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Syfy Q&A with Sasha Roiz of Caprica

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Transcript from Caprica Press Call with Sasha Roiz:

October 1, 2010

3:10 pm CT

Operator:               Ladies and gentlemen thank you standing by and welcome to the Caprica conference call. During the presentation, all participants will be in a listen only mode. Afterwards, we will conduct a question and answer session. At that time if you have a question, please press the 1 followed by the 4. If at any time during the conference you need to reach an operator, please press star 0.

As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Friday, October 1, 2010. It is now my pleasure to introduce Maureen Granados with SyFy. You may go ahead.

Maureen Granados:     Hi everyone. It’s Maureen from SyFy. Thank you for joining us today for our Caprica call. And we are lucky enough to have Sasha Roiz who plays Sam Adama on the series.

As you all know, the series returns for Season 1.5 on Tuesday, October 5 at 10:00 pm. And without further ado, I will turn it over to Sasha and your questions.

Sasha Roiz:           Hey guys. Thanks so much for doing this. I appreciate your time.

Operator:               Thank you ladies and gentlemen. If you would like to register for a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. You will hear a three-toned prompt to acknowledge your request.

If your question has been answered and you would like to withdraw your registration, please press the 1 and the 3. And if you are using a speakerphone, please lift your handset before entering your request. One moment please for our first question.

Our first question from the line of Tom Powers with You may proceed.

Tom Powers:         Hi. That’s, and I wanted to ask Sasha is the fact that Sam Adama is a Tauron and thus an immigrant on Caprica, does that play a conscious role in your portrayal?

Sasha Roiz:           Yes. Obviously first off, is that a Cylon monitoring this conversation? That’s pretty perfect. But yes, the immigration – the immigrant status of Sam plays a very, very large role. It’s very significant to the portrayal because it’s really sort of what his outlook on Caprica, it’s how he sort of perceives himself in relationship to the Capricans.

And there’s that constant reminder that he’s a second class citizen because he’s not a purebred Caprican. And so that bitterness and that enmity is always sort of present in his everyday, you know, in my portrayal of it and certainly in Sam’s activities.

Tom Powers:         Hmm. Well, that’s sounds very logical.

Sasha Roiz:           Yes. And I think it’s very true to many immigrants in our world as well. They’re part of a society that simply will not absorb them and we see that in many examples throughout the world. Then their own secondary societies and sort of play by their own rules and their own laws, and much like we did in, America back at the turn of the century.

Tom Powers:         Right. Right. Well thank you.

Sasha Roiz:           Thank you.

Operator:               Our next question from the line of (Michelle) Hinman with Airlock Alpha. You may proceed.

Michael Hinman:   Well it’s actually Michael and – but, you know, it’s close enough I guess. So hey Sasha, thanks for doing the call today. And, you know, you don’t sound as much like Magda but, you know, we still appreciate having you here.


Sasha Roiz:           How’s it going Michael?

Michael Hinman:   It’s going good. Hey, I was looking at some of the – you – from Season 1, I mean the DVD’s coming out for Season 1.0 and there’s been some behind the scene stuff that’s been released and one of the things that’s talked about where you were talking about interacting with the Cylons. But I don’t quite remember you doing that. So are we going to see Sam have a chance to interact with the Cylons at some point in the upcoming second half of the season?

Sasha Roiz:           I think you’ll see a lot of people interacting with Cylons. I think it’s basically what we’re driving towards is the introduction of the Cylons into this world. And so it’s going to definitely cross paths with just about everybody’s storylines.

I’ve just seen the first two – maybe you haven’t seen it but there’s definitely some stuff coming out because Sam and Esai – Sam sorry and Joseph they start – they negotiate a deal with the Graystone – the Graystones. And so eventually that technology comes into the hands of the Ha’La’Tha and there’s certainly a crossover of interest for their purpose and it’s going to be a very interesting sort of tug of war.

So you’re definitely going to see some sort of interaction, yes.

