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  • Sep 17 2019 Out Magazine

    How Starring in a Netflix Show Helped This Nonbinary Actor Thrive

    By Nico Lang / September 12, 2019

    The future is nonbinary — or at least JayR Tinaco hopes it is.

    The Australian actor currently appears in Another Life, a Netflix science-fiction drama which premiered on the streaming platform in July. Starring Katee Sackoff in her first series since Battlestar Galactica, the show is basically Arrival by way of a straight-to-video VHS you’d find at Blockbuster in the 90s: extraterrestrial life touches down on earth and a group of scientists travel through space to seek out the mysterious being’s origins. It’s diverting in a B-movie way, if fairly unremarkable.

    But what distinguishes Another Life is its surprisingly fluid approach to sexuality and gender. Tinaco plays Zayn Petrossian, a medic who joins the crew to aid in their fateful mission. The role could have been written off as a redshirt, doomed from the moment they are introduced, but it’s clear from the moment Zayn enters the frame that the character is something special. While the rest of their crewmembers jockey for power, Zayn stands calmly at the edge of the frame in lipstick, eyeshadow, and mascara — above the drama and looking fabulous while they’re at it.

    Like the character they’re playing, Tinaco identifies as nonbinary. The actor, who had a small role in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe earlier this year, didn’t grow up on science fiction and never saw themselves journeying through space to save the galaxy. But Tinaco says starring in a show which envisions a future where people aren’t defined by gender or sexual orientation helped them more fully embrace living outside the binary and to come into their own wholeness.

    In an interview with Out, Tinaco discusses how they were cast in the show and what it meant to bring all of themself to the screen.

    What attracted you to the role?

    When they were casting the role, they really wanted a nonbinary person. I like to express myself with male and female clothing, and that’s just how I’ve always done it. I’m 30 years old now but in high school — 10 plus years ago — I was wearing makeup. As a teenager, having a mother that didn’t tell me that I was different led me to just experiment and express myself. I never thought of it as different until someone else told me I was different.

    I’m from a really small town in Australia. It’s a rural coastal town in Queensland, if you can think of the epitome of a small country town, that was it. They had rodeos on the weekend. I was bullied quite a bit from the guys that I went to school with. I was told a few times that people wanted to kill me. I don’t remember a day that I wasn’t called a name. People would throw things at me. I was pushed and shoved. I wasn’t beaten up thankfully, and it was more verbal abuse than anything. 

    But I was lucky that I had really, really good girlfriends that surrounded me and a really strong mother that really stood up for me.

    When you were growing up, were you always drawn to sci-fi or was that something that only came about professionally?

    Oh god, definitely not. This was the last thing that I would expect to be doing. I was a huge fantasy fan. I loved the vampire stuff and everything on the CW. My favorite show when I was growing up was Charmed. I loved that show, but for me, sci-fi wasn’t really on my radar. When it came to becoming an actor, it’s not really where I saw myself. But as an aspiring actor, you audition for everything — you’re going to go for every opportunity you can.

    Auditioning for this, I was intimidated by it being sci-fi and then playing a doctor. I thought, “I don’t know if I can do this. It seems really out of my reach.” But I had such a strong connection to the character. In the callback with the director and the producer, they were giving me choices to make and they would say, “Maybe we could try this with Zayn.” I would say, “I don’t really agree with that. I don’t think they would make that choice.” I don’t really know what came over me at that moment. Because usually you should not disagree with the director and the producer in the callback, because it’s not your role yet. But I felt like I had to stand up for Zayn, and I think that’s actually what got me the role. 

    I remember having an interview with them or having a talk with them later on after I booked it, and they said that I came in with such strength, whereas a lot of people were still kind of discovering themselves and trying to come out. But I knew exactly who Zayn was. It was pretty much me as a doctor, if I had gone through years and years of college.

    Was there a moment where you started to realize that playing this role resonated with you more deeply than you expected going in?

    Playing Zayn just made me more comfortable being nonbinary. I think labels scare people, but they aren’t the end all be all — you can just be whoever you want to be. If someone doesn’t understand that, then I’m here to educate and help them. But if they don’t understand that, that’s on them — not me.

