheson.

Welcome back.  Have I got a treat for you.

Some of you may know my next interviewee.  Others not so much.  He first got my attention when I seen him on back-to-back episodes of Sanctuary.  Then I found him on Twitter and I’ve been following him ever since.  OK, that sounded a little bit stalker-ish, but I’m harmless really, 🙂

His name is Fraser Aitcheson and he’s been very busy of late.  Besides being in Sanctuary, some of you might recognize him in Smallville, V, even Human Target.  The list goes on and on.  He’s been in such films as Night in the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonain.  A movie I just about know off by heart thanks to my son. LOL.  And Blade: Trinity.  Which I can’t get enough of watching.  It seems the more action packed the TV series or film, you’ll find Mr. Aitcheson.  Like I said, he’s got a long list of amazing TV and film credits.  And he’s not done yet.

KF:  For people just learning about you now, how about a bit of a bio?

FA:  I was born Mar.30, 1973 and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. My mom and father got divorced when I was 12, and at 13, I moved to Vancouver, BC. I’m 6 ft tall, about 210 pounds with brown eyes and balding, unfortunately. I used to have a respectable afro 🙂

KF:  On your IMDb site, you’re mostly listed as doing stunts, how did you get into that part of the entertainment industry?

FA:  I started in stunts back in 2001. at the time I was wrestling professionally for a couple of the independent circuits along the west coast. A TV show called ‘los luchadores’ came to Vancouver, and they needed to teach the stunt people how to perform some of the moves (ie: bodyslams, suplexes, etc). I was brought to help teach, and was given work on the show as a thank you. from that point, I was hooked.

Fraser Aitcheson as Hersuan from SanctuaryKF:  I first noticed you in the two episodes of Sanctuary with the then WWE star Edge.  What was that experience like?

FA:  Coming from a pro wrestling background, I was really excited to have the opportunity to meet and work with Edge (Adam Copeland). He was super cool!

KF:  I’m guessing with doing stunts in any project that there’s injuries.  What, if any, mishaps have you had to endure?

FA:  I’ve been fortunate so far, and haven’t been injured too badly. It’s expected that bumps and bruises are possible given the physicality of stunt work. I accept that things could happen, but safety is always top priority.

Fraser Aitcheson as a Jaffa on Stargate SG-1KF.  I also noticed on IMDb that you’ve done your fair share of acting.  Do you enjoy the acting more over the stunts, or are they more equal?

FA:  Because of the physical nature, I do enjoy stunts more, but acting is fun. I look at both as a privileged position – getting paid to have fun with friends, so I’m always just happy to work.

KF:  With your wide range of action movies you’ve been apart of, what one did you enjoy doing more?  Is there one you least liked?

Fraser Aitcheson as The Persuader on SmallvilleFA:  I can’t say there has been one production that I’ve enjoyed more or less than another. Whether TV, or film I love working while wearing prosthetics. It just makes it seems that much more like being a kid at play! I did an episode of ‘Smallville’ Fraser Aitcheson as Baraka on Mortal Kombat: Legacywhere I got to play a villain named ‘the persuader.’ It was fun because it had all the elements for me: cool costume, acting and stunt stuff! Last year I worked on the ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ web series as the character ‘Baraka.’ I really got into this one because I got to wear full facial prosthetics. i couldn’t even recognize myself in the mirror.

KF:  Who is/was your biggest influence in your life to where you are today?

FA:  Hmmm…can’t say I’ve had one.

KF:  Is there a motto you live by?

FA:  Excuses are plentiful and easy to find. Results take effort, that’s why their achievement is so gratifying.

 KF:  Did you have a role model you used to look up too?  Or maybe you still do. 🙂
FA:  Nope

Click here to learn more on Suffer on sufferthemovie.comKF:  You mentioned to me that you just worked on a film, Suffer.  Can you tell us about your character?  How did you get involved in this project?

FA:  ‘Suffer‘ was an independent film based on a short by Ryan Nicholson. Basically, I played a fighter whose opponents get served as dinner to the spectators of the fight. The writers are fellow stunt performers and they felt I had the perfect look for bad ass, fighter-type, killer. lol

KF:  Do you have any charities you either volunteer with or give to?  Or is there any that you’d like to get involved in?

FA:  Right now there aren’t any charities that I’m able to volunteer my time to because my free time is spent with my 1 yr old daughter, or doing work related stuff. In the future I think I’d like to talk to kids and help them realize that adversity (i.e. parents divorce) can be turned into positivity with focus and direction. I’m an example 🙂

KF:  Is there anyone you haven’t worked with that you would love to?

FA:  Working with any of the top names would be awesome! I do feel that every actor I’ve worked with has brought something that I’ve been able to learn a little from.

KF:  Let’s change things up a bit and find out what’s some of your favorite things…

  • Books
  • Movies
  • TV shows
  • Restaurant
  • Color
  • Music
  • Vacation spot
  • Beverage (alcoholic & non-alcoholic)

FA:  I loved ‘The book of the Dun Cow’ by Walter Wangerin Jr. When I was younger. I’m a big comic book fan too. I still have my old comics, and just started collecting again digitally. Thank you iPad.

I love classic movies from the 80’s like ‘Big Trouble in China’, ‘Robocop’,  and ‘The Thing’ to name few. If those, or others like ‘Blade’, or ‘Conan: The Barbarian’ are on TV, I’m compelled to watch. For contemporary movies, I’m liking most of the films Marvel is producing. I loved shows like ‘District 9’, ‘Hancock’, ‘Black Dynamite’… I could go on for a very long time!

For TV, I’m a big fan of the Sunday eve cartoons – ‘Cleveland Show’, ‘Family Guy’, and ‘American dad’. when ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Spartacus’ are on I follow those shows as well.

I wouldn’t say I have a favorite restaurant, I just like eating tasty food that I don’t have to make myself.

My fav colour… changes.

My fav music… I like a bit of everything except country. While training, I wear my iPod which has mostly metal.

Vacation spot…. Easy – Jamaica!

My fav alcoholic drink would be Jack Daniels. With ice. Non alcoholic, I drink mostly water.

KF:  How did you get onto Twitter? And how are you liking it?

FA:  I started with twitter because I figured another type of exposure could only help. So far it has and I’m liking it!

Fraser Aitcheson as an Egyptian Guard in Night in the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianKF:  What advice would you give someone wanting to get into this industry?

FA:  Anyone wanting to start a career in film I’d say be patient. There’s a lot of rejection, some disappointment, and sacrifice. It’s worth it in my eyes because its so much fun.

KF:  Do you have an official website?

FA:  I don’t have an official website yet – I’m hoping to get started on one soon.

KF:  Do you have an address where fans could write to you?

FA:  Fans can write to me via email at fraseraitcheson@mac.com and I’ll respond as soon as I can.

Well, that’s it for this time.  Hope you all enjoyed the great read.  I loved every bit of it, even laughed in a couple of places. 😀

I want to thank Mr. Aitcheson tremendously for this opportunity to help get his name out there more then it already is.  It’s been a great Q&A and I appreciate you allowing me to interview you.

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Until next time.

xo



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