Katee Sackhoff talks Star Wars, Wonder Woman and Riddick

If you're a fan of sci-fi, the name Katee Sackhoff is up there alongside the likes of Joss Whedon and Sarah Connor.

A long-time fixture in genre fare on both the big and small screen, Sackhoff is a self-confessed sci-fi geek and lover of all things nerd.

We caught up with her recently to chat about Riddick , in which she plays kick-ass female Dahl, and took the opportunity to grill Sackhoff on a few of her other exciting projects...

TF: Does Riddick feel like a long time ago now?

KS: It does, actually. It kinda was. I mean it was almost two years ago. But yeah, it does seem like a long time ago.

TF: Do you ever see your character getting a spin-off?

KS: Absolutely, I love Dahl and I think she has a lot more to say. I think there's opportunity there to build off of what we've created for her.

TF: Is that something that's a pipe dream, or is something you're actively pursuing?

KS: Not actively pursuing, no, just because there are so many other things that are requiring my attention right now, but it has been broached, so it's something that... maybe not necessarily a movie but it's been brought up.

And Dahl didn't die, so her coming back in extra installments is more of a likelihood.

TF: Do you have a favourite comic-book movie?

KS: I don't know, I've always loved the Batman series, I think that it's just fantastic. I mean I remember watching Danny DeVito and just being like, 'Holy fuck/fudge, he's amazing. I loved that.

I mean there are so many, so many, especially now, they seem to be making even more of them.

TF: You did a voice in the animated Batman: Year One didn't you?

KS: I did, I figured that was the closest I was ever going to get.

TF: Could you see yourself in a big comic book movie one day?

KS: Absolutely. I would love to play any of these characters. I'd love to play Wonder Woman. I remember auditioning for the Wonder Woman television show and being told that I wasn't the Wonder Woman type, but if I wanted to play the best friend, I could audition for that.

And remember thinking to myself, 'You obviously haven't seen my work!' [ laughs ]

I would love to do that. I'm obsessed with Jinx. I would love to play Harley Quinn. I just think it's amazing. I mean I think I might give away my firstborn to have an opportunity to play Harley Quinn.

TF: Would you rather play a villainous character like that than one of the heroes?

KS: Absolutely. More fun, more challenging.

TF: What is it about Harley Quinn that's always appealed to you?

KS: I love trying to understand the villain, and trying to understand the things they do and why they do them, and I've always found her and The Joker, you almost can't understand them. And it makes it so much more interesting because everything's fair game, and I love that. I loved the usefulness of her, I thought that was interesting, and I just think that it's a fantastic character.

TF: You also did a voice in The Clone Wars . Was Star Wars something that meant a lot to you growing up?

KS: Star Wars meant everything to me growing up. Star Wars was, I mean, it was the first time I remember seeing three movies that all kind of went together. It was just an amazing final understanding of what a trilogy was.

I was absolutely obsessed, I mean I wanted to be... The sad thing is, I never wanted to be Princess Leia, I always wanted to be Han Solo! [ laughs ] I've never really been drawn to these female roles, but I think that The Clone Wars was so much fun for me to play, I mean a warrior.

If J.J. would listen, I would play a rock in the Star Wars movies. I think that they're fantastic, I think that he's a great choice, and I'm excited to see what happens in that world.

Riddick is available on DVD and Blu-ray from 13 January 2014.

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Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.