    The beauty of it was that Zayn’s identity never came up in the script or the show at all. There was no story around Zayn coming out or talking about how they came out, when they discovered that they were nonbinary. They were just simply there. I can’t wait for the day when that is the case: when we don’t have to talk about it anymore and have to educate people. That excited me playing that [role], and I thought, “Wow, this one day could be the world.” There’s two other, cisgender men on the ship and they all end up making out. There’s a threesome, and it doesn’t come up again. They’re not calling each other gay or anything like that. The relationship that [my character has with] Bernie — he seems like this straight, cisgender male, but it never becomes a conversation. You just see them building a relationship and love for each other.

    Were you able to have discussions throughout the process of filming to shape how the character would be portrayed?

    Yes, 100 percent. I had so much involvement with the character development, which I was so thankful for, all the way down to wardrobe. In the beginning, some of the wardrobe choices were pretty questionable, a lot of flowing gowns. I said, “This doesn’t seem practical. Just because they’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community doesn’t mean they have to be fabulous.” It’s just another stereotypical cliche that you would put on an LGBTQ+ person — they’re not going to be in pink chiffon and flowing gowns. So we had to workshop a lot of that and I made a point of wanting it to be practical. Especially being a doctor, their wardrobe is the last thing they need to think about. 

    They still had a personality here and there, but it’s not over the top, which I loved. They really included me in everything, and they ran everything by me.

    What defines Zayn’s unfabulous wardrobe?

    They’re just so sure of who they are. They don’t want to have to prove themselves through their wardrobe. The fact that they’re being 100 percent authentically themselves and comfortable with the crew speaks volumes. It’s just funny, though, because you will see Zayn — I think in the first episode — in a heel, which I thought was really cute. It’s a little closeup of a heel as they walk on the first time you see them. There’s also a funeral scene where I’m wearing a kilt with a cute little blazer, but it’s all very subtle.

    Have you had the opportunity to audition for nonbinary characters before?

    I’m lucky enough to have a management team that really understands who I am and who I want to be as an actor. I do present quite androgynously and people mistake that for being a trans female, but I’m not trans. I used to go in for those roles, but I stopped doing that now because I believe that trans actors should be going out for trans roles. I’ve cut it down to just going out for nonbinary and genderfluid roles, and we’re seeing so much more of that. I’m so grateful, and it’s so exciting. But if there’s a role where the production doesn’t know if they want to cast a male or a female, my management team will present me and say, “Why don’t you switch it up and have a nonbinary character?” That’s actually gotten me in the room a couple of times, and I see it more and more all the time. I’ve never auditioned more in my life.

    In Australia, there was nothing there for me. I think Australia’s industry is a bit behind in that sense. So coming here into the North American market, there’s just been an influx of work. I know that I still don’t audition as much as a cisgender woman or a cisgender man, but I’m auditioning more and more all the time. Especially with all these streaming services now, there’s just so much more work for everybody, and people understand they have to be progressive in their work. The world wants to see the real world represented. It’s really important to see all walks of life represented in the media.

    What does it mean to you to be able to represent all of yourself on screen, where you don’t have to play cis but you get to be visibly yourself?

    I’ve always wanted to act, but I didn’t really care to do it for anybody else. It sounds selfish, but I wanted to do it because that’s been my dream. I’d never really thought, “Well, I want to inspire people and I want other people to see themselves.” But after doing this and seeing how much love and positivity has come from it, it’s inspired me to know that I’m inspiring others. I look back when I was in high school and I didn’t have anyone that was like me to look up [to] on screen. Back then, what saved me was Queer as Folk. I remember waking up at 1:00 a.m. on a school night, and I would sneak off into the living room and watch it. But I didn’t really understand back then how alienating it could be if you don’t see yourself.

    After playing Zayn, I’ve understood how important it is to be that person for other people. I want to be that now for young kids. There’s still so many LGBTQ+ youth out there that are taking their lives because they don’t understand what they’re feeling or they feel alienated, like a freak or a weirdo. If I’m helping that cause, then it’s worth it. 

