Date of publishing: 19th
In the past five years, Gina Holden has been swept
up in a wave of work and recognition. She has become
a familiar face on the small screen, having portrayed
Haley Collins on the CW's Supernatural and Coreen
Fennel on Lifetime's series Blood Ties. Holden played
the ruthless Rachel on the Fox series Reunion and
has made guest-starring appearances on the series
Psych and The L Word. For the big screen, Holden's
credits include supporting roles in New Line Cinema's
Final Destination 3 and Butterfly Effect 2. She will
soon be seen in the 20th Century Fox feature Alien
vs. Predator 2 and the Lion's Gate release The Christmas
Cottage. Holden worked opposite Ben Affleck and Gina
Gershon in Man About Town and appeared in the superhero
blockbuster The Fantastic Four. Holden was born in
the small mountain town of Smithers, British Columbia,
where her first performance took place at a figure-skating
exhibition at the age of 5. At 15, she was scouted
by a modeling agency and invited to work in Japan.
Embracing the move, Holden became the face of Shiseido
cosmetics and appeared on more than 20 magazine covers.
Though her talent and drive brought her success in
the world of modeling, it was ultimately a stepping
stone for her acting career. A small movie role inspired
Gina to take acting classes, and it was in this medium
that she found her true passion.
In the new Flash Gordon TV show, she plays Dale Arden.
Dale Arden was Flash's high-school sweetheart until
she left for college, while he stayed home. Dale now
works as a reporter for the hometown television station.
a fan of the Alien saga, so how different is Aliens
vs Predator 2 compared to the first one?
Gina Holden: Well it’s a very confidential script,
so I don’t know the specific details about the
storyline for the new one, but it’s bigger,
better and has lots of special effects, so it’s
just overall a bigger movie with great directors.
I think it’s just going to be visually much
bigger than the last movie.
Gilles Nuytens: Are
you also a fan of Predator?
Gina Holden: Yes I am, I’m more of a fan of
the Aliens, I’m kind of on the Alien side, but
I like both, they’re both really exciting. But
I really love the Aliens movies, the originals, those
that I began watching and became a fan of, and then
Predator came later so of course I like that, but
I’m a big fan of the Aliens.
Gilles Nuytens: What
do you think of the idea to mix the 2 franchises into
Gina Holden: I think it’s great, it just makes
for a bigger idea and more excitement, to have the
two kind of battle is really exciting, I think it’s
really interesting and a great idea, and I think the
new movie is just going to bring it completely back
to life, and make it more exciting for everybody to
Gilles Nuytens: What
kind of challenges did you go through during the shooting
of Aliens vs Predator 2?
Gina Holden: Well the challenges for me are the fun
part of acting, it’s working with green screen
and not the actual monster itself, you use a green
ball or something like that, so that’s always
a really really exciting challenge, because you have
to use your imagination, and make yourself believe
something that’s not really there, so for me
that’s the challenge, and making it so scary
and so real.
Gilles Nuytens: And
what was the easiest part?
Gina Holden: I think just being there and enjoying
it and having fun, because as a fan of B movies, the
easy part is for me to sit and enjoy every minute,
and be there and be part of something so huge, that’s
the easiest part, just going to work in the morning
and being there, it’s so much fun.
Gilles Nuytens: Is
that the project you’ve been the most excited
about so far?
Gina Holden: All my projects are
so different, they all have different things that
I love about them, but I think that Aliens vs Predator
2 is such a huge cult following, it’s got such
a massive history, it’s very very cool to be
part of that, I grew up watching Aliens, so for me,
to be part of it is really special.
Nuytens: What does
your character bring to the story of Aliens vs Predator
Gina Holden: Well I don’t actually
have a full script, it’s very confidential,
so I don’t know how my character fits in to
the overall movie, we only had pieces, each cast only
had pieces of the script, we didn’t get to read
the whole script for confidentiality, so I have to
watch when it comes out and see how it turns out.
Gilles Nuytens: What
is unique about this character compared to your previous
Gina Holden: The circumstances that
my character finds herself in are very unique, it’s
such a different reality that I find myself in as
this character, it’s just a small town so it’s
different because of what happens to this town, so
that’s new and different than any other character.
Gilles Nuytens: I
read that you’re a hard worker, so how does
working so hard influence your private life?
