Rachel Luttrell trained for the role of Teyla from the start. From “Suspicion”
“Oh, yes, we trained and trained on that choreography for quite awhile, the stunt people along with us,” Luttrell said. “It was an amazing fight. I got to do most of it — but most of the hard hits or falls, that’s a stunt double. The producers don’t like seeing me get hit in the face. But all the other stuff I can do, I do it. Let me tell you, I’ve had my knuckles cracked by the sticks, hit in the face by the sticks, and had my cheeks swell up.”As to what she would like to explore in her character, Rachel says, “There’s a lot of stuff that stays in the back of my mind when I’m portraying Teyla that hasn’t come to light or we haven’t even fleshed out yet. The death of her father is a major influence of Teyla’s and that is something the show hasn’t delved into yet.”Luttrell also talked about her role in co-star David Hewlett’s (“Rodney McKay”) new independent film. “David Hewlett created a very funny, funny movie and I’m going to have a little role in it as well,” she said. “And that is going to be a lot of fun, and fans of Atlantis will love it. It’s called ‘[A] Dog’s Breakfast.'”Look for the complete interview at Apex Digest. Season Three of Stargate Atlantis is now filming for a summer premiere.