20 of the best Q&A's from Katee Sackhoff's (Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica) AMA on Reddit

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A couple of months ago, Katee Sackhoff agreed to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. She played Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the hit show Battlestar Galactica - which also means that she is central to one of the most intriguing and frustrating unresolved mysteries of the show and possibly the Sci-Fi genre. And as she states outright, no, she does not know the answer to this mystery. Still, her AMA is worth a read. She is an engaging and hilarious person who really wants you to watch her latest movie, Oculus.

You can read the whole AMA thread here.

  1. She loves Alien

    fightsfortheuser asked:

    since you have done so much in Sci-fi, what are some of your favorite sci-fi movies?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Alien, love Alien. HUGE huge original Star Wars fan. Gosh there are so many! My dad used to make me watch Forbidden Planet with him all the time so I have some fun memories of that. We watched Predator when I was seven, so it's still one of my favorite memories.

  2. She is obsessed with Bones

    gjcbs asked:

    Hey Katee, thanks for doing this AMA. I had the pleasure of meeting you at DragonCon in 2012 and you were so very nice to us fans. Love Starbuck, really enjoying Longmire, and love the work with Dennys you and Tricia did (Acting Outlaws)!

    Do you watch any other TV shows in particular? Any chance you are coming back to Atlanta for DragonCon with Tricia this fall? Oh, and Happy Birthday a little early!!

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Oh my god, that is so many! Thank you for the birthday wishes. Go see Oculus, that's what I want for my birthday ;) No, I won't be at Dragoncon this year, but Tricia will be representing the Acting Outlaws. Oh gosh, yeah! I'm obsessed with Bones right now, I can't stop. And I love the Good Wife, and I love Veep, and I love Game of Thrones, and I have so much DVR'd at home, I feel like I've been on location for like 5 years and there are a million other tv shows that need to be watched actually.

  3. Her thyroid diagnosis

    choirchic asked:

    Hi Katee! I was wondering how your Thyroid diagnosis affected your life before it got figured out? How have you been feeling lately?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    it didn't really affect my life in that I didn't really feel sick or tired or anything? I was a bit more bitchy than usual according to my fiance, but the diagnoses has definitely changed my life. The fact that I had cancer at such a young age was definitely life changing. I feel okay, there are days that I am more tired than other people, but my thyroid doctor wants me to stop blaming my tiredness on my thyroid and just admit that I don't lead a normal life.

  4. On being a nerd

    admirable-admiral asked:

    Hi Katee! So, you've been in so many different things that are considered "nerdy" today (Battlestar Galactica, Batman: Year One, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, etc.). Do you consider yourself to be a sort of nerdy person? What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Also, obligatory I love you.

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Aw, you're so sweet, love you too! Yeah, I think that I'm the nerd and that has absolutely nothing to do with my love of science fiction. It's funny because I don't know a ton about science fiction, but because of the characters I learn more about the worlds. But we should all hope to have a little bit of nerd in us, it makes life a little bit more fun.

  5. She got hooked on Pinterest

    kultakala asked:

    Do you have any unusual hobbies?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Not unusual, no, I mean I rock climb. I don't think I have any weird, crazy hobbies. I have been known to scrapbook from time to time. And then pinterest came out? And then I got engaged and I did nothing but pinterest for 3 months. And my fiancé was like "Get the fuck off pinterest you are driving me crazy."


  6. Getting into character

    russianguyinla asked:

    Hi Katee! Huge fan of all of your work, especially Battlestar Galactica. But hands down my favorite performance of yours was your role as a crazy homeless lady on Workaholics. How hard was it not falling in love with Adam?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Um, number one I love Adam and I did fall in love with him. He's amazing. And to get into character, I know this sounds bad, but: I didn't wear underwear. So go back and watch it again and maybe you'll watch it with a different eye. I'd love to say that was Adam's idea, but that would be really inappropriate.

  7. She choked on a neetle

    trevdak2 asked:

    What was it like filming the creepy scene with all the thread coming out of your body in Haunting in Connecticut 2? Was that all CG or lots of prosthetics or what?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    It was actually like a spool of thread attached to a mouthpiece, but there was one take where we did it over and over and over and there was one take where I choked on the needle and that was really scary, and then the producer was like "oh I think we have it."

  8. She loves her Meatball

    trevdak2 asked:

    Hi Katee! I think my wife might be your #1 fan. If you ask her what her best day ever was, it wasn't our wedding or engagement, it was when we were extras in A Deadly Obsession/Campus Killer with you

    She wants to know: What happens to your dog Meatball when you travel?

    P.S. Keep releasing the Acting Outlaws calendar. It makes Christmas shopping for her much, much easier!

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Oh my gosh, Meatball is with his babysitter right now, and his brother and sister in Los Angeles. Because traveling with three dogs, although it has been done, and I've done it by myself, is not the funnest way to travel. And thank you so much for coming out and being extras by the way. That's amazing and we couldn't do what we do without your support.

  9. On playing strong women

    KatiewithaK asked:

    Hi! I love how you portray strong and empowered female characters on TV and film. Starbuck, alone, gave the courage to be a stronger person. You are definitely a role model for me! Science fiction seems to have a lot of strong female characters when other genres don't. Do you get to pick roles or are you contacted by movie makers specifically for a role? You seem to have so many great roles!

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Thank you so much. I try to play characters that are definitely strong but at the same time that is not always possible or creatively responsible as well, sometimes characters aren't strong. But I do enjoy kicking some ass. I do get offered roles, and I also go through and try and pick them. So there's a good mix of projects in there. And they come to me in many ways.