Michael Hinman:   Well, you know, and in the first two episodes we do see Joseph kind of seeming to be going, you know, even more and more over, you know, towards having more of that Mafia mentality than maybe he had in the first ten episodes.

Will we see any type of adjustment in what Sam does? Then like will he go the other way or will he go deeper in that or will his character do something totally different?

Sasha Roiz:           Well you’ve always seen Sam as a very loyal soldier of the Ha’La’Tha and the main sort of dilemma that he’s going to be facing is a certain loyalty based on some decisions that are made. So you’re going to see his struggle with – within himself and within the organization, and (unintelligible) brother as well about sort of the future that he’s going to take and the future that, that the path that he’s going to go on ultimately.

So there’s going to be certainly fractions within their story lines and within their loyalties.

Michael Hinman:   Excellent. Well, you know, I love the first two episodes. I can’t wait to see what’s next, and it was good talking to you Sasha.

Sasha Roiz:           You too man. Thanks so much.

Operator:               Our next question from the line of Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine. You may proceed.

Jamie Steinberg:    Hi Sasha. Shalom.

Sasha Roiz:           Shalom. How are you?

Jamie Steinberg:    Good. Thank you for speaking with us today.

Sasha Roiz:           Absolutely. Thank you.

Jamie Steinberg:    I was wondering what you find challenging about your role.

Sasha Roiz:           Challenging, oh I mean, every role I find challenging in its own way. This one I guess I don’t really find it especially more challenging than any other role I’ve played. In fact, it kind of brings about certain elements that I’ve always kind of enjoyed playing.

I just find it really fascinating how he’s such a dynamic character. And in fact, that makes it almost easier in some ways to play because there’s so many facets to the character from, you know, the harshness that he portrays in the world to the softness that he has with his family and towards Willy.

And there’s so many various elements to him, the way he’s loyal within his organization and yet he’s such a criminal outside of that organization. So it makes the character in some ways even more fun and a little easier at times to play because there is such a balance to him. He really isn’t one dimensional and it makes it a lot of fun to play.


Jamie Steinberg:    Sorry, go ahead.

Sasha Roiz:           But you – but challenging, I don’t know. I guess I never really saw it much as a – the challenge. It’s funny. I just really so far it’s just been really like pleasurable to portray it and, you know, be an occasional Tauron makes me kind of like, you know, that might be the challenging bit like whenever I have to start speaking in Tauron. But otherwise it’s been a total joy to play.

Jamie Steinberg:    Might not be too different from Seeking Hebrew though as far as…

Sasha Roiz:           Yes.

Jamie Steinberg:    …picking up a language. Now there’s such great…

Sasha Roiz:           Yes, but it…

Jamie Steinberg:    Sorry, go ahead.

Sasha Roiz:           I’m sorry. No, go ahead.

Jamie Steinberg:    There’s such great chemistry between you and your cast mates. Was it instant or did it take a bit of time to develop?

Sasha Roiz:           Between – well I mean the first person I really worked with was Esai. And that chemistry was very quick. He’s such a friendly and outgoing individual and he’s such a talented actor. And we instantly found a chemistry like right back in the pilot even. And so that was very simple and that was the most important (unintelligible) – of course with the rest of the Adama family, with – certainly with Willy there’s a chemistry.

And then, as we got to know each other, sitting in that (goom) for seven months, we definitely developed a great sense of friendship amongst all of us. And it was great because when you’re sequestered in another city for seven months, if you don’t have that, it can be a real nightmare. But for us it was just a joy to get to know each other and spend time together.

Even though a lot of our story lines didn’t cross, we certainly had a lot of time together and the friendships developed.

Jamie Steinberg:    You’re a member of Twitter. Why is that such an important place for you to connect with fans of the show?

Sasha Roiz:           I think Twitter’s just a fantastic vehicle for fans especially because – and for us who are on the other end of it because it’s instant communication with people who otherwise don’t really have access to you.