    Link to Article.


  • Jul 22 2019 Deadline

    Russo Brothers’ AGBO Studios Developing ‘Grimjack Comics’ & Japanese Anime ‘Battle Of The Planets’ – Comic-Con

    By Anthony D’Alessandro / July 19, 2019

    Today at Comic-Con, the Joe and Anthony Russo announced projects that their AGBO Studios are in development on: an adaptation of the 1978 Japanese anime series Battle of the Planets and an Amazon series based on the graphic novel Grimjack Comics. 

    Battle of the Planets was originally created by Tatsuo Yoshida and Tatsunoko Studios and was arguably the first mainstream glimpse for U.S. audiences into Japanese anime during the late 1970s. In addition, it was one of the few sci-fi cartoons during that era. The series follows five young orphans who are trained from a young age to form an elite, intergalactic team known as G-Force, swearing to protect Earth and its allies from otherworldly invading forces.

    Grimjack Comics is being developed at Amazon by AGBO, Halfire and being written by Kevin Murphy, the creator of Defiance, Heathers the Musical and Reefer Madness. The Grimjack Comics graphic novel was written by John Ostranderand Tim Truman, and is the story of a mercenary and his crew who are forced to dig into their own pasts when Grimjack’s estranged teenage daughter comes to him looking for help. This will take them through the insane streets of Cynosure, a mysterious city where all parallel universes intersect. There, this unlikely team fights to save not just themselves, but all the planes of existence.

    Joe Russo said that they’re producing Grimjack and that they might direct Battle of the Planets. “If we were to make it, it would be a live-action film,” said Joe who as a kid would run home to watch it after school. No writer is on Battle of the Planets yet.

    Link to Article.


  • Jul 22 2019 Hollywood Reporter

    ‘Avengers’ Directors Tackling ‘Grimjack’ and ‘Battle of the Planets’

    By Aaron Couch, Borys Kit / July 19, 2019

    The Russo Bros. made the revelations at Comic-Con as they also shared secrets from ‘Endgame.’

    Avengers: Endgame directors the Russo Bros. looked to the future even as they took a victory lap for their latest Marvel Studios project. At Comic-Con on Friday, they announced that they will produce an adaptation of the indie comic Grimjack, and that they are also adapting the classic cartoon series Battle of the Planets.

    They will not direct Grimjack, but are keeping the door open for potentially directing a live-action Battle of the Planets movie, they said Friday. They will develop the projects through their company AGBO.

    Both project touched the brothers in their youths. “I would race home from school just to watch this at 4 p.m.,” said Anthony Russo.

    Planets was the American version of anime Gatchaman that aired in North America in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The show told the adventures of a team of young adults known as G-Force — Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny — who fought the forces of Spectra and the evil Zoltar.

    Grimjack was a comic published by First Comics and created by John Ostrander and Tim Truman. It told the adventures of a sword-for-hire who operated a city where magic and technology co-exist.

    Earlier in the panel focusing on the Russos, members of The Avengers cast sent in video questions videos for the directors to answer, as though they were fans.

    Captain America actor Chris Evans touched on the end of Avengers: Endgame, which saw Steve Rogers go back in time to share a dance with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Evans asked what the first thing Steve did after that dance. 

    “Perhaps he and Peggy tried to make a baby?” suggested Anthony Russo, while Joe Russo noted that perhaps he had more adventures.

    “Depending on the alternate realities, he could rescue Bucky out of Hydra. He could route Hydra out of SHIELD,” said Joe Russo. “He could go find himself in the ice where he could figure out a rotation where the two Steves could take turns so he could spend more time at home with Peggy?”

    Next up, the Russo Bros. have Tom Holland’s Cherry, which begins shooting in October and tackles the opioid crisis. The brothers confirmed the film will be rated-R.

    They are also producing Chadwick Boseman’s 21 Bridges, which debuted a new trailer during the panel, hosted by Collider editor in chief Steven Weintraub. 

