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									                          Syfy Q&A with Sasha Roiz of Caprica

                                       October 1, 2010
                                        3:10 pm CT

Operator:       Ladies and gentlemen thank you standing by and welcome to the Caprica
                conference call. During the presentation, all participants will be in a listen
                only mode. Afterwards, we will conduct a question and answer session. At
                that time if you have a question, please press the 1 followed by the 4. If at any
                time during the conference you need to reach an operator, please press star 0.

                As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Friday, October 1, 2010. It is
                now my pleasure to introduce Maureen Granados with SyFy. You may go

Maureen Granados:   Hi everyone. It’s Maureen from SyFy. Thank you for joining us today for
                our Caprica call. And we are lucky enough to have Sasha Roiz who plays Sam
                Adama on the series.

                As you all know, the series returns for Season 1.5 on Tuesday, October 5 at
                10:00 pm. And without further ado, I will turn it over to Sasha and your

Sasha Roiz:     Hey guys. Thanks so much for doing this. I appreciate your time.
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              please lift your handset before entering your request. One moment please for
              our first question.

              Our first question from the line of Tom Powers with
              You may proceed.

Tom Powers:   Hi. That’s, and I wanted to ask Sasha is the fact
              that Sam Adama is a Tauron and thus an immigrant on Caprica, does that play
              a conscious role in your portrayal?

Sasha Roiz:   Yes. Obviously first off, is that a Cylon monitoring this conversation? That’s
              pretty perfect. But yes, the immigration - the immigrant status of Sam plays a
              very, very large role. It’s very significant to the portrayal because it’s really
              sort of what his outlook on Caprica, it’s how he sort of perceives himself in
              relationship to the Capricans.

              And there’s that constant reminder that he’s a second class citizen because
              he’s not a purebred Caprican. And so that bitterness and that enmity is always
              sort of present in his everyday, you know, in my portrayal of it and certainly
              in Sam’s activities.

Tom Powers:   Hmm. Well, that’s sounds very logical.
Sasha Roiz:       Yes. And I think it’s very true to many immigrants in our world as well.
                  They’re part of a society that simply will not absorb them and we see that in
                  many examples throughout the world. Then their own secondary societies and
                  sort of play by their own rules and their own laws, and much like we did in,
                  America back at the turn of the century.

Tom Powers:       Right. Right. Well thank you.

Sasha Roiz:       Thank you.

Operator:         Our next question from the line of (Michelle) Hinman with Airlock Alpha.
                  You may proceed.

Michael Hinman: Well it’s actually Michael and - but, you know, it’s close enough I guess. So
                  hey Sasha, thanks for doing the call today. And, you know, you don't sound as
                  much like Magda but, you know, we still appreciate having you here.


Sasha Roiz:       How’s it going Michael?

Michael Hinman: It’s going good. Hey, I was looking at some of the - you - from Season 1, I
                  mean the DVD’s coming out for Season 1.0 and there’s been some behind the
                  scene stuff that’s been released and one of the things that’s talked about where
                  you were talking about interacting with the Cylons. But I don't quite
                  remember you doing that. So are we going to see Sam have a chance to
                  interact with the Cylons at some point in the upcoming second half of the
Sasha Roiz:      I think you'll see a lot of people interacting with Cylons. I think it’s basically
                 what we’re driving towards is the introduction of the Cylons into this world.
                 And so it’s going to definitely cross paths with just about everybody’s

                 I’ve just seen the first two - maybe you haven't seen it but there’s definitely
                 some stuff coming out because Sam and Esai - Sam sorry and Joseph they
                 start - they negotiate a deal with the Graystone - the Graystones. And so
                 eventually that technology comes into the hands of the Ha'La'Tha and there's
                 certainly a crossover of interest for their purpose and it’s going to be a very
                 interesting sort of tug of war.

                 So you’re definitely going to see some sort of interaction, yes.

Michael Hinman: Well, you know, and in the first two episodes we do see Joseph kind of
                 seeming to be going, you know, even more and more over, you know, towards
                 having more of that Mafia mentality than maybe he had in the first ten

                 Will we see any type of adjustment in what Sam does? Then like will he go
                 the other way or will he go deeper in that or will his character do something
                 totally different?