And so even if it’s short form communication, it’s so immediate and it’s – I think it’s such a fulfilling way to communicate with friends or people you admire who’s work you like. I think it’s a very instant sense of gratification.

And also for me it’s a wonderful way to keep people abreast of the work I’m doing and Caprica and the events that are taking place. And it’s an amazing instant tool for PR and for communication between fans and celebrities and friends and so on. So I think it’s a wonderful tool.

Jamie Steinberg:    Thank you so much.

Sasha Roiz:           Thank you. Take care.

Operator:               Our next question from the line of Michael Jenson with You may proceed.

Michael Jenson:     Hi Sasha. My question has to do with…

Sasha Roiz:           Hey Michael.

Michael Jenson:     How’re you doing?

Sasha Roiz:           Good. Good. It’s good to hear from you.

Michael Jenson:     You as well. My question has to do with the fact that Sam has been really embraced by the gay community in a pretty big way as being an out gay character. Even though the show had only aired a couple episodes, Sam made our list of the best gay characters on television.

So my question is, what does that mean to you as an actor that he’s been embraced that way? And what have you heard from fans about Sam being gay?

Sasha Roiz:           I have, I absolutely love that facet of the character and I love that we’ve tackled it in a way that’s been completely unique to television. And it’s been nothing but a wonderful experience. People have been completely receptive. People have been incredibly supportive. The gay community has been remarkable.

I’ve done everything from the no hate campaign pictures to a few different projects on the side in my spare time to, you know, that’s sort of like projects to raise awareness and (unintelligible). And they’re incredibly strong and very cohesive and supportive community and it’s great to tap into that and I’m really, really pleased that they’re enjoying it, enjoying the portrayal.

Michael Jenson:     Now I understand in, you know, 1.5 we’re going to be seeing some more of Sam’s back story. Wondering what share we’re going to learn about that.

Sasha Roiz:           Well the back story, I don’t know if it’s necessarily going to tackle anything as far as the sexuality because as you’ve seen, the world that we live in doesn’t really – there’s no reason to particularly delve into that because it’s a non-issue.

And so you’re going to see more of like what’s turned him – sort of the tragedy that befell these kids and what led them to come to the – Caprica and under what circumstances and what duress and what ultimately led them to be the men they are today.

But you will see more of Sam and Larry. You will see a little bit more of that partnership and the kind of life that they have and the kinds of strings that they have due to obviously Sam’s involvement in the mob. So you will see more examples of that.

Michael Jenson:     That was going to be my last question if we got to see more of Larry. Do you know how many episodes we’ll see Larry pop up in?

Sasha Roiz:           I think there might be another what, three, another three episodes approximately because Sam’s going to be going through quite a bit of stuff and you’re going to see Larry there as a support for sure for some of the major blows that are about to come.

Michael Jenson:     Well fantastic. Thank you so much Sasha. I’m so glad the show’s back.

Sasha Roiz:           Thank you Michael. I appreciate it.

Operator:               Our next question from the line of Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas. You may proceed.

Nancy Harrington:      Hi Sasha. Thanks for talking to us. I’m actually here with my sister…

Sasha Roiz:           Hey.

Nancy Harrington:      …Amy who’s my writing partner. Nice to meet you today.


Sasha Roiz:           Oh hey guys.

Amy Harrington:   Hello.

Nancy Harrington:      We were wondering – Sam is such a morally complex character, so how as an actor do you connect with some of the darker tasks he has to carry out and the things he has to do?

Sasha Roiz:           The darker stuff is not that difficult, in a sense that when you kind of – when you kind of like truly believe the, you know, Sam’s perspective on life and he’s a very black and white character. And he doesn’t have a lot of room for doubt. And he’s very much a soldier. And so when he’s given an order, it’s very much like a soldier has to go out and perform the order.

There will be a little bit more – like I said, there’ll be doubts placed upon him for the first time, and that’ll be really interesting to see, the sort of torment he has as someone who’s always taking orders unquestionably, and then all of a sudden is arrested and has to start to question his life and his loyalties which he’s never had to do before. And that becomes very interesting to portray.

