|Date of publishing: 10th September
A native of L.A., Christopher Judge was born in 1967.
His first step into entertainment came when he won a
contest to host a morning radio show in Oregon. But
he got started in acting in his senior year, when Fox
hosted some regional contests. After winning, he hosted
an "MTV talk show type thing", used it to
get an agent, and things went from there. In 1989 he
started studying at the Howard Fine Studio in Los Angeles.
His first acting role was in the 1990 film Bird on a
Wire and from there he starred in numerous films and
TV shows before landing the role of the Jaffa, Teal'c,
in Stargate SG-1. He's guest starred in lots of Sci-fi
shows, including Andromeda and First Wave.
The Scifi World had the opportunity to meet Christopher
Judge in Vancouver on the sets of the episode "Bad
the audio interview (Zipped MP3 file)
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Gilles Nuytens: Stargate
SG-1 has just been cancelled, what's your opinion?
Christopher Judge: Stargate has been
... SCI-FI Channel has decided not to re-up with us
next year but that by no means spells the end for
SG-1, the responses on the internet has been overwhelming.
Its truly flattering and I know that MGM has kind
of a bigger vision for SG-1 and for the whole franchise.
So I really believe that there are other things in
the works so we just have to kinda hold tight for
a minute and see what’s next.
Nuytens: What did
you enjoy the most about the 200th episode?
Christopher Judge: The 200th episode
was a great experience, great working on it, and I
really think it was probably one of the best times
I’ve every had shooting anything. Everyone was
excited about it, it was really a week of fun
Gilles Nuytens: Have
you been pleased with your character's development
thus far this year?
Christopher Judge: I really have
been pleased with where Teal’c is going this
year, he is taking an active role in the war against
the Ori and which you know concerns the Jaffa because
the Jaffa having been suppressed for so long are mostly
determined to never be enslaved again, so I am really
pleased with how that’s going.
Gilles Nuytens: Now
that they cancelled SG-1, would you like the opportunity
to continue acting in the Stargate franchise, maybe
in Stargate Atlantis?
Christopher Judge: About Altantis
you know I really don’t know what the future
holds as far as any crossovers or anything like that,
but, I’ve been very opened with whatever Brad
and Bob want me to do, you know, I’m there so
yes, I really hope that it will definitively continue
in some fashion or other.
Gilles Nuytens: You
are the funny guy on the set ... what was the funniest
thing you did while shooting episode "200"?
Christopher Judge: Well that entire
episode was kinda funny so I don’t think it
was any one specific thing I did It was fun just getting
to be all these different characters and to wear all
these different outfits and to really kinda break
the 4th wall ... I guess it was just a lot of fun
all around; I think the 200th was kind of a bunch
of funny moments from everyone including the behind
the scenes people.
your opinion on the evolution of Teal'C during those
Christopher Judge: My opinion of
the evolution of Teal’c over these ten years
... well you know one thing being on for 10 years
has given the leisure of this ... the opportunity
to progress the character logically he hasn’t
had to make any huge jumps in behavior or anything,
I really think that the evolution has been a very
natural progression of a kinda to have anyone thrown
in a new situation, and then you see things along
the way, you learn things along the way, that’s
kind of what makes us who we are is the sum of our
experiences and I truly think that Teal’c is
Gilles Nuytens: We
haven't seen Rya'c or Ishta for a while, are you planning
to write a new episode with those 2 characters?
Christopher Judge: I don’t
know of any plans at least in the immediate future
for either one of them to return of course, who knows
what the future holds, but I personally don’t
know ... as far as my writing for the show in the
future, I guess we kind of just have to wait and see
what the future brings. That will kind of answer those
Gilles Nuytens: What
has been the most joyful part of the year thus far
for you, and the most stressful?
Christopher Judge: The most joyful
part of this year has been kind of the ongoing celebration
of what we’ve accomplished. I truly think that
it starting to kind of dawn on people what we have
actually accomplished being on the show, by doing
the show for 10 years and truly what that means not
only sci-fi history but television history and I think
this whole years has been kind of a celebration of
Gilles Nuytens: Of
the past 10 years, what will you remember most about
Christopher Judge: I think the thing
I remember most about the last 10 years is probably
the human drama what’s gone on behind the scenes,
the birth of children, the loss of loved ones, the
marriages, the divorces, the ... I think that’s
the thing I will remember most, the interaction between
this diverse group of people who have come together
and done something really great.
Gilles Nuytens: Where
do you think the show will leave fans at the end of
Christopher Judge: I don’t
know, to tell the truth I don’t know where it
will leave the characters at the end of the season
[laughter] to kind of hypothesize about where the
show will end at this point is kind of futile. You
know with recent developments, I truly don’t
know, I truly don’t think it’s the end,
but to try to guess on where it's going to go, I really
couldn’t do that.
Nuytens: What can
you tell us about the episode you're shooting right
now, and your character's involvement in it?
Christopher Judge: The episode we
are shooting now, is actually one that Ben wrote the
story for, so it's quite interesting to get the insight
into Ben’s take on the show and what Ben would
like to do, it's interesting in this episode we are
actually perceived from the very beginning as the
bag guys which is kind of a new take on it for us
and how we cope with the perception that we are not
the good guys you know so I think it’s very
Gilles Nuytens: What
has been your favorite story?
Christopher Judge: My favorite episode
in 10 years is probably "Heroes", because
I think "Heroes" truly encapsulated the
humor the real character had ... all the character
had between each other and I think that really what
Stargate was all about.
Gilles Nuytens: Teal'c
has evolved over the past ten seasons, is there anything
else you feel the writers have not looked into regarding
Christopher Judge: The character
development I would really like to see more of is
actually answered in the next episode where I haven’t
had many scenes with Beau, General Landry, and I have
a few scenes with General Landry where we kind of
butt heads so I’m very interested in exploring
that aspect of character development, definitively.
this interview on the forum