Date of publishing: 3rd
Andee Frizzell started acting when she was about four
years old. Started in a library group with a bunch
of kids and then traveled with drama through school.
And then when she was 17, she started traveling to
Europe from Canada. She modeled in Europe for about
ten years, did a little bit of acting there but mostly
lived in a bunch of different countries -- 13 countries
and seven continents. And then she came back to Canada
and moved to Vancouver and started acting there.
That's how she landed on Stargate Atlantis to play
the wraith keeper on the pilot and several other wraith
queens later in the show. Visit Andee's site at www.andeefrizzell.com
the audio interview by clicking here (Zipped MP3 file)
do not direct link to this file, link to the page
(This interview contains spoilers
for second half of season 3)
Nuytens: Can you
speak about yourself? Give us a bit of your biography.
Andee Frizzell: Sure. I started acting
when I was about four years old. Started in a library
group with a bunch of kids and then traveled with
drama through school. And then when I was 17 I started
traveling to Europe from Canada, and I modeled in
Europe for about ten years, did a little bit of acting
there but mostly lived in a bunch of different countries
-- 13 countries and been to seven continents. And
then I came back to Canada. I moved to Vancouver and
I started acting here.
Been on quite a few shows here, a lot of the sci fi
shows, and its led me up to Stargate, and I've been
on there for about three years.
Gilles Nuytens: Okay.
Looking back at your characters in Stargate, which
one was your favorite and most interesting to play?
Andee Frizzell: Well. I've played
four queens now on Stargate, and I would say that
each one has been my favorite for different reasons.
The very first one was because we were introducing
an entire new race, which was really exciting, and,
of course, I got to play a very dominant, very independent,
in control, sort of character.
The other one that I really enjoyed playing was the
queen in Allies where you can see the character starting
to develop more a much more conniving where they sort
of pretend to be these allies and then are trying
to do something else. And I really enjoyed that aspect
-- that sort of espionage aspect of the character.
And then the last one that I just played in, Submersion,
was really cool because this character has been trapped
under the water for 10,000 years and really doesn't
know what's evolved and what’s happened to her
race; so I find it was a really interesting character
Gilles Nuytens: And
which one is your favorite in terms of design?
Andee Frizzell: In the design I would
say the last character was quite interesting, the
one in Submersion. I really like the outfit that they
had made. I mean the face doesn't change, but I like
the prosthetics of the face don't change, but I really
enjoyed the costume of the last one. She does a lot
more stunts. I get to do a lot more creative things
with the character; so the outfit was really accentuated
on that -- on being able to move and being this sort
Then the character in Allies as well, I really enjoyed
the costume of that one because she's more of a diplomat;
so the suit that I wear when I approach Atlantis was
really -- I called it my Chanel traveling suit cause
she had this long white jacket which was really cool.
So in terms of design, I would say those two characters.
Nuytens: Okay. And
why do you think all the female wraiths are so different
in terms of skin and hair color opposite to the men?
Andee Frizzell: Well. I feel that
if you look at the hive itself or you look at any
sort of insect that have a queen and then drone males
-- a lot of the drones they look very similar, and
they are very much more primitive. To say the evolving
queen character -- and I find that the queen has different
skin and hair colors and is evolving because she's
the nucleus of that hive; and so she's evolving, and
she has more of the intellect and more of the cognitive
abilities than say the male race, which seem to be
much more primitive, much more aggressive. They are
the drones of the hive; so that's why I would think
the female characters get to be so different.
Gilles Nuytens: Has
Stargate opened some opportunities for you?
Andee Frizzell: Stargate has been
an incredible platform to introduce me into the sci
fi world. And its opened up a lot of opportunities
to play different characters on the same show; so
I get to die and come back and recreate each character
every time that I get to come back. So its opened
up a lot of opportunities in challenges of acting
for me, as well as in just meeting fans and getting
out there and seeing the people that watch the show
and getting a lot of personal feedback about characters
-- about the style of the show; so its opened up a
lot of opportunities like that.
Gilles Nuytens: And
have you already been approached to play in season
Andee Frizzell: Well. We actually
haven't gotten back from hiatus yet. They come back
in February; so all of the pre-production will start
in later February; so that's when we'll now how many
episodes will involve the queen then, and that's when
Nuytens: Okay. You
have a photo in your site with you and James Lafazanos
in a funny situation. Could you please comment on
Andee Frizzell: On this photo, actually,
James and I were shooting together the episode of
No Man’s Land (note: actually it's
"The Hive"), and in that scene, that
you saw, that was actually taken by one of the makeup
artists. She had snapped a shot of us playing around.