Some of the darker elements, when we play those out, I don’t really see him very differently than a soldier carrying out certain duties and missions that he has to do. And there’s really no room to question them at all.

Nancy Harrington:      All right. That makes a lot of sense.

Sasha Roiz:           Yes.

Nancy Harrington:      So we also heard that Eric Stoltz directed an episode. Were you in that episode? And then if so, what was it like to work with him as a director?


Sasha Roiz:           Yes. Eric directs I think the very first episode airing this Tuesday. It was great. Eric’s a (remarkably) talented director. I mean he’s been working on stuff since we wrapped as a director. And it was very interesting to watch him wear two hats so to speak, and to watch him switch from director to actor because his storyline was quite heavy at that episode and so it wasn’t easy for him.

So he was always very aware even while he was performing of what was happening behind the scenes. And it was remarkable to see him being able to switch so quickly because I think for him it was the first time he was directing himself as well.

So, that was really fun to watch. But as a director he was incredibly respectful. It’s obviously a strange transition when all of a sudden one of your co-stars is directing you. So he was very respectful and very gracious about it. And he did a great job. He was remarkably easy to work with because (unintelligible) understands the show as intimately as he does all of a sudden is directing you, it’s – it really lends itself to some great work.

Nancy Harrington:      Excellent. Well thank you so much. Good luck with the show and thanks for (unintelligible) today.

Sasha Roiz:           Thank you guys. Thank you.

Operator:               Our next question from the line of Troy Rogers with

Troy Rogers:         Hi Sasha. Thanks for taking the time.

Sasha Roiz:           Hey. How are you?

Troy Rogers:         Not too bad. Now I wanted to know how do you view the level of irony in Caprica especially concerning your character because he was involved in stealing the chip and then he and Joseph are looking to sell the Cylons. I mean eventually it’s going to come back around to where Sam’s nephew will have to fight them.

Sasha Roiz:           Yes. Yes. I mean – you mean in the irony as far as like where Battlestar takes off?

Troy Rogers:         Yes. Yes.

Sasha Roiz:           Right. I mean, that’s the wonderful thing for fans of Battlestar is that they get to see it on two different levels and I think it’s what makes it really interesting and compelling for the fans of Battlestar is to be able to watch an entirely different saga but at the same time connecting to something that they’ve already loved and they could see certain elements playing themselves out and foreshadowing.

And so I love whenever we have a little nod, you know, cheeky little nods to Caprica like that. I think it always lends itself beautifully and the Internet’s always lit up right after those shows with people trying to connect the dots, you know, having a good time with it. So…

Troy Rogers:         I know.

Sasha Roiz:           …it’s a lot of fun for sure. But like, David Eick always says, – you know how World War II ends. You either – you’re still kind of interested in seeing this play out, or this battle play out or the different characters involved on the course.

So it’s – there’s always room for these great stories even though you may know what the outcome will be. How we get there is a whole other thing, so…

Troy Rogers:         Right.

Sasha Roiz:           …fun.

Troy Rogers:         Yes. That’s a good way of putting it.

Sasha Roiz:           Yes.

Troy Rogers:         Yes. I also wanted to know, Sam has a pretty cool wardrobe. Do you have your eye on anything for when the season runs…


Sasha Roiz:           I miss (slings) fedoras, I’ll tell you that much. It’s kind of fun. I like the classic look that they built for us for sure. They did a (decent) job fitting the old with the new. I mean this is beautiful sort of retro feel yet in this incredibly advanced society.

I kind of like – I just love the fact that Sam would at least where a tie. He almost looked like the most formal individual on the show considering his job title. And, you know, I just loved walking around in that leather jacket and that fedora. I mean it instantly evoked the character. So it was so – once the tattoos are on and that hat goes on it’s like you instantly fall into the character.

