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April Telek Interview

Date of the interview: May 2005

April Telek interview April Amber Telek was born and raised on the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia. She began working as a model locally at ten years of age, before travelling to Tokyo, Japan at the age of 13. During her four years in Japan, she pursued her modelling career, winning the Shiseido Cosmetics contract for Asia from 1989-1990. April represented Canada under the title of Miss Canada 1994 in several International pageants including Miss Top Model of the World (Istanbul,Turkey), Miss Asia Pacific Quest,(Manilla, Phillippines), and Miss Globe (St.Pettersburg).

Shortly after her return to Canada she began working as a professional film and television actress. April has since starred or guest-starred in over 40 film or television projects including a regular role on "The Immortal" as Dr. Sara Beckman and guest roles in "First Wave", "Special Unit 2", "Outer Limits" and two episodes of "Millennium", including the pilot episode "Who Cares?". April was also the Supporting Lead in "Freeway 2 - Confessions of a Trick Baby".
She is known by the Stargate Fans for her role as Sallis in season 9 of Stargate SG-1.

Gilles Nuytens: You've gone through numerous stages in the movie and TV shows sphere, before you became an actress you worked as "P.A", "TAD" and the "crafty assist" . But have you play on stage or would you like to do it?
April Telek: I have been in a number of plays on stage...some musicals as well!

Gilles Nuytens: You've been a model before you became an actress, do you keep doing it?
April Telek: No, I don't model anymore. I didn't really care for it. I loved the travel aspect of the modelling industry, but to be honest with you, found that I didn't deal well with a business that was based solely on what I looked like...I have too big of a mouth for that!! LOL!

Gilles Nuytens: Play in a movie, a television show or on stage is quite different, which one do you prefer and why?
April Telek: I must say that the thrill of being on a stage and truly "living in the moment" would have to be my preference, but am not planning to give up my career in film and TV anytime soon. I've been fortunate enough to make a solid living in film for the past 10 years, so I may actually take some time off to do a play in the spring.

April Amber Telek on the sets of Stargate SG-1, playing Sallis in espisodes Avalon and Origin
April Amber Telek (Sallis)
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Gilles Nuytens: What made you audition for the role on Stargate, a particular reason or an ordinary audition among others?
April Telek: It was initially an ordinary audition, however I grew to really want to book it, once I found out the clever way the Harrid and Sallis would be incorporated into the storyline.

Gilles Nuytens: Which is THE ROLE of your life, the one you want to play at all cost and even play voluntary?
April Telek: I have already, but absolultely would love to play Marilyn Monroe again! She was such an incredibly complex woman. While I was vying for the Miss Canada title, I sang, danced and acted as Marilyn for the talent portion of the competition,and upon winning the title, I had the chance to perform as her in several countries around the world. I was even hired by Bill Gates to sing Happy Birthday "a la Marilyn" at a birthday party for a Microsoft Architect!! Very fun!

Gilles Nuytens: Which is the one you wouldn't play for the world?
April Telek: I wouldn't want to play any kind of character that glamorized topics that are harmful to children...there is so much garbage out there right now as it is...it seems as if no topic is taboo anymore.

Gilles Nuytens: Which is the role you preferred to play, the best one, the one that most marked you?
April Telek: I really loved playing Dr. Sara Beckman on the television series "The Immortal". I loved getting the chance to put on great costumes and wigs for under-cover operations, and playing characters from the past like my own Grandmother, and Miss Kitty from the Wild Wild West!

Gilles Nuytens: Do you have an anecdote to tell us on the shooting of Stargate?
April Telek: I don't really, I just loved the experience overall.

Stephen Park & April Amber Telek
Stephen Park (Harrid) & April Telek (Sallis)
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Gilles Nuytens: You already knew Stargate, How do you see the changes during the season 9? Is it really different as it used to be and as we can hear? And what is different, the stories, the atmosphere? Some people consider that is really negative for the franchise, what can you say to relief them?
April Telek: I can't really offer you much insight in this regard, as I had never been to the set before my episodes. Sorry.

Gilles Nuytens: You spend a lot of time with Paul McGillon when you where in L.A. What kind of person is he? Have you seen him since he plays Dr. Beckett on Stargate Atlantis? Have you a pleasant anecdote to tell us about him?
April Telek: I adore Pauly! He is really one of the good guys in this business, and deserves all the success he has. He took me for a tour of the Atlantis set while I was filming SG1...what an amazing set!

Gilles Nuytens: You are born in April and your first name is April, it is not a coincidence, I assume? By the way happy birthday ... with 1 month late!
April Telek: Thanks!

Gilles Nuytens: Thanks very much for the time you give us. Could you say a little word for your French speaking fans ?
April Telek: Oh, I wouldn't want to take such a lovely language and ruin it with my terrible version of French! I had a terrible teacher growing up, and I regret never learning it better. I have in fact, promised myself that when I have children, they will be enrolled in French Immersion. It's a beautiful language!

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