Since the revelation that there were five additional cylons in the Battlestar Galactica universe, fans have been endlessly debating their identities. I should know since I've been watching from the beginning. We learned the identities of four of them, but the fifth has remained a mystery...until this season's opening episode. Kate Vernon plays Ellen Tigh, wife of Colonel Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan). Ellen has always been a wild card, seducing the crew, sleeping with cylons to get information and save her husband. When Saul found out what she was doing, he poisoned her. To the shock of BSG fans everywhere, the last shot of the show revealed Ellen as the fifth and final skin job. (For those of you who don't know, that's a cylon who looks human.) Vernon has known she was the final cylon for two years and kept the secret the whole time. In next week's episode, we get to see Ellen's return. I just got a chance to speak with Vernon about keeping the secret, where Ellen goes from here and whether or not she actually uses "frak" in everyday life.
What was your reaction when you heard the news?
Well, when Ron told me...I had called Ron periodically after they'd killed me off. You know, I was hard pressed to let this role go because it was such a great role. So I kept calling him every few weeks saying, 'Hey, am I coming back in a flashback or a fantasy sequence? I just want to know.' And the last time I phoned him, he stopped me mid-sentence and I thought, 'Oops, I've gone to far here.' And he said, 'Look, I've just pitched a story line to the network that would feature your character heavily. If they green light it, you'll come back heavily. If not, then I'll write you in a few more episodes.' So I thought, 'Holy cow, what does that mean?' So he caled me a week later saying that the network had green lit this story arc. And I thought, 'Oh this is incredible.' I didn't have a clue that the conversation would then take this other turn. Oh, you're the fifth cylon. I had no clue. So I was flabbergasted. You know? I couldn't believe it. I was in a state of disbelief. Me? (laughs) He assured me so thoroughly since they'd killed me off, that I was not coming back as a cylon. I was completely stunned.
Did you tell anyone?
I told my manager. I told my agent. I kept it really really tight. I mean, I was so afraid for this secret to get out. I would not want to be responsible for ruining such an anticipated moment.
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