Events_moderator : Okay everyone! It’s time to get started! Let’s welcome our guests to the chat! We’ll be chatting with Amanda first! So let’s get this going! Hi Amanda, welcome to Lycos Live Events! What’s up?
Events_moderator : Not much, in the middle of shooting an episode right now, but really happy to be here!
eunkaruns: Amanda, do you actually learn about physics when you memorize the script?
Amanda : Yeah, I do, I actually do a lot of research so that what I’m saying makes sense not only to me, but it’s believable that I understand it.
Events_moderator : This question was taken from the Stargate SG-1 Club: Kerbox asks.Amanda – I remember a behind the scene clip where you said you always make sure you understood what you were talking about before the scene. So I was wondering, what is your definition of an event horizon? Just curious;)
Richard: – A well-oiled machine
Amanda : Oh, geez! [laughs] Why don’t I give that one to Rick! I got asked once in a chat what a naked singularity was, and I said “Sam Carter on a Saturday night!”
darthmaul555: Hello Amanda. I would know if you come on the Gate Convention in November to us to Germany? That would be very cool.
Amanda : I would love to come, it’s all contingent on whether I’m working or not. I’ve never been to Germany, so.
kimmysco: Amanda being Canadian and living in Canada most of your life have you ever visited a small island off Vancouver called Hornby Island?
Amanda : I’ve never been to Hornby, but I’ve always wanted to go, in fact, honestly, my husband and I were just talking about it this weekend!
newbie_005: Window of Opportunity is my favourite episode. I was wondering if you woke to find yourself reliving the same day, and you could take actions with no consequences what sort of things would you do? and why?
Amanda : As Sam Carter? I’d go fishing with Jack. Over and over and over again!!
Events_moderator : I really doubt you’ll be disappointed, if Michael could do it, Amanda definitely can! Amanda, Thank you for who you are:) STAY GOLD!!
Amanda : That’s very sweet, thanks for your support! It’s not going to happen this year, but I’m learning as much as I can so, maybe another series!
mj_sammie: If you could meet Sam and give her 3 advices, what would you ask her? Love you so much!!! Thank you for everything.
Amanda : That is so nice! Lighten up! That’s the advice I would give. Try to enjoy life more, and get a boyfriend who doesn’t die.
major_ly: Do you have the time to read and maybe reply all the fan mails you get?
Amanda : I do personally take the time to at least send a picture, but I can’t take the time to answer back in letter form to all the letters I get. I do read everything, but it takes me a long time to get back to people.
gizmo_goddard: What part of your character would you like to explore more?
Amanda : Oh man.her sense of humor. And her sensual side. [laughs]
joanie_j: Hi Amanda! I’d like to know how you feel about season 6 being the last season and if you’re going to be involved with Stargate after that?
Amanda : It’s very sad to come to the end of it, its quite a daunting prospect. Its been a great ride, its good to look back to see how much fun you had with it. But as far as being involved with it beyond that, I have no idea what’s going to happen.
Events_moderator : This question was taken from the Stargate SG-1 Club: ximajorscarterix asks. Amanda I want to tell you that you are a good person. My question is, what do you noth think about having fans? Fans all over the world?? Especially Germany??
Amanda : Completely humbling. Yeah, I don’t know what to say beyond that, its totally overwhelming, I’m humbled by it. And very appreciative.
kingbubba2002: Amanda, first I would like to say great job developing your character over the last several seasons. You bring a great presence to the show. My question is, what kind of episode would be your favorite? A comedic episode, action, adventure, mythological, what kind of episode do you like the most to do?
Amanda : The comedics ar the most fun, from a day to day shooting point of view. Shooting is so much fun, and everyone on our show has such a sense of humor. But I love doing action, that being said.
Events_moderator : This question was taken from the Stargate SG-1 Club: samjan2 asks. Hi! We first want to say that we are two 40-something year old professional women who live vicariously through Sam and Jack’s relationship (What there is of it) and enjoyed season 4 the most (please don’t tell us to get a life!) Please tell us that there will be some (any!) Sam/Jack moments somewhere in season 6. Will they finally declare their love for each other by the end of the series? Will they be together and, if so, how do they work it out?
