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									                             NBC Universal, Syfy Conference Call
                           SGU – Lou Diamond Phillips and Ming Na

                                     September 22, 2010
                                        12:30 pm CT

Operator:        Ladies and gentlemen thank you for standing by and welcome to the SyFy
                 Stargate Universe, conference call.

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                 As a reminder this conference is being recorded Wednesday, September 22,
                 2010. And I would now like to turn the conference over to Brenda Lowery
                 with Syfy. Please go ahead.

Brenda Lowery: Hello everyone. This is Brenda Lowery with Syfy. Thank you so much for
                 participating in today's conference call for Stargate Universe.
                 We’re premiering our second season this coming Tuesday, September 28 at
                 9:00 pm. And today we’re so pleased to have Lou Diamond Phillips and Ming
                 Na from the series to answer your questions about the new season.

                 Should you need any screens or the transcript of this call or audio playback
                 please contact me directly after this call. Thanks again and I'll turn it back
                 over to the moderator for first question.

Operator:        Thank you. Once again ladies and gentlemen if you'd like to register for a
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                 your request. Our first question comes from the line of Kenn Gold with Media
                 Boulevard. Please proceed.

Kenn Gold:       All right thank you both. I really appreciate your time today.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       How are you doing?

Ming Na:         Hey not a problem. Thank you.

Kenn Gold:       Doing really well. Lou my first question’s for you. It's great to see you the last
                 few episodes and the first two of the season back on the show.
                 I was wondering, can you tell us are you going to be on a lot of the episodes
                 this season or is that not going to be kind of back and forth or how’s that
                 going to go?

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Well I mean presently I'm still technically a recurring guest star.
                 Without, you know, without giving too much away, I mean I will be much
                 more present in the second season. But, don't look for me in every episode.

Kenn Gold:       Okay. Okay great. And when - on the episodes that you’re on if you can say,
                 you know, your character I guess has a lot to go through with you’re kind of
                 being compromised and (creating) everybody. Are we going to get to see I
                 guess kind of that evolution of him dealing with what he's done?

Lou Diamond Phillips:       I think it's more in how he responds and reacts and deals with the
                 people on the ship, you know, on the Destiny.

                 He certainly has a history that's hinted at. What we've seen is a - I think a
                 change in the dynamic especially between himself and Colonel Young and,
                 the lovely Ming Na is with us and she becomes a bit of a confidant to him
                 because I think they both care very much about the welfare of the Destiny and
                 how the decisions are made, you know, aboard the ship.

                 So we'll see a side of Telford that we haven't seen yet but yet it's all very true
                 to the character and very layered into what we've seen of him before.

                 The fact that we’re going to see more of him I'm actually very happy about
                 and we get a little bit more insight what makes him tick.
                  But it's not about him. I mean the storylines don't revolve around him. So I
                  mean there are definitely, you know, he's definitely a team player in that

Kenn Gold:        Okay great. And Ming I wanted to ask you, you’ve got certainly one of the
                  meatiest roles I think on TV, you know, let alone on this show.

                  Was it kind of (Art)’s intent that Camille was going to be such an integral
                  character to everything or did that kind of evolve as you went along?

Ming Na:          Well I’m very happy that the character has evolved the way she has. And it's
                  probably one of the most complex roles I've had the opportunity to play.

                  Yes I’m, you know, that was something that was proposed to me very early on
                  that Camille Ray will be a more integral part of this series. And so far that’s
                  come true.

                  I certainly - I don't have any say as far as where the character goes. And I
                  don't certainly get paid to be a writer. I'm thankful for the writers for bringing
                  such a strong female character to light.

Kenn Gold:        All right great. I'll let somebody else jump in here but thank you both again.

Ming Na:          Thank you.

Operator:         Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Jamie Steinberg with
                  Starry Constellation Magazine. Please proceed.

Jamie Steinberg: Hi. It's a pleasure to speak with both of you.
Ming Na:         Hi.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Hey good morning. How are you doing?

Ming Na:         Good morning.

Jamie Steinberg: Good. Lou, we last spoke with you when you were in Costa Rica so it’s good
                 to see you back home.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Oh my God. Yes I survived.

Ming Na:         Man you get around Lou.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       It’s been like a distant nightmare now. So yes I haven't gone
                 through as many changes as a lot of the other people have if you know what I

Jamie Steinberg: Wink. Well Ming I was wondering what about your role keeps challenging

Ming Na:         Wow, I think it's Camille is interesting because she starts off someone who
                 really wanted to maintain the status quo of what she was used to on Earth and
                 on Icarus Space.

                 And she's had to really learn to throw that book away and be more instinctual
                 and think more on her feet.

                 So for me I find it fascinating that here's a woman that she feels like she can
                 compartmentalize her two worlds, her personal life and life in the workforce.
                 And now it's kind of meshed into where her life and her work is just on

                 And so she's kind of had to let her hair down. She’s kind of had to resort to
                 tactics that she normally wouldn’t use and finding allies and making friends
                 with people she normally probably wouldn’t make friends with especially the
                 military I think.

                 She works alongside them but it's interesting how those challenges have been
                 brought to light with the character.

Jamie Steinberg: Well why do you think people keep turning in to watch the show?

Ming Na:         Oh because it's so good. Am I being modest?

Jamie Steinberg: Yes.

Ming Na:         I - you know what? I am so proud of our show. I just watched the season two
                 trailer. And I never - I'm not the type of actor that like toots her horn or, you
                 know, or like oh please, I'm on this commercial or oh I'm going to be on this
                 talk show and I email and bombard everyone with an email.

                 But I just watched the season two trailer and I'm so proud of our show and
                 everyone who works on it that, you know, I'm sitting here this morning like
                 sending out this trailer say you guys you have to watch this trailer. I'm so
                 proud of my show.

                 So I think that an actor that's actually in it gets so excited there must be
                 something that's happening that's right.
Jamie Steinberg: Well there’s such a online support for this show. And Lou you're an active
                  participant on Twitter. Why is that such an important place for you to connect
                  with the fans?

