Creation Entertainment’s second “Salute to Firefly & Serenity” took place on November 22-23, 2008 in Burbank California.
We have added to the gallery 10 HQ images showing a lovely Summer Glau at her Q&A panel :
Each Firefly guest, namely Ron Glass, Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, Gina Torres and Adam Baldwin, participated in a question and answer session; here's the transcript of Summer's panel :
Firefly’s Summer Glau was asked if beating up Jayne and others in Firefly helped prepare her for the Terminator role and Summer replied sure, those are Terminator sized guys! Someone asked about doing the accent in Shindig and Summer said she only had a few days to learn it. When Summer first auditioned for Angel it was to play a ballerina and she thought she’d ruined her chances of ever reading for him again. She said she was so unprepared for the whole auditioning process and Joss asked her to do the audition with an accent so she picked a British accent and did the audition and got the part. When she got the script the part was Russian not British so she had to change it on the spot. Summer told us about Nathan Fillion playing practical jokes on set and how he’d once kidnapped a monkey and then he started sending ransom notes. The mokey would then show up in places around the country like the Grand Canyon and then the joke turned a little sour when Nathan cut off one of the monkey’s toes.
Someone asked if Summer had ever accidentally really hit someone during stunt work. Summer said that the stunt co-ordinator told her “if you ever get hit, it’s the stunt guy’s fault.” She said that every take during the fight scenes in Serenity went all the way through, unlike in Terminator where they cut a lot. She said getting hit is part of the fun. Someone asked about dancing and Summer said she had thought dancing was what she would always do but she had a feeling when she was a little girl that she’d be an actress and that’s what she’s become. Summer said working on Firefly, it was like she was the little sister on set, that she still had a lot to learn about being a professional actress and the cast instantly made her feel like she belonged and they never made her feel like she was out of her league so that was really important to her.
She said in Terminator they’re a very small cast so it’s been an incredible bonding experience. A question was asked about how hard it after laughing on set to suddenly switch back into the serious Terminator face and she said she’s become much better at it after lots of practice. Summer told us how during the filming of a very long “one-er” shot she had a line at the very end and after numerous takes they finally got it right up to the end part and Summer thought….wow, everyone’s quiet, not realising that she still had a line and Nathan eventually yelled out “Summer!” which is where the whole “Summer” gag started where the cast would yell out Summer every time someone messed up on set. She laughed about it and said that the cast even do it on other shows now.
Someone asked whether Summer prefers filming the funny moments or the more serious ones. Summer said she’s not good at being funny so she tries to play the honesty of it and “it comes out funny” she said the same applies to both River and Cameron. She likes both and think it’s incredibly important to have the funny moments in there when the show is so dark and intense. When Summer got the role in Terminator she got a call from Joss who said the movies had meant a lot to him when he was growing up, they were cutting edge and pushed the boundaries and meant a lot for action films and for action heroes.
Someone asked what Summer’s weirdest fan moment was and she responded she will never tell, she protects anyone who comes up to her or said something that may have been funny at the time. She appreciates it and she’s very lucky to have fans and she “won’t say”. Someone asked about the show they’d heard of that she was working on with Joss that involved ballet and she said they’re both really busy but still hoping to do it, that Joss is writing the music.
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