Amanda : Wow, I would never say “get a life” I think its great that you enjoy the aspect of it. I have no idea what is going to happen between Sam and Jack, but we sure have fun when we get to be together! I think they’ll retire after it’s all over, go to a cabin and make babies, and fish! [laughs]
gatefan: What’s on your horizons Amanda? Anything we shoud look for?
Amanda : I just did an independent films called Stuck, with J.R. Bourne, who plays Martous on Stargate. Which is a very different character than Sam, and quite a departure. And that’s it for now – keep your fingers crossed!
algorhythms: Amanda, do you think that as sci-fi fans, we expect more contact with actors/directors/etc than other fandoms – show genres, like Drama?
Amanda : I have no idea, because I’ve never been on another show like that. All I know is that our fans are really stalwart in their support of the show, and very gracious and intelligent when we get to meet them.
Events_moderator : Amanda, thanks for chatting with us!
Amanda : Thank you so much, I had a great time and hope we can do this again soon!
Events_moderator : Hey folks! Let’s welcome RDA to the chat! Hi Richard, welcome to Lycos Live Events! What’s up?
Richard: Oh.just, you know, a day in the life, everybody is up at 5:30 in the morning, and we continue to shoot as we speak. I have a bit of a cold, but that doesn’t slow me down, and doesn’t keep me from causing trouble whereever I go. And I want to personally thank those of you who have been waiting for three hours, you guys are amazing!
mousie_grr: Rick I just want to say that your fab and you are lucky to be loved so much that people like myself (13) would wait all day until one am just to say hi.
Richard: Again – being from Minnesota I have a hard time really comprehending that kind of patience, but thank you, thank you. Guten Morgen, get some sleep!
Events_moderator : Hey Rick! What are y’all shooting now?
Richard: We’re shooting an episode called “Cure”. Where we discover the Queen Tokra – which is a big globual, a big slimy, snakey globlue, which is delicious if seared lightly;)
rkw25526: Rick, When will the documentaries you have been working on be aired?
Richard: It’ll be some time. The process will take longer for me with my involvement, because of my commitment to Stargate. The scheduling to gt me off to go do it has been a bit of a chore for all involved. The trips to the various rivers, creating a library of footage and documentation of the cultures and the people and such – it’ll be some time.
Events_moderator : This question was taken from the Stargate SG-1 Club: wendal7 asks. one of the things I like most about the show is your sense of humor. Richard, are you as much of a smart-a$$ off screen as you are on?
Richard: Its nice that people are aware of that though, thanks for asking and keeping it alive. In a word. Yes:) It’s my job to be, as you succinctly put it, the smartass, it’s in my contract – actor, producer, smartass! Thanks for asking! [laughs]
kirstie_luvs_sg1: hey Rick!! We all luv ya! Do you check out any of the fan websites / fan fictions?
Richard: You know, I haven’t – I’m apprised of it, but part of my problem is that I’m not real computer savvy. So I have a real hard time tracking those things down, but my assistant Ivan has put my in touch with http://www.rdanderson.com, the website that was put together on my behalf, I haven’t really explored it, much to my discredit. I have to learn how to turn on my couputer first.
Events_moderator : This question was taken from the Stargate SG-1 Club: itsme_dd asks. Rick, after so many years of filming, is there anything which still surprises you?
Richard: Not really – other than the fact that I’m still vertical! What I’ve been exposed to through the experience of Stargate is the new technology through the industry, working with the finest technicians and artist in the new generation and such, what surprises me is that we’re in for new surprises. Its just a massive, incomprehensible world. What I’ve been able to learn to that end is that there are virtually no limits to what can be done.
hotmom01: Hi Richard, I heard that you hurt your knee, how is it coming along?
Richard: [laughs] Its much better now – it was my third knee surgery. The irony of it was that it did not happen skiing. I was carrying my daughter into her ballet class, caught my toe on a nail, snapped my foot backwards, and tore my knee to shreds. But the rehab has been as accelerated as possible to accommodate my trips to the river last March and my work on Stargate. Plus being a father to a three year old. What’s curious to me is how mixed reviews – how we can get mixed reviews on something that hasn’t aired yet. And to that end, I don’t know what the reference is too, because we’re still a strong, creative franchise. We’ve had a change in personnel, but that’s just part of a natural evolution of a series. People sometimes chose to move on, and its our job to accommodate our needs. The show is still great!
