Summer Glau and Brian Austin in Japan during their TSCC DVD Promotion Tour
Summer Glau and Brian Austin Green were in a Tokyo hotel in Japan on May 2009 to promote the release of the second season of Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles on DVD and blu-ray.
It must not have been easy for both of them to promote the show whereas it was no longer in production. Here are the three videos of the interviews they made for Japan tv at the time.
First a short video of the Press conference with Summer Glau and Brian Austin Green.
Round of applause to Japan for the staging: first the spotlights and smoke when Summer and Brian arrived and then at the end they were givens guns and asked to strike a pose.
Question: What would you do if you meet a Terminator?
Brian: “Run, run, run just run”
Summer: “I’ll call John Connor, I’ve got his number”
Here's the uncut version version of an interview with Summer Glau and Brian Austin Green for Japan tv (including the last scene where Brian and Summer thank the interviewer).
Summer Glau : "It was difficult for me at times because Cameron has so many faces. Her agenda was unclear for most of the series."
And last an interview with Summer for a Japan tv show; a facetious Summer Glau played a few tricks on the interviewer.
Love it when she switched from Cameron mode to Summer mode!
Japanese magazine AERA English published an audio interview with Summer Glau, check it in a previous Blogpost.
During this trip to Japan, Summer and Brian did interview sessions with local medias.
Summer Glau also visited The Terminator Exhibition, an exhibit featuring the cyborgs from the Terminator franchise that was on display in Tokyo.
FOX marketing department worked hard to promote the launch of Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles back in 2007/2008. Even if the serie was named after Sarah Connor, Summer Glau's character had a fair share of advertising.
Here's a selection of TSCC outdoor advertisements, like giant billboards, featuring Cameron, the reprogrammed terminator and John's protector.
Got Milk? is an American advertising campaign encouraging the consumption of cow's milk; the following photo is based on a photoshoot made by Patrick Hoelck for Entertainment Weekly in January 2008.
Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles executive producer James Middleton has granted us permission to use a behind the scenes photo of TSCC season 2 episode 17 'Ourselves Alone'.
On the photo, you can see a smiling Summer Glau and Thomas Dekker, as well as crew members, amidst preparations for the filming of the scene inwhich John helps fix Cameron's damaged hand. This scene is a great moment for all Jameron fans but also regarding John's training to become the leader of the Resistance in the future (Cameron says : "You're ahead of schedule with what you need to learn").
Here's the photo, courtesy of James Middleton :
And since i know you love TSCC as much as i do, here's a bonus picture, also from James Middleton, featuring Josh Friedman himself holding the coolest not-really-nuclear gun ever to grace the small screen. Enjoy!
As you can see, there's new material even after a few years the serie was cancelled; feel free to comment these new photos in the comment section below.
Summer Glau was interviewed on January 2008 for her role on Terminator : The sarah connor Chronicles by Oscar Dahl (BuddyTV) and Daniel (TV Addict) at FOX Winter press junket in Hollywood.
Not being a card carrying member of the Browncoats (the FIREFLY fandom, for those not familiar with the Whedon universe), this TV Addict had no idea what he was in store for when Summer Glau’s Cameron crossed paths with a young John Conner on FOX’s newest hit show TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES. Yet the moment Cameron uttered the iconic line, “Come with me if you want to live.” Summer Glau erased all doubts and flawlessly stepped into the metallic shoes made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Recently, the TV Addict, along with BuddyTV’s Oscar Dahl had the opportunity to interview Summer at the FOX Winter press junket in Hollywood.
Here’s what she had to say with regards to her new role as Cameron Phillips, the Sci-Fi fandom and the surreal experience of seeing your face on posters everywhere.
Here's the full audio of the interview as well as the written transcript.
The TV Addict: It was great fun watching the pilot on the big screen last night, was it the first time you’ve seen it??
Summer Glau: It is the first time I’ve seen it completed. It was really interesting for me. The thing that I liked seeing was, you know, when you shoot a show it’s all out of sequence, so when they put it together I liked how my character seemed to switch on and off from doing the school scenes in the beginning, then how she changes once her alias is blown, she just changes. I thought that was cool.
The TV Addict: What attracted you to the role in the first place? Were you concerned at all that you’re very enmeshed in the sci-fi world with FIREFLY and ThE 4400, did that concern you a little moving on to another sci-fi show?
I didn’t think I’d get this part, so I didn’t worry about it that much. I went to the audition thinking I’ll just go in and I’ll do it. I never thought that they would consider me for this role, and then when they did I thought oh my goodness, I feel like I won the lottery, of course I’m going to do it. I love playing this part. I’ve never really thought much about sci-fi or not sci-fi. I always consider the role. If it’s a role I want to play, I play it. I’ve turned down roles that weren’t sci-fi because they weren’t interesting characters and they weren’t something that I wanted to do, so this was definitely something that I wanted to do.
BuddyTV: What are the difficulties of playing a robot for an actor? It seems like it’d be kind of a weird thing to wrap your mind around.
I’m still working on it every day when I come in in the mornings. There are days when I read a scene, and you know as an actress you usually have a gut instinct about it? When you’re playing a robot your gut instincts don’t come into play so much, you have to think about it. You have to shape the character. She’s very mysterious, so we’re having to kind of, we’re having to build her and build an arc for her. When I read the pilot, I said to Josh [Friedman, executive producer] “I don’t really know how to do this.” I’ve played very vulnerable characters so far, very emotional characters, and this is something really different for me. So I really trust a lot in what the writers are doing.
