Angel, Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Cape ... Can we say that you are the queen of science fiction of American TV?
(Laughs) That's it! Or the tough guy! I was lucky to be given such cool and diverse roles. Science fiction is like a second home to me.
Is it a genre that you love yourself as a spectator?
I am often asked that question. In a way, I've always been a fan of science fiction and fantasy. When I was a child, my mother used to read The Hobbit and the works of C.S. Lewis to my sisters and me . It shaped my imagination. Later, when I pursued a career as an actress in Los Angeles, I realized that this genre offered women powerful and unique roles.
You have played in many successful series. Which one is the most talked about?
It depends where I am. In some places, I'm mostly known for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but most of the time it's for Firefly. The fans of this series are really excited when they meet me, and they are very loyal.
You have also made a guest appearance in The Big Bang Theory. It was almost 10 years ago, but it's still one of the best episodes of the series ...
I have great memories of it. I was very nervous before the shooting because I had never played in a sitcom before. It's a way of working very different from drama series. The whole team had been lovely to me ... and my stage fright served my character, so it was perfect!
Rumor has it that a reboot of Firefly could see the day ...
I have heard that it was envisaged. Firefly never followed the rules, if only when the movie Serenity concluded the plot after its cancellation, after a single season. I would not be surprised.
Do you think that's a good idea?
I have mixed feelings. Firefly is such a special series for so many people that I'm afraid they will be disappointed. On the other hand, I notice at conventions such as Comic Con that a new generation of fans has appeared. The parents showed the episodes on Netflix to their children, who have spoken to their friends themselves ... It's fantastic!
If a reboot was done, would you like to resume your role of River?
I will be unable to refuse! Firefly offered me my first recurring role. It is on this series that I learned my work as an actress, because when I was chosen I was still a professional dancer. The entire film crew had taken me under his wing, it was like a family. And that's still the case today.
Can we say that River was an early feminist, like Buffy before her?
Absolutely. I consider that being a feminist, being a strong woman, is to affirm who we are. That's what I liked about River, and about the other characters that I had the opportunity to play later on in science fiction. Because women are their own heroin. I particularly like the way Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy against the vampires and Firefly, ed) writes his feminine characters, which are multi-layered. They are both funny, vulnerable, strong, intelligent ...
You got together with Nathan Fillion in 2016 in an episode of Castle ...
I always say that Nathan is like the big brother I never had. Because I put my career on hold when I became a mother, I had not worked for a while. On my first day of filming, Nathan had fun scaring me in my trailer. So the first thing I did on Castle's set was screaming (laughs). After that we hugged each other!
Do you have new projects coming up?
I'm starting to get back to work after taking a break in my career to take care of my two little girls. I'm shooting next month in a new science fiction program. It's a small role, but I can not tell you more ...
You are one of the guests of honor of the Comic Con of Paris, which is held this weekend. You are a regular at this kind of events ...
Absolutely. I should point out that science fiction fans are very loyal. They follow your career one role after another. I think it's thanks to them that I continue to work. That's why I never miss the chance to thank them each time I meet them in a new city. And I'm lucky to be able to take my daughters there with me, so they can enjoy these greats and completely events.
Where do you live in the United States?
In my home state Texas. I lived in Los Angeles for many years, but when my daughters were born, I wanted to have more space. My husband and I love the countryside, growing our own vegetables ...
Do you like coming to France?
I love it ! I would settle in Paris in the blink of an eye if I had the opportunity. It's a magical city. And the French are very welcoming.
Interview by Camille Sanson.