Date of publishing: 6th
Karen Cliche has had leading roles on several television
series, including Mutant X, Young Blades, Adventure
Inc., Galidor, Vampire High, The Business and MTV's
Undressed. She has made guest appearances on the SCI
FI Original series The Dresden Files, 'Til Death Do
Us Part, Big Wolf on Campus and Aaron Spelling's All
Souls. Cliche has starred in the feature films Summer
and Riders, and in the Lifetime telefilms Flirting
With Danger and I Do (But I Don't).
In the new Flash Gordon TV show, she plays Baylin,
a bounty hunter. As dangerous as she is beautiful,
Baylin joins Flash and Dale on Earth as they battle
the evil forces of Mongo.
Since we last spoke, I've
seen a real improvement with Flash Gordon, as you
said the second part of the season IS better. Do you
think fans criticisms have influenced the way the
writers wrote the final episodes?
Karen Cliche: Yes, the show has gotten
so good now, we all agree! I think everyone involved
listened to the fans and what they wanted and tried
their best to incorporate that in the show. We can
call it team work! Also, by the second half of the
season everyone had become comfortable in their characters'
skins, the chemistry between certain characters improved,
and the writers knew how to write for us even better.
you noticed any changes during the shooting of the
5 or 6 last episodes? I mean the dynamics, has it
Karen Cliche: We would shoot some
scenes during the last half, and look at each other
and just know we had done something really good. We
loved the scripts and to see how it all was coming
together was very exciting. We were all very happy
and actually very curious to see what would happen
Looking back at the first
season, what are your overall thoughts about it, about
your role, Baylin, your co-workers and everything
Karen Cliche: I have such great memories
of working on Flash. I swear we had so many laughs.
Eric Johnson and Jody Racicot and I were constantly
laughing and bugging each other. They are 2 of the
funniest people I have met! Even Jonathan Walker and
John Ralston, our "Rankol" and "Ming"
were hilarious. Our directors would join in on the
fun and sometimes it felt like one big party. And
then there was our caterer Dean, his food was sooooo
good!!!!! (can you tell my favorite things in life
are laughing and eating?? haha!)
Somekind of follow up to
the previous question: Can you speak about the evolution
and changes from the first day to the last? What are
Karen Cliche: Well the biggest change
was how every department came together and we all
meshed to produce some really great episodes as time
went on. And of course the camaraderie between the
cast and crew grew, and we became one big family.
We can see some chemistry
growing between Zarkov and Baylin, a bit like 2 opposites,
is that something you agree with?
Karen Cliche: Jody and I loved working
together, and making Baylin and Zarkov like brother
and sister who have a real fondness for one another,
but also an annoyance at times too! We would discuss
our scenes and try to find great moments to further
define the relationship. They are both so serious
about what they do and feel, and don't realize that
they are even being funny sometimes! We would always
look forward to our scenes together. He has a wicked
sense of humor that I just adore.
In episode 19, you have a
scene in the snowy mountains, where has it been shot?
Was it on location or in studios with green screens?
Karen Cliche: OH! Those scenes were
shot on location way up in the Whistler mountains.
Freezing cold, absolutely beautiful and breathtaking!
It was a little scary when we were preparing to go
up either via snowmobile or helicopter, and they had
us wear avalanche trackers around our necks so they
could find us if we were to get buried in a massive
avalanche! Luckily, there wasn't one........!
what are you working for the moment? Or maybe are
you taking some holidays before the next season?
Karen Cliche: Right now I am in toronto.
I wanted to take a full month off and enjoy being
back home, and spending time with family and friends.
That's my number one priority. Soon, the strike will
be over and there will be work again, and I will get
back to it!!!
I see you are credited in
a movie called "Involuntary Muscles" but
I can't find much information about this, what is
Karen Cliche: Involuntary Muscles
was a pilot we did and they are still trying to sell
it. It is a great story and I would love it to go!
I can't say too much about it though.....
I'm not much into the convention
things so I'm not much aware of everything, I'm just
curious, have you already been invited for conventions
about Flash Gordon?
Karen Cliche: I have been invited
to a few conventions in my career, and the timing
just never worked out. I love meeting fans, and can't
wait to get an opportunity to do so, if it all works
out one day!!!
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