of publishing: 30th September 2005
Erin's acting career began at the age of eight when she
was a royal child in The King and I, but, according to her
parents, when she was only two years old she could sing
I Am a Child of God with perfect pitch. The director of
The King and I, recognizing Erin's ability, engaged her
again two years later to play Amaryllis in his production
of The Music Man.
Erin played in 3 episodes in season 1 of Stargate Atlantis
as the Genii soldier Sora. For the moment, nothing is yet
planned for her come back in the show but we may hope to
see her again in season 3.
Gilles Nuytens: First,
thank you for allowing me this interview! What decided you
become an actress ?
Erin Chambers: I don't think I ever really
decided to be an actress. I started doing plays and performing
at a young age because I excelled in singing, dancing and
acting. I think that when I entered college and really started
to study acting and learn more about it, I decided that
I wanted to pursue it as a career.
Gilles Nuytens: The
shooting of season 2 of Stargate Atlantis approach its end
and we haven't yet heard of you this year, have you been
contacted to take a part in the last episodes of the season
? If not, any idea if Sora could return in season 3 ? What
are your feelings on this subject ?
Erin Chambers: As far as I know, I am not
returning for this season. Sora could possibly come back
whenever, its just up to the producers. If I came back,
I would be
excited to play Sora again.
Nuytens: In Stargate Atlantis,
your character is close from Teyla, in the future, how do
you want this relation to evolve and how do you think it
Erin Chambers: In the future, I think it
would be cool if there was resolution between Sora and Teyla.
Sora needs to forgive Teyla and deal with the death of her
father without taking revenge on his death. Perhaps in the
future, they are able to finally trust each other and work
together as allies.
Gilles Nuytens: How
could you describe Sora, her psychology, her way of life,
thinking ? Did you build her a past, a life to give her
a more realistic and better play ?
Erin Chambers: Before I started
filming, I came up with a past for her. I decided she was
20 years old and that her mother had died when she was a
little girl. Her father raised her and that's why she has
such a close relationship with him. I think her motivation
for fighting and for going into the military is because
she wants to prove herself to everyone, especially her father.
Her weakness lies in that she's too emotional. That's why
she lost out to Teyla. In that respect, she was no match
Gilles Nuytens: How
was it to play the battle scene with Rachel Luttrell, did
you trained a lot for it ? Was it hard to play ?
Erin Chambers: Rachel and I practiced a
lot for the fight. We spent hours getting the moves right
without hurting each other. It was hard. I was really sore
and tired after we finished filming. But, even though it
was hard, we had a great time doing the fight.
Gilles Nuytens: What
did you enjoy the most playing in Stargate and what was
the most difficult thing ?
Erin Chambers: I enjoyed the fight scenes
the most, probably because they were difficult and challenging
for me. I also liked filming "Underground". They
took us to this remote location outside Vancouver and it
was just really beautiful. I think the most challenging
thing was that while we were on set, outside the city, it
was brutally hot. And I was wearing a million clothes (well,
it felt like a million) because of my corset dress and all
the layers. That was hard because I was so hot and sticky.
Nuytens: Do you remember
an anecdote, something funny to say about the time you were
on the set of Stargate ?
Erin Chambers: During the staff scene with
Robert Davi, I accidentally got whacked in the head. I fell
over from the hit and they had to yell cut. When I realized
what happened, I was embarrassed. They gave me time in my
trailer to ice my head and relax and then I came back to
finish the fight everyone clapped for me when I came back,
and I think that made me feel more silly about it. That
was probably the most random, funny thing that happened
to me while filming.
Gilles Nuytens: You
made additional voices for the anime movie "Neko no
ongaeshi" (The Cat Returns), could you describe your
experience there ? Dubbing a movie, is it easier or harder
than acting ?
Erin Chambers: Dubbing a movie is fun.
It can be hard sometimes because you have to match the voice,
and that can be difficult. But overall, I think its easier.
You get to show up to work in your pajamas. And It doesn't
matter how you look. All that matters is your performance.
Gilles Nuytens: The
Stargate series allowed you to be known from the fans all
over the world, what did this provided to your career ?
Did this experience allowed you to get more work opportunities
Erin Chambers: I think so. I've gotten
work after working on the show. We'll have to see what other
opportunities lie ahead.
Gilles Nuytens: Thank
you very much for the time you spent answering the questions!
Erin Chambers: Your welcome! Take care
and good luck to you!