Gina Holden: Yes I work a lot, I’m
very busy, but I love to work, for me that’s
really exciting, I live in Vancouver and Los Angeles,
both, and both places are very nice for outdoor in
my free time, I can go outside and go hiking or do
something like that, so I have a nice balance of work
and then living in great cities you can have a nice
social life as well, even though I’m so busy
I find time to spend with family and friends so it’s
great. But I’m usually working, so that’s
my life, and I love, I love to work.
Gilles Nuytens: You’ve
been nominated as the Sci-Fi hottie of the month in
July, how do you feel about that?
Gina Holden: I was so excited! I
saw that and I’m actually so honored, I think
it’s really great because I love this genre,
so I’m so happy that people are enjoying my
work in this genre, I’m honored, it’s
really neat. I’m on the webpage, I can’t
believe it was me that was picked, I was chosen for
sci-fi hottie, so I’m really excited.
Gilles Nuytens: As
an actress, you’re used to answer questions
asked by journalists. Now as Dale Arden, you play
a journalist yourself, does your experience influence
the way you play the part?
Gina Holden: Yes it helps me very
much, because there’s a specific way that journalists
and reporters speak, how they talk is very specific,
so the more interviews I do and news reports etc,
the more I learn about this type of language, so it
helps me ground Dale, and make her very professional.
Being a journalist is very special, so you need to
know the language and how they speak. For me it’s
very helpful, yes, all the interviews I get to do
I use them to help her.
Nuytens: The more
interviews you do the more background to play Dale
Gina Holden: Yes, it helps me in
this job, so it’s great.
Gilles Nuytens: What
aspects of your personality do you share with your
character, and what aspects are completely unlike
Gina Holden: There are lots of similarities,
I think this character is like myself. She’s
very independent , career-orientated, driven , ambitious
and at the same time she’s has a big heart and
is a normal woman, she’s just a real person.
So I love this balance, It’s very similar to
my self or any other modern woman in the world. Modern
women have to balance family , career and relationships,
so it’s me, but it’s everybody else too
and that’s what I love about her. I’m
learning about her as I go, so far there’s nothing
that I would never do that’s Dale, , so it’s
really fun and challenging to play her, I really really
Gilles Nuytens: After
a few episodes of Flash Gordon, have the storylines
met your expectations?
Gina Holden: Oh yes very much, they’ve
done such a great job. It always takes time to build
a new series, so it’s getting better and better
as we go because you have to establish so much in
the early shows and then once you keep growing you
get bigger and better and more exciting storylines,
so I think it exceeded my expectations. It’s
such a great show and the quality is very very good,
it’s exciting to see it, it’s getting
better and better every script, so I hope people will
continue to watch and to support. There’s lots
more coming, lots of very exciting episodes, so hopefully
everybody will enjoy it.
Gilles Nuytens: The
show got a lot of criticism, and being familiar with
the comic books, how do you fell about it?
Gina Holden: I think it’s fine,
it’s the way the world works, people need to
talk about things, it’s exciting and that just
gives us the challenge to continue,to get better and
to work harder, we really enjoy it, but I think it’s
all valid and important. If we didn’t have people
talking, then we wouldn’t be doing a good job.
I just hope that people can continue to watch and
enjoy the show. Like I said, every episode gets better
and better, and it’s ok, it’s natural
for a new show, we’re just starting out. It’s
going to be very challenging to win over the audience,
so hopefully people will keep watching and give us
Nuytens: What in
your perspective sets the character of Dale apart
from the other characters in Flash Gordon and how
as an actor did you approach the process of setting
her apart and making her stand out?
Gina Holden: She’s different
just because of her job and her life on Earth, a lot
of the characters are from Mongo, so she’s the
Earth character that has this big history with Flash,
that sets her apart because she’s different
than any other women characters on the show, their
aliens , so they have a different life. Dale’s
character is the character that’s real and just
a modern woman from Earth that people can relate to.
For me, I just focus on my character, I don’t
think about setting her apart from anybody else, I
just do my job and if I stand out that’s great,
if I make it really special, that’s just how
it happens, I don’t think consciously how to
stand out from anybody else, I just do my best job.
Gilles Nuytens: Have
you already heard some feedbacks from the fans about
Gina Holden: Yes, a little bit, the
feedbacks I’ve gotten are very very positive
and people seem to really love my character, so I
think it’s great, I get lots of interviews and
people are very interested in my role , it’s
very exciting for me.
Gilles Nuytens: What
kind of evolution of Dale do you expect in the future
of Flash Gordon?
Gina Holden: Well I just think that’s
she’s going to continue to work , grow and to
have this relationship with Flash in the future. I
think that it will evolve into something probably
very special, I don’t know when, but it’s
natural because of how much they care for each other.
