HELIX SET VISIT
MEET THE TEAM
Cameron Porsandeh: (Helix Creator) When I first started thinking about Helix, there were a few things that I wanted to do.I wanted to tell a viral story. I think each generation has a fear.The one before us was that computers were going to take over the world.Before that were nuclear weapons, but for our generation viruses are in the human zeitgeist as a threat. More
HELIX AT SDCC
NOT THE THING
Ron Moore: It’s not that small of a team.It’s not The Thing. It’s fifteen people or however many people were in the original thing or the Carpenter Thing rather.It is a bigger base. There are a couple of hundred people that we’re dealing with. You are dealing with an environment where you have places to go, things to discover.New characters can come in periodically. More
MEET THE CAST OF HELIX
BILLY CAMPBELL – DR ALAN FARRAGUT
Billy Campbell stars as Dr. Alan Farragut in the Syfy original series, “Helix,” which follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control as they investigate a deadly disease outbreak.
Campbell is best known for starring opposite Sela Ward in the beloved ABC drama “Once and Again.” In the series, Campbell portrayed single father Rick Sammler, a role for which he earned a 1999 Golden Globe Award nomination in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category, as well as a People’s Choice Award in the Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series category. The show was also nominated in 1999 for a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series.
Additionally, Campbell will star as Trent Campbell in DirecTV’s upcoming drama “Full Circle.” The 10-episode series marks the television debut of screenwriter/playwright Neil LaBute. BAFTA award-winning Nick Hamm is the executive producer of the series, which observes human condition and relationships through a series of interactions between 11 people whose lives are intertwined. The series also stars David Boreanaz, Kate Walsh, Tom Felton, Minka Kelly, Ally Sheedy and Julian McMahon, among others. More
KYRA ZAGORSKY AND STEVE MAEDA Q AND A
Steve, the setting of being up in the Arctic really seems to work well for this kind of thing. It makes you think of, like, “The Thing,” and stuff like that. Kind of talk philosophically about why a setting like this works so well visually and emotionally for this kind of story.
Steve Maeda: Sure. It’s a setting that is great for us because it’s not the newest setting under the sun. It seems familiar enough, but I think we’re doing a pretty interesting spin on it.And what works for us really well is that it lends itself to a very claustrophobic environment because you can go outside but only for brief periods of time. It’s really dangerous. The weather is horrible, as I’m sure people who are in the Midwest and the East Coast right now can relate to.
And what it does is it forces you to be inside most of the time and that’s how we really saw this. That’s how Cameron, who wrote the pilot script, really envisioned the thing to begin with, which was a contained environment, someplace, you know, it’s almost like being set on a spaceship where you’re trapped inside with, you know, unseen horrors and then there’re all sorts of human problems as well that develop from that. So it really lends itself to the series as a whole. More
Lemieux And Ghanimé
Catherine Lemieux: I think what came from the script and what most of the writers gave to Doreen was definitely a kind of attitude. You know, and I kind of – the idea of someone having the character to just deal with working with disease and being able to relocate places like the Arctic takes a particular kind of personality trait. Mark Ghanimé: It’s just like trying to discover who you are and as a person you go through changes your life. And when you’re 20 you’re a different person than when you are when you’re 40. You know, there is that process. More
BILLY CAMPBELL AND JORDAN HAYES Q AND A
Tony Tellado: I really like the relationship, and this is really for both of you, that you have, kind of like a mentor relationship and student, but it’s also a little more. If you can both comment on where that relationship is when the – you know, especially in the episodes that have aired so far.
Jordan Hayes: I think it is exactly what you just said, “It’s a mentor/student relationship.” And I think that Sarah has a lot of admiration for Alan. And she really holds his opinion in high esteem. And she really wants to make him proud and improve her worth and impress him.
Tony Tellado: And for Billy, I mean Farragut kind of walks into a storm here. Kind of how did you approach him, kind of like you know, your acting just seems very natural in playing an element of confusion..
Billy Campbell: Well, I’m a genuinely fairly confused person anyway, so that helps. And then yes, it – I’m not sure that I thought about it very deeply. You know, the situation is so apparent that it didn’t seem to require that, you know, much in the way of depth of thought.It’s a very black and white situation; we come, there’s an outbreak, More
RYAN STIRS HELIX UP
Jeri Ryan: No. She was just fun. This was a really fun role to play because it’s – she’s kind of out there. You know, she’s not subtle, which I love.So it was fun to just sort of let go and just really play and let her go to those places. It was – that was a treat as an actor. She’s kind of a ball-buster.I think that’s the best way to describe her, which I love. What motivates her? Well, I can’t – see,I can’t really tell you exactly what motivates her. That you sort of find out. She’s definitely in the corporate world, and very much looking out for the best interests of Alaria, but you find out that there’s a little more personal More