Sasha Roiz:      Well you've always seen Sam as a very loyal soldier of the Ha'La'Tha and the
                 main sort of dilemma that he’s going to be facing is a certain loyalty based on
                 some decisions that are made. So you’re going to see his struggle with -
                 within himself and within the organization, and (unintelligible) brother as well
                 about sort of the future that he’s going to take and the future that, that the path
                 that he’s going to go on ultimately.
                  So there’s going to be certainly fractions within their story lines and within
                  their loyalties.

Michael Hinman: Excellent. Well, you know, I love the first two episodes. I can't wait to see
                  what’s next, and it was good talking to you Sasha.

Sasha Roiz:       You too man. Thanks so much.

Operator:         Our next question from the line of Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation
                  Magazine. You may proceed.

Jamie Steinberg: Hi Sasha. Shalom.

Sasha Roiz:       Shalom. How are you?

Jamie Steinberg: Good. Thank you for speaking with us today.

Sasha Roiz:       Absolutely. Thank you.

Jamie Steinberg: I was wondering what you find challenging about your role.

Sasha Roiz:       Challenging, oh I mean, every role I find challenging in its own way. This one
                  I guess I don't really find it especially more challenging than any other role
                  I've played. In fact, it kind of brings about certain elements that I've always
                  kind of enjoyed playing.

                  I just find it really fascinating how he’s such a dynamic character. And in fact,
                  that makes it almost easier in some ways to play because there’s so many
                  facets to the character from, you know, the harshness that he portrays in the
                  world to the softness that he has with his family and towards Willy.
                  And there’s so many various elements to him, the way he’s loyal within his
                  organization and yet he’s such a criminal outside of that organization. So it
                  makes the character in some ways even more fun and a little easier at times to
                  play because there is such a balance to him. He really isn't one dimensional
                  and it makes it a lot of fun to play.


Jamie Steinberg: Sorry, go ahead.

Sasha Roiz:       But you - but challenging, I don't know. I guess I never really saw it much as a
                  - the challenge. It’s funny. I just really so far it’s just been really like
                  pleasurable to portray it and, you know, be an occasional Tauron makes me
                  kind of like, you know, that might be the challenging bit like whenever I have
                  to start speaking in Tauron. But otherwise it’s been a total joy to play.

Jamie Steinberg: Might not be too different from Seeking Hebrew though as far as...

Sasha Roiz:       Yes.

Jamie Steinberg: ...picking up a language. Now there’s such great...

Sasha Roiz:       Yes, but it...

Jamie Steinberg: Sorry, go ahead.

Sasha Roiz:       I'm sorry. No, go ahead.
Jamie Steinberg: There’s such great chemistry between you and your cast mates. Was it instant
                  or did it take a bit of time to develop?

Sasha Roiz:       Between - well I mean the first person I really worked with was Esai. And that
                  chemistry was very quick. He’s such a friendly and outgoing individual and
                  he’s such a talented actor. And we instantly found a chemistry like right back
                  in the pilot even. And so that was very simple and that was the most important
                  (unintelligible) - of course with the rest of the Adama family, with - certainly
                  with Willy there’s a chemistry.

                  And then, as we got to know each other, sitting in that (goom) for seven
                  months, we definitely developed a great sense of friendship amongst all of us.
                  And it was great because when you’re sequestered in another city for seven
                  months, if you don't have that, it can be a real nightmare. But for us it was just
                  a joy to get to know each other and spend time together.

                  Even though a lot of our story lines didn't cross, we certainly had a lot of time
                  together and the friendships developed.

Jamie Steinberg: You’re a member of Twitter. Why is that such an important place for you to
                  connect with fans of the show?

Sasha Roiz:       I think Twitter’s just a fantastic vehicle for fans especially because - and for
                  us who are on the other end of it because it’s instant communication with
                  people who otherwise don't really have access to you.