    Endgame is the No. 2 movie of all time globally, with its $2.78 billion tally trailing James Cameron’s Avatar by just $5 million. The brothers spoke of their affection for Cameron’s films and called it an honor to be close to the record.

    The Avengers panel is in some ways a goodbye to Marvel’s past. It comes a day before Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is expected to unveil Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with him expected to set dates for projects such as Black Widow, Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

    Just an hour earlier, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely had a panel of their own, where they revealed moments they wrestled with — but ultimately cut — from their scripts. Among them: Endgame could have featured the 2014 version of Thanos coming to Earth and killing the Avengers before traveling to 2023. He would have carried Captain America’s severed head to the future, presenting it to Steve Rogers. 

    There were also more touching moments, with Markus noting that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his father Howard Stark (John Slattery) reuniting was particularly touching to write for personal reasons.

    “Over the course of these, my own father died and after that I had a child. The one thing I’d like to ask him is how the hell do you deal with this?’ ” Markus told Jeff Goldsmith, the publisher of Backstory Magazine and host of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast.

    There was also an idea that Steve Rogers would be the one to confront the Red Skull in Endgame.

    “He has to collaborate with Red Skull and he’d become this sort of Gollum,” said Markus.

    Link to Article.


  • Jul 22 2019 Variety Insight

    Russo Brothers Announce ‘Grimjack,’ Live-Action ‘Battle of the Planets’ Adaptations

    By Matt Donnelly / July 19, 2019

    Joe and Anthony Russo are looking to their youth to populate the development slate at their production company AGBO.

    A relatively obscure comic book called “Grimjack” will count the Russos as producers for an adaptation, they announced at San Diego Comic-Con. They’re also cooking up a live-action adaptation of the animated show “Battle of the Planets.”

    Joe Russo said he and his brother would rush home from school every day to watch “Battle of the Planets,” while Anthony added that “Grimjack” was a “deep cut“ that the pair loved as kids.The projects join their previously announced titles “Cherry,” to star Tom Holland, and a reboot of “The Thomas Crown Affair” with Michael B. Jordan.

    While the slate titles reflect the deep ties to superhero and fantasy genres the men enjoy, they’re expanding into more grounded action and drama. A trailer for the Chadwick Boseman thriller “21 Bridges” was shown, where Black Panther himself plays an NYPD officer on the verge of uncovering a massive conspiracy.

    It’s “Cherry,” however, that might be their biggest departure. Set in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Anthony Russo said the film will be rated R and call on the current Spider-Man to play his darkest role yet. Based on the 2018 novel by Nico Walker, Holland will play a young Army vet who returns home worse for the wear. After developing an opioid addiction, he starts robbing banks.

    Holland appeared in a video message for the panel, which was basically a victory lap for the record-shattering performance of “Avengers: Endgame,” and called the role “complicated,” saying it was unlike any he’d done before.

    The Russos also clarified a larger vision for their company which has distribution partners at studios like STX and streamers like Netflix. The men credit “Traffic” director Steven Soderbergh with opening the door to Hollywood for them 20 years ago, “and that’s our goal here. To introduce and hold the door open for other people in Hollywood.”

    “21 Bridges” is first up from the pair, scheduled to hit theaters in September.

    Link to Article.


  • Jul 10 2019 TV Guide

    Katee Sackhoff Is Going Back to Space in Netflix’s Another Life Trailer

    By Amanda Bell / July 9, 2019

    Netflix is lifting off for some more space race action with Another Life.

    The first trailer for the streaming service’s latest extraterrestrial adventure series shows the aftermath of an alien artifact arriving on Earth, as Commander Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) leads a perilous journey to discover its planet of origin and her husband (Justin Chatwin) tries to make contact back at home.

    The series is created by Aaron Martin (The Best Years, Slasher) and also stars Selma Blair as Harper Glass, an intrepid influencer who wants to break the story; Tyler Hoechlin as Ian Yerxa, the commander who is usurped by Niko; and Samuel Anderson as William, the holograph of the ship’s sentient artificial intelligence interface.

