Masterson: Actress Hardly Unknown
star being patient
with an ignorant man.
first arrived at Comic-Con, my cohorts grabbed me and said in
breathy tones of excitement, "Chase Masterson is here!"
I could only nod rather than betray my ignorance. This ploy
quickly informed of Ms. Masterson's charming presence on Deep
Space Nine, and then, later when we started talking with the
people at Creative
Light Entertainment about Comic
Book: The Movie, one of the stars we were offered for
interviewing turned out to be…Chase Masterson.
were we lucky or what? For the Fanboy staffers there, they
got to meet an actress they had admired. Let's leave it at
I got to meet an actress who proved relaxed, funny, and kind
to an interviewer who really had no idea who she was - until
after he left the Convention.
Chase has a role in Comic Book: The Movie, her main focus
at Comic-Con was to promote a film called Inhuman. Since we
interviewed her, it has undergone a name change to the more
Unknown, so I've made the alteration in the interview
transcripts. Check out the site for the film, including excerpts
from a pictorial in the July Femme Fatale magazine, run by
the same guys who publish Cinefantastique (a.k.a. CFQ).
later, and I still have not actually seen Chase in Deep Space
Nine, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that she's
in one of my favorite goofy movies of recent years, The
Specials - hey, produced by the guy who publishes Femme
Fatale and CFQ, Mark A. Altman. There's a conspiracy here
somewhere…or really, just a small circle of people who have
good taste in continuing to work with this talented and gracious
McCaw: What can you tell me about Creature Unknown?
Masterson: It is a fabulous sci-fi horror thriller. I
was first and most attracted to the project because of the
script. It's got a really fabulous plot and a fabulous twist.
I'm really excited to see how that's going to play out, because
it's all there.
reason that I was really excited, now truly glad that I did
the film, is because of the director. Michael Burnett is just
absolutely brilliant. He is a special effects man, as I'm
sure you've heard, and he is really fabulous at what he does
- a Rick Baker protégé. But he does his own stuff.
begging for someone to "escort" Fanboy Planet
better than that, he's just a great director by his own instincts.
He really worked beautifully with the actors. What we've got
here is not just a standard horror genre thriller, but a story
with some horror elements. It was shot in mostly subtle ways.
I think that's adding to the suspense and the mystery of what
happens in the film.
is just a fabulous group of kids. Maggie Grace is truly an
actress to watch, and Chris Hoffman is really, really strong.
He plays twins, or, uh, a twin (with twin Matt Hoffman).
The rest of the cast, too…
Whom do you play?
Oh, I'm sorry. (laughs) I forgot about that, didn't
I? That's unlike me. I play an ex-doctor named Kat. I have
lost my medical license and I also lost a son. I have a breakdown
and I move out to the woods. I live there and I conduct medical
experiments, because I was a genetic researcher. Basically,
I'm involved in a deadly game of genetic manipulation.
So you are responsible for the creature…
I am responsible. We find that out. But you can pretty much
know that right now. It's okay. That we can tell you.
to ride a motorcycle for this film, and I had a great time
with that. I also shoot three different kinds of guns: a pistol,
a rifle, and a net gun - a gun that shoots a net to capture
get in the way of her net gun.
Is net gun under special skills on your resume?
Yes, it's a new skill. It's pretty fun. I'm very excited about
the fan base seeing it, particularly if they know my work
from Star Trek or from some other shows that I've done.
This role is so far and away different from anything I've
done before. This is like "Leeta goes Rambo." I am this tough,
kick-ass, motorcycle riding smart chick who takes no prisoners.
It's a far cry from the graceful compassionate sweetness of
I didn't watch Deep Space Nine, so I don't really know your
Leeta was the character you played on Deep Space Nine?
Yes, I did. People either watch or they don't, so don't feel
bad. Those who watch really do.
I'm sorry, I stuck with the original series.
Don't worry about it. It was a great show to be on. And the
fan base has been so faithful and such an enthusiastic, great
bunch of people, that it's led to this and other things. So
I'm very excited about seeing how this movie turns out, because
I think it's going to be great.
Let's talk a little bit about your cameo role in Comic Book:
The Movie. Are you playing yourself?
I am playing myself. Yes. The cameo is Chase Masterson.
How hard is it to play yourself?
You know, I pretty much do it every day. (laughs) It's
going to be fun, actually, because we've got a little bit
of improv coming up. The whole movie is improv, as you know.
We're just on our way to shoot that this minute. It's all
Is there a big difference between going to a Star Trek Convention,
which I assume you have done…
Oh, many. In fact, I was at one this morning in Vegas. And
then I came here. There is a huge difference, actually. In
the way that the two conventions look. I mean, you just get
so much more wildness and such a vast crowd at a convention
Trek conventions, it's a different kind of crowd…um…
This is an awkward question, isn't it?
No, no, I know exactly what I mean. It's… it's… a different
kind of crowd, um… Part of me wants to say they're maybe not
quite as wild. But no, they're pretty wild in their own way.
I have a lot of fun at these things. It's really a blessing
to get to go and meet the people that make the show possible,
which is the fans.
to them, "no, it's nice to meet you." It really is.
You guys are a great, fun sweet, actually very sensitive group
of people. I've found the fans to be a very compassionate
group. I think genre fans in general are a more creative compassionate
bunch of people.
I like what Mark Hamill said about it (at a shoot for CB:
TM). Genre fans are so in touch with their fantasy lives
that they've saved thousands upon thousands of dollars on
(laughs) Yeah. There's a statistic: seventeen out of
the top twenty top-grossing films of all time are genre films.
That says a lot about what we're doing. I mean, it's popular
stuff. I'm very happy to be involved in the genre, to be a
part of it.
Were you a fan yourself, or did you just fall into this?
out there is one very very sad Trekkie who had this
woman in his grasp. To him we say, you FOOL!
I am a fan. I actually watched Star Trek because I
had a boyfriend who was such a Trekkie that I was only allowed
to call him during commercials.
Did that relationship last?
(sings) Who's sorry now?
(laughs, but ruefully)
That's how I started watching the show. I was a fan but not
like a fanatic fan. I definitely appreciate the genre. I love
the show that I was on; I think that it's one of the best-written
shows in the history of television. So watch it (in re-runs).
Of all the spin-offs of Trek…
Deep Space Nine was the one I liked best.
It's just a fabulous show.
I'll spend the rest of my night catching up on that to see
episodes with you. I'm sorry.
It's fine. I think that the range of emotion and situation
and circumstance, the range of drama, comedy, pathos, humor,
etcetera, was at a real all-time high with Deep Space Nine.
And that's one of the things I appreciate about the genre,
because the sky is not even the limit, you know?
is truly a genre where you can make people laugh and cry in
almost the same sentence. And then throw in some action and
some fun sexy bits, and you've got it all.
happy to be here. Thanks for having me, guys. LOVE YOU!