After losing her previous romantic interests (Martouf, Narim, Orlin … heck, even Jonas Hansen, we hardly knew ye!), when Season Seven opened actress Amanda Tapping asked the writers if Major Samantha Carter could finally get a boyfriend who doesn’t die!
And so the character of Pete Shanahan was born — not an alien or an ascended being, but just an ordinary and deeply likeable guy from Earth. Pete found himself in a fresh and exciting romance with Sam … but she was awfully secretive about her work doing “deep space RADAR telemetry” inside Cheyenne Mountain. So Pete set about trying to investigate his way into her secret other life.
In this conversation with “Dial the Gate,” actor David DeLuise talks about his role on Stargate, working with Amanda, and how he found out the (not so affectionate) nickname that Sam-Jack shippers had given his character: “Stalker Pete!”
Check out this short clip to hear the story straight from David:
“I didn’t know until I did my first convention,” DeLuise explains. “We went to Paris and did a convention there. … Someone [said], ‘We wanted Amanda not to be with you! We don’t like Stalker Pete.’ And I was like, ‘You’ve named me?!? Stalker Pete? What did I do?'”
He also joked that his character’s story arc was, in the end, ultimately responsible for forcing Sam and Jack to decide whether or not they were going to be together.
“Even to the shippers — you’re welcome,” he laughed.
In the clip David also talks about being a kid on set during the filming of his dad Dom DeLuise’s great comedy classic The Cannonball Run (1981), with Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, and Jackie Chan.
Watch the video above for the rest of the story! Head to “Dial the Gate” on YouTube for the full, 1-hour conversation with David. And while you’re there, subscribe to GateWorld’s YouTube channel for more Stargate content every week.