They are so busy right now that they can’t really
focus on how their feelings are for one another, but
I think that relationship and love triangle will evolve
eventually and Dale’s career will continue to
grow, I’m very excited to see what the future
has in store for her.
Gilles Nuytens: What
kind of storylines do you prefer, stand-alone episodes
like Stargate SG:1 or continuity episodes with constant
evolution of the characters like Battlestar Galactica
where everything is in constant move?
Gina Holden: That’s a great
question. I prefer some what of a storyline that carries
over from episode to episode, but not so much that
somebody new couldn’t just watch once and know
what was going on, I like a theme and a constant tone
to the show that people can come back for and see
what happens and want to know what’s next, but
also that they’re each individually are very
exciting episodes, so I think a combination of both.
The writers are doing a very good job at that, they
want to give exciting episodes but not that if you
miss one you can’t watch anymore, because if
you don’t know what’s going on you won’t
enjoy it, so I think a balance between the two.
Nuytens: In one
or 2 words, how would you describe your co-stars from
Gina Holden: Amazing, fun, professional,
Gilles Nuytens: And
one by one? Eric Johnson?
Gina Holden: Eric Johnson is ridiculous
energy, so fun!
Gilles Nuytens: Karen
Gina Holden: Beautiful strong woman.
Gilles Nuytens: Jody
Gina Holden: Jody Racicot is corky
Gilles Nuytens: Jonathan
Gina Holden: Oh, Jonathan Walker
Gilles Nuytens: Anna
Gina Holden: Anna Van Hooft is like
a fawn, she is so special.
Gilles Nuytens: John
Gina Holden: Intelligent.
Gilles Nuytens: Andee
Gina Holden: I didn’t actually
work with her but I know she had a wonderful prepared
professional influence. Wonderful! Everybody was so
happy to have her.
Gilles Nuytens: TJ
Gina Holden: He is adventure and
fun, great. Great, great, great!
Gilles Nuytens: Paul
Gina Holden: He is so great! I don’t
know how to describe him, he is so interesting!
Gilles Nuytens: Panou?
Gina Holden: Panou is so funny, you
wouldn’t think it but he is hilarious to work
with. So, funny, comic!
Gilles Nuytens: Are
there any practical jokes from the set of Flash Gordon
that you’d like to share with us?
Gina Holden: I don’t think
there’s a specific one but we have so much fun
every day, we’re always joking, laughing, having
fun so we always have everybody joking together and
Nuytens: Is there
anything else you would like to say about Flash Gordon
that we haven’t talked about yet?
Gina Holden: Just that we are having
so much fun, it’s great show with hearts , humor
and adventure .Although it’s different than
the comic books, it needs to be different, it needs
to be modern and updated. It is such a great show
and the episodes get better and better , we’re
working very hard for the fans so that they enjoy
watching, and we really really enjoy doing the show,
. We hope everybody likes it, we work really hard
and we’re so grateful for the support we are
getting, so thank you to everybody.
Gilles Nuytens: Can
you talk about your experience in the movie Code Name:
Gina Holden: Oh that was great experience,
I went in for a small role and it was a very very
fun couple of days, I got to work with Cedric the
Entertainer, Nicolette Sheridan, Lucy Liu and everybody.
It was so much fun, I believe every role is important,
no matter how big or how small, so I had a great great
time. It led me to another big movie later because
of that role, so I’m so grateful for that experience,
it was so much fun and it turned out very well, even
though it was a small role it was very important for
Gilles Nuytens: About
Blood Ties, what memories do you keep from the show?
Gina Holden: Great, great memories.
My character is so cool… It’s a very very
fun, smart, spunky, kind of crazy character, she’s
very cool, and I had an amazing time playing that
character, so I’ll always remember that and
I have lots of fans from Blood Ties. It was something
that was a very small idea and it turned into a big
idea in the end, so I will always love that show.
I think it’s wonderful and I hope they go another
Gilles Nuytens: So
you know nothing yet about a second season?
Gina Holden: Not so far, nobody knows
for sure, it’s always very difficult to tell
in television nobody really knows. They should find
out soon, but I don’t know how that works.
Gilles Nuytens: If
there is a second season, would you be part of it?
Gina Holden: I’m not sure,
we’ll have to see, that’s up to my producers
on Flash Gordon, I’m committed to Flash Gordon,
but if I had time and if it’s possible I would
love to, I would absolutely love to.