Lou Diamond Phillips:          I’ve actually loved connecting with them on Twitter. That way I’m
                  never quoted out of context. I can say what's on my mind.

                  But at the same time I'm not given to ranting or going off on long

                  It allows me to share some thoughts. And I think I hope, it allows the fans to
                  get a peek not only into my life but into what they might be interested as far as
                  I'm doing.

                  And when it comes to SGU the fact that so many of us are on Twitter I really,
                  really do feel as if it's a little gift to the fans out there to be able to peek into
                  our real interpersonal dynamics and get a little bit of scuttlebutt about what's
                  going on behind the scenes without spoiling anything. And it makes the
                  relationship very special.

                  And interestingly enough I think the relationship between a science fiction
                  show and its audience is different than any one of the other types of shows
                  that are out there.


Ming Na:          Yes. It’s so intimate, yes.

Lou Diamond Phillips:          It has - it's very intimate. It has this loyalty to it. It has this trust.
                  They care about the characters and where the stories go.
                 And it continues long into a future. It's got a very long shelf life. So it is, it's
                 like a little romance that we’re maintaining with the fans of the show.

                 And, like Ming said, I'm incredibly proud of the show. I'm a fan of the show
                 even in the episodes that I'm not in. I think the entire cast is just brilliant.

                 And, you know...

Jamie Steinberg: Agreed. I agree.

Ming Na:         Thank you. Well, and we have such amazing writers and directors and

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Exactly and...


Lou Diamond Phillips:        ...and James, our production designer. It's a complete show.
                 Everybody is bringing their A game.

Ming Na:         Yes. And being a Syfy geek like when I watch that trailer because a lot of
                 times we’re just looking at green screens or we’re trying to bring something
                 out to the - from the page, on to the set.

                 And then when the vis effects people are adding this amazing tableau of
                 artistry it blows my mind as a Syfy geek.

                 I'm looking at the ship, I’m looking at the aliens, I'm like oh my God this is
                 my show. It's fabulous.
Lou Diamond Phillips:        Exactly.

Jamie Steinberg: Well that's wonderful. Thank you both so much.

Ming Na:          Okay.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        You bet, thank you.

Operator:         Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Michael Heineman)
                  with Air Rock Alpha. Please proceed.

(Michael Heineman): Good afternoon everybody. Thanks for talking with us.

Ming Na:          Hi. How are you?

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Hi. You bet.

Ming Na:          It's morning for us.

(Michael Heineman): Oh morning, sorry. Well, you know, on the East Coast...


Lou Diamond Phillips:        This is Syfy, it’s a time warp.

(Michael Heineman): Yes exactly. Well, you know, I was just curious I mean one of the things
                  that really stands out about Stargate Universe is the fact that it's an ensemble
                  show which I mean is typically okay if you bring a bunch of unknown actors
                  together and put it together.
                 But here we have a show where there are people who stand out. There are
                 people that, you know, we've known like, you know, we know Lou from other
                 things, we know Ming from other things. I mean how is it as an actor to try to
                 help maintain the dynamic of keeping the ensemble nature of the show?

Ming Na:         Well Lou and I try to keep them down as much as possible, right Lou?

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Oh God yes, absolutely.

Ming Na:         Right King?

Lou Diamond Phillips:        I won't let them look us in the eye.

Ming Na:         King Lou.


Ming Na:         No, I mean Lou and I are both from the theater background. And I think for us
                 an ensemble is key to any successful endeavor in art especially in creating a
                 show or a play or a musical. So I love it. I love the dynamics of an ensemble.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        And I think we got very, very fortunate. I mean sometimes the
                 chips fall differently and you get different personalities put together literally
                 from day one.

                 And all of us Ming and myself included worked from day one on this show.
                 No matter the level of experience, the ensemble treated one another with
                 respect, had expectations of high standards and nobody was a diva. And that
                 hasn't changed.
                  And, I mean that comes from Bobby Carlyle. That comes from Louie Ferreira,
                  the people with a lot more, you know, more experienced than others.

                  And yet, the actors with perhaps not as much experience on their resumes still
                  come with their A game and they come with a lot of respect. And everybody
                  is very supportive of one another. And I truly feel like that's reflected in the
                  final product.

Ming Na:          Yes.

(Michael Heineman): Yes and there is like - there is kind of the difference between, you know,
                  with some of the actors being kind of new, some of them being veterans and
                  trying to bring that altogether.

                  But I know Lou that one of the things that you have done is you've really
                  reached out and tried to keep this group cohesive even off-camera.

                  I mean you have your famous cookouts and everything else. I mean what are
                  some of the ways that you guys kind of do this off-camera to keep that I guess
                  an ensemble feeling there, that teamwork feeling there?

                  Well you know what I'm going to say, it's not by design man. It's not like
                  we’re trying to achieve something that doesn't exist already. The truth...

Ming Na:          Yes.

Lou Diamond Phillips: we all like each other.

Ming Na:          Yes.
Lou Diamond Phillips:       We actually like hanging out with one another. And so many of us
                 have families. Ming's got a family, (Alanna), and so it's just a natural thing
                 that we become tribal.

Ming Na:         Yes. Yes tribal, that's a good word. I've known Lou for so many years and
                 what a treat to finally have a chance to work with him at length rather than
                 just meeting him, not clandestinely, that's not the word. What is the word I'm
                 looking for?

                 You know, just like we just meet...


Ming Na:         ...each other at these events or at these parties and, you know, and it’s just for
                 a couple of minutes here. And it's just so great to finally get a chance to work
                 with him and Louis Ferreira, well before he was Lewis Ferrera.

                 But yes but I've known some of these people for a while and it's just fabulous
                 to have this forum to play with.

(Michael Heineman): Excellent. Thank you guys so much.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       You bet. Thank you.

Operator:        Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Jamie Ruby with Sci-Fi
                 Vision. Please proceed.

