Former Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis co-star Amanda Tapping has been building quite a career in the world of directing since making her directorial debut all the way back in the seventh season of SG-1. (The episode was “Resurrection.”)
In recent years she has directed the likes of Continuum, Primeval: New World, and Dark Matter.
In a new interview with The Globe and Mail, Tapping talked about her work, about why British Columbia is so good at making science fiction and fantasy, and about the forthcoming Stargate reboot.
“Directing was always something I was interested in,” Tapping said. “Stargate was like a PhD in filmmaking — 10 years of sitting behind the monitors watching. The survival skill I learned was, basically, be a sponge. Learn as much as you can from as many people as you can and try to utilize that. I took Stargate as a great opportunity to sit and watch how television was made.
“I knew as a woman, an actress past a certain age there would be limited roles so I decided early on I was going to not be limited by that.”
She said that she works against the gender disparity that remains in the film and television industry by mentoring young women. “Inasmuch as we can say it’s the industry or men running the industry, we have to help each other,” she said. “We have to be there for each other. The sooner that happens and there’s a strength in numbers and a strength in morale and a strength in support, that will make a difference.”
Tapping will soon travel to Budapest, where she will direct two episodes of the Canadian series X Company — which chronicles Canadian agents fighting the Nazis during World War II — for CBC.
As for the Stargate franchise’s return to the big screen? Tapping says she is interested, but not involved in the project.
“Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich have taken the property back,” she said. “I don’t think they disliked the television series so much. But it wasn’t their vision. The rights had gone to MGM. Brad Wright and Jon Glassner got a hold of it and ran with it, successfully. I mean — 17 seasons of television.
“But I think Emmerich and Devlin are probably happy to have it back. Certainly no one has been calling any of the Stargate actors, saying, ‘Hey. I’ve got a part for you.’ It would be nice, but no.”
Check out the full interview with Amanda over at The Globe and Mail.