                  And so even if it’s short form communication, it’s so immediate and it’s - I
                  think it’s such a fulfilling way to communicate with friends or people you
                  admire who’s work you like. I think it’s a very instant sense of gratification.
                  And also for me it’s a wonderful way to keep people abreast of the work I'm
                  doing and Caprica and the events that are taking place. And it’s an amazing
                  instant tool for PR and for communication between fans and celebrities and
                  friends and so on. So I think it’s a wonderful tool.

Jamie Steinberg: Thank you so much.

Sasha Roiz:       Thank you. Take care.

Operator:         Our next question from the line of Michael Jenson with You
                  may proceed.

Michael Jenson: Hi Sasha. My question has to do with...

Sasha Roiz:       Hey Michael.

Michael Jenson: How’re you doing?

Sasha Roiz:       Good. Good. It’s good to hear from you.

Michael Jenson: You as well. My question has to do with the fact that Sam has been really
                  embraced by the gay community in a pretty big way as being an out gay
                  character. Even though the show had only aired a couple episodes, Sam made
                  our list of the best gay characters on television.

                  So my question is, what does that mean to you as an actor that he’s been
                  embraced that way? And what have you heard from fans about Sam being
Sasha Roiz:      I have, I absolutely love that facet of the character and I love that we've
                 tackled it in a way that’s been completely unique to television. And it’s been
                 nothing but a wonderful experience. People have been completely receptive.
                 People have been incredibly supportive. The gay community has been

                 I've done everything from the no hate campaign pictures to a few different
                 projects on the side in my spare time to, you know, that’s sort of like projects
                 to raise awareness and (unintelligible). And they’re incredibly strong and very
                 cohesive and supportive community and it’s great to tap into that and I'm
                 really, really pleased that they’re enjoying it, enjoying the portrayal.

Michael Jenson: Now I understand in, you know, 1.5 we’re going to be seeing some more of
                 Sam’s back story. Wondering what share we’re going to learn about that.

Sasha Roiz:      Well the back story, I don't know if it’s necessarily going to tackle anything as
                 far as the sexuality because as you've seen, the world that we live in doesn't
                 really - there’s no reason to particularly delve into that because it’s a non-

                 And so you’re going to see more of like what’s turned him - sort of the
                 tragedy that befell these kids and what led them to come to the - Caprica and
                 under what circumstances and what duress and what ultimately led them to be
                 the men they are today.

                 But you will see more of Sam and Larry. You will see a little bit more of that
                 partnership and the kind of life that they have and the kinds of strings that
                 they have due to obviously Sam’s involvement in the mob. So you will see
                 more examples of that.
Michael Jenson: That was going to be my last question if we got to see more of Larry. Do you
                 know how many episodes we'll see Larry pop up in?

Sasha Roiz:      I think there might be another what, three, another three episodes
                 approximately because Sam’s going to be going through quite a bit of stuff
                 and you’re going to see Larry there as a support for sure for some of the major
                 blows that are about to come.

Michael Jenson: Well fantastic. Thank you so much Sasha. I'm so glad the show’s back.

Sasha Roiz:      Thank you Michael. I appreciate it.

Operator:        Our next question from the line of Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture
                 Passionistas. You may proceed.

Nancy Harrington:    Hi Sasha. Thanks for talking to us. I'm actually here with my sister...

Sasha Roiz:      Hey.

Nancy Harrington:    ...Amy who’s my writing partner. Nice to meet you today.


Sasha Roiz:      Oh hey guys.

Amy Harrington: Hello.

Nancy Harrington:    We were wondering - Sam is such a morally complex character, so how as
                 an actor do you connect with some of the darker tasks he has to carry out and
                 the things he has to do?
Sasha Roiz:     The darker stuff is not that difficult, in a sense that when you kind of - when
                you kind of like truly believe the, you know, Sam’s perspective on life and
                he’s a very black and white character. And he doesn't have a lot of room for
                doubt. And he’s very much a soldier. And so when he’s given an order, it’s
                very much like a soldier has to go out and perform the order.

                There will be a little bit more - like I said, there'll be doubts placed upon him
                for the first time, and that'll be really interesting to see, the sort of torment he
                has as someone who’s always taking orders unquestionably, and then all of a
                sudden is arrested and has to start to question his life and his loyalties which
                he’s never had to do before. And that becomes very interesting to portray.