Jamie Ruby:      Hi. Thank you so much for taking the call.
Ming Na:         Hi. How are you Jamie?

Lou Diamond Phillips:       You bet.

Jamie Ruby:      Good. So can you talk about how you came to work on the show? I mean did
                 you audition or were you offered the part?

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Is that for both of us or one of us?

Jamie Ruby:      Yes, for both of you.

Ming Na:         Yes well I don't know - I mean I met with the casting director to find out
                 because I was very hesitant about wanting to do a show that shoots in
                 Vancouver. I haven't taken a job outside of LA in a while since my kid was
                 born. So that's like what, eight years.

                 But after speaking with Robert Cooper and him describing the character and
                 the direction that they wanted to go with the show I was pretty much
                 convinced from that conversation to come on board. What about you Lou?

Lou Diamond Phillips:       No, my experience is almost exactly the same. I got a call saying
                 they were interested in me, went to MGM and sat down and had a conference
                 call because the boys were already in Vancouver.

                 And, the same thing. They just sort of told me, that yes Telford started out
                 very slow in air part one and two.

                 And they just let me know that there would be a future with the character and
                 that he would have some interesting things to do and would become a player
                 as far as the dynamic of the show is concerned.
                 So, I definitely took a leap of faith and jumped in there. And it didn't hurt that
                 they were bandying names around like Ming Na and, Bobby Carlisle and I...

Ming Na:         Yes that was...


Lou Diamond Phillips:        ...just got...


Lou Diamond Phillips: the kind of show that they were going to do.

Ming Na:         That's right ding, ding, ding, yes. That was another enticement I should say,

Jamie Ruby:      Great. Well now you started to talk a little bit about kind of how the effects
                 look after the fact. But can you both talk about kind of acting with the green
                 screen and how that's challenging?

Ming Na:         I always feel like there's two - two things that I feel sometimes. One is wow,
                 I'm really being a five year old kid pretending that I'm in outer space and how
                 great is that to be doing it as an adult.

                 And then two, just when it’s such dire life or death situation that challenge is
                 to really believe in that moment and selling it.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Yes I would say the same thing in that you truly have to commit to
                 what you're supposed to be seeing because if you're apologizing for it or if
                 you're distancing yourself from it then the audience will never buy it. Then the
                 effect itself will never work.

Ming Na:         Right.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Everything has to go to that place of completeness and utter

                 And as a result what's really nice is that not only are the directors very
                 descriptive in what we’re supposed to be seeing and they help set up the shots,
                 but many times the art department and the effects department will have
                 renderings and can show you at least in a two-dimensional plane what it is
                 you're going to be looking at.

Ming Na:         And then other times it’s just director yelling while we’re looking at nothing.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Exactly.

Ming Na:         He'll be like okay you see something light up and now it's coming at you
                 really fast. And now it zooms up overhead, you know, it's, yes.

Jamie Ruby:      Well whatever you do it works out well at least so...

Ming Na:         Yes, yes.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Yes, no I've got to relate one story. Was it (Andy)? I think it was
                 (Andy McKee) talking me through something once. And sometimes it's really
                 hard to keep a straight face because it's like and oh, okay here, here comes one
                 here. Oh my God there's (unintelliglibe).
                 Oh Jesus well oh my God they're all around you. Over there, there’s one. Oh,
                 oh, no. And you’re having to keep a straight face. But, you know, really
                 appreciate your enthusiasm and support but you're cracking me up.

Ming Na:         So maybe I don't need it right now, thank you (Andy). Yes that sounds like


Lou Diamond Phillips:       Just tell me where to look and I'll take it from there.

Ming Na:         It's either Andy or Peter they both are - yes.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Exactly.

Jamie Ruby:      Well it sounds like a lot of fun. Thank you very much.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       You bet.

Ming Na:         Thank you.

Operator:        Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Reg Seeton with the
        Please proceed.

Reg Seeton:      Hi guys. Thanks for taking the call.

Ming Na:         Hi.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Yes, you bet.
Ming Na:         I'm sorry, I didn't get your name?

Reg Seeton:      Reg.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       (Rex).

Ming Na:         Hi.

Reg Seeton:      Hi. Well the first one for Lou. Lou, since Telford has had such an interesting
                 journey can you talk about how you really get to know him as a character?
                 Like what do you hang on to in terms of consistency?

Lou Diamond Phillips:       That's a very good question because you’re actually brainwashing.
                 You go man, am I somebody entirely different?

                 No, I think the writers have done an incredible job of maintaining a core of
                 integrity to Telford.

                 His mission from the start and even through season two quite honestly is very,
                 very specific. And that is to be the hero to save these people to get them home.

                 And whether that's self (agrandizemant) or not he still feels very, very
                 committed to this mission. I think that he feels very frustrated that he was not
                 able to perform the duty that he was called to perform.

                 I think when it comes to being a soldier and an officer that he has a very
                 strong code and must adhere to that.

                 I think we get to see him operate a little differently once the brainwashing has
                 been taken away.
              But once again at his core he's very, very focused and he doesn't waiver from
              what he wants to achieve ultimately.

              What's been interesting is that we get to know him a little bit better. We sense
              the dynamic between himself and (Rush) and Young and Camile Ray how he
              operates with them become slightly different.

              But what we haven't discovered about Telford yet -- and I don't think I'm
              spoiling anything – is we haven't gotten a lot of details about his personal life
              just yet so that I find that very intriguing and that, you know, we'll see if it
              ever becomes important to the storylines.

Jamie Ruby:   Great. And Ming can you talk about coming back to Camille for season two
              and the challenges of finding where she is emotionally at the start of the

Ming Na:      Yes I think for Camile, she has to come to terms with her situation. I think for
              season one her ultimate goal was to get everybody back home including
              herself back to earth and back to a world that she’s comfortable in, she's
              familiar with.