Troy Rogers:         Nice. Well yes.

Sasha Roiz:           Yes.

Troy Rogers:         Thanks again Sasha.

Sasha Roiz:           Thank you.

Operator:               Our next question from the line of Teresa Jusino with Pink

Teresa Jusino:        Hello Sasha. It’s good to be talking to you.

Sasha Roiz:           You too.

Teresa Jusino:        Now we know that Sam is a really…

Man:                      Hey.

Teresa Jusino:        Oh, hello? Oh sorry. We know that Sam…

Sasha Roiz:           Hey it’s Teresa right. I just remembered. You’re taking over for Pink Raygun today. That’s true. I forgot.

Teresa Jusino:        Yes I am. I’m wearing my reporter hat.

Sasha Roiz:           There you go. I don’t think we ever – we didn’t actually speak. We’ve only tweeted.

Teresa Jusino:        Exactly.

Sasha Roiz:           That’s great. That’s great.

Teresa Jusino:        I – so now we know that Sam is a really traditional kind of guy, not too into the technology. But since you mentioned Twitter, if you, Sasha Roiz, had access to a holoband, would you use it and what would you use it to do?

Sasha Roiz:           I’d be a goner. If I had a holoband I’d feel like sequester in my house from this day on. I’d probably just turn into a mess. They’d find me like sitting rotting away in my underwear somewhere.

I don’t know. It’s too tempting. It’s like the ultimate drug, right. You can just escape to wherever you want to escape. So, I think it’s a very, very dangerous tool. So I could understand why it’s become such an issue in that world because who doesn’t want to escape?

I mean that’s really, when you look at society, that’s all people do, you know, from drugs to television to everything we do is really just a form of escape. So this ultimate form of escape would just destroy society.

Teresa Jusino:        Well true. I kind of wish – I don’t know.


Sasha Roiz:           That’s kind of negative. Oh my God. I was so pessimistic it was awful.

Teresa Jusino:        So basically you would be in your house in your underwear totally wasting your time. Okay great. Next question.


Sasha Roiz:           Yes. That’s – just me just (not) me living off cereal and that’s it. No it was just  too tempting. I think it’s just too, too tempting. So I can understand like how that (unintelligible) just, you know, you give into things like that to, you know…

Teresa Jusino:        Yes.

Sasha Roiz:           …entire virtual world that you don’t have to be responsible in.

Teresa Jusino:        Exactly. Well now if you had…

Sasha Roiz:           So there you go.

Teresa Jusino:        Exactly. If you had Sam standing in front of you right now, you could tell him one thing, what would you tell him? What advice would you offer him? Would you compliment him? Would you kind of give him some help with suggestions?

Sasha Roiz:           I would be like dude, enough with the tattoos already, like (unintelligible) easy. Enough. We get it. I don’t know if I’d want to have Sam standing in front of me truthfully. (Unintelligible) on what we’d talk about?

Yes. I don’t know if I’d want Sam in front of me. Sam’s the kind of guy you want flanking you, like making sure that everything’s okay. I don’t think he’s the guy you (unintelligible) kind of want to sit facing across because I think then you’re pretty much in trouble.

Teresa Jusino:        So you wouldn’t hang out with him for a beer or something?

Sasha Roiz:           For a beer?

Teresa Jusino:        Yes I…


Sasha Roiz:           Yes. It’d be interesting but I don’t – I wouldn’t know what to say. It’s just kind of imposing – imposing character. I’d just sit there quietly sipping my beer trying not to get hurt.

Teresa Jusino:        Yes. Oh no. Now getting…

Sasha Roiz:           Yes.

Teresa Jusino:        …like a little more realistically back to the show, what was your favorite episode to shoot…

Sasha Roiz:           Oh um…

Teresa Jusino:        …like your most fun experience or the…

Sasha Roiz:           I think I really enjoyed the one with Paula back in the first half – in – the 104. I can’t ever remember the titles. I’m sorry. But I think it was called Gravedancing. And then I enjoyed…

Teresa Jusino:        Oh yes.

