Now well into his second year of filming, Stargate Universe actor Brian J. Smith has brought a definite sense of passion and intensity to his character, Lt. Matthew Scott. He’s a leader in training, a young officer who is called upon to protect the crew of the Destiny and to serve as an example of the best that the ship’s military contingent can be — even (and especially) in the midst of crisis.
GateWorld recently chatted with Brian at the official Stargate convention in Vancouver, hosted by Creation Entertainment. We discussed such topics as fandom and Internet anonymity, Matt’s relationship with Chloe, his character’s potential for growth, and the climactic SGU season ender.
Season Two of SGU is now filming and will premiere this October! Season 1.0 is available on DVD and Blu-ray, and Season 1.5 arrives in July.
GateWorld: It’s good to see you, Brian! What have you been up to?
Brian J. Smith: It’s been kind of crazy, shooting the second season. And now the second half of the first season is coming out and getting viewed, and kind of going back into that headspace, which was many, many, many months ago that we shot it.
But it’s been good. I’ve been taking some classes outside of work, just to kind of keep me artistically in shape. It’s good. It’s been a good time.
Brian hams it up with co-stars Jamil Walker Smith and Elyse Levesque at Comic-Con 2009.
GW: The last time that we talked was over a year ago, and it wasn’t terribly long after your casting had been announced. How has the past year been? Has it been kind of a whirlwind for you as far as the entire genre, sci-fi culture, Stargate fans in general, and the feedback that you are getting?
BS: Yeah, it’s just been awesome. You get involved in something like this and — you know, for me, this is an acting job. I really had no clue at the beginning. I think a lot of people also consider this job to [include] your relationship with the fans, and the franchise, and stuff like that, and that’s something that I’m still trying to suss out.
GW: … Get acclamated to it slowly?
BS: Yeah, because it is such a small and passionate and devoted group of people.
GW: You jumped straight into the convention scene pretty quickly.
BS: Yeah, yeah, which was great. I’ll tell you, I love the cons. I think the cons are amazing. This to me is great, this is human — you’re sitting there face to face with people, and there’s a real sense of mutual respect.
We’re trying to relate to each other, and talk, and even if people have issues with the show or with the character, we can sit and have a decent conversation. I don’t think that’s possible on the Internet. I just think the Internet is like being in a car.
Lieutenant Scott is spat into Destiny's Gate Room. From "Air, Part 1"
GW: Absolutely not, as we have proven.
BS: The Internet is kind of like road rage. Someone should do a study. People can assume this avatar, and become this kind of hateful, demonic person that they’re probably not in real life. And write things before they really, really think about it. It doesn’t take that long to sit down and have a response.
GW: Anonymity on the Internet leads a lot of people to be a lot braver and stronger and more vocal.
BS: You know, as an actor, my face is attached to everything I say. I have no problem getting out there and saying exactly what I think about my show, or the people that I work with — and also the people that I think have been completely and bizarrely hateful towards the show and disrespectful also towards even people like my freakin’ mom!
I have no problem attaching my actual personality to those statements because that’s what I do. I don’t get onto the Internet and attack people out of my basement. I think that the minute there is some kind of accountability for what you’re saying then people get a little bit more careful and a little but more considerate and respectful.