A short kino recording earlier in the season gave the first hint that Camille is gay — the first openly gay character on Stargate. In “Life,” she’ll have the chance to visit Earth and see her long-time partner, Sharon (played by 24‘s Reiko Aylesworth).
“I felt that it would be a challenge on a social level, but on a personal level as an actor, it’s like any other job,” the actress told The Huffington Post. “I’m just trying to understand who she is, what her strengths are, where she’s coming from, what her greatest fears are and what her motivation is from day to day. So as far as those challenges are concerned, it’s pretty much the same. Except I’ve never kissed a woman before, on or off camera, so that was the only other new challenge.”
It’s the first time playing a lesbian for both Aylesworth and Ming-Na, who took it as a professional challenge. “When it was presented to me I felt it was a new challenge as an actor,” she told After Ellen. “I’ve never played a lesbian before and I thought it was very fitting for her character.”
Ming-Na also talked about Camille Wray and tonight’s episode in a new interview video from TV Guide:
Whatever the show’s writers may have in store for Camille’s future, Ming-Na is confident in them. “The great thing that I know and that I’m positive about is that the writers from Stargate Universe, all of them, are so respectful and for this series they want to draw out great characters who have real emotional issues and things that happen to them that people can relate to,” she said. “I fully trust what their sensibilities are, the stories they want to tell.”
“Life” airs tonight at 9 p.m. (8 Central) on Syfy Channel in the U.S., and at 10 p.m. on SPACE in Canada! Look for it on Sky1 in the U.K. on Tuesday, and head to GateWorld Forum to tell us what you think of the episode after it airs!