Nuytens: Can you
talk about The Christmas Cottage?
Gina Holden: Yes, another wonderful
movie, a dramatic movie, different genre, I worked
with Jared Padalecki again, we did Supernatural together,
so we had a wonderful experience with this movie,
it’s very special , very light hearted, meaningful
and a wonderful story. So great to work on a big feature
film like that and have a beautiful, dramatic performance.
It was wonderful.
Gilles Nuytens: What
can you tell us about your character in this movie?
Gina Holden: My character is a high-society,
very wealthy college student and she is very much
into art, in the dark New-York style of art, and wants
to influence Thomas Kinkade, who is played by Jared
Padalecki, she’s encouraging him to go to the
deep dark side of art and not do commercial art so
to speak, so she’s very intelligent and persuasive
. They have a very heated relationship in college
together, they don’t end up seen together, but
they have a very special relationship. It was a very
different experience/character for me, very beautiful
Gilles Nuytens: Of
your whole career, what are you the most proud of?
Gina Holden: Everything! Everything
that I have done, I’m so proud of. The way that
I have grown as an actress and all of my experiences.
I’m just so proud of everything that I have
done. Whether big or small. I’m just proud of
how I felt with everything. I just think it’s
wonderful. So there’s not one specific project
because everything as led to the next and every door
has lead to another door, I’m just proud of
everything that I have done.
Gilles Nuytens: Do
you still do some modeling or are you more focused
on your acting career?
Gina Holden: Oh, no, no, no! That’s just long
time ago, that’s something that led me to something
else. I’m not interested in modeling at all
but it was wonderful when I was young to travel and
to learn about camera, work ethic and long hours all
prepared me for now being actress so it’s a
very important history for me but not what I want
to do at all. I’m not interested in it as a
long term thing. I like acting!
Nuytens: If you
were given the opportunity to choose a character of
your choice to play in a movie of your choice, what
would you choose?
Gina Holden: Thank you for asking!
I hope I can play so many different things but I’d
love to play maybe something very dark,deep secretive
and challenging. A role that challenges me even more
than I am challenged now. A character where I can
overcome something would be interesting as well.,
maybe in the theatre and on screen. I’m actually
very lucky that I studied theater, so now I’m
able to do many many characters from plays. I think
it’s wonderful to go to a very deep ugly place
in yourself and express that and tell the story for
somebody who is going through something really difficult
. Then that allows me to play very smart, very educated
characters so they have the balance, I play a very
strong women in my roles so to play something very
weak and dependent on something or someone would be
interesting to balance. I don’t like just one
type, I like very different types.
Gilles Nuytens: What
was your motivation to become an actress?
Gina Holden: My motivation is just
pure … something you can’t really describe,
just a dream and something that I really wanted to
learn about. I was so curious about what this passion
was that I had so I just wanted to go to acting class
and see. It led me to a great career but originally
it was just a feeling that you have, that you need
to do this something. It’s very difficult to
describe but it’s like anyone with a dream,
you just have it inside you somewhere and it just
propels you. My drive was just unstoppable and I just
wanted to go for it and see what I found and I found
something that’s so important to me ,I’m
very grateful that I was able to follow through with
Gilles Nuytens: Generally,
before playing a character, how do you prepare yourself
to be in the mood of the character?
Gina Holden: I prepare myself by
doing so much preparation work with the script and
working on it is just going through every type of
feeling and emotions. Doing back-story on the character
before an audition, small audition or big role, same
process. I just commit fully, I go for a walk, I sit
by the ocean and I just let life flow through me.
I can take in the character and learn the lines, really
prepare as much as possible, so when I’m filming
i am relaxed and free. I know I’ve done all
the work so I can just let it go and have fun with
the director , play and find great things. Being prepared
is very important for me.
Nuytens: What else
can we expect from you in the future?
Gina Holden: Well, you can expect
me to work very hard and to hopefully be working in
great projects and having a lot of fun The doors are
open, the future is great and I will be enjoying life
and working very hard. So we’ll see what’s
next, I’m excited to see what’s next too.
Gilles Nuytens: And
my last question, is there anything else you’d
like to see or to share about anything of your projects,
Gina Holden: I just want to share
my thanks to the fans, to you and to people who are
interested in watching my work. I thank them very
much, it means so much to me, I always work my hardest,
I do my best, I have great time and I’m very
down to earth and real and that’s just me, I’m
very accessible as a person, so please if anyone as
any question or letters they want to write me I would
love to get them so thank you everybody!
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