At 2:30 of the video
BuddyTV : For the record Thomas Dekker just called Summer a liar.
BuddyTV: The reaction to both the series and your character [at Comic-Con] were just huge. What’s it like having such a big, loyal fanbase that kind of goes crazy?
It’s been amazing. We were very nervous when we brought our pilot to Comic-Con, because we knew there would be a lot of hardcore TERMINATOR fans and we didn’t want to let them down. So we were nervous, and I couldn’t believe how positive everyone was. I mean, of course I believe in our show completely and I really want people to love it, but a lot of times people tend to be negative given the choice. It’s hard for people to be really supportive sometimes, and they were, and that meant a lot to me. I remember when I first started working for Joss [Whedon, creator of FIREFLY], he tried to explain to me what his fans were like. I just couldn’t picture it until I went to my first convention and I realized this is what it’s like to be one of Joss’s girls, you know? One of his actresses.
The TV Addict: Are you at all nervous for the reviews that are going to come out? You were cast in this over a year ago, you’ve worked so hard for like six months on the show, and finally it’s going to premiere on Sunday. Do you read the reviews? Do you pay attention to stuff like that, or do you just try to do the best you can?I always try not to read it, because I always take it personally. I’m not able to separate, if I read ten great reviews and then I read one that says I’m ugly, then that’s all I remember. I try not to read anything, and I’m very nervous because I love this job, I love this series, I had no idea when I signed up for it how creative our writers are. They are so talented, we could keep writing new episodes for years, so these numbers really matter to me. At the party last night I wanted to enjoy it and I wanted to celebrate, but there’s a part of me that won’t be able to relax until Tuesday morning after we see our numbers. It does make a difference whether or not we’re going to be able to make another season.
The TV Addict: I know the writers’ strike has wrecked, well, I’m a TV addict so it’s wrecked my life, but it’s wrecked everything. You’re now not going to premiere against new stuff. Is it weird that it might benefit you a little, and the show?
It is weird. I feel bad saying that, because obviously we all want to go back to work. But we have been given a great opportunity, Fox has really, really promoted us, we’ve had a chance to talk to a lot of people about our show, and we feel like we’ve been set up really well. I already have people coming up to me on the street and saying they’re so excited about the show, and it hasn’t even aired yet.
The TV Addict: The giant posters of you I’m sure help. Is that surreal at all? You get into acting and I’m sure you never imagine that, with Firefly and now, in L.A. you’re on giant buildings. It’s crazy.Yeah, I couldn’t believe that, when I came home from Texas for the holidays and that picture was everywhere, on every bus. I don’t know how I got so lucky. Joss Whedon and Josh Friedman have really just put me in a position that I never ever pictured possible. I’m very lucky
The TV Addict: I really love the show, and there’s such a great chemistry between yourself and John. Are we going to see a relationship? Because you’re a robot and he’s human, I don’t know how that works really.Well, nobody knows how it works yet. There have been some clues that it’s going to be a lot more complicated than I’m a robot and he’s a human.
BuddyTV: In the pilot they kind of hinted that you were a different, newer model.?That keeps popping up in the next episodes. There’s all sorts of complications about what she actually can feel. She can feel. I hope we really take it someplace new. I think we already have.
Summer Glau and Thomas Dekker have great chemistry
A few weeks before Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season two premiered on FOX, BuddyTV made an exclusive interview with Thomas Dekker and Summer Glau during FOX Fall Press Junket , inwhich they discussed the second season and the evolution of their characters.
While watching the video, one will immediately notice the genuine affection and respect Thomas and Summer have for each other; they really are comfortable with each other, which is maybe why they had such a great chemistry on screen.
Look at 2:36 when the interviewer mentions that Cameron is coming back in season 2 and Thomas says "Thank God", the glances and smiles that they exchange says it all.
Watch the video and a couple screencaps we made.
Japanese cable channel Super! Drama TV will broadcast Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles in July 2012 at 16:30 to 17:30, Monday to Friday every week [Subtitled].
Super! Drama TV website has also a nice section devoted to TSCC (and also the Terminator franchise), with a detailed introduction to the serie, the characters and the main plots; there's also a summary for episode of the two seasons, interviews of the cast members, promo posters and more.
Summer Glau was featured in a Japanese cable schedule back in October 2009, for her role as Cameron Philipps in Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Here are the HQ scans of the Japanese magazine :
Summer Glau and Thomas Dekker were two of the stars who went in Sydney, Australia in February 2008, as part of an official Warner Brothers press junket promoting their tv series in the land down under.
Here's a sample of the photoshoot :
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Besides Summer and Thomas, other tv stars in attendance were Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies), Kathryn Morris(Cold Case) and Jensen Ackles (supernatural).
I managed to find a rare group photo of all the actors, published in the Daily Telegraph (Sydney) at the time of the photoshoot; Summer looks gorgeous in that dress, that would have been a bit too much revealing if not for the shawl she was wearing.
All of them were heading to Bondi Icebergs restaurant on Bondi Beach, Sydney; I hope they had a great time :)
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And here's an interview Summer and Thomas made at Clovelly beach in Sydney for a New Zealand Television :