As if Summer Glau wasn't already on every nerd's Top Five for her roles in "Firefly," "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles" and "Dollhouse," lately the sprightly actress has been popping up SyFy's superhero series "Alphas." IGN had a chance to speak with her about the guest appearances on the popular series, while also getting a little scoop on what the frequent Joss Whedon contributor thinks about the upcoming "S.H.I.E.L.D."
In "Alphas," Glau plays Skylar, single-mom with the power to invent technology and weaponry far beyond what's currently seen. "When I originally took the role, that was one of the main reasons why, because I thought, “Oh, I wonder what it would be like to play a parent.” Once I got on set and I started working with Skyler – and it’s funny because I play Skylar -- I realized once we started workshopping scenes that it created a whole other layer of depth and inspiration for me as an actress."
She continues, "...it really helped push me along through these last two seasons of Alphas, being able to focus on the fact that Skylar is an absolute loner. She only has herself to count on, and that’s how I play it and that's how I see her storyline before you meet her in the show. But now that she has a daughter, she just can’t think that way. So it’s a lot of mixed feelings for her, and it just helps me as an actress."
While "Alphas" has not been picked up for a third season by SyFy just yet, Glau is unsure of what the future holds for her character should the series return. "It’s hard to tell at the end… When the finale’s done and done, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens and who comes back," Glau explains. "I don’t want to give anything away, but I hope that there’s a possibility for me to come back, for sure."
Glau is also excited for what the future may bring. Frequent collaborator and current Hollywood powerhouse Joss Whedon is bringing "S.H.I.E.L.D." to ABC following the fantastic of "The Avengers" on the big screen. "It couldn’t be more deserved. I’m just so proud that I got to work for him, and nobody deserves it more. I think he’s finally getting the place in mainstream filmmaking that we all knew could happen, and now everybody’s getting to enjoy it," Glau says.
Will the new ABC series find Glau donning the tight leather uniform? "Well, I have my fingers crossed behind my back. I try not to say anything to Joss about anything he’s doing because he has so many actors, and I know we all want to work for him," the actress explains. "So I don't know, but if I could be a part of it in any way, of course, you know I want to."
The character list released a few weeks ago certainly seemed like it had a few roles that Glau could easily slip into. Do you see Glau returning to the Whedon Universe on the ABC series?