Claudia Black

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Claudia Black

Born

10/11/1972, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Birth Name

Claudia Lee Black

Gender

Female
9.5
out of 10
User Rating
509 votes

Biography

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Claudia Black is best known for her portrayal of Aeryn Sun in the science fiction television series Farscape, and Vala Mal Doran on Stargate: SG-1. She was born in Sydney, Australia on October 11, 1972. However, there has been some dispute over her actual year of birth, as…more

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    • Claudia Black: (On qualities she likes in a man) The way the man's mind works. A sense of humor. Intelligence and humor are the two most important things. And I think there's something in a man's eyes, the way he looks at you that's incredibly sexy. And if there seems to be some thought behind those eyes, rather than some fake and gormless expression. That's always a good start.

    • Claudia Black: If something is already funny on the page, I'm always worried that I'll screw it up. So it's nerve-wracking for me but that's part of why I accepted this opportunity on Stargate. I wanted to get more practice at doing comedy, and I certainly did with Morpheus.

    • Claudia Black: As for playing Vala, if I can leave work at night feeling that I've made an acting choice that wasn't expected, or if I've surprised people and made them laugh, or if I've just served the script well and not screwed up, then those are the days to remember and be proud of.

    • Claudia Black: (On working while still new mother) The lack of sleep has been the hardest adjustment for me. If I ever turn evil, I'll use sleep deprivation as my primary form of torture.

    • Claudia Black: I love to cook, it's one of my most favorite things in the world. That's why I stopped being a vegetarian - I didn't want to serve people things I hadn't tasted myself. After ten years of eating vegetables and tofu I found my husband-to-be and courted him through his stomach! I needed to taste it to make sure I wasn't ruining my destiny! (laughs). His first gift to me was a recipe book with notes and hints!

    • Claudia Black: (On the internet) It's like a TARDIS; you sit there and it will suck your time away from you!

    • Claudia Black: (On Farscape bloopers) There's a lot of bloopers that I don't think the world will ever see because they're mostly of Anthony Simcoe and they're obscene.

    • Claudia Black: (On learning to snowboard) My boyfriend's idea of a lesson was to take me on a black diamond run in the middle of a hail storm and say, 'Go!' Ski patrol had to escort me to another lift to get me down the mountain. No, that wasn't humiliating, not at all.

    • Claudia Black: I feel that I'm at my best as a person and that I'm coming home when I walk on to a set, or on to a stage, so if I can perform in one way or another I think I'll be okay.

    • Claudia Black: (On Morena Baccarin playing her daughter on Stargate: SG-1) It's kind of shocking to be an actress at my age. You know, I'm young enough to maybe be having daughters, maybe I can play mothers and their toddlers or maybe they're just starting to talk. But to have someone who's, you know, Morena, who plays the mature-age daughter, who has just been on Firefly and Serenity. She's a friend of mine now, and it makes me feel very old that she's my on-screen daughter. Yeah, I'm really comfortable about that.

    • Claudia Black: (On what she'd like to hear God say when she got to Heaven) My name. Because then I'd know I actually was meant to be there.

    • Claudia Black: (On what job she would hate to have) Waitressing. I suck at it. Don't think I'd really want to be a mortician. Wouldn't be getting much back.

    • Claudia Black: My teacher in transition (which is what we called pre-school) said I talked too much in class. When the Christmas play came around she gave me the part of the narrator who had most of the talking to do. I think that decided my future. I played Sadie, the cleaning lady role with a cloth wrapped around my head and a broomstick and basically narrated a twist on the nativity tale.

    • Claudia Black: (On Daniel's relationship with Vala on Stargate: SG-1) What did he see in her anyway? She's not that good looking, she talks way too much and her boobs were only big in season 10 when the actress playing her was nursing!

    • Claudia Black: Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.

    • Claudia Black: (On what she likes to do on set) I love to hang out and talk to people on set, especially when I start a new job to get to know them. I like to learn things from the crew so I sit around and ask them technical questions, when I think of them. And a lot of the time if I am not sleeping in my trailer, I am out hunting for food. I sing to myself a bit too. Not really hobbies are they? But I don't do anything like knit or try to read books; I am too restless!

    • Claudia Black: (On if there was a role she'd always wanted to play Ah let me think, it has been so long since I read any fiction; my life is filled with raising babies and reading about it! No more spare time when you become a parent! But there is a Shakespeare role I always wanted to play from Taming the Shrew, the role of Katherina the shrew!

    • Claudia Black: (On the scariest things she's had to do as an actress) Being dropped in to a tank of murky water chained to a heavy chair for the last episode of season 2 Farscape springs to mind! And having to run downhill on cobble stones in high heels with a sawn-off shot gun in Good Guys Bad Guys - I can barely walk in heels let alone run!

