of publishing: 28th August 2005
Born in New Brunswick, Greg Anderson has grown up in poverty
with his family until they moves to Vancouver where they
hoped to get a better life. Now Greg is doing theatre and
occasionally television. Stargate has been a turning point
on his life and career. You will recognize him as the administrator
in "Avalon 2" from season 9 of Stargate SG-1 and
transformed into a Prior for the next episodes.
Hallowed are the Ori!
Gilles Nuytens: Could
you talk a bit about yourself, what motivates you in life
Greg Anderson: Wow...that is a question!
What motivates me? I have a very good life right now and
when I was young we didn't have much.... in fact we had
very little. I remember we didn't have a toilet, we had
a out house....
Gilles Nuytens: wow
Greg Anderson: alot of people in my family
had dropped out of school and my grandmother and grandfather
couldn't read and could only write there names...
Nuytens: You lived in
Vancouver at this period ?
Greg Anderson: No... this was in New Brunswick.
A very poor area at that time. My father took his family
to Vancouver where he hopes we would have a better life
and we have. Life back in New Brunswick is much better also.
However, that grounding in....poverty, I guess is the best
word, has made me appreciate everything I have right now.
The motivation in my life right now is to live it with as
much grace as I ... possibly can. Does that made sense?
I do tend to ramble!
Gilles Nuytens: yes,
it makes sense! And what are your passion, what do you do
in your free time ?
Greg Anderson: I work around our house
and garden and spend as much time with my family as possible.
In fact I just finished painting our house!
Gilles Nuytens: Great!
Which color ?
Greg Anderson: White. I know it seems boring,
however we have a very old house in a very beautiful part
of Vancouver, surrounded by green trees, so white works
Gilles Nuytens: Sure,
it's neutral. How did you come to the actor job, what do
you like in this job ?
Greg Anderson: It started, I guess in high
school. I played "Linus" in "Your're a Good
Man Charlie Brown" and have never looked back. I just
felt at home on the stage. The film and television thing
is just a bonus.
Gilles Nuytens: So
you play a Prior in season 9 of Stargate SG-1, what motivated
you to audition for the role ?
Greg Anderson: My Agent! I didn't audition
for the "Prior" actually. I was submitted for
"The Administrator" and that was the part I got
and played. That was "Avalon #2". It was a one
off. I actually thought that was it. It was nice, a couple
of good speaches. Get to meet Claudia and see Mike again.
Sure. Why not?
Then we got the call that they would like to see the "Administrator"
for the next episode, "Origin". When I read that
script I thought, wow...this could be fun. I mean I get
to be burnt into a "Prior!". Then it was and is
a matter of figuring out this "Prior" character.
Nuytens: And that is
really great, the character is cool and interesting!
Greg Anderson: Yes the writer's have created
a wonderful character.
Gilles Nuytens: Does
he have a name ?? Or how do you call him ?
Greg Anderson: In the "Fourth Horseman"
he is referred to as "Prior #1, the one from Origin.
The Administrator", that is close to what it says.
Gilles Nuytens: And
you, you haven't named him ?
Greg Anderson: The characters refer to
him as The Prior which I sort of like. Yes I have named
Gilles Nuytens: The
Greg Anderson: I have a slightly different
name for him.... which I will keep to myself for now...
I am sure you understand.
Gilles Nuytens: Yes
sure! This character is really terrifying, which part of
you did you give to this character ?
Greg Anderson: Well I am a terrifying person!
Gilles Nuytens: Really
?? I'm not scared!
Greg Anderson: I think the writer's, and
I have to give them full credit, have created a truly terrifying
character. In "The Powers that Be" the director,
a great guy, Wil Warring just wanted to have fun with him.
He wanted him to be more.... at ease. So we played and laughed
a lot. And that is what we came up with.
Gilles Nuytens: Yes,
I noticed the charachter was a bit different from Origin
and it was very interesting!
Greg Anderson: he seems a bit more human
to me. That makes him scary to me anyway. The Prior will
do ANYTHING he feels is right for the Ori AND he likes doing
Gilles Nuytens: When
you play a role, what do you use to give the emotions to
your characters in general ? Personal feelings, real emotions
Greg Anderson: The words! The words in
the scripts. The writer's are SO important. If the script
is good then it is very hard for an actor to screw it up.
You have to be open, emotionally, then if you have the words
and LISTEN to the other actor, it is not work at all but
it all starts with the word!
Gilles Nuytens: How
could you describe this character and what do you think
of him ? What is his way of thinking, his psychology ?
Greg Anderson: Interesting.... I haven't
been asked that before. The Prior or the Administrator?
Gilles Nuytens: Well,
... both! As it's in fact the same person but maybe explain
the changes between the Administrator and the Prior.
Greg Anderson: Well, the Administrator
was a devout leader of his village. He lived to serve the
Ori. Then suddenly he has the power of the Ori.....of the
Priors. I think on some level, he is a bit cock-sure of
himself. A bit drunk with power. I am looking forward to
see if they bring him back and how they deal with him. That
said and done, THAT character might be dead, only time will
Nuytens: Really? Damn!