                Some of the darker elements, when we play those out, I don't really see him
                very differently than a soldier carrying out certain duties and missions that he
                has to do. And there’s really no room to question them at all.

Nancy Harrington:   All right. That makes a lot of sense.

Sasha Roiz:     Yes.

Nancy Harrington:   So we also heard that Eric Stoltz directed an episode. Were you in that
                episode? And then if so, what was it like to work with him as a director?


Sasha Roiz:     Yes. Eric directs I think the very first episode airing this Tuesday. It was
                great. Eric’s a (remarkably) talented director. I mean he’s been working on
                stuff since we wrapped as a director. And it was very interesting to watch him
                wear two hats so to speak, and to watch him switch from director to actor
                because his storyline was quite heavy at that episode and so it wasn't easy for

                So he was always very aware even while he was performing of what was
                happening behind the scenes. And it was remarkable to see him being able to
                switch so quickly because I think for him it was the first time he was directing
                himself as well.

                So, that was really fun to watch. But as a director he was incredibly respectful.
                It’s obviously a strange transition when all of a sudden one of your co-stars is
                directing you. So he was very respectful and very gracious about it. And he
                did a great job. He was remarkably easy to work with because (unintelligible)
                understands the show as intimately as he does all of a sudden is directing you,
                it’s - it really lends itself to some great work.

Nancy Harrington:   Excellent. Well thank you so much. Good luck with the show and thanks
                for (unintelligible) today.

Sasha Roiz:     Thank you guys. Thank you.

Operator:       Our next question from the line of Troy Rogers with

Troy Rogers:    Hi Sasha. Thanks for taking the time.

Sasha Roiz:     Hey. How are you?

Troy Rogers:    Not too bad. Now I wanted to know how do you view the level of irony in
                Caprica especially concerning your character because he was involved in
                stealing the chip and then he and Joseph are looking to sell the Cylons. I mean
               eventually it’s going to come back around to where Sam’s nephew will have
               to fight them.

Sasha Roiz:    Yes. Yes. I mean - you mean in the irony as far as like where Battlestar takes

Troy Rogers:   Yes. Yes.

Sasha Roiz:    Right. I mean, that’s the wonderful thing for fans of Battlestar is that they get
               to see it on two different levels and I think it’s what makes it really interesting
               and compelling for the fans of Battlestar is to be able to watch an entirely
               different saga but at the same time connecting to something that they've
               already loved and they could see certain elements playing themselves out and

               And so I love whenever we have a little nod, you know, cheeky little nods to
               Caprica like that. I think it always lends itself beautifully and the Internet’s
               always lit up right after those shows with people trying to connect the dots,
               you know, having a good time with it. So...

Troy Rogers:   I know.

Sasha Roiz:’s a lot of fun for sure. But like, David Eick always says, - you know how
               World War II ends. You either - you’re still kind of interested in seeing this
               play out, or this battle play out or the different characters involved on the

               So it’s - there’s always room for these great stories even though you may
               know what the outcome will be. How we get there is a whole other thing, so...
Troy Rogers:    Right.

Sasha Roiz:

Troy Rogers:    Yes. That’s a good way of putting it.

Sasha Roiz:     Yes.

Troy Rogers:    Yes. I also wanted to know, Sam has a pretty cool wardrobe. Do you have
                your eye on anything for when the season runs...


Sasha Roiz:     I miss (slings) fedoras, I'll tell you that much. It’s kind of fun. I like the classic
                look that they built for us for sure. They did a (decent) job fitting the old with
                the new. I mean this is beautiful sort of retro feel yet in this incredibly
                advanced society.

                I kind of like - I just love the fact that Sam would at least where a tie. He
                almost looked like the most formal individual on the show considering his job
                title. And, you know, I just loved walking around in that leather jacket and
                that fedora. I mean it instantly evoked the character. So it was so - once the
                tattoos are on and that hat goes on it’s like you instantly fall into the character.

Troy Rogers:    Nice. Well yes.