              And now I think with season two it's the realization that perhaps there is
              something else that is going to take over as the more important mission in her
              life and to just start moving forward and embracing that as her world for a

              Because if she can't then I don't think she's capable of leading the civilians to
              adapt and have a better frame of mind.
                 So I think that's going to be a new change for a lot of the characters for season
                 two is having this mission that they feel genuinely will help Earth and protect
                 Earth from, you know, of a Alutien Alliance attack.

Reg Seeton:      Great guys. Thanks and good luck with the season.

Ming Na:         Thank you.

Lou Diamond Phillips:          Thank you very much.

Operator:        Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Patty Grapo) with
                 ( Please proceed.

(Patty Grapo):   Hi guys. Thanks for talking with us today.

Ming Na:         Hi. How are you?

Lou Diamond Phillips:          You bet.

(Patty Grapo):   Hi. This is for both of you, of the episodes that you filmed for season two so
                 far which would be your favorite and why?

Lou Diamond Phillips:          Ming?

Ming Na:         You see, when you ask questions like that you’re just fishing. You're fishing
                 for some...

(Patty Grapo):   Of course we are.

Ming Na:         ...(unintelligible).

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Nice try. We’re used to subterfuge and manipulation. We know
                 how to handle that.

Ming Na:         Well my favorite episode is the one that I get to do a lot of stuff. What about
                 you Lou?

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Yes, there's been a lot of really cool stuff going on. I will say that a
                 number of the episodes have an increased amount of action in them.

                 I think that there's a definite membership out there in the fandom that will
                 appreciate the action adventure aspect of some of the episodes coming up. We
                 blow a lot of stuff up.

                 And, yes, get into major firefights. So, I mean that's always fun, the bang,
                 bang. I mean it's certainly something I've done my entire career in features
                 and other things.

                 So that's always fun to get back and feel like you're an action hero. I will say
                 that early in the season there is an episode that involves aliens. And I've
                 recently seen it and just amazed and thrilled about...

Ming Na:         Yes.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        ...what Mark Savela and in the effects team do. It's really, really
                 beautiful to watch. And what these guys do for television, it's comparable to
                 anything out there.
                 And I'll go on record saying Mark should have won the Emmy. I really think

Ming Na:         I concur. I second that. And I certainly think that by season two he will have
                 one in hand. I'm going to petition...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Yes he needs...


Ming Na:         ...really hard for that, yes.

(Patty Grapo):   I think a lot of the people will agree with that too.

Ming Na:         Yes.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Oh yes.

(Patty Grapo):   Yes. Let me give you a much easier question then okay, one you can answer.

                 You both have worked on a lot of different projects both in film, television,
                 and as you mentioned before, even stage. Which medium do you prefer to
                 work in? How's that, a little easier?

Ming Na:         Well...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        The medium that pays me.

Ming Na:         Yes I was going to say it really depends on, you know, from what perspective
                 you want us to answer that, financially, emotionally?
(Patty Grapo):   How about as an artist?

Ming Na:         I mean I love theater and sitcoms because I get an immediate feedback from
                 the audience. That's something that I always get a high from. So I think as an
                 artist that's very fulfilling.

                 But also for me right now working on a Syfy show where I pretend that I'm in
                 outer space billion, you don't understand, I'm a Star Wars kid, you know?

                 So to actually be able to say that I'm on a show where I'm billions of light
                 years away is so satisfying. I don't know if that's the artist in me or just the kid
                 in me but yes, very happy about this ensemble work I'm doing.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        And as far as I'm concerned I'm very grateful that I can work in all
                 the different mediums. Like having a theater background and coming from
                 that and being able to get back on the boards is truly invigorating and there's
                 nothing like it.

                 But there's also nothing quite like the experience of making a big film, you
                 know, or being on this kind of television show.

                 So it's like different love affairs...

Ming Na:         Yes.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        ... there’s something different to like about every one of them. And
                 they feed you and inspire you in different ways, you know?
                 So just to be able to apply our craft as actors and do something that we love,
                 and get paid for it and have a career at it I think is something to be grateful for

Ming Na:         Right.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        ... it would be difficult to sort of say okay you know what, I will
                 only ever do this for the rest of my life or, you know, I mean it's like saying
                 I'm never going to write or I’m never going to direct again. I love both those
                 things but not to the exclusion of acting, you know?

(Patty Grapo):   Right. Well that makes sense. Well thank you both for your time today.

Ming Na:         Thank you.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        You bet.

Operator:        Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Steven Eramo with Syfy
                 and TV Talk. Please proceed.

Steven Eramo:    Good morning Ming Na. Good morning Lou. Great to speak with you guys...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Good morning.

Steven Eramo:    ...again today.

Ming Na:         Good morning.
Steven Eramo:   My first question is for Ming Na. And I wanted to find out, going back to last
                season could you guys tell us a little bit about some of the acting challenges
                you found playing the paraplegic role in I believe it was (Life) if I have...

Ming Na:        Yes.

Steven Eramo:   ...that episode correct?

Ming Na:        Yes I - when that was first brought up to me I was quite nervous about playing
                a part where I really - I mean I've had no experience with someone with that
                condition or even just understanding it.

                So I had to do a bit of a research and I went on to YouTube and looked at
                Christopher Reeves. His was a little bit more severe because he can’t move his
                head at all. And Camille was able to move just ever so slightly her head. So,
                you know, and the breathing, the breathing aspect.

                But ultimately I think for me the challenge was to portray someone who's not
                used to that body.

                That was the hardest thing and to be able to kind of not bring the sense of
                doom and gloom into being a paraplegic.

                Because I think as we see from someone like Christopher Reeves, even when
                they’re in that situation they do the best they can to live the best life that they

                And he had such a positive approach to that. I wanted to respect all that. So
                and the challenge is pulling it off. So I hope I did a decent job.
Steven Eramo:    Well I thought you…

Ming Na:         But it was very challenging. I was quite nervous about doing it all right.

Steven Eramo:    Well I thought you did a tremendous job, sincerely I really do.