Sasha Roiz:           …this – a couple – I mean I enjoyed this next half, I really enjoyed where we took things. And so every day was really exciting, because as opposed to the first half where we sort of let it breathe and kind of like uncorked the bottle and let the thing breathe and just kind of bring you into it, in the second half, it really just starts to spin and everybody’s storyline starts to get, you know, it starts to accelerate in pace and action.

And there was so much to do and so much to take care of. So it’s really hard for me to say because there – you’ll see like there’s so many great things that will transpire (unintelligible) finale which is mind blowing.

And so there’s definitely a few coming up I think that have our back story which is really exciting. There’s the finale which I loved what they did with that and a few episodes leading from – I guess I just really love the second half.

But it starts kind of like in the third – I think there’s one called Dirteaters. It’s a background for Joseph and Sam.

Teresa Jusino:        Oh.

Sasha Roiz:           It was a very interesting episode and then it kind of spins from there. It really takes off for us especially, so I’m looking forward to it.

Teresa Jusino:        Nice. Well your scene with…

Sasha Roiz:           Yes.


Teresa Jusino:        …Esai at the end of Gravedancing is like one of my favorite ones. I’m looking forward to seeing how you guys play that out.

Sasha Roiz:           Oh okay.

Teresa Jusino:        Yes. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk.

Sasha Roiz:           Thanks. Nice to finally talk to you.

Operator:               Our next question from line of Lillian Standefer with

Lillian Standefer:  Hey Sasha. How are you?

Sasha Roiz:           SciFi Mafia, how perfect. I’m great. How’re you doing?

Lillian Standefer:  Good. Well actually along those same lines, the portrayal of the Tauron seem to have a very heavy ethnic and Mafia-like slant.

Sasha Roiz:           yes.

Lillian Standefer:  Why do you think the writers chose this for the background of the Adama family? And how – and what did you do to prepare for the role of Sam Adama?

Sasha Roiz:           I can’t speak for the writers. I think just based on my own intuition, I think it’s probably lends itself really well to you have such a noble character like William Adama and then coming from such a background, I think it’s a very interesting journey for that family and this particular character and his storyline.

How did he go from such a dark and criminal past to becoming who he did and who he became rather. And so I think that’s probably very interesting to watch, as opposed to somebody who was born into that.

And I’m sorry, what was the second part of the question – totally…

Lillian Standefer:  What did you do to prepare yourself for the role?

Sasha Roiz:           Oh to prepare. You know what? I watched – I read a few books actually on a lot of the different ethnic mobs back in the early part of the 20th century from the Jewish mob to the Irish mob and the Italian mob and it was very interesting. And, it was very enlightening because you just see these people who – they didn’t come over to enact violence, it was just sort of – they were left no choice because they were just simply not being accepted in the society and they were (unintelligible) distance.

And so, with no hope and no options, they just created their own laws and their own systems of laws. And so that’s, you know, I kind of look towards that as my inspiration for the background to the – to this family. And that was very helpful. That was very helpful.

Lillian Standefer:  Well good. And so in Caprica where now it’s (unintelligible) how closely the Adama family is to the Cylon story, do you think their background is what gives the Adamas the strength to deal with what they’re faced with? And also how does your character influence the boy that grows up to be Adama – Admiral Adama?

Sasha Roiz:           I’m sorry – it just – it cut out just before. How does my character?

Lillian Standefer:  How does your character influence the boy that’ll grow up to be Admiral Adama?

Sasha Roiz:           You know what? I don’t really generally know how to answer that the – how does, like how does he influence it. Well no, because the thing is I think it’s more interesting for audiences to tie the knots and see the connections because I can only imagine so many different people and so many different experiences will influence him.

And, there’ll be so much more life for him to live until we sort of discover him later on, and so many things and catastrophes that will befall this world and all the, you know, all the things that he will undergo. So I don’t know how personally but I think that’s – generally I leave it to the fans to kind of connect those dots.

