In the latest issue of TV Zone magazine, Stargate Atlantis executive producer N. John Smith took a break from filming the upcoming episode “The Queen” and discussed how actress Rachel Luttrell (“Teyla Emmagan”) has tried to help her baby adjust to seeing her in prosthetic make-up.
It is an essential part of the story — and necessary. The episode features Teyla going undercover as a Wraith Queen on a hive ship to gain the enemy’s trust — a move that could change their feeding habits and help save countless numbers of humans in the Pegasus Galaxy.
“When the idea for this story first came up quite early in the season and we knew we were going to write it, I went to Rachel and spoke with her,” Smith said. “She’s nursing her baby and he’s at an age now where he recognizes Mom, so Rachel was understandably concerned about the Wraith make-up. I, however, wasn’t too worried because I have four kids as well as grandchildren and they kind of see through all that, and it’s really about the sound of your voice and various other things.”
“But Rachel went to the trouble of wearing an avocado mixture on her face for weeks prior in order to achieve that green Wraith look and sort of break her baby in,” Smith said. “I thought that was a smart idea and one I’d never have thought of. Happily, though, there haven’t been any problems at all; her son is absolutely fine with it and life goes on.”
The episode is scheduled to air as part of the first half of Stargate Atlantis‘s new season, which premieres on SCI FI in the United States next month.
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