Ming Na:         Oh thank you. Yes and then just conveying the emotion with just your head.

Steven Eramo:    Exactly.

Ming Na:         Yes that was a lot of - yes, just a lot of from the chin up acting.

Steven Eramo:    Right.

Ming Na:         So...

Steven Eramo:    And then Lou I wanted to ask if maybe you could tell us -- and I know you
                 can only speak in very general terms -- perhaps a little bit about the
                 relationship between Telford and Young in season two and how maybe that
                 further develops?

Lou Diamond Phillips:       It's interesting because in season one it was only ever adversarial.
                 And once he kills me and brings me back, that tends to change a relationship.

                 But we get a sense of the fact that they were once friends, that they were in the
                 academy together, that they had served together and have respect for one
                 another as leaders.

                 And I think there’s a window into that. And there, we see Telford sublimate
                 himself to that. I mean the fact that he's on, I'm sure quite overcome by guilt,
                 for the things that he did that were beyond his control he still has memory of
                 them. And so it certainly affects how he approaches his position on the
                 Destiny now.

                 Having said that, Telford’s still ambitious. He's still full of confidence and
                 cockiness to a certain extent that he is the best man for the job.

                 And so that's - that edge never really goes away. I mean he does not 100%,
                 you know, just bow down and say you know what, I'm not worthy.

                 He tries to be a contributor to the survival of the ship and to the decisions that
                 will hopefully save these people one day.

                 I still think he's got a very high estimation of himself and thinks that, you
                 know, perhaps fate led him down the wrong path.

Q:               Listen thank you again both for your time and continued good luck and
                 success with the show.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Thank you.

Ming Na:         Thank you so much.

Operator:        Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Lisa Fary with Pink Gun
                 - Pink Ray Gun. Please proceed.

Lisa Fary:       Hi.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Pink Ray Gun?
Lisa Fary:   Yes Pink Ray Gun. You like to go pew, pew, pew?

Ming Na:     Pew.

Lisa Fary:   I have a question for Ming Na. I was actually - I was very happy to hear you
             refer to Camile Wray as a strong female character because I don't feel like she
             gets talked about as such.

             And when it comes women in sci-fi, these are women who are, you know,
             leaders of state and physical fighters. And those are the ones that are usually
             anointed as strong female characters.

             And then there are women like Camile Wray who certainly are strong in other
             ways but they don't get talked about in the same terms.

             So what are your thoughts on Camile's strengths and how does that affect your
             performance of her character?

Ming Na:     Well I think in the beginning she comes off as someone who really wants to
             muscle her way into situations or have her voice heard.

             And I think it's just probably her reality in achieving the level of success that
             she's had at the, you know, in the IOA and going by the books and doing all
             the right things and being the right diplomat in all the situations.

             So in that sense I think any woman that - who has to play in a man’s field and
             succeed in it is strong.

             But then now she's also in a situation where on Destiny there are really no
             rules. You have to sort of re-create the rules and the guidelines.
                 And it - like there's a word that Lou just mentioned, tribal. In a way we not,
                 just the actors, but the crew aboard Destiny has to become tribal and learn to
                 live with each other and work with each other.

                 And I think in that sense she has to force herself to take that leadership role in
                 guiding or helping the civilians.

                 And the warmth for her to bring another side of herself out which is to care,
                 you know, she cares about these people and actually to show it is also part of
                 her strength to be able to be more herself.

Lisa Fary:       Okay thank you. And Lou in the season finale I was so impressed with your
                 performance. There was one scene in particular where Telford was finally
                 coming to terms with what had happened with him realizing he was
                 brainwashed, realizing the actions that he had done under that brainwashing.

                 There's - there - I imagine there's going to be some fallout from that later on.
                 How is Telford going to deal with this?

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Once again, I think that what's really sort of nice and it's one thing
                 I really truly appreciated about the - those last three episodes which played
                 very much like one long movie, and it certainly felt like it when we were
                 shooting it, was the fact that we got a glimpse into the humanity behind

                 We've seen him in an official capacity. We've seen him as a soldier and a
                 figure of authority.
                 But to understand, you know, that this effects him emotionally on some levels
                 as well I think was a real treat not only as, you know, for myself but for the

                 And I think it’s going to become complicated as time goes on. He's certainly
                 will have residual guilt. I think he certainly will have responsibility.

                 But in that respect that almost galvanizes him more into accomplishing what it
                 is he set out to do. And that is to save these people and to bring them home at
                 times almost at any cost.

                 I mean in a way I really think this because his obsession, and in some ways a
                 way to vindicate himself, to save others when he obviously has cost other
                 lives in the past.

                 So it he fortunately is not just a cardboard cutout of a villain or the guy that's
                 going to be the fly in the ointment.

                 Telford has very interesting motivations and a lot of very interesting layers,
                 you know, to how he will continue to be involved with the people on the

Ming Na:         And I think what is part of the great intrigue and fun of Stargate Universe, you
                 know, for me I think whenever you are thrown into a situation where you have
                 no other support system but what is in front of you it does bring you to have to
                 have a better awareness of yourself.

                 And I think, you know, for Telford now that he's...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Hello?
Ming Na:         ...on board destiny. It's like anybody who comes on board...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Hello?

Ming Na:         ...Destiny has to really face their own demons and...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Hello?

Ming Na:         Oh hello?

Lisa Fary:       Hello?

Ming Na:         Hello?

Lisa Fary:       All right well I really enjoy both of you on the show and thank you so much
                 for answering the questions today.

Ming Na:         Did we lose Lou?

Operator:        Yes, just one moment. Our next question comes from the line of Nancy
                 Harrington with Pop Culture Passionistas.

Nancy Harrington:     Hi. Thanks for talking to us today. I'm actually here with my sister Amy
                 who’s my writing partner.

Ming Na:         Oh hello.

Amy Harrington: Hi.
Nancy Harrington:    We were wondering, we know that Robert Carlyle directed an episode.
                 And we we’re wondering what it was like working with him as a director
                 versus a cast mate?