Sasha Roiz:     Yes.

Troy Rogers:    Thanks again Sasha.
Sasha Roiz:      Thank you.

Operator:        Our next question from the line of Teresa Jusino with Pink

Teresa Jusino:   Hello Sasha. It’s good to be talking to you.

Sasha Roiz:      You too.

Teresa Jusino:   Now we know that Sam is a really...

Man:             Hey.

Teresa Jusino:   Oh, hello? Oh sorry. We know that Sam...

Sasha Roiz:      Hey it’s Teresa right. I just remembered. You’re taking over for Pink Raygun
                 today. That’s true. I forgot.

Teresa Jusino:   Yes I am. I'm wearing my reporter hat.

Sasha Roiz:      There you go. I don't think we ever - we didn't actually speak. We've only

Teresa Jusino:   Exactly.

Sasha Roiz:      That’s great. That’s great.

Teresa Jusino:   I - so now we know that Sam is a really traditional kind of guy, not too into
                 the technology. But since you mentioned Twitter, if you, Sasha Roiz, had
                 access to a holoband, would you use it and what would you use it to do?
Sasha Roiz:      I'd be a goner. If I had a holoband I'd feel like sequester in my house from this
                 day on. I'd probably just turn into a mess. They'd find me like sitting rotting
                 away in my underwear somewhere.

                 I don't know. It’s too tempting. It’s like the ultimate drug, right. You can just
                 escape to wherever you want to escape. So, I think it’s a very, very dangerous
                 tool. So I could understand why it’s become such an issue in that world
                 because who doesn't want to escape?

                 I mean that’s really, when you look at society, that’s all people do, you know,
                 from drugs to television to everything we do is really just a form of escape. So
                 this ultimate form of escape would just destroy society.

Teresa Jusino:   Well true. I kind of wish - I don't know.


Sasha Roiz:      That’s kind of negative. Oh my God. I was so pessimistic it was awful.

Teresa Jusino:   So basically you would be in your house in your underwear totally wasting
                 your time. Okay great. Next question.


Sasha Roiz:      Yes. That’s - just me just (not) me living off cereal and that’s it. No it was just
                 too tempting. I think it’s just too, too tempting. So I can understand like how
                 that (unintelligible) just, you know, you give into things like that to, you

Teresa Jusino:   Yes.
Sasha Roiz:      ...entire virtual world that you don't have to be responsible in.

Teresa Jusino:   Exactly. Well now if you had...

Sasha Roiz:      So there you go.

Teresa Jusino:   Exactly. If you had Sam standing in front of you right now, you could tell him
                 one thing, what would you tell him? What advice would you offer him?
                 Would you compliment him? Would you kind of give him some help with

Sasha Roiz:      I would be like dude, enough with the tattoos already, like (unintelligible)
                 easy. Enough. We get it. I don't know if I'd want to have Sam standing in front
                 of me truthfully. (Unintelligible) on what we'd talk about?

                 Yes. I don't know if I'd want Sam in front of me. Sam’s the kind of guy you
                 want flanking you, like making sure that everything’s okay. I don't think he’s
                 the guy you (unintelligible) kind of want to sit facing across because I think
                 then you’re pretty much in trouble.

Teresa Jusino:   So you wouldn't hang out with him for a beer or something?

Sasha Roiz:      For a beer?

Teresa Jusino:   Yes I...

Sasha Roiz:      Yes. It’d be interesting but I don't - I wouldn't know what to say. It’s just kind
                 of imposing - imposing character. I'd just sit there quietly sipping my beer
                 trying not to get hurt.

Teresa Jusino:   Yes. Oh no. Now getting...

Sasha Roiz:      Yes.

Teresa Jusino: a little more realistically back to the show, what was your favorite
                 episode to shoot...

Sasha Roiz:      Oh um...

Teresa Jusino: your most fun experience or the...

Sasha Roiz:      I think I really enjoyed the one with Paula back in the first half - in - the 104. I
                 can't ever remember the titles. I'm sorry. But I think it was called
                 Gravedancing. And then I enjoyed...

Teresa Jusino:   Oh yes.