That was my next question!
Greg Anderson: What was your next question?
Gilles Nuytens: You
are credited until episode "The fourth Horseman, part
1" which will be the mid-season this year, could you
tell me more on your involvement on this episode ? Will
we see you back after that ?
Greg Anderson: I have no idea.
"The Fourth Horseman" ..... it was... a turning
point in my career... in my life.
Gilles Nuytens: Really
? How ?
Greg Anderson: Andy Mikita was the Director.
He is the one who hired me for "Avalon#2". It
was a GREAT script...AND I got to work with Louis Gossett
To work with such.... talented and gifted people..... it
is so... life changing. You look at your role in this game
differently. Everyone involved on the "Stargate"
set, that I have met, are the BEST. I really mean that,
it is always a bit sad for me when we finish an episode,
because I never know if I will be back and these people,
their energy.... it's like Christmas morning with all the
presents and no one is tired or grumpy. Well, that is the
energy for me... I have seen a few tired grumpy people on
set.... including me!
Gilles Nuytens: In
addition to the role of this Prior in season 9, you also
made a small appearance in an episode of the season 5 "Failsafe",
it is always fun to look back and to find known faces in
Greg Anderson: yes! That was Andy who hired
me then also. That was a very fun character.
Gilles Nuytens: How
did you prepare to play the role of a religious fanatic
such as this administrator?
Greg Anderson: Prepare.... hmmm... you
see.... I dont think in his mind he is a "fanatic"
Gilles Nuytens: Sureley,
fanatics never considers themself as such. But he was!
Greg Anderson: In your opinion.
Gilles Nuytens: Yes.
Greg Anderson: He likes to smile.
Gilles Nuytens: Burning
people alive is a bit ... extreme!
Greg Anderson: Is it?
Gilles Nuytens: No
... not really! It's natural of course!
Greg Anderson: Invading country for oil
is a bit... extreme perhaps also, so it depends on the circumstances....
in his time and place .... he is not extreme.... he is trying
to save souls.... like someone who beats a dog or burries
people.... or invade countries for oil.
Nuytens: Hmmm, yes!
Greg Anderson: SAVE SOULS
Gilles Nuytens: By
Greg Anderson: They BELIEVE they are right.
Sure.... or cutting a hand off if you steal.... or whipping
yourself for mea culpa...... or female circumcision.....
as humans we have done FAR worse than burning people.
Gilles Nuytens: That's
really true and sad.
Greg Anderson: The Prior is trying to give
hope... save souls.
Gilles Nuytens: Ok,
Now, a question I love much! Do you have a funny anecdote
related to your involvement in Stargate ? My favourite question!
Greg Anderson: And I will answer it for
you Gilles. I have been asked it before. However I was too
embarassed to answer. On set of "The Fourth Horseman",
it was the last day of shooting, a crucial scene in the
arc of a couple of characters, all I had to do was walk
in at great Gerak, Louis Gosset Jr, and then we have a little
exchange.... Well, the thing is, even though I had worked
with him before on this episode, this was the first time
I didn't have my "eyes" in . Andy was shooting
over my shoulder to Mr. Gosset.... So I was off camera.....
and we began the scene.... and I forgot a very simple line....
so we started again... and I stumbled again on a simple
line.... I had to apologize.... and I said to the cast and
crew..."I am sorry.... but I just realized that
I am here, working with Louis Gossett Jr, and my knees are
shaking!" It was the first time I could see him
and my knees started shaking.... so much so I couldn't get
my lines out! He was great, he gave me the best bear hug
after that. You see, he is on my LIST of great actors....
of people I wanted to meet or work with.... so it was truly
a great experience for me. It was funny at the time!
Gilles Nuytens: Thanks
for having shared this with me!
Greg Anderson: No problems.
Gilles Nuytens: You
wear some kind of lens on your eyes to give the character
this particular glance to priors, you really can see wih
Greg Anderson: ME? I can't see a
damn thing. Actually... you see shadows..... like a VERY
dense THICK fog.... or a VERY smokey room. When a light
hits them.... like for filming or the Sun... then it is
completely white. I see nothing but white. In the courtroom
scene in "The Powers that Be" I had to pace everything
out because I couldn't see Mike Shanks or the extras or
Chris or Claudia or Ben. So I hope it worked!
Gilles Nuytens: The
Ori have read on the mind of Daniel Jackson, they must know
about Atlantis then, do you have an idea if the writers
envisage something about this ?
If we will see a prior in the pegasus galaxy or something.
Would you like to play in Atlantis ?
Greg Anderson: I think that would be a
questions for the writers.... I honestly don't know if I
will be back. It would be fun, from an acting point of view
I am afraid I am going to have to go now Gilles. Let me
know what you see of "The Fourth Horseman".
Gilles Nuytens: Ok,
so thank you so much, then go, don't be late because of
Greg Anderson: Well, thank you.... this
was fun.... hope your site goes well.
have a good day....night!
Gilles Nuytens: Have
a good work!
Greg Anderson: Thank you ...Bye!