Ming Na:         Oh he was just fabulous. And I had no doubt from the start that he would do a
                 great job. I mean because he's just such an instinctual and yet at the same time
                 analytical actor that I just knew that he would do a thorough job as far as what
                 he was going to be as an actor and also bringing some of his insights to guide
                 us as actors.

                 But ultimately for me it was just fun to see Robert like he was a little kid in a
                 candy store. He just had such a great time. And I really enjoyed him as a

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Thank you.

Operator:        Thank you. And Mr. Phillips is now connected once again.

Ming Na:         Ah, yes your back. I know all of a sudden I kept hearing this hello, hello?

Lou Diamond Phillips:        No I couldn't - I - suddenly I couldn't hear you guys.

Ming Na:         You couldn't hear us?

Lou Diamond Phillips:        No.

Ming Na:         Yes no, no, yes just faded. It was funny.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Hello?
Ming Na:         Yes, can you hear us now?

Nancy Harrington:    I don't know if you heard that last question from me from...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        No I did not.

Nancy Harrington:    ...Pop-culture Passionistas? We were wondering what your take was on
                 working with Robert Carlyle as a director versus a cast mate?

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Well here is - okay well here's the spoiler. I'm not in that episode.
                 So I can't speak to that.

Ming Na:         Okay. Well I answered it so we’re good.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Well there you go.

Ming Na:         Yes.

Nancy Harrington:    Do either of you...

Ming Na:         It was a perfect time for you to cut out.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Yes.

Nancy Harrington:    Do either of you have any plans to return to the theater?

Ming Na:         Oh sure.
Lou Diamond Phillips:        Yes, you know, 100%. I mean it's interesting because theater is
                 such a commitment. And it really it requires usually a lot of lead time and then
                 in the performance of it it requires a lot of time.

                 So it has to be something that you really love. It's not something that can
                 happen, you know, frivolously.

                 And the economics of the legit theater these days, you know, usually requires
                 somebody get you to make a commitment, you know, a long time beforehand.

                 So unfortunately you can't just say hey, I got six weeks off, you know, let me
                 go do a theater piece. It doesn't really work that way.

                 So for the time being this is my world. But, I would definitely love to go back
                 to Broadway at some point. I would definitely love to do some intimate work
                 in regional theaters.

                 So it's certainly something I'm always open to and I get inquiries about it all
                 the time. But it really is a matter of, you know, trying to carve out the time.

Ming Na:         Yes and unfortunately it's more tough to do it in LA because...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Yes.

Ming Na:         ...yes, just the commute alone would kill to get to the 7 o'clock call.

Nancy Harrington:    Thank you so much for your time today. I appreciate it.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        You bet.
Ming Na:           Thank you.

Operator:          Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Lillian Standefer with
          Please proceed.

Lillian Standefer: A big howdy from Texas to both of you. Hello.

Ming Na:           Hello.

Lillian Standefer: How are you?


Lou Diamond Phillips:         You know, give my love .You know I'm a Lone Star State boy.

Lillian Standefer: Yes I know. You're in the paper like all the time.

Lou Diamond Phillips:         Oh damn. Woo.

Lillian Standefer: Well okay my question’s for both of you. We've seen a practical use of the
                   ancient communications stones more in SGU than any of the other Stargate

                   But body swapping can be seen as a controversial issue. What are your
                   thoughts on it since both of your characters have experienced it?

Ming Na:           Controversial, hey bring on the controversy, you know, makes for a lot - more
                   drama and more interest I think and intrigue for any storytelling.
                 And I think because most of the Stargate's have used this, these ancient stones
                 that's already been established.

                 So if there were any controversy, you know, it had to have started up 15 years
                 ago or whenever they did introduce those stones.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Well I mean I think it's interesting because it does put your
                 consciousness into someone else's body.

                 And, I know for Ming it's been very challenging and gives you a different
                 perspective, makes you work very, very closely with the other actor, you
                 know, you are inhabiting so to speak.

                 I mean from my point of view it’s the only love scene Telford’s had, so hey I
                 can’t complain. But what...

Ming Na:         And you know we sign a waiver every time we have to use the stones so...

Lou Diamond Phillips:       Yes exactly. You won’t to leave anything behind, you know, yes
                 that kind of thing.

Ming Na:         Yes.

Lou Diamond Phillips:       But obviously for Telford it's really been his way to stay involved
                 which is great, you know. I mean it's been very interesting, you know, device
                 and one that, you know, I'm sure he finds very frustrating.

                 What I think in the bigger picture what I think is very, very cool and I don't
                 mean to spoil it is to say that in exchanging consciousness we are putting forth
                   the theory that consciousness is something that can transcend space and time,
                   that it can transcend the physical.

                   And this is a concept that will play out in different scenarios during season
                   two in a way that I find just amazingly thought provoking and interesting and

                   And it's one of the things that sci-fi does very, very well, you know, to give
                   you an idea and then to expand upon it and make you think wow, is that kind
                   of thing possible? It's very cool.

Ming Na:           And I think also it's really relevant and important for the Stargate franchise.
                   Because one of the main elements of this show for all three shows is that there
                   is always an attachment to Earth and in its current timeframe.

                   This show isn't set in the future. It’s not set in the past. It's set in the now. And
                   it's quite important I think to the Stargate fans to always have that reminder
                   and to maintain that connection with Earth.

Lillian Standefer: Sort of like a grounding tether point, right?

Ming Na:           Yes.

Lillian Standefer: Well along those lines about talking about the Stargate franchise since SGU is
                   kind of different than the other shows with more of a Battlestar Galactica tone,
                   how do you think SGU furthers the Stargate franchise?