James is a very comedic actor and he was going to
go to Toronto -- to second city; so he was thinking
that that might be one of his last episodes. And so
we were on set and the director was giving us directions
like "Okay, you know, go left. Intently look
at the screen. All right, you're communicating, and
now let's have a big make out kiss.” And it
was totally off the cuff. It was really just a joke;
and so we started this whole kidding around, smacking
each other, turning it into this very sexual, very
hilarious situation. So that photo was snapped by
someone just watching us be ridiculous.
Gilles Nuytens: Okay.
In the movie, Devour, you are again playing a scary
character with prosthetics. This time even your tongue.
How was the make-up process compared to Stargate?
Andee Frizzell: In the movie, Devour,
I played a beast, which is a devilish character, and
the prosthetics that deal with that were much much
Stargate, the prosthetics are a face prosthetic; whereas,
Devour, was a full suit; so it was hands, teeth, tongue,
eyes, head gear. I had to have like a -- because I
had a six foot long tail and I had six foot wing span,
I had to have braces put underneath and mechanics
stuck to my body. So it took about eight hours to
get into the outfit, and once I was in I was glued
in. So I couldn't use the washroom. I couldn't eat
lunch. And then I was on set for about 12 hours. So
it made for a really long time. And it was much much
more physically grueling trying to move this entire
suit. So I found that the character for Devour was
much more challenging physically, and I was much more
restricted to playing the costume than a character.
Whereas, on Stargate, I get to play the characters
out. They have personality and stuff. This was just
Nuytens: Do you
like playing devilish characters?
Andee Frizzell: I love playing devilish
characters. I think that, you know, being that we
are always so politically correct and nice and everything,
in the sun, and try to be good people during the day,
it’s always nice to dive into that dark side
and dive into what it would be like to be the nemesis
or the underbelly or the darkness of society. So I
really like playing devilish characters. I like playing
devilish characters that again, like Stargate, have
an intention, have cognitive abilities and are able
to sort of manipulate their way through what they
need to do. Whereas, in Devour, I didn't really get
to portray a lot of that. I enjoy devilish characters,
Gilles Nuytens: You
have done a lot of combat sports. What attracts you
in this kind of sports?
Andee Frizzell: I really enjoy combat
sports. I enjoy doing a lot of the actor combatant
stuff, which is stage fighting, unarmed combat. I
really enjoy the skill and the technique, the training
and the mental -- the mental form that needs to be
brought into that -- those kind of precision sports.
I really enjoy the meditative and the relaxingness
of practicing on techniques. I really find that form
amazing, especially with kung fu. What drew me to
the sport was really the having to put that energy
into something and focusing on technique and skill
and precision. So that's what really drew me to that.
Gilles Nuytens: Okay.
What are your expectations for your career in the
Andee Frizzell: Well. My expectations,
of my career, is that it lasts a really long time.
Gilles Nuytens: Yes.
Andee Frizzell: I really enjoy playing
a variety of characters and exploring, you know, different
types of genres; so really my career, my expectations
for my career, is just that I get the opportunities
that I have been blessed with so far. Just keep those
opportunities coming. And being able to push myself
physically, and push myself mentally, and push myself
as an actor, into exploring these different roles;
so that would be my expectations.
Nuytens: Is there
a show or TV show or movie you'd like to play on it?
Andee Frizzell: There's a lot, actually.
There's -- would you like that chronologically or
alphabetically? There are so many amazing shows that
I would like to be a part of. Some of them are sci
fi and some of them are not. And then I'd like to
be part of movies that, perhaps, have more of a different
theme. I’d like to do some historical fiction.
I’d like to play some historical characters.
I think that would be really cool. So, yeah, there's
a lot out there that I'd like to be a part of, for
Gilles Nuytens: So
you are a sci fi fan. Have you tried to audition for
Andee Frizzell: Yes. I've actually
auditioned twice for Battlestar. I didn't get those
particular roles. I think that there is a role out
there in that show that once it fits me -- then once
they find that role that is perfectly suited to me
that I would very much enjoy being on that show.
I have two friends on that show. Grace [Park] is a
very good friend of mine, and I also know Tricia Helfer
from modeling days. She started modeling in Alberta.
So it would be kind of fun to work with the two people
that I know.