    The series’ logline reveals that it will explore the preciousness and rarity of life in the universe and how far people will go to protect the ones they love. Judging by this teaser, Niko and her crew will go very far to keep their homestead safe from these alien visitors.

    Another Life arrives on Netflix on Thursday, July 25 2019.

    Link to Article


  • Jul 10 2019 Den of Geek

    Another Life Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Other News

    By Kayti Burt and Michael Ahr / July 10, 2019

    Starbuck will fly again… sort of. Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica fame is ready to star as astronaut Niko Breckenridge in the Netflix drama Another Life.

    Another Life follows Sackhoff’s character as she leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As they investigate and the danger intensifies, it becomes increasingly possible that they may be on a one-way mission. Yikes! Sounds like a cross between Prometheus and Lost in Space, and we are here for it!

    Here’s everything else you need to know about the series:

    Another Life Trailer

    The first trailer for Another Life is super creepy, but we’re loving how in charge Sackhoff sounds in the voiceover.

    Another Life Release Date

    According to the trailer below, Netflix will release the ten episodes of Another Life‘s first season on July 25, 2019. The series was created by Aaron Martin (Being Erica, Slasher, Saving Hope, Degrassi: The Next Generation), and Alias Grace‘sNoreen Halpern will serve as an executive for Halfire Entertainment. 

    Until then, here’s a poster for the series:

    Another Life airing on Netflix on July 25, 2019

    Another Life Cast

    Though perhaps best known for her work on Battlestar Galactica as Lieutenant Kara Thrace, Sackhoff has been starring on Longmire for the past six seasons. The crime drama on A&E for its first four seasons before moving to Netflix, following its temporary cancellation. Sackhoff has also recently appeared on The Flash as villainess Amunet Black, complete with a wonderfully over-the-top British accent.

    Rounding out the cast are Justin Chatwin (Doctor Who), Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl), Samuel Anderson (Loaded), Elizabeth Faith Ludlow (The Walking Dead), A. J. Rivera (Grandfathered), Alexander Eling (Shadowhunters: Mortal Instruments) and Selma Blair (Hellboy).

    Another Life Story

    Here’s the official synopsis: “When a mysterious alien Artifact lands on Earth, Commander Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) has to lead humanity’s first interstellar mission to its planet of origin, while her husband (Justin Chatwin) tries to make first contact with the artifact back on earth. Another Life explores the miracle of life, how precious life is in a universe mostly empty of it, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.”

    More news on Another Life as we hear it.

    Link to Article


  • Jul 10 2019 EW

    Katee Sackhoff returns to space in first trailer for Netflix’s Another Life with Selma Blair

    By Sydney Bucksbaum / July 09, 2019

    It’s been 10 years since Katee Sackhoff returned from space when Battlestar Galactica ended its run. And now she’s ready to return to space with Netflix’s Another Life.

    The buzzy new sci-fi drama stars Sackhoff as astronaut Niko Breckinridge, who is focused on searching for alien intelligence and leading a crew on a mission to explore the origins of an alien artifact after it lands on Earth. But as Niko and her young crew investigate, they face “unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.” Meanwhile, Niko’s husband (Shameless‘ Justin Chatwin) tries to make first contact with the artifact back on Earth.

    After a back-and-forth on Twitter with Sackhoff, Netflix released the first trailer for Another Life. The footages features everything you’d expect to see from a space thriller: an ominous voiceover, jumbled images and scenes of danger in claustrophobic hallways, and the gritty determination of a leader who has no idea what’s in store for her. Plus, Selma Blair looks glam as hell. What more could you want?

    Check out the first trailer here.

    Sackhoff is best known for playing Kara Thrace a.k.a. Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. She’s also previously starred on Longmire and had a recurring role on The Flash.

    The new 10 episode series is created by Aaron Martin (Slasher, Degrassi: The Next Generation) and executive produced by Noreen Halpern (Alias Grace).

    Another Life debuts July 25 on Netflix.