    • Claudia Black: (On working while caring for a baby) I thought I could do what Amanda Tapping had done the year prior and have a baby, nurse the baby on set, which production was willing to accommodate, and do a decent job. I was wrong and I failed.

    • Claudia Black: On both movies I struggled monumentally with shocking morning sickness. If anyone mentioned food, I started to cry, and then dug my knuckles into my palms until they were close to drawing blood. Basically I felt like ten tonnes of turd on a Soviet freight train 24/7.

    • Claudia Black: (On the Stargate: SG-1 episodes Unending) The roller-skating scene was fun, and as for the pink fuzzy handcuffs, they were part of a honeymoon gift my husband and I were given that I thought would make for a good sight gag. And I also liked the fact that Cameron went crazy in the episode and tore his room apart.

    • Claudia Black: (On her difficult time while working on Stargate: SG-1) While everyone else was celebrating 200 episodes, I was experiencing in stark contrast, a personal and professional low. We had relocated from Australia to Vancouver with a newborn who was ill and no family or friends around to help. My hours were hell, the workload more than sizable, and when my poor husband got pneumonia and I got postnatal hyperthyroidism, our family and household crashed.

    • Claudia Black: (When asked what pet she'd have if she became a super villain) A killer possum. they're tenacious and they've got those claws that can cling to everything, kind of like a face-hugger. So, a killer possum, that maybe has its own sidekick, which is a killer squirrel. They get bad press squirrels-it's not fair. They shouldn't be underestimated. tenacious little buggers- we've got an avacado tree back home in LA, and every day I'll see a squirrel taking an entire avacado in its mouth and running along the fence. I'll stand in the exact same part of the window and it'll stop, clock me then keep running!

    • Claudia Black: I grew up with cats. I think dogs are more fun, but I'm allergic to them. My husband is allergic to cats though, so I think we're going to get a reptile!

    • Claudia Black: (On which of her characters she is most like) I'm a complex woman, and both of those characters are like me in equal measure. I can be moody like Aeryn, and cheeky like Vala. But both of them obviously were taken to the extreme that I don't experience, and that others around me don't experience. I think that you always put a little something of yourself into every character that you play; that's what grounds it and gives it some sort of realism. There's shades of both of them in me, for sure, but probably only shades.

    • Claudia Black: I have the feeling that the people working on 'Lost' are having a bloody good time in Hawaii! I'm a wee bit jealous. Somewhere tropical- I just love the tropics, I love a good, humid heat and I love warm water. I'm a little bit spoiled- I don't go into the ocean unless it's warm. I'd love to shoot something in Fiji or Hawaii.

    • Claudia Black: I grew up as a feminist, with feminist ideals, and I feel that I have this sense of obligation to portray women in a particular way. If the characters are intelligent and interesting and flawed and vulnerable then I'm there.

    • Claudia Black: I would refer to myself as an artist, and this is a career I take very seriously. I need to be creatively stimulated and interested in what I'm doing and challenged.

    • Claudia Black: (On whether Michael Shanks or Ben Browder is a better kisser) I shall never answer that! Kiss and tell once-not supposed to! Kiss and tell about two people? Get out!

    • Claudia Black: We've been watching a lot of reality TV lately and we've offered to lower our IQ's in order to do another season of Farscape.

    • Claudia Black: (On her work and her fans) I'm glad I'm able to do something different for them, and, as always, try not to insult their intelligence. I'm never thinking of the lowest common denominator when I do my work. So whoever's appreciating it, I'm very grateful that they're entertained by it.

    • Claudia Black: Aw, I would never expect anyone to be a fan of anything I've done. And the fact that people have crossed over and started to tuning in to Stargate is fantastic.

    • Claudia Black: (On becoming a regular cast member of Stargate: SG-1) I was on set the other day and was working with some guest actors. And I was thinking, "Oh, I so relate to them." And then I realized, no, I'm one of the core cast now and I have a new set of responsibilities. I'm supposed to be showing them where the restrooms are, and I have no clue what I'm doing, still.

    • Claudia Black: (On the Stargate movies) Arc of Truth as good as killed me. We did way more overtime than I ever have on the show before. Continuum I was outta there in just over a week.

    • Claudia Black: (On her experience working on "The Dresden Files") I loved the people working on it, on both sides of the camera. Loved going to a new city. Loathed being away from my husband and our son who of course took his first step the day after I left town. Worked in an ice storm which was an experience. Found out that my "interesting" face truly became a face-for-radio-only in those weather conditions. I loved the Erin Brokovich spirit of the character and the giggles I had with the costume designer over the boobs belts and boots that became essential to Liz's style.

    • Claudia Black: If real life was like our beloved Science Fiction, I would be able to tell you exactly what my future holds.