Sasha Roiz:      ...this - a couple - I mean I enjoyed this next half, I really enjoyed where we
                 took things. And so every day was really exciting, because as opposed to the
                 first half where we sort of let it breathe and kind of like uncorked the bottle
                 and let the thing breathe and just kind of bring you into it, in the second half,
                 it really just starts to spin and everybody’s storyline starts to get, you know, it
                 starts to accelerate in pace and action.
                 And there was so much to do and so much to take care of. So it’s really hard
                 for me to say because there - you'll see like there’s so many great things that
                 will transpire (unintelligible) finale which is mind blowing.

                 And so there’s definitely a few coming up I think that have our back story
                 which is really exciting. There’s the finale which I loved what they did with
                 that and a few episodes leading from - I guess I just really love the second

                 But it starts kind of like in the third - I think there’s one called Dirteaters. It’s
                 a background for Joseph and Sam.

Teresa Jusino:   Oh.

Sasha Roiz:      It was a very interesting episode and then it kind of spins from there. It really
                 takes off for us especially, so I'm looking forward to it.

Teresa Jusino:   Nice. Well your scene with...

Sasha Roiz:      Yes.


Teresa Jusino:   ...Esai at the end of Gravedancing is like one of my favorite ones. I'm looking
                 forward to seeing how you guys play that out.

Sasha Roiz:      Oh okay.

Teresa Jusino:   Yes. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk.
Sasha Roiz:       Thanks. Nice to finally talk to you.

Operator:         Our next question from line of Lillian Standefer with

Lillian Standefer: Hey Sasha. How are you?

Sasha Roiz:       SciFi Mafia, how perfect. I'm great. How’re you doing?

Lillian Standefer: Good. Well actually along those same lines, the portrayal of the Tauron seem
                  to have a very heavy ethnic and Mafia-like slant.

Sasha Roiz:       yes.

Lillian Standefer: Why do you think the writers chose this for the background of the Adama
                  family? And how - and what did you do to prepare for the role of Sam

Sasha Roiz:       I can't speak for the writers. I think just based on my own intuition, I think it’s
                  probably lends itself really well to you have such a noble character like
                  William Adama and then coming from such a background, I think it’s a very
                  interesting journey for that family and this particular character and his

                  How did he go from such a dark and criminal past to becoming who he did
                  and who he became rather. And so I think that’s probably very interesting to
                  watch, as opposed to somebody who was born into that.

                  And I'm sorry, what was the second part of the question - totally...

Lillian Standefer: What did you do to prepare yourself for the role?
Sasha Roiz:       Oh to prepare. You know what? I watched - I read a few books actually on a
                  lot of the different ethnic mobs back in the early part of the 20th century from
                  the Jewish mob to the Irish mob and the Italian mob and it was very
                  interesting. And, it was very enlightening because you just see these people
                  who - they didn't come over to enact violence, it was just sort of - they were
                  left no choice because they were just simply not being accepted in the society
                  and they were (unintelligible) distance.

                  And so, with no hope and no options, they just created their own laws and
                  their own systems of laws. And so that's, you know, I kind of look towards
                  that as my inspiration for the background to the - to this family. And that was
                  very helpful. That was very helpful.

Lillian Standefer: Well good. And so in Caprica where now it’s (unintelligible) how closely the
                  Adama family is to the Cylon story, do you think their background is what
                  gives the Adamas the strength to deal with what they’re faced with? And also
                  how does your character influence the boy that grows up to be Adama -
                  Admiral Adama?

Sasha Roiz:       I'm sorry - it just - it cut out just before. How does my character?

Lillian Standefer: How does your character influence the boy that'll grow up to be Admiral

Sasha Roiz:       You know what? I don't really generally know how to answer that the - how
                  does, like how does he influence it. Well no, because the thing is I think it’s
                  more interesting for audiences to tie the knots and see the connections because
                  I can only imagine so many different people and so many different
                  experiences will influence him.
                  And, there'll be so much more life for him to live until we sort of discover him
                  later on, and so many things and catastrophes that will befall this world and all
                  the, you know, all the things that he will undergo. So I don't know how
                  personally but I think that’s - generally I leave it to the fans to kind of connect
                  those dots.

