Glau rid­ing a sci-fi wave

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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

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