Her favorite movie is Life of Brian, which she defines as the 'perfect movie'.
Claudia is glucose-intolerant.
Claudia says she is unsure where she conceived her first child, since she was on a road trip at the time.
Claudia earned herself the nickname "The Mutation" because of everything her characters have been through, especially Aeryn from Farscape, who was deemed irreversibly contaminated and later had her DNA altered.
Claudia worried about becoming a mother because she loves her sleep.
Claudia refers to herself as the black sheep of her family, since she was the only one who did not graduate from university.
Claudia's parents are both doctors. Her mother, Judy, is a professor of pharmachology at the University of Sydney and her father, Jules, is an obstetricean and gynochologist.
Claudia attended three weeks of university before telling her parents she was quitting and becoming an actress.
Claudia met her husband on New Years Eve in 2001. Exactly one year later, on New Years Eve 2002, they became engaged.
While filming Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars, Claudia was driving and stopped at a light in Sydney when someone opened her door and stole her purse, which contained the scripts for the miniseries.
Claudia makes no secret of her distaste for wearing skirts and says that the lack of feminine dress for Aeryn Sun (on Farscape) was one of her favorite things about playing that character.
Claudia had a miscarriage scare while filming Ark of Truth and therefore had to limit her appearance in Continuum.
Claudia is a fan of Audrey Hepburn, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton.
Claudia admits to being somewhat superstitious, mainly in that she doesn't like to say things for fear she will jinx them.
Claudia quit caffeine in 1994 because she didn't want anything to have a hold over her.
Claudia's favorite sandwich filling is Italian-style tuna with no Mayonaise, some really garlicky aioli, rocket, fresh tomato, grilled halloumi, lettuce, and olive tapenade, all on a fresh sourdough that's lightly toasted.
Her second son, Viggo, was born in November of 2007.
Claudia did the voice for DVD movie Wargames: The Dead Code, playing a super computer named Ripley.
She likes to sing classic and jazz songs.
She was supposed to get married in 2003, but postponed her wedding a year because Peacekeeper Wars, which filmed that year, was such hard work.
In 2001, Claudia did a voice over for one of NGC documentaries, National Geographic's Mission: Earth.
Claudia is 5'9 (1.75 m).
Claudia was supposed to star in the television series Life, but had to opt out due to the birth of her second child. However, ads featuring her were still used.
Claudia was given full control over Vala's civilian clothing on Stargate: SG-1.
She was out of town at a friend's wedding when she gave birth to her first son, who was born a week early.
Claudia recorded a song called Groovy with Paul Goddard for his album 2am Flight.
She has said filming the episode 200 of Stargate SG-1 was very grueling for her, as her son, who was two months at the time, had kept her awake the whole night before. She says this caused one of her most embarrassing days when she could not remember her line no matter how hard she tried.
She is very secretive about her personal life, but has confirmed that her husband's name is Jamie and her two sons are named Odin, after the Norse God of war, and Viggo, meaning warlike or warrior.
Her favourite food is pasta and she counts her favourite dessert as being anything with chocolate.
She is represented professionally by the firm Sue Barnett & Associates.
She appeared as Vala in 29 episodes of Stargate SG-1 during the last three seasons of the show.
In 1997, Claudia got a co-starring role for the show Amazon High as the Amazon Karina. However, the only episode ever made of this series was the pilot. When the show did not get picked up, the pilot episode was chopped up and parts were included into the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "Lifeblood".
She did the voice of Aeryn Sun in the 2002 video game entitled Farscape: The Game.
Popular at sci-fi conventions, Black showed her talent at singing and playing the guitar at the Farscape conventions.
She played Shazza in the 2000 movie "Pitch Black".
She played Pandora in the 2002 movie "Queen of the Damned".
She played the voice of Lady Briana in the 2003 movie "Lords of Everquest".
She made her first appearances on both Farscape and Stargate SG-1 wearing a black, bulky military uniform. In both cases, the main lead of the series in question, Ben Browder and Michael Shanks respectively, first thought she was a man and, soon after discovering she was not, was physically assaulted by her.
Before appearing on Stargate SG-1, and subsequently joining the cast, she had never seen a single episode of the series.
Pasta is one of her favourite foods.
In early and late 2002, she was one of Entertainment Weekly's 2002 'IT' girls.
For their honeymoon in 2004, she and her husband spent two months in Italy.
On stage, she has portrayed Portia in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Her performance greatly impressed the critics.
She lived in London, England, for several years.
She has a sister named Georgina.
For her role in Farscape she won the fan voted Roswell awards for Best Actress in 2001 and 2002.
She owns a G3 laptop.
Claudia drives a silver VW Golf but her favourite method of transport is rollerblading.
She enjoys meeting people and counts travel among her favourite pastimes.
She relaxes by doing yoga, listening to music and watching television.
She delayed her 2004 honeymoon to star in the Farscape mini-series: "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars."
She won the 31st Annual Saturn award for Best Actress on Television in 2005. She was also nominated in the same category in 2002 and 2003, as well as Best Supporting Actress in a TV series in 2006.
She provided the voice of Artemis in the console game God of War.
In 2000, she was crowned Best Actress by TV Zone Magazine.
In 2000, she was nominated for the Saturn Award's Best Actress category.
Her favorite cereal is Lucky Charms. She discovered them while she and her family were living in London.
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.
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