Gilles Nuytens: You
was first a model and then an actress. What decided
you to firstly become a model?
Andee Frizzell: Well, actually, I
started modeling when I was 17. It was a fun opportunity.
I was living in Calgary, Alberta, and I was approached
in a pizzeria by a Parisian agent, an agent from Paris,
who thought that I could do very well there. So, hand
in hand, I've always been an actress. I've done a
few commercials, and a few spots on shows in Europe,
but, of course, because of the language barrier, I
didn't pursue acting as vigilantly as I have since
I got to Vancouver. The model/actress they’ve
always been both parts of my career. I've walked hand
in hand with those for a while.
Gilles Nuytens: And
what decided you to finally be an actress?
Andee Frizzell: I really like Vancouver.
I wanted to stay in one place. With modeling you need
to travel so much. I really -- I landed on the shores
of Vancouver about seven years ago, and I really love
the city, and I really wanted to explore acting much
more seriously, and at that time in my life. So having
a beautiful place to live like the city of Vancouver
and having so many opportunities here for exploring
that career as an actress, that sort of what solidified
it for me.
Gilles Nuytens: You
are also a yoga teacher, what are your motivations
for doing Yoga?
Andee Frizzell: Yoga. It sort of
goes back into relates back into the question of martial
arts and combat sports. I started yoga about ten years
ago because I was boxing, and I was getting a lot
of pain in my back, and someone said, “you should
take this yoga.” And I thought, oh yoga shmoga
that's something for lazy people and people that need
to be stretching. And when I went to my first yoga
class, and it absolutely moved me. It was incredible,
the technique -- again the precision, focusing on
skill, and your own body. It was amazing to me. So
I practiced for about five years, and then I got my
teaching certificate about five years ago. So I have
been teaching full time for about five years, and
I absolutely love every facet of yoga: the meditation,
the spirituality, again, the focus and concentration
on the energy, and the strength of the body. I find
it an incredible sport. So that's really what drives
me into yoga.
Nuytens: There are
rumors about Stargate and Atlantis being a lot less
wraith focused in season four Are you aware of this?
Andee Frizzell: I haven't actually
heard that rumor, but I could definitely see, as the
show starts to evolve, that they get less away, may
be, from discovering the race and more playing with
the race. The last three years this was an entire
new race that they were having to deal with in combat,
as well as being in a whole new galaxy that they hadn’t
been in before, the Pegasus galaxy. So, I think, if
they draw away from so much of the specifics of the
race and become more combative with the race, I think
that's a natural evolution in the show.
Gilles Nuytens: Do
you think that maybe one day there could be a wraith
going to the good side?
Andee Frizzell: I think that that
may be a possibility. I think that may be a story
line, but, again, it’s like, you know, if the
story line is out of, say we take Star Trek and the
borg. I mean the borg have natural issues that have
led them -- once they came into the human side they
really had to evolve as a species; so I think that
if the race did jump the fence and decided to go to
the good side they would have to deal with eating.
That's definitely something that is part of how they
sustain themselves; so if they did jump to the good
side, it would really be how would they sustain life.
So I think it would be a really interesting story
Gilles Nuytens: Yep.
You said once that wraiths are not evil because they
have to feed. Vampires have, also, to feed and they
are usually associated with the devil; so do you think
that the wraith could be compared to vampires?
Andee Frizzell: Its interesting that
the last question sort of leads into this question
because I don't think that the race is necessarily
evil, they are a species that needs to eat and it
just happens to be that they graze humans, as we would
here on earth, cows, and we eat them. So, I mean,
I think that very much like the vampires have been
associated with the devil because of the night, because
they can't go out in the day, the sunlight, they have
spiritual beliefs that are against God, this kind
But in Underworld we see that a vampire, who drinks
plasma, she drinks blood from bags; so she's not necessarily
evil because she's not killing people. She's using
a reservoir of blood that comes from a different place.
So I think that's it maybe that the race -- they could
very well be compared to vampires, but they've been
given kind sort of a bad wrap because of the way that
they have to eat. And I think it would be interesting
to see how that story line could take it, if the race
did come over to stop feeding on humans, how would
they feed and how would the race evolve if that happened.
I think it would be interesting.
Nuytens: Yeah. I
think too. Have you ever been recognized on the street?
If not, now with your website you will most probably.
You already have almost 12,000 visitors in only 3
weeks of time.
