Glau riding a sci-fi wave
SHE’S the international sci-fi community’s butt-kicking pin-up girl, but who knew Summer Glau was a country music fan?
On the Gold Coast for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo, Texan-born Glau reveals a star role a music video for Australian singer songwriter Keith Urban’s hit Long Hot Summer, filmed late last year, ticked a box.
‘‘I concluded recently that I’m never going to achieve my dream of becoming a country singer, so I thought why not do a filmclip,’’ she says.
Glau says when her agent called, he had no idea who Urban was.
‘‘It was like, did I want to wake up early the next morning to be in a country music video. Then he said Keith Urban’s name and I was like Keith Urban? I’m a massive fan. Naturally, I said yes.’’
Glau did not get to meet her idol, but says she enjoyed the process.
‘‘It felt sort of extreme to play myself me being me. Imagine, I even wore my own clothes,’’ she laughs.
‘‘It was heavenly, filming on my favourite beach in Malibu.
‘‘The first time I heard the song on the radio, I got so excited. For a while it seemed like it was playing everywhere.’’
Glau is a ballerina-turned-actress who appeared in Joss Whedon’s Angel, his space western Firefly, its film spinoff Serenity and his cult hit Dollhouse.
Her martial arts-trained psychic River Tam in Whedon’s Serenity and female Terminator in cult TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles were butt-kickers.
In one recent film outing, Knights of Badassdom, Glau, dressed in in medieval garb spent ‘‘almost a whole summer swordfighting – mostly at night’’. ‘‘It was so much fun,’’ she says. Action was also at the core of a recent role in the western frightener, Legend at Hell’s Gate.
‘‘I’d always hoped I’d do a western. I auditioned for another role, but they said ‘‘What about this girl? She’s an excellent rider. And I liked the character,’’ she says.
‘‘The best thing was I got to go back to where I grew up, live in my own little house and film around my own home town. I rode horses almost everyday, something I love but don’t get do too much in LA.
‘‘I’d go into set and say I didn’t feel quite as comfortable as I should in the saddle, so they’d send me off to the wrangler and I’d go out every day I could and ride.’’
Glau has found her groove in science fiction.
‘‘What attracts me to roles are strong characters and sci-fi offers plenty of those,’’ she says.
Glau is one of dozens of stars of sci-fi, fantasy and anime, writers and artists who are Gold Coast-bound for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.
Other big names include Morena Baccarin ( Serenity, V, Homeland), Elisabeth Rohm ( Angel, Law & Order), Harry Potter’s Weasley twins James and Oliver Phelps, Chandler Riggs ( The Walking Dead) and Edward J. Olmos ( Battlestar Galactica , Bladerunner).
Thursday, 8pm, Nine, NBN Celebs create their own pieces of art to sell in rival
pop-up shops for charity.
Friday, 7.30pm, Nine, NBN Trans-tasman Test: New Zealand v Australia: Game 1.
Saturday, 10.20pm, ABC1 You Am I frontman Tim Rogers hosts the show’s 25th anniversary program.
Sunday, 8.30pm, Nine, NBN Telemovie dramatises the collapse of a gold mine on Anzac Day 2006. Shane Jacobsen and Lachy Hulme star. Monday, 9.30pm, Seven, Prime7 Brian Nankervis helms this new series in which celebrities recall memorable moments from their childhood.
Supanova Pop Culture Expo plays the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
Gold Coast Film Festival report: Page 9. Summer Glau