Beware SPOILERS for the
Stargate Atlantis Season Four episode "Doppelganger" in the interview below!Dr, Kate Heightmeyer
has touched the hearts of many Atlantis fans with her soft-spoken words of wisdom and genuine care for expedition members. Her tragic death in this season's "Doppelganger" sent a wave of shock and sadness through fandom, likely as director Robert C. Cooper intended.
Now GateWorld sits down for an intimate, one-on-one discussion with her portrayer, Claire Rankin
, who reveals that she was just as surprised as everyone else!
Claire discusses adopting the standards of real-life psychologists while playing Heightmeyer, and reveals that the very nature of the character -- a shrink -- often prevented viewers from learning more about her. She talks about the struggle of being forced to partake in the deception of the Wraith Michael
, and lends her thoughts on what it means to be truly beautiful.