One of our favorite supporting characters from the first season of Stargate Universe is 2nd Lt. Vanessa James, occasional SG team leader for Destiny and jilted former lover of Matthew Scott. Actress Julia Benson brings not just beauty to the role, but also a great strength of character.
In a new Q&A with fans at executive producer Joseph Mallozzi’s blog, Benson talks about her work on the show, the growth of her character, and her favorite episode of Season Two so far. Among many other insights, she reveals that she originally auditioned for the role of Andrea Palmer, and was also considered for the role of Sgt. Riley.
“So far in Season Two ‘Malice’ would be my favorite episode,” she said. “It was written and directed by Robert Cooper and we just finished shooting this week. I think that the fans will love it because there are high stakes and lots of good action. There is also some great stuff between Rush and Simeon [guest star Robert Knepper]. When two actors like that get to square off it is explosive.
“I also got to do a fun stunt, which I love, so maybe I am biased!”
SGU‘s second season premieres in October, and is nearing the halfway mark for filming.
One central storyline for James this season has been her relationship with Lt. Scott (Brian J. Smith), who unceremoniously dumped her for Chloe Armstrong in the show’s first episode. As later revealed, James had serious feelings for the young officer.
“Regardless of what the exchange was for Scott, James developed feelings for him,” the actress said, alluding to their closet sexual encounter in “Air, Part 1.” “It would obviously be different if his relationship with Chloe wasn’t in her face constantly.”
“I agree that she is self-reliant and confident, but people are different in love. James has been burnt by the whole Scott/Chloe situation and to top it off, she has to live in very tight quarters with them. I think she will get over it, but it may take some time.”
“In Season One we saw James struggle to find her place on the Destiny,” Benson said. “She definitely started to break down with the loneliness and isolation. Hopefully in Season Two she gets to keep developing her strength.”
Check out Joe Mallozzi’s blog for the full Q&A! There’s much, much more from Julia, including comments on her Leo Award-winning performance in “Pain.” Visit Julia’s official Web site at JuliaBensonOnline.com, and follow her on Twitter!