Events_moderator : I heard there will be a Stargate SG-1 movie. When do you start filming it? Any big changes or surprises we should expect?
Richard: Its still a question mark for all of us. Brad Wright is in the process of writing the feature of MGM. And we have to wait for MGM’s decision whether to move forward with production. Until we get the go-ahead, we can only leave it to Brad to write the best script imaginable. Everybody is on board, and we’d love to make a feature with the added time and budgetary concerns and magnitude, we think we can put together a wonderful show on a slightly larger scale.
Events_moderator : I hate to say it, but we have to wrap this up in a few minutes. Our time with our guests is almost up! We’ll take a few more questions & comments.
hw_chaos: Hi Rick, how goes the environmental projects that you are involved in?
Richard: That kind of refers back to the documentary projects I’m involved with. I’ve added to my list of involvement now, I’m on the board of directors of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and the River Keeper Alliance. My hands on involvement is somewhat limited until Stargate is over. Again, what we’re calling the River Project, the documentary series that we’re putting together is an issue oriented environment, also a cultural study of river people and such. It’s a little frustrating to be not more hands-on involved, but again I spend 9 months in Vancouver, and can only spring out sporadicallly, and actually get on the river on in the ocean.
triciaveneman: Rick, do you mind that a lot of people still see you as MacGyver after all you’ve done since?
Richard: Not at all. I will always take it as the ultimate compliment to a successful venture. Thank you!
extintor811: Hi Richard! Greetings from Barcelona. I would like to know how much time it takes you to memorise the script. Thank you.
Richard: I have a hard time memorizing the script. I memorize the ideas of the script, of scenes, and try to make – well, not long at all, let’s put it that way. Amanda has the hard job, she has lots of science thingies, I get to look dumbfounded.
Manolis_Varnas2: richard, hi, I wanna say you are a wonderful actor. I enjoy the show, i’ts one of the best on tv. I’d like to ask you what you think is the secret of success of this show.
Richard: Well, by this time it should be no secret that we have an incredible franchise born of a quirky concept of a movie. Anytime you have an ongoing premise that allows you to walk through a wall of wather and end up in some other part of the universe for another adventure, you have unlimited creative possibilities. That’s unique in the business. We also have an ensemble cast that as individuals that are interesting and unique and extremely talented. And a bevy of writers who are tireless in their efforts to be creative.
kgw2002: How do you get through those long days? I heard that they are like 16 hours long!
Richard: They can drag on, but its part o fthe job! You grow to expect that. They are made less grueling, through the
efforts of everyone, but in particular John Smith, one of our producers who orchestrates the scheduling and makes it as easy as possible. But it’s the job.
tessamac: Hi Rick! AtGatecon last year, Amanda described the way you smelled in 22 words of less. Could you do that for her too, please?
Richard: She described how I smell???? (To Amanda) You described how I smell??? Come over here, Amanda, let me smell you – I’m smelling Amanda now! Mmm, she smells like hairspray. She smells like the very essence of life itself. It means she should shower. Soon. She’s smelling me now. I’d put her on the phone, but her nose is between my toes. Come on get up!
johnson-sg3: Hey Rick, is Amanda watching what you’re typing, just to see what you say about her?
Richard: Amanda is sitting right next to me, we’re on the floor of the motor home, lounging, with cocktails and small poodles. And one large poodle. We have geishas, cabana boys, and for Amanda we have, well, there’s a lot of traffic in there, but we’re obliivious to the outside world.
gatetraveler: This question is for RDA and: Hi, I’ve been a Stargate fan since the begginning and there has been many changes to your character during the past 5 years. I was wondering what kind of character changes can we expect to see in season 6?
Richard: Not much [laughs] Not really, natural evolution of the creative process. That’s actually a Brad Wright question anyway, he’s in charge of us all.
cheo2205: Rick, we know you are crazy about dogs..what’s your opinion of cats?
