of publishing: 15th September 2005
Born in Prague, David arrived in Canada with his parents
at the age of two, after the communist occupation of what
was then Czechoslovakia. The Nykls arrived in Victoria,
BC where his father soon found work as a Structural Engineer
and his mother as a Nurse. With a propensity for acting
and a strong sense of comic timing, David soon became involved
in all sorts of performances - from TV Commercials (Adidas),
School Plays, and Christmas Show hosts to Piano, Acting
and even Dance classes. David is now know by Stargate Atlantis
fan's with his recurring role of Dr. Radek Zelenka.
Check out this clip sent to me directly by David Nykl, credits
are for "Derry".
the clip (12Megas, WMV)
Gilles Nuytens: Hello
David, Stargate Atlantis allowed you a new popularity amongst
many fans, can you say something to them ?
David Nykl: I love you too!!!!! And thank
you. More Zelenka coming soon.
Gilles Nuytens: Your
character in Atlantis, which was only a little role in the
begining has taken more and more importance in the show,
how did you approach Zelenka to make him so popular and
so interesting ?
David Nykl: Thank you. I work on Zelenka
like I work on any character: pay attention to the human
side of the script and find my own place in the universe
of Stargate. The rest is discipline and concentration, and
humour. In acting you prepare with your head, and on the
day you work with your heart.
Gilles Nuytens: You
often play with David Hewlett, what was your best memory
with him ?
David Nykl: We worked together a lot in
season one. In season two I end up saving his ass a lot,
which means we don't work on the same days as often (he's
on another planet, I'm trying to figure out how to get him
back etc.) He's a fine actor and a fine person to work with.
He has a lot of work everyday on this series. I have a lot
of respect for his talent and his work ethic.
Gilles Nuytens: In
"The Siege", Peter Grodin, the character played
by Craig Veroni is killed, why do you think the production
killed him ? What were your relationships with Craig and
don't you fear that one day they could decide to do the
same with Zelenka ?
David Nykl: I know Craig from before Stargate,
we've worked on theatre projects together in Vancouver.
Actors often have to "die" to push the story along
further. It's part of the job. Craig, I'm sure understands
that. He works a lot, that guy, so he's doing fine. How
should I know what the future holds for Zelenka?
Gilles Nuytens: Your
appartitions in Atlantis are a bit like those of Gary Jones
in SG-1, a bit like the icing on the cake of the episodes,
what do you think about it?
David Nykl: I think it's great. I like
being the cake too. Being the cake and eating it with raspberries
and cucumbers, steak, cheese, and celery sticks. And wasps
flying around. And people to talk to.
Gilles Nuytens: Would
you like to do an episode oriented on Zelenka, do you think
this could happen one day ?
David Nykl: Of course!
Gilles Nuytens: A
question I like very much: Do you have a funny anecdote
you'd like to share with us on the shooting of Stargate
David Nykl: I'll tell you at the convention...
Gilles Nuytens: What
are the things that motivates you in your career and personal
David Nykl: Finding the right balance between
when to push for something and when to let things unfold.
In acting: authenticity and communication. It's about the
Gilles Nuytens: When
you speak in Czech in the show, is there any control by
the production on what you say or is it pure improvisation
without any control ?
David Nykl: It begins as improvisation
and after the take is finished and we move on to the next
set-up, the director comes over and asks me "so what
did you say?" . At that point it's a little too late.
Visit the website of David at www.davidnykl.com