                  But - and you asked about the family, how we’re able to cope with the whole

Lillian Standefer: Yes.

Sasha Roiz:       I seem to be blanking all the time for some reason. The action between the
                  family and the Cylon creation?

Lillian Standefer: Yes.

Sasha Roiz:       Is that what you’re asking?


Lillian Standefer: Kind of like - generate. Yes. Through the generations, you know, how you
                  and Joseph are dealing with that versus how William will deal with it later.

Sasha Roiz:       Right. Well I think we’re all we’re seeing right now is sort of just the outset of
                  this whole Cylon creation and the effect that it’s going to have in our world.
                  So right now, Joseph and I have no idea what it’s capable of. I mean we’re
                  really quite naïve (unintelligible). Only Daniel Graystone really knows the
                  capabilities. And even he will be left, you know, surprised by some of the
                  things that happened.
                   But - so, I mean Sam specifically is completely old school. I mean you can see
                   it in the car he drives and the way he lives, like he’s very like technologically
                   inept. So a Cylon to him is far more than he can understand. But he certainly
                   can understand how to use these things to benefit him or benefit the things he
                   believes in. And so...

Lillian Standefer: Ah-ha. Okay.

Sasha Roiz:        You know, so that’s the thing. That’s where the tug of war comes in is like
                   how can I use this to benefit, you know, what I believe in and that’s where -
                   that’s sort of where, you know, where his relationship to the Cylon begins and

Lillian Standefer: Um-hmm. Well...

Sasha Roiz:        Yes.

Lillian Standefer: ...the reason why I ask about the family background and how, you know,
                   because it seems like the Taurons are very, very family-oriented people.

Sasha Roiz:        Yes. Yes.

Lillian Standefer: And - and so...

Sasha Roiz:        Well I mean yes. So you mean like the Cylon doesn't relate to their way of life
                   do you mean?

Lillian Standefer: No. I guess more like how kind of more going for what - like how the tight
                   knit family background, you know, might give Bill his strength later for...
Sasha Roiz:       Oh yes, yes. Absolutely. No. I think without a doubt I mean the one thing that
                  you see certainly for Bill is like no matter how odd this family might seem or
                  how fractured at times or even the tragedy that they went through in the first
                  half with the loss of the wife and daughter, it’s a very strong family unit. I
                  mean family comes first. And I think he’s a little (unintelligible) that, you
                  know, his family’s there for him.

                  And that’s certainly not the case with the other characters we've seen, the
                  other young characters we've seen, you know, where their families are...


Lillian Standefer: Yes.

Sasha Roiz:       ...completely fractured. And so there is that one element in his life that in spite
                  of everything that might be going on, I think he has a sense of family. His
                  family will be there no matter what. And I think that’s certainly - certainly is a
                  place of strength for him.

Lillian Standefer: Excellent. Thank you so much Sasha. We can't wait for the Season 1.5.

Sasha Roiz:       Thank you so much, appreciate it.

Operator:         Our last question from the line of Karen Moul with Sci-Fi

Karen Moul:       Hi Sasha. Thanks for being with us today.

Sasha Roiz:       Hey. Thank you.
Karen Moul:   I'm just wondering - I was wondering how much of you do we see in Sam?
              What do you guys have in common? You’re probably not a hit man but in
              terms of your personality...

Sasha Roiz:   You don't know that. You don't know that.

Karen Moul:   ...what part of you is in there. I don't know that.

Sasha Roiz:   I think that’s true of any character we play. There’s definitely for most actors,
              I mean you bring a lot of yourself to it sometimes even, you know what,
              sometimes even before you realize it. Sometimes other people realize it before
              you do.

              I certainly think that when they cast me, they probably saw (unintelligible)
              what they were imagining for Sam before I even knew it because for instance
              there were surprises that I wasn't aware of until after the pilot.

              Like for instance, Sam’s sexuality and certain storylines that I was completely
              unaware of because he comes across so brutal in the pilot and then you see
              this other side of him, this whole family side and this relationship that he has.

