of publishing: 22th June 2005
was born on April 2nd, in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a
suburb of Detroit. She started performing at age 11 in the
debut of Israel Horovitz's play, "A Rosen by Any Other
Name." She worked consistently around Detroit, acting
in many of the regional theaters. At 16, while attending
Cranbrook Kingswood High School, Jaime founded Apollo Theatre
Productions. She rented out a theater, hired a well-known
local director, professional actors and an entire crew to
put up their first show. She acted as both producer and
director, and found such a warm reception that she produced
two more shows the following year.
She will portray Lieutenant Laura Cadman in the episode
'Duet' the 4th episode of of the 2nd season of Stargate
Atlantis. She gave us more information about her character.
We also got 2 exclusive images from this episode. Check
them out at the end of this interview.
Stargate Ultimate: How did
you get Lt. Laura Cadman's role?
Jaime Ray Newman: I auditioned for it through Paul
Weber. I had seen the show a few times on late night TV,
but wasn't that familiar with it. Even at the audition I
didn't realize I would be playing a Marine!
SGU: Do you think this character
may become a recurrent one?
Jaime Ray Newman: I would love if it became a re-occuring
role! I had never worked in Vancouver before, and had a
blast. I really loved playing Cadman too. She's a free spirit,
and says it like it is. She is the polar opposite of McKay,
which obviously added to the comedy of the episode.
How is the atmosphere on the Atlantis'
Jaime Ray Newman: Everyone is so generous and open.
After a day working together it felt like family. I spent
a lot of time with David Hewlett, Paul McGillon, and the
writer Martin Gero. They made me feel right at home, and
showed me Vancouver as well. Everyone really seems to get
along and have respect for each other on the set. It was
very easy going, yet the work ethic high. A great combination.
SGU: What is your character's
Jaime Ray Newman: Laura is a lot of fun to play.
She's a marine, so she is tough and smart and high energy.
She can hang with the boys, but when she likes someone (i.e.
Beckett), she goes after them full throttle. She is definitely
SGU: Are you a Stargate
fan? Do you prefer SG-1 or Atlantis? What do you think about
these two shows?
Jaime Ray Newman: Didn't really know anything about
them, but got a quick education while on set. They are great
genre shows, really well executed, and fun to do. I like
sci-fi a lot!
SGU: You spent some time
with David Hewlett? Was it fun? What kind of person is he?
Jaime Ray Newman: David is hilarious. A really nice
guy. But more than anything, he is a fantastic actor. He
had to play me for half the show! I was constantly impressed
with his work and comedic timing. I learned a lot from him.
It was more than a pleasure working with him.
SGU: What's your best memory
on the Atlantis' set?
Jaime Ray Newman: Learning to shoot the big gun!
They took an afternoon to train me, but it never made it
in the scene. It was incredibly fun to learn about though.
SGU: And lastly, do you
like Turkey sandwiches? According to the rumour mill, it's
worshipped within the crew and cast staff.
Jaime Ray Newman: They were quite yummy. On whole
wheat bread nonetheless!