BSG's Tricia Helfer Answers Our Dorky Sex Robot Questions

We were lucky enough to talk with Tricia Helfer, who plays the gorgeous Cylon infiltrator Six on Battlestar Galactica. And we wanted to ask her a question inspired by Charles Stross' new novel Saturn's Children: if the Cylons succeeded in wiping out the human race, would Six feel sad that there was nobody left to appreciate her beauty? Was Six designed to be the most beautiful of the Cylons? This actually turned into an interesting discussion about how Six uses her beauty to attain her objectives on the show, but really wants to be appreciated for her brains.

It's a little hard to hear our question at the start of the clip, but basically we asked Helfer if Six would be sad if she succeeded in wiping out the humans, because then who'd appreciate her beauty? Helfer responded that maybe the other Cylons would still appreciate Six's beauty, but also that Six doesn't gain validation from being admired for her looks. She gets validation from doing her job, and her gorgeous looks are just a means to that end, preserving the Cylon race.


We followed up by asking if maybe whoever created the human-looking Cylons designed Six to be the most beautiful? And she responded that she doesn't think Six is any more beautiful than any of the other Cylons. (Yes, even Dean Stockwell.) But maybe, she conceded, Six is the most glamorous — but that was only because her most important mission was to get on Gaius Baltar's "good side" to get the defense codes. For Six, it was all about the mission.

And Helfer's been very happy to play other versions of Six, such as the rebel Natalie, who are less glamorous and more obviously brainy and badass. She's glad people are finally seeing the strong, competent woman she always thought Six was, instead of being distracted by the big blonde hair and the slinky dress.

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Annalee Newitz

@Pope John Peeps II: We asked Tricia Helfer about being a sexbot and you complain about voice tone? You need to get your priorities in order.