EXCLUSIVE: Alaina Huffman Talks Smallville and Stargate Universe Season Finales
May 13th, 2010
Actress Alaina Huffman is best known to fans for her role as crime fighter Dinah Lance, otherwise known as the fishnet-wearing badass Black Canary, on the CW's hit series Smallville. The actress recently joined the cast of another long running fantasy franchise, Stargate Universe, a new series set in the extremely popular Stargate world where she plays Lt. Tamara Johansen. We recently had a chance to sit down with the busy actress to talk about her new show, which is currently finishing airing it's first season on SyFy and has already been picked up for a second season. But before we asked Huffman about Stargate Universe we wanted to find out if the actress had shot any upcoming episodes for this ninth season of Smallville. "Yes, I do appear in the season finale," she confirmed. "I was up there shooting a few weeks ago and I was kind of probing the producers to see what was going on with season ten?" she continued. "They weren't giving me any information so I hope my character makes an appearance in the tenth season as well. I do have a nice hiatus over the winter from Stargate Universe where I could make a few appearances so I've made my pitch to them. I'm hoping I will get to go back because it's a lot of fun to work on and Black Canary is just a great character."
We pressed on to find out more about her characters role in Smallville's season finale. "It's the finale so it's along the same lines of all of us heroes banding together. Hawkman's in it, which is Michael Shanks, another Stargate alumnus, and then Stargirl is in it as well." From what Huffman described it sounds like The Justice Society Of America, which was introduced in the extremely popular two-hour event episode Absolute Justice from earlier this season, will be returning and teaming up with Clark's new team of heroes, The Justice League. "Yes and that is sort of the way that Smallville has really integrated or justified having the Justice League," Huffman explained. "Not necessarily visually showing everybody on the episodes but having a few of the characters and then making it clear that we're all working together. So it's one of those situations." Since the long running series has recently been picked up for an astonishing tenth season we asked the actress what she would like to see her character doing next year if she was to return to the show. "I definitely feel like aside from the Black Canary character that Dinah and Ollie have a whole history from the comics to explore."
Fans of DC Comics and the character the Green Arrow know that the relationship between Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance is one of the most famous romances in comic book history. We asked the actress if she was aware of that history before she took the role or if she had to subject herself to a comic book boot camp? "Oh yes. I didn't know anything about comic books at all, little alone Black Canary or Green Arrow or any of it," she confessed. "Then when I got cast, first of all, I saw the costume and I was like, really? I have to wear that? I was like, I have to do stunts in that, right? But it was awesome and I love it. It still fits after having a baby and everything." The actress continued to discuss the show and hinted at what she thinks could be a possible spin-off of the series after next year's tenth season. "But the whole storyline between Ollie and Dinah, I think is a great storyline. It would be something interesting, if not to explore in the tenth season of Smallville, I have a feeling that they may do something after that. Not necessarily Smallville but they have all these sets and I think they may do something along those lines."
Finally, since SyFy is currently airing the final season one episodes of Stargate Universe and the actress has already shot most of season two, we asked her to give us a sneak peak at what fans can expect going into this season's finale and leading up into the second season of the show. "Right now I think Sabotage just aired and so every week is a big sort of, what's going on?" Huffman explained. "Then we go to another planet and there is that subplot of all of us being on the ship, all of us getting along and living together. The first season was really about how do we get home? The second season is more involved with life on the ship and it's not really about trying to get home because we don't know if we are going to get home? So now we're about a third through the way of shooting the second season and some great stuff is going to happen. The Lucian Alliance will make an appearance so we've got little hints of the Stargate past integrated into season one and going into season two."
ETA: A couple more interviews! Alaina talks to SCI FI Wire HERE, and you can listen to her audio interview with Mr. Media HERE, or download it from iTunes HERE.