Interview: Nicki Clyne of Battlestar Galactica

On a personal note…

Browsing through the photos on your website, I noticed a few photos of you with friends, and a DeLorean – one of them shows you, uhm, elegantly trying to get in (or out) of the legendary car. What’s the story behind that one? Do you have a fondness of cars or motorbikes?

The DeLorean was from the set of Totally Awesome, an 80’s spoof I did a few years ago. I don’t think it even made it into the movie, but we had fun channelling Marty. And despite having both a car and a motorbike, I’d say my fondness is average. My car is very practical and my motorbike is very old.

Nicki without any BSG attributes.

In an interview you mentioned a fondness of Lewis Caroll’s “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” and director Tim Burton. Being a huge fan of both myself (in fact, one of my two cats is named Alice), there’s no need to explain to me why you like them so much. However, the people reading this might not be familiar with either, so I’m going to ask you anyway: what is it that attracts you to Alice In wonderland and Tim Burton?

I think “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and Tim Burton’s movies all question our assumptions about reality in a very creative and playful way. I love stories that explore and challenge our beliefs about the world, especially with such imaginative projections. I also enjoy the reflection of a hero’s inner struggle mirrored magically and poetically in the people and places around them. I love “The Wizard of Oz” for the same reason.

Are there any projects in the near future that you’re working on, other than the ones we’ve already discussed?

Define “projects.” Does enlightenment count?

I felt quite geeky when my first thought after that answer had to to do with window managers, but okay. In any case, let’s end the interview with a cliché question. If you won ten million dollars, what would be the first thing you’d do with it?

Hire a lawyer.

Closing words

It’s always a little odd to dive into an interview. You generally don’t know anything about the interviewee in question, other than the stuff that’s out there on the ‘net – and that’s not exactly something you want to rely on either. Even if it’s all just via email instead of face-to-face, it’s always a little exciting and weird to be prying into someone’s career and life.

It always helps when someone is clearly enthusiastic about the work they do, and are eager to tell you more about it. Nicki sure fits neatly into that category, and consequently it was a lot of fun to read up on all she’s done, prepare the questions, and of course reading the answers once they arrived in my inbox.

If only Leonardo could see this…

I’m a huge Battlestar Galactica fan, and being able to talk to a member of the cast in such a direct fashion is quite a fun experience. David is also a fan of the series, and also contributed several questions to the interview, and I’m sure he’s just as excited as I was to read the results. I hope you do as well. I know this is not strictly OSNews material, but most of you are science fiction fans, just like most of the OSNews staff, so this could surely interest you.

All that remains is a heartfelt thank you to Nicki for taking the time to answer our long list of questions (even the weirdo ones). I’d also like to wish her the best of luck and success for the future, and hopefully, we can follow up on her social networking project!


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