Ming Na:           Wow well I, you know, in a weird way like we are a show that stands on its
                   own in its style and in its story telling. And that's one thing that’s very
                   different from the other Stargates.
                  But I think it pushes the envelope so much more. I mean our show is quite
                  serious and dramatic in a really dark way. I don't know is - I think it moves it
                  in a whole other direction but for the better in its storytelling and furthering
                  the whole idea of what - who created the Stargate, what it's about, you know,
                  what is it for, you know, what is the ultimate wisdom and reason for these
                  Stargates. I think, you know, we’re still searching for that answer.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        And, I think that's a very good point because it does raise the big
                  questions, you know.

                  And as I’ve said before, good sci-fi does that. It really against a backdrop that
                  is virtually Shakespearean or larger than life asks very human questions.

                  And, where do we come from? Where are we going? You know, why? Why
                  are we here?

                  And, without sounding too pretentious, Stargate Universe attempts to do that
                  and yet bring in the introspection of how do we survive, how - you know, how
                  do we relate to one another in a way that's going to ensure that we stick

                  And I think that is the extension of the legacy that Stargate gave us
                  previously. They had the action adventure. They had the larger than life
                  characters. They had the sci-fi.

                  And I would like to think that, you know, what Stargate Universe adds to the
                  mix is a great dose of humanity and perhaps philosophy.

Lillian Standefer: So kind of a more of a modernization of the franchise then so to speak?
Lou Diamond Phillips:        Yes and, you know, and, you know, these guys were bored. They
                  were doing the other thing for 15 years and wanted to - they decided, you
                  know, try something different.

Lillian Standefer: Well you guys thank you so much for your time today and we’re really
                  looking forward to the premiere.

Ming Na:          Oh good.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Excellent, thank you.

Lillian Standefer: Thank you.

Operator:         Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of (Heather McCletchie)
                  with the ( Please proceed.

(Heather McCletchie):        Hi. Good morning you all.

Ming Na:          Hi.

(Heather McCletchie):        Thank you so much for talking to us. And...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        You bet.

(Heather McCletchie):        ...I can vouch Lou for your theater. I came to see you in a Few
                  Good Men a few years ago in Fort Worth.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        Oh wonderful yes.
(Heather McCletchie):        So I’ve seen you on the board.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        That was a wonderful production. Thank you.

(Heather McCletchie):        You all did a great job. I enjoyed that immensely. So I can vouch
                 for that.

                 So both of you having such a broad background and such long and varied
                 careers, what was it like for you all to step into an established franchise like

                 What did that mean sort of coming into something that there was a history
                 there and you all were the next generation of it?

Ming Na:         I was just thankful to be coming into a show that was such a well oiled
                 machine. Because, you know, a lot of times when you're starting a new show
                 there’s many bumps and hiccups and, you know, chaos in everyone figuring
                 things out and, you know, what goes where and who does what.

                 And I think when there is that - that - when there isn't that panic or frantic
                 energy it just gave us all a chance as the actors to come together and be
                 relaxed and have fun and really figure out, you know, the tone and the feel.
                 And, you know, the focus was very different.

                 So I really appreciated that coming into the franchise because I really didn't
                 know that much about the Stargate franchise prior to.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        And to me it was, you know, it's very much the same thing. I was
                 not all that familiar with the television series. The film was done by a good
                 friend of mine, Dean Devlin.
                 So, you know, I certainly had respect for the tradition and the legacy of it all.
                 But it was a win-win because as I said before, I could tell that they wanted to
                 do something different.

                 I could see from the script that, you know, they were going in a different
                 direction than they had in the past and the kind of people that were already

                 So, you know, you're dealing with something that has an expectation that has
                 a through line to it but, you know, the added plus of saying okay we’re going
                 to do it differently.

                 And, you know, in today's television landscape you see how quickly, you
                 know, things come and go. They can promote the hell out of something and
                 then it's gone in a month.

                 If anything had a chance to survive it was certainly something that had, you
                 know, the track record of a Stargate.

                 So, you know, as far as future employment was concerned it was a good bet.

(Heather McCletchie):        There you go. And second question for both of you, you both said
                 you were approached and you had sort of a general idea of what you were
                 jumping into.

                 Did they explain to you that the sort of, for lack of a better term, body
                 swapping and the consciousness, swapping would be an aspect of playing
                 your characters that there would be that back and forth where sometimes you
                 were yourself but you weren't?
Ming Na:         No.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        No, I had no clue either. But I mean that's the thing, you know. I
                 mean it's fun but it's a little daunting because sometimes you have no idea
                 what you're going to get when you crack open that script. I mean Ming

(Heather McCletchie):        Yes.

Lou Diamond Phillips:        ...firsthand what that's like.

Ming Na:         Oh my goodness well, you know, the stone thing, even by the third time of
                 doing it I was still thoroughly confused.

                 I was really like wait, wait, wait. Now who...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        I apologize...

Ming Na:         ...what - how - what? Okay why...

Lou Diamond Phillips:        I have to jump. I’ve got to get my daughter to an appointment. But
                 thank you ever so much everybody for tuning in. And I hopefully I’ll get a
                 chance to talk to you face to face and one on one very, very shortly.

Ming Na:         All right, bye Lou.

(Heather McCletchie):        Thank you. Bye.

Ming Na:         I'll miss you.
(Heather McCletchie):       So Ming Na you were saying so for you it's a little overwhelming
                 every time?

Ming Na:         No not now.

(Heather McCletchie):       Not now?

Ming Na:         You know? Yes, I might not be the quickest when it comes to, you know,
                 coming to terms with because, you know, the way we shoot it a lot of times,
                 you know, we put our hands there and then we have to like slide away and let
                 the next person come in.

                 And, you know, a lot of times to me it's like okay now okay, I'm wearing the
                 other person's clothes there. But why is my hair up and her hair is down? And
                 do we keep the same hair?

(Heather McCletchie):       That's true. There's a lot to think about.

Ming Na:         Yes there - oh no okay, I don't wear the jewelry because I'm not in my body.
                 Okay I don't wear that jewelry.

                 So, you know, it just took a little getting used to whose body I was actually in.