Andee Frizzell: Well. I have been
recognized on the street a couple of times, unfortunately,
I was recognized as Uma Thurman and not myself, but
I think now, definitely, with the overwhelming support
of the website, its been incredible. I'm really hoping
that I do get recognized and that people do feel they
can come up, approach me, and talk to me about what
their favorite parts of the show are. What their theories
about how the show should evolve. I think it’s
really an amazing ability to reach out and touch the
public and touch the fans that follow the show and
that they have such strong feedback. I think it’s
awesome, and as I said, it would be really interesting
to be recognized and see whose watching the show,
other than my mom.
Gilles Nuytens: Sure.
And what do you think of your site? (andeefrizzell.com)
Andee Frizzell: I think the site
is absolutely incredible. It has not just, being able
to connect with the fans and to read directly their
feedback, but the site itself, just visually, is incredible.
I love what you’ve done. The gallery is awesome.
You found so many amazing pictures. The blog, how
its written up, it really connects me to the fans
and just opening it up -- the pictures, the screen
saver, that's on there, its been awesome. I think
you did an amazing job; so thank you very much. It’s
an incredible platform.
Gilles Nuytens: Thank
you for your comments. You will attend your first
convention in March. How are you going to prepare
yourself for that?
Andee Frizzell: Well my first convention
is in March, and I think that once again, it feeds
back into getting the website. With the website, the
way that I can best prepare myself, is get in touch
with what the fans want and what the fans are looking
for so that when I go, I will be able to give them
the answers to questions that they are asking. And
so the website has really been a fundamental tool
in preparing myself for the conventions in March.
Nuytens: And what
being invited to a convention represents to you?
Andee Frizzell: Being invited to
the convention is an amazing opportunity. Again, it
just goes back to reconnecting with the fans.
I mean, when I got the part of the high queen I sat
down with the writers and the directors and everyone
with their ideas, sat down with the script and we
created this character. It’s amazing for me
to be able to see how people respond to that character,
what it made them think, how it evolved the show for
them. So, again, being invited to a convention is
just a great opportunity to meet the fans and really
get feedback on what they are seeing from what we've
Gilles Nuytens: Outside
of Stargate what is your next project?
Andee Frizzell: Again, I've been
auditioning for quite a few things, and there is pilot
season going on in L.A. right now; so right now its
just going through audition processes and creating
a couple things and hoping that something like that
comes around and turns around and I get to play different
characters and sort of expand my acting genre into
different arenas and stuff like that. So my projects
are basically focusing on the show and the next season
and focusing on new and different opportunities for
acting. That seems to be about it, and try to get
as much snowboarding in before the snow melts and
I have to pull out my roller blades.
Gilles Nuytens: Now
that Stargate SG1 has been cancelled, how did you
react with that arrangement?
Andee Frizzell: With Stargate SG1
being cancelled, that show was fundamental in creating
the whole world of Stargate and how they go from place
to place. And it’s a sad thing, in a way, to
see that show go; because, it is the mother of all
shows. And it was such an incredible series, and had
such a long time running, and created and watched
so many amazing characters, so many incredible story
lines. So there is a sadness for that. And then there's
also a happiness that those characters get to live
in that place and that they took it to the highest
level that they could. And all those amazing actors
are now going to move on and do other projects and
other things. I think its exciting to see how that
would go. It’s kind of a mixed emotions, a sadness
to see it go, but also, an excitement to see where
it’s going to lead to, where the actors are
going to go now.
Gilles Nuytens: Do
you think that it could be a good influence that some
SG-1 characters are coming to Atlantis?
Andee Frizzell: I think it would
definitely make for some really incredible story lines,
interacting -- the different characters interacting.
I think that would be really neat, especially from
You know Stargate Atlantis branches into those worlds
and reconnects with some of those characters and planets
and civilizations on those other worlds that you’ve
seen. I think it would be really neat to revisit them
with a different team, that have different perspectives
and different; so, yeah, I think it would be a really
Gilles Nuytens: They
preparing a third Stargate series, did you heard about
Andee Frizzell: No, no, no, I haven't
yet. I think that sounds like it would be a natural
evolution of the show. I mean, if you look at Law
and Order -- branched off into so many different arenas,
you know, with their crime scene investigation, special
unit etc., etc. I think that would be incredible.
I think that would be a really cool thing for Stargate
Gilles Nuytens: Okay.
So a big thank you.
Andee Frizzell: A big amazing thank
you to you. Thank you for the opportunity to do this
interview; and also the website, I can't come up with
enough adjectives of praise---
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