Katee Sackhoff talks about her upcoming new A&E crime series Longmire, the controversial ending of Battlestar Galactica, and her auditions for ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
On Longmire and how she came about the role:
I actually opted out of pilot season and said I wasn’t going to do it again, and that I was going to focus on film. My manager has been my manager since I was 17, and he says that he’s supposed to be smart for me when I can’t do it for myself. He would slide the good ones across my desk, and there were two that I loved. One was Once Upon A Time, and one was Longmire. I went in five times on Once Upon A Time. I took one meeting on Longmire, and I met Greer Shephard and I said, “I want this job because of that woman. I love this woman.” So, I walked away from Once Upon A Time and focused on Longmire. It was just those two jobs. Those were the only two pilots I loved that year.
I loved the idea that Wyoming is a world that’s a bubble for these people. I found that so interesting. Something about Battlestar, that I didn’t realize when I took the job, was this whole bubble aspect of closing people in and seeing what they do. This is the opposite of that. It’s about giving everybody wide open space and seeing what they do. I enjoy that idea of this show. I like the fact that there is nobody around. As people, right now, we’re so over-stimulated in this world that I don’t know what I’d do in Wyoming. I really don’t know what I’d do. I would probably have a heart attack because I’d be so lonely and I’d actually have to listen to myself think. That’s a terrifying prospect for myself, and I’m sure many other people, as well. We leave TVs on in our house. I listen to my record player, constantly, to just hear music. I’m really intrigued by this idea of solitude. I’m excited about that, especially because we get to live in it. It’s kind of cool.
On whether she was happy with how Battlestar Galactica ended:
Yeah, I love how it ended. I’ve always said this, and people think that it’s rude for saying it, but I do think that the writers wrote themselves into a corner. That’s not a negative thing. That’s not a bad thing. It happens. With Battlestar, there were so many characters on that show to try to wrap up, and it happened so fast, that for Starbuck to not answer what or who or why, left it ambiguous and beautiful, and it gave it that bit of question. It’s like The Sopranos. You leave them guessing. I was just happier, the way that it ended. I loved it! You also don’t want to go right, if everyone thinks you’re going to go right. You go left, on purpose. Sometimes you can’t explain why, and you can’t explain what left looks like, but you just do it.
On auditioning for Once Upon A Time and why it wasn’t meant to be:
It was Jennifer Morrison’s role. They really wanted her, though. I could tell, from the very beginning, that they really wanted her. She and I go up against each other quite a bit. We’re very similar. That was her job, and this was my job. Just the way that it turned out and the way that we’ve played the roles, it’s obvious. I’m happy with the way that things turned out.
Check out the Longmire promo below (Prems June 3):