    • Claudia Black: (On the similarities between her characters on Farscape and Stargate: SG-1) Aeryn and Vala both have the similarity in them that they are both child like and have a lot of growing up to do when we first meet them. How they cope with their past and how they interact with new people is very different.

    • Claudia Black: (On the character of Vala) She can be quite charming when she wants to be and quite clever and because she's a survivor and has also had a very tough life, I think it's always interesting to see what she's going to do in order to scrape through the predicament.

    • Claudia Black: I'm grateful for text messages an emails. They've made me an infinitely better person because I utilize them to stay in contact with more efficiently.

    • Claudia Black: (On renovating her new house while pregnant) I want a home birth and at the moment, we don't have a home. I keep saying to the guys on the sides, "It's a home birth, not a Home Depot birth."

    • Claudia Black: I always say, "Man plans but God has other ideas."

    • Claudia Black: (On getting a mortgage) So we're just adding on money to our principles rather than paying off the mortgage at this point. It's genius. I've never been good at math, but I can pretty much figure out this is terrible.

    • Claudia Black: (On what she'd be doing if she did not become an actress) I would like to have a couple of lives, I think after this one in which I would be a chef, and one I would like to be in the diplomatic core and be multilingual, and in another I would maybe work for Medecins Sans Frontières or work for some organization that gives legitimate and profound relief to other countries and in another lifetime maybe an adventurer and what else. A musician, a rock star, I think you have to have one lifetime where you're a rock star. And I did come from a musical background. This lifetime so far I am definitively destined to be an actress, we'll see what happens in the second half of my life. I'll be very interested to see if I'm still acting in twenty years time. Maybe in one year time. I'm unemployed what am I talking about, I'd be interested to see if I'm acting next year!

    • Claudia Black: I am constantly amazed how many illegal things actors get paid to do. Kiss other people's spouses, sometimes even get naked with them, drive cars at fast speeds in chase sequences, blow stuff up with explosives, muck about with firearms. The illegal action stuff is always fun, the kissy stuff is a little bit embarrassing and you always have to pray that the person has brushed their teeth.

    • Claudia Black: Farscape is the one thing that's between me and waitressing at this point. I never lose my sense of humility in the fact that I might be straight back to waitressing after this. And each time your profile is raised, the harder it is to step back into the apron and say, 'Do you want fries with that?'

    • Claudia Black: I cannot tell you how proud I am to join the esteemed ranks of the Space Babes.

    • Claudia Black: I did everything the hard way with therefore fewer guarantees of getting anywhere. If you wanna fast track it, suck up to people and be nice, don't be honest, take off your clothes on screen and off at any opportunity, be prepared to have plastic surgery on every part of you and network like hell.

    • Claudia Black: The crew are the faces you see every morning and last at night before you go home. I spend more time with those people than I do with my friends and family, so they're forever a part of you and who you become as an actor so I hope I see them again.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Claudia Black, Scene Stealer

    9.5
    Claudia has an amazing talent to light up the screen. I first saw her as Vala on Stargate: SG-1, and she was amazing. She somehow managed to portray that entire character in all of her complexities - when she was playful and childlike, focused and professional, tough, and so on and so on. It all fit together perfectly into that ONE person she was embodying: that is difficult for an actor (the best most can do is end up playing 3 different people when trying to show different sides of a single character), but Claudia handles it beautifully. Moreover, when she played Que'tesh (spelling?) in "Continuum," I literally forgot it was the same person - she was truly that good. That takes some amazing talent, and Claudia's got it. I also saw her on a small part on the Dresden Files (I think that was it, anyway - it was a paranormal cop show :P), and she was fascinating to watch in that performance as well. She completely becomes the character - actors training or still studying their craft at school should watch her performances if they want to learn just how far this can go. She's exemplary of true acting talent.



    Obviously she puts a lot of thought and effort into her work, and I think that should be commended fully. She also has true talent, aside from her obvious good looks, sultry voice, etc. I hope she continues to get steady work in the future; she's one of the best actresses out there (truly), yet she's virtually unheard outside of the sci-fi world. It's a shame. She deserves much more credit than she's gotten. Hopefully we'll get to see her in even more performances in the future, though. :)moreless
  • Beautiful, talented, hilarious, kind... What more could you want?

    10
    I love love love Claudia Black! She's so amazing. I have yet to see Farscape, but because of her, I think I will have to rectify that soon. She's such an amazing actress and from what I have heard, so she seems like a really nice person, too. I love her on SG-1 as Vala. So hilarious. Plus, her accent is great! Although, admittedly, I'm biased towards any accent that isn't Canadian :-P. I just wish SG-1 had gone on for longer so I could have enjoyed more Vala goodness. Thank goodness for the movies. Claudia is so awesome!! Hope she keeps up the great work!!moreless
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