But – and you asked about the family, how we’re able to cope with the whole Cylon…

Lillian Standefer:  Yes.

Sasha Roiz:           I seem to be blanking all the time for some reason. The action between the family and the Cylon creation?

Lillian Standefer:  Yes.

Sasha Roiz:           Is that what you’re asking?


Lillian Standefer:  Kind of like – generate. Yes. Through the generations, you know, how you and Joseph are dealing with that versus how William will deal with it later.

Sasha Roiz:           Right. Well I think we’re all we’re seeing right now is sort of just the outset of this whole Cylon creation and the effect that it’s going to have in our world. So right now, Joseph and I have no idea what it’s capable of. I mean we’re really quite naïve (unintelligible). Only Daniel Graystone really knows the capabilities. And even he will be left, you know, surprised by some of the things that happened.

But – so, I mean Sam specifically is completely old school. I mean you can see it in the car he drives and the way he lives, like he’s very like technologically inept. So a Cylon to him is far more than he can understand. But he certainly can understand how to use these things to benefit him or benefit the things he believes in. And so…

Lillian Standefer:  Ah-ha. Okay.

Sasha Roiz:           You know, so that’s the thing. That’s where the tug of war comes in is like how can I use this to benefit, you know, what I believe in and that’s where – that’s sort of where, you know, where his relationship to the Cylon begins and ends.

Lillian Standefer:  Um-hmm. Well…

Sasha Roiz:           Yes.

Lillian Standefer:  …the reason why I ask about the family background and how, you know, because it seems like the Taurons are very, very family-oriented people.

Sasha Roiz:           Yes. Yes.

Lillian Standefer:  And – and so…

Sasha Roiz:           Well I mean yes. So you mean like the Cylon doesn’t relate to their way of life do you mean?

Lillian Standefer:  No. I guess more like how kind of more going for what – like how the tight knit family background, you know, might give Bill his strength later for…

Sasha Roiz:           Oh yes, yes. Absolutely. No. I think without a doubt I mean the one thing that you see certainly for Bill is like no matter how odd this family might seem or how fractured at times or even the tragedy that they went through in the first half with the loss of the wife and daughter, it’s a very strong family unit. I mean family comes first. And I think he’s a little (unintelligible) that, you know, his family’s there for him.

And that’s certainly not the case with the other characters we’ve seen, the other young characters we’ve seen, you know, where their families are…


Lillian Standefer:  Yes.

Sasha Roiz:           …completely fractured. And so there is that one element in his life that in spite of everything that might be going on, I think he has a sense of family. His family will be there no matter what. And I think that’s certainly – certainly is a place of strength for him.

Lillian Standefer:  Excellent. Thank you so much Sasha. We can’t wait for the Season 1.5.

Sasha Roiz:           Thank you so much, appreciate it.

Operator:               Our last question from the line of Karen Moul with Sci-Fi

Karen Moul:          Hi Sasha. Thanks for being with us today.

Sasha Roiz:           Hey. Thank you.

Karen Moul:          I’m just wondering – I was wondering how much of you do we see in Sam? What do you guys have in common? You’re probably not a hit man but in terms of your personality…

Sasha Roiz:           You don’t know that. You don’t know that.

Karen Moul:          …what part of you is in there. I don’t know that.

Sasha Roiz:           I think that’s true of any character we play. There’s definitely for most actors, I mean you bring a lot of yourself to it sometimes even, you know what, sometimes even before you realize it. Sometimes other people realize it before you do.

I certainly think that when they cast me, they probably saw (unintelligible) what they were imagining for Sam before I even knew it because for instance there were surprises that I wasn’t aware of until after the pilot.

Like for instance, Sam’s sexuality and certain storylines that I was completely unaware of because he comes across so brutal in the pilot and then you see this other side of him, this whole family side and this relationship that he has.