  • Jul 10 2019 Deadline

    ‘Another Life’ Teaser: Katee Sackhoff Returns To Space In Netflix Series

    By Denise Petski / July 9, 2019

    Netflix has released the first teaser and key art (see below) for Another Life, the sci-fi drama series from Alias Grace producer Halfire Entertainment.

    “I’m scared. And I am not just scared to go back into space. I am scared that this mission is gonna fail. What do we do then?” asks Katee Sackhoff’s Niko Breckinridge character at the opening of the trailer.

    From creator/showrunner Aaron Martin and producer Noreen Halpern, Another Life stars Battlestar Galactica alumna Sackhoff as astronaut Niko Breckinridge, who is on a mission in search of alien intelligence. With her young crew she faces unimaginable danger while exploring the genesis of an alien artifact, and then must battle to return home.

    The series also stars Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin. Samuel Anderson, Elizabeth Faith Ludlow, A.J. Rivera, Alexander Eling, Blu Hunt, Alex Ozerov, Jake Abel, JayR Tinaco, Jessica Camacho, Barbara Williams, Lina Renna and Selma Blair.

    The 10-episode first season of Another Life premieres Thursday, July 25, on Netflix.

    Watch the teaser , and here’s the poster:

    Another Life airing on July 25, 2019 on Netflix

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  • Jun 21 2019 AV Club

    Netflix is sending Katee Sackhoff back to space for Another Life on July 25

    Written by Sam Barsanti / June 20, 2019

    Having somehow not gotten her fill of sci-fi space drama on Battlestar Galactica, Katee Sackhoff is starring in another sci-fi space show called Another Life for Netflix that concerns an astronaut investigating the origin of some kind of alien artifact. We first heard about it last April, with the only information being that Sackhoff would star as space explorer Niko Breckinridge (a very “TV character” name), but now Netflix has announced a premiere date and the rest of the cast that will be joining Sackhoff on her dangerous journey.

    As reported by TVLine, Another Life will also feature Selma Blair as a “21st-century influencer who uses journalism, social media, and keen intelligence” to break a big story that probably involves aliens, Supergirl’s Tyler Hoechlin will play the former captain of the spaceship who got replaced by Sackhoff (his name is Ian Yerxa, which is certainly another name), and Shameless’ Justin Chatwin will play a member of the United States Interstellar Command and Niko Breckinridge’s husband. The 10-episode first season of Another Life will premiere on July 25.

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  • Jun 21 2019 Bleeding Cool

    “Another Life”: Katee Sackhoff’s Netflix Sci-Fi Drama Blasts Off This July

    Posted by Ray Flook June 19, 2019

    Netflix has finally given viewers a launch date for its Katee Sackhoff-starring sci-fi drama Another Life, along with some first-looks at the series’ “launch window” (we’ll stop with the astronaut jokes now). Stemming from showunner Aaron Martin (Killjoys) and executive producer Noreen Halpern (Haven) and set to premiere on Thursday, July 25, Sackhoff leads the series as astronaut Niko Breckinridge. Leading a young crew on a mission to search for alien intelligence, Breckinridge faces dangers unimagined as her team seeks the genesis of an alien artifact.

    Selma Blair‘s (Heathers) Harper Glass is a 21st-century influencer who uses journalism, social media, and keen intelligence in an attempt to break one of the biggest stories in human history

    Tyler Hoechlin‘s (Supergirl) Ian Yerxa is the one-time commander of the space exploration ship who lost his post to Breckenridge

    Justin Chatwin‘s (Shameless) Erik Wallace is part of the United States Interstellar Command – and Niko’s husband.

    Samuel Anderson‘s (Trollied) William is a holographic interface of a sentient A.I.

    Elizabeth Faith Ludlow‘s (The Walking Dead) Cas Isakovic is Niko’s second-in-command and staunchest ally.

    Jessica Camacho (The Flash) portrays the exploratory spacecraft’s brutally honest communications expert.

    Alex Ozerov (Orphan Black), Jake Abel (Supernatural), and Barbara Williams (Rookie Blue) also star.

    Here’s a look at some first-look images from the series:

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