  10. We're all Nutsacks

    GaryDebussy asked:

    Hi Katee! I'm a huge fan and I think you're an amazing actress. My question is: if Benedict Cumberbatch can have Cumberbitches and Chris Pine's fans are Pine Nuts, can we, your awesome fans, call ourselves Nutsacks? Please?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Oh my gosh. I think there's already Team Spanks, my brother's nickname in high school was Spanks because our last name was Sackhoff, so people still call me Li'l Spanks, it's like I'm a rapper. But you can call yourself the Nutsacks if you want, that's totally acceptable.

  11. Body doubles

    keyofmgy asked:

    Just wanted to say that my sister was your body double in a scene for Oculus and I am mad excited to see the movie because of it! Can't wait to see you get your evil on!

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Hahaha! Well tell your sister thank you, I'm sure that she was completely indispensable.

    keyofmgy replied:

    She said that you were really nice, considering that it was about three in the morning and you weren't feeling well! I'm glad she got to have that experience. Things like that never come through Alabama.

  12. She's terrified of turning 24

    FlawlessCowboy asked:

    Hey Katee, 3 questions for you.

    1. What is something about yourself you want us to know but we probably don't?

    2. What movie can you never get tired of?

    3. any chance you'll be on the convention run so us nerds can ask silly questions like this in person and get a picture?

    Thanks for jumping on here and answering our questions and for being a part of our favorite series.

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    1. I'm terrified to turn 34. There you go.

    2. The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez.

    3. I will definitely be in Sacramento at Evolution Expo! I'll be there. And I will also be at Comic-Con, hopefully with Nerd HQ and Zachary Levi.

  13. Getting into shape

    yumcake asked:

    I have stomach flu too! Hope we get better soon! You're pretty ripped in BSG and Riddick, what's your training regimen to get a crazy body like that?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Gosh, number 1: sorry, feel better soon. And it changes. The older I get the harder it is. So my workout regime is constantly evolving, depending on what I have to look like and what I find fun. Right now I'm doing a lot of rock climbing. But also Longmire is the most forgiving role, so I don't have to be as in shape for this role. But I have a role coming up the first of July and I have to be in VERY good shape for that, so the diet is going to kick in the next few days!

  14. Getting naked

    ThickAsianAccent asked:

    I hope this doesn't come off the wrong way, but dat nude scene in Riddick.... (spoiler alert I guess, that or free advertising!) Hit me by surprise. I would never have the guts to get naked for the world to see on demand, how does that play out in your head?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    I don't have the guts to do that either. Thank god the whole world wasn't there that day or I probably would not have done it. And I actually asked my dad for permission first. Because I've always thought that if I can't watch it with my parents, then I've gone too far. And he told me that at this point in the game, nobody would think that that was all I had to offer, so to go ahead and do that.

  15. Fighting cancer

    MagicSwordKing asked:

    Katee, I just wanted to stop by and thank you for your work fighting cancer. I know you are a survivor yourself, back in 2012 I lost a lot to cancer, my 25th birthday present from the universe, including my ability to have kids of my own. When I was in chemo I offhandedly tweeted at you about how I'd give money to help others fight if I could, and you donated on my behalf. That was one of the moments of beautiful humanity during my ordeal that wound up turning me from a lifelong cynic and pessimist into someone who not only thinks, but knows how wonderful and good people are. I have been cancer free for one year, now.

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Congratulations. Just to be cancer free is such a tremendous moment. I know how that feels. Stay strong, stay positive, and trust that humanity at its core is actually very, very thoughtful, and most people in the world when faced with a choice would choose to be a good person.

  16. Being a killer mom

    DefinitelyRelephant asked:

    Do you ever not play a completely awesome badass?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Yes. In Oculus I think that you will be pleasantly surprised that I am a mom. The fact that I am trying to kill my children should not discourage my nurturing role.

  17. So say we all

    counterfeitfunk asked:

    KATEE! Can we please see you on HBO Game of Thrones? or History Channel's VIKINGS? You may consult me anytime for casting advice :D #sosayweall! xx

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    From your mouth to God's ears.

    PooPooFaceMcgee replied:

    So say we all

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    So say we all

  18. On Admiral Adama

    JosephRouse asked:

    First of all, BSG is one of the finest shows ever aired on television. I’m proud to admit that I watched the entire series over the course of one slovenly weekend a couple years ago and I don’t regret it. So fracking well written! Such fracking great acting! A big, heartfelt thanks to you and your colleagues for bringing it to a TV audience starved for quality, made-for-adult science fiction. My question: Is Edward James Olmos as surly in real life as he was as Captain Adama was on the show? Also, is he as wise and paternal? And finally, how angry does he get when people call him James Edward Olmos?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Number one: no, he's incredibly funny. And yes, he is incredibly wise. And I would never screw up his name for fear that he might hurt me.

  19. On developing as Starbuck

    sheridan220 asked:

    Hi Katee ! Loved you in BSG & Riddick ! My question is how much of you was in Starbuck ? Did any of your traits get on Starbuck?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    Oh gosh. I was 21 when I got the role, so I was growing up, kind of, in front of everyone. So I think that became was Starbuck was doing as well. And at the same time, I think that her strengths kind of rubbed off on me, and my vulnerability changed the direction of where she was going.

  20. Wookies

    gastroengineer asked:

    What was your weirdest moment with fan(boys|girls)?

    Katee Sackhoff replied:

    I had a Wookie tell me that they loved me in the bathroom at Comic-con at 2003 and honestly to this day I don't know if it was a man or a woman.