(Heather McCletchie):       So it's never dull. You've always got a lot to play with. Great.

Ming Na:         Yes, well I mean yes. I have to say that of all the shows I've done this has
                 been the most challenging role because a lot of times, you know, whether
                 playing a gay character or someone who’s a quadriplegic and, you know, and
                 some of the other stuff that we’re doing in season two, it's great for an actor to
                 be challenged this way.

(Heather McCletchie):        Thank you so much.

Ming Na:         Thank you.

Operator:        Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Kathie Huddleston with
        Please proceed.

Kathie Huddleston:   Hi.

Ming Na:         Hi. You only get me...

Kathie Huddleston:   Well that's...

Ming Na:         I didn't know Lou was leaving.

Kathie Huddleston:   That's okay. My question is really for people who've never seen Stargate
                 or people who haven't seen your Stargate - your show, why should they tune
                 in this season?

Ming Na:         Because if you're looking for a show that has a lot of action and great writing
                 and acting and is even if you're not a sci-fi fan I think you would really enjoy
                 Stargate Universe because it just has so much to offer.

                 It's got the love stories. It's got the, you know, life and death situation. And it's
                 got humor and just some really great characters to sink your, you know, teeth
                 into so I think for all those reasons. And it's just a great looking show.
Kathie Huddleston:   I think people will be able to, judging from the episode I saw the - you
                 know, the premier, I think people will get what's going on.

Ming Na:         Yes because, you know, and it interestingly, it starts off with so much of the
                 aftermath of the prior situation.

                 And so I think there shouldn't - you know, I mean it's always good to start
                 from the beginning so you kind of have a real understanding of who these
                 characters are and you can care about them.

                 And maybe if somebody catches the premiere episode of season two it will
                 interest them and excite them so much that they're like oh I got to get, you
                 know, season one and 1.5 and catch up.

                 Because that's what I do with Battlestar. You know, I came into it in the
                 middle and just like ah, I've got a watch it from the beginning.

Kathie Huddleston:   Wow that's great. One more, your character along with Telford, Rush, and
                 Young all seem like they think they should be in charge, at least they did this
                 last season.

Ming Na:         Yes.

Kathie Huddleston:   And looking at it as an actor from the outside in who do you think is right?

Ming Na:         I think ultimately it still should be Young because he has the persona and the
                 personality for it personally.

                 I believe Ray has tried out of necessity, not out of ambition, and realized that
                 it's just something that she's not comfortable with, you know.
                 I don't think everyone can handle making life and death decisions for someone
                 else. It takes special military mind I believe. And I think Young can handle

                 You know, Rush, he doesn't seem to have much of a consciousness for it. So
                 and I think Ray has too much. You know, she would be too emotionally
                 devastated if she has to send someone to their death, yes.

Kathie Huddleston:   Thank you.

Operator:        Thank you. Due to time constraints we will now take our last question.

                 Our last question comes from the line of Curt Wagner with RedEye Show
                 Patrol. Please proceed.

Curt Wagner:     Hi Ming. This is Curt. How are you?

Ming Na:         Hi Kurt. How are you?

Curt Wagner:     I'm fine. Sorry I missed you when you were up in - when I was up in

Ming Na:         I know. I know. Well you, you know, there'll be other opportunities.

Curt Wagner:     But I did get to see the sets and a lot of the special effects that are in that new
                 trailer. And you were talking about how cool that trailer is.
               I was wondering if you still when you're on set you still find it sort of
               fascinating how well built and detailed and almost believable like, you know,
               these things could fly they...

Ming Na:       Oh yes absolutely. You know, I think because we do have to use our
               imagination so much when it comes to the green screens or the aliens and, you
               know, these situations that the writers put us in, it's fabulous that they have
               spent the time and the energy and the artistry to create such a beautiful set for
               us. You know, it helps. Every little bit helps.

               And, you know, there's this sense of importance in contributing because, you
               know, you see someone put so much work and detail into the set you're like
               well yes, you know, then I have to really put in my 200% to yes, to be
               respectful of it.

               You know, so although I have been in theater where, you know, we have just
               like a cheesy block and we have to make something out of it.

Curt Wagner:   Right, right. And then...

Ming Na:       But it does help. And it's so much fun. I just - I'm always tickled every time I
               go on our set and go wow, this is our sandbox. How much fun is it.

Curt Wagner:   Did you ever get Victor Garber to sing for you?

Ming Na:       Not yet but let's hope there's another opportunity.

Curt Wagner:   Is it fun having these great guest stars in?
Ming Na:         Yes. I think it's just - yes I mean Kathleen Quinlan and, you know - and I
                 didn't realize French Stewart had been in the original.

Curt Wagner:     In the original yes, yes.

Ming Na:         So I had to rent that movie again just to watch him, you know. And the man
                 really, he hasn't changed that much, his face. It's all - it's still the same. But
                 what a wonderful little bit of history that is.

Curt Wagner:     Right, right.

Ming Na:         Yes so and, you know, watching it again it was just - it was great. I don't
                 know, I had a new perspective, you know, on the film...

Curt Wagner:     Right.

Ming Na:         ...having been on the show now for a year and a half.

Curt Wagner:     Okay. Well I'll talk to you some other time. Thank you for the...

Ming Na:         Okay.

Curt Wagner:     Take care.

Ming Na:         Bye.

Operator:        Thank you. I'll now turn the conference back to you Brenda Lowery. Please
                 go ahead.

Brenda Lowery: Thank you everybody for joining the call. Thank you so much Ming.
Ming Na:         Sure...

Brenda Lowery: And...

Ming Na:         ...thank you.

Brenda Lowery: ...thank - and we’re looking forward to everybody's coverage leading up to
                 next Tuesday's premiere. Thank you.

Ming Na:         Okay great. Bye-bye now.

Brenda Lowery: Bye-bye.

Operator:        Ladies and gentlemen that does conclude the conference call for today. We
                 thank you for much for your participation and ask that you please disconnect
                 your lines.


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