              And so I think the fact that they've made him so dynamic allows me to really
              kind of fit in to this character a lot easier than it if was a more one
              dimensional sort of character that sometimes you get on television.

              So yes, there’s many aspects of me in there. I don't want to say which ones,
              but definitely, there’s so many shapes to the character and the more there are,
              the easier it is for me to bring in elements of my personality.
                We all have that. We all have everything from black to white and everything
                in between. And so I'm able to bring different elements of myself to the
                character at all times. I - like for instance, the most immediate times were like
                my family was an immigrant family so I understand some of that. It’s not to
                the same degree obviously, but I understand some of those issues.

                I understand the family unit. I have a very strong tight knit family. And then
                there’s certainly other sides because we all have a darker side to ourselves and
                so you bring some of that in as well.

                And yes. So if you could...

Karen Moul:     How much of...

Sasha Roiz: I said the - go ahead.

Karen Moul:     I was going to ask, how much input do you have into Sam, into his reactions
                or, I mean is this a show where you just showed up and stick to the script or,
                you know, are the producers...


Sasha Roiz:     No, not at all. They've been...

Karen Moul: to suggestions or...

Sasha Roiz:     They've been wonderful about that. No they were great about that because it’s
                the first year of the show and they left it up to us in many ways to bring in sort
                of the final details. And things that didn't work for us, you know, they were
                very accommodating to fix them.
              And I think ultimately their trust was laid on us as the characters and the
              actors to make the final choice as to how our characters would react in any
              given situation.

              So like the final sort of breath was ours. And they were very great about that.
              They were very helpful in allowing us to just find it ourselves. And I think it
              shows. It’s an, you know, I think beautifully acted show and I think it’s an
              incredibly talented cast. So I think they just trusted in us to finalize the

Karen Moul:   Um-hmm. And...

Sasha Roiz:   Yes.

Karen Moul:   ...if I can just (fault) with one more thing, as much as we all enjoyed the first
              half of the season there was some criticism of maybe the pacing and there
              were sort of all these subplots running around that maybe didn't...

Sasha Roiz:   Right.

Karen Moul:   ...come together. And, you know, I (comment) on the producers kind of pretty
              much owned up to that. So, you know...

Sasha Roiz:   Yes.

Karen Moul:   ...are we going to - what - are we going to see something a little different? Is
              this the show that’s going to continue to ask us for patience or are we going to
              see, you know, the (coalition) now or?
Sasha Roiz:       No. I think we best do it. We've asked you for enough of your patience for this
                  point. At this point if you can kind of sit back and make some popcorn and
                  just kind of enjoy it because it’s going to accelerate very quickly. We’re going
                  to get into some very complex storylines very quickly that are going to spin
                  out of control and everyone’s - every character’s going to go scrambling
                  trying to survive what’s about to happen.

                  But everybody’s in peril and everybody’s got a remarkable storyline. And like
                  I said, there’s going to be a lot more action and I think you’re going to be on
                  the edge of your seats like trying to figure out who’s going to survive and
                  who’s going to fall. Because the one great thing they do in the show is they
                  kind of leave you guessing as to the ultimate survival of the characters. We
                  know there’s going to be a catastrophe so you never know who’s going to be
                  safe and I think that’s a wonderful element. But like I said, the pace is
                  definitely, definitely going to pick up so you can just sit back and enjoy it.

Lillian Standefer: Oh great. I'm looking forward to that. Thanks so much.

Sasha Roiz:       Thank you.

Maureen Granados:     All right everybody. That is - time we have for today. So thank you so
                  much for joining us Sasha. Thank you for your time.

Sasha Roiz:       Thank you.

Maureen Granados:     We will be sending out a transcript of this call as well. And I should just
                  remind everyone that there is a Caprica marathon of the first half of Season 1
                  on Tuesday starting at 10:00 am and that'll be all nine episodes including the
            And then if you really want to get caught up, you can also grab the DVD
            which comes out the same day, the 5th. So I hope everyone enjoys the
            premiere and contact me if you need anything else and have a great day.

            Sasha you can (unintelligible) on.

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


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