Richard: I love dogs. I’m not saying that I don’t like cats..but I’m more dog than anything else, more dog than human, and my cat-like qualities never really developed along with other parts of my body, and personality. I’m not saying I don’t like cats. I’m just saying… I prefer snakes. Snake dogs.
Events_moderator : Can you tell us what your favorite episode of Season 6 has been so far and why?
Richard: Oh, possibly Abyss, Mike Shanks came back and I was trapped in a jail cell with him. It was good to see and work with him, we battled it out on screen, it was great.
stargatetraveler: Hiya Rick! Love your character and all the hard work you put into things, just one quick question, do all of the cast share good friendships as they do on the show?
Richard: Yeah, I’m a bit of a… I have a… I’m not the social being that everyone I’m sure thinks I am! [laughs] We’ve developed into quite dear friends actually, all of us. I haven’t been able to personally socialize a lot, because I get on an airplane and go be with my daughter, so I lose the weekends here. Apparently the party goes on without me, which comes as a great shock to me, a blow to my ego.
jacksonforever: I have a question for Amanda : What is it like being a strong female character in a basically male dominated series?
Amanda : Extremely difficult. No, its fabulous, I like that this character is equal to her male counterparts without having to apologize for being a woman – Rick just said she’s superior. It’s great, it’s a great character to play, would like that life were like this! I think that playing a character like this has given me more strength in life – with “da fellas”.
paugio: Amanda How difficult has been to learn the scientific stuff for your role?
Amanda: No, not at all. I love doing research, and I find most of what I read intriguing. I won the science award in HS, as well as the drama award, so I was tailor made for this role. That being said, I’m anxious to play a character that doesn’t feel the need to explain everything, ad nauseum, in a verbose manner.
samandjanetfan: Question for Amanda — What’s up with all the blue Jello?
Amanda : I’ve actually been sent blue jello, and it makes your tounge blue, and its kind of fun. Rick likes it!
rebecca_1: Hi Amanda! Have you ever done anything on set completely out of the blue?
Events_moderator : Other than Jello that is.
Amanda : Besides our usual fooling around and mentioning MacGyver that made it into the pilot, that was an ad-lib that made it to the screen. We’ve learned from out master, Maharishi Rick. Out of the blue one, Rick said a line that had been previously written. Shocked us all!
erishian42: Amanda, you’re back. Would you ever like to play Michael Shanks love interest in another movie or tv show?
Amanda : Hell yeah, he’s cute!
johnson-sg3: Amanda, have you ever been tempted to do an episode where Carter has an Essex accent?!
Amanda : Yes, I do Essex accents all the time, on set. Unfortunately, it never makes it on screen – but I think it behooves the producers to let me do the Essex, let me wear white stilletos at least once. Rick gets to wear white stilletos all the time! I want to reinterate how great it is, like Rick said that all these people waited so long to talk to us.
Events_moderator : The Following is a question from the Stargate SG-1 Club: hw_chaos asks. What storylines do you hope to see wrapped in this season since it is your last and where do you imagine Colonel O’Neill and Major Carter to be 5 years down the line from now?
Amanda : I would like to see what happens with the Tok’ra. There’s actuallly quite a few gangland threats that we need some closure too, too many to get into right now. What ever happened to Joe, Sam’s first husband, when we went back to 2001 and we left him on this Harverster. But now Rick and I are discussing where Jack and Sam will be in 5 years. We think we’ll open a deli right outside Area 1. (to Rick) Weekends at your cabin fishing? He doesn’t want to fish anymore – he might catch a fish one day, that would scare him:) We’ll both retire, and I’ll finally be able to call him Jack!
flashpointe68: Is Rick as great a kisser as he seems he would be??
Amanda : Rick is a phenomenal kisser – wait, let me double check that, I’m going to kiss him right now. That was a short one but he is in fact, as phenomenal a kisser as one might imagine. That was a great question, because I got to kiss Rick – any more like that and I’m all over – Rick fainted, though. [laughs] Thank you thank you thank you, this is so great!