And so I think the fact that they’ve made him so dynamic allows me to really kind of fit in to this character a lot easier than it if was a more one dimensional sort of character that sometimes you get on television.

So yes, there’s many aspects of me in there. I don’t want to say which ones, but definitely, there’s so many shapes to the character and the more there are, the easier it is for me to bring in elements of my personality.

We all have that. We all have everything from black to white and everything in between. And so I’m able to bring different elements of myself to the character at all times. I – like for instance, the most immediate times were like my family was an immigrant family so I understand some of that. It’s not to the same degree obviously, but I understand some of those issues.

I understand the family unit. I have a very strong tight knit family. And then there’s certainly other sides because we all have a darker side to ourselves and so you bring some of that in as well.

And yes. So if you could…

Karen Moul:          How much of…

Sasha Roiz:           …like I said the – go ahead.

Karen Moul:          I was going to ask, how much input do you have into Sam, into his reactions or, I mean is this a show where you just showed up and stick to the script or, you know, are the producers…


Sasha Roiz:           No, not at all. They’ve been…

Karen Moul:          …open to suggestions or…

Sasha Roiz:           They’ve been wonderful about that. No they were great about that because it’s the first year of the show and they left it up to us in many ways to bring in sort of the final details. And things that didn’t work for us, you know, they were very accommodating to fix them.

And I think ultimately their trust was laid on us as the characters and the actors to make the final choice as to how our characters would react in any given situation.

So like the final sort of breath was ours. And they were very great about that. They were very helpful in allowing us to just find it ourselves. And I think it shows. It’s an, you know, I think beautifully acted show and I think it’s an incredibly talented cast. So I think they just trusted in us to finalize the characters.

Karen Moul:          Um-hmm. And…

Sasha Roiz:           Yes.

Karen Moul:          …if I can just (fault) with one more thing, as much as we all enjoyed the first half of the season there was some criticism of maybe the pacing and there were sort of all these subplots running around that maybe didn’t…

Sasha Roiz:           Right.

Karen Moul:          …come together. And, you know, I (comment) on the producers kind of pretty much owned up to that. So, you know…

Sasha Roiz:           Yes.

Karen Moul:          …are we going to – what – are we going to see something a little different? Is this the show that’s going to continue to ask us for patience or are we going to see, you know, the (coalition) now or?

Sasha Roiz:           No. I think we best do it. We’ve asked you for enough of your patience for this point. At this point if you can kind of sit back and make some popcorn and just kind of enjoy it because it’s going to accelerate very quickly. We’re going to get into some very complex storylines very quickly that are going to spin out of control and everyone’s – every character’s going to go scrambling trying to survive what’s about to happen.

But everybody’s in peril and everybody’s got a remarkable storyline. And like I said, there’s going to be a lot more action and I think you’re going to be on the edge of your seats like trying to figure out who’s going to survive and who’s going to fall. Because the one great thing they do in the show is they kind of leave you guessing as to the ultimate survival of the characters. We know there’s going to be a catastrophe so you never know who’s going to be safe and I think that’s a wonderful element. But like I said, the pace is definitely, definitely going to pick up so you can just sit back and enjoy it.

Lillian Standefer:  Oh great. I’m looking forward to that. Thanks so much.

Sasha Roiz:           Thank you.

Maureen Granados:     All right everybody. That is – time we have for today. So thank you so much for joining us Sasha. Thank you for your time.

Sasha Roiz:           Thank you.

Maureen Granados:     We will be sending out a transcript of this call as well. And I should just remind everyone that there is a Caprica marathon of the first half of Season 1 on Tuesday starting at 10:00 am and that’ll be all nine episodes including the pilot.

And then if you really want to get caught up, you can also grab the DVD which comes out the same day, the 5th. So I hope everyone enjoys the premiere and contact me if you need anything else and have a great day.

Sasha you can (unintelligible) on.

Operator:               Thank you ladies and gentlemen. That does conclude the conference call for today. We thank you for your participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines.


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