Welcome to the first feature of #SciFi Women Interviews Year 4! It warms my heart that this series has been going strong for such a long time. To start 2018, I am honored to welcome a woman I admire greatly: Claudia Christian! I was introduced to her artistic work through Babylon 5 and have been glad to learn more about her over the years. I am grateful she accepted to be a guest for the series.
Claudia Christian has been in the film and television business as a performer for over 35 years.She has starred in over 50 films and thousands of hours of television. Sci-Fi fans around the world know her from her work on the Hugo and Emmy award winning show Babylon 5. She is the author of two autobiographical books, “My Life with Freaks and Geeks”(2010) and “Babylon Confidential” (2012) and the novels “Wolf’s Empire” (2016) and “The Original” (2016).
She is the most recognized advocate for The Sinclair Method, a treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD). In 2013 she started her non-profit C3 Foundation to help raise awareness of the treatment, she also became an accredited substance abuse counselor in the UK and US in 2015. In 2014 Claudia’s award winning documentary about The Sinclair Method, “One little Pill” was released. Claudia has spoken at UCLA, USC and at medical conventions around the country and has appeared on Larry King and Megyn Kelly to educate people about this inexpensive, life saving treatment.
Claudia continues to work in TV and film and lends her distinctive voice to some of the biggest games in the world including SkyRim, Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, Halo, Call of Duty and Fallout 4. Claudia’s passion is to help and educate, she recently spent a month in India working with The Chinmaya organization for rural development (CORD). Her TEDx talk on TSM has helped thousands and she spoke at the US Senate in November of 2016. She is currently working on a new book series for Tor Books with her writing partner Morgan Grant Buchanan and “TSM Journeys”, a book about the individual experience on The Sinclair Method.
NG: How were you first introduced to Science Fiction?
CHRISTIAN: Probably the Twilight Zone episode with Burgess Meredith losing his glasses was my earliest sci-fi memory.
NG: What are your three favorite Science Fiction books, TV shows, and movies?
CHRISTIAN: American Gods (more fantasy I know), Blade Runner, and Babylon 5 of course 🙂
NG: What are the Science Fiction female characters you have found most significant?
CHRISTIAN: Ripley I suppose…from Alien.
NG: What are some of the Science Fiction female artists you find more inspiring?
CHRISTIAN: I wish I knew but I am more of a historian than a futurist… not really up on female Sci-Fi art unfortunately, sorry!
NG: What do you think of Susan Ivanova’s legacy?
CHRISTIAN: I am proud to have allowed people to see themselves in Ivanova and to have helped people be more open about their sexuality… And also to have given little girls a role model to look up to. Ivanova was strong yet fallible and extremely complex.
NG: What are some of your favorite Science Fiction roles you have had?
CHRISTIAN: I haven’t had many… just B5 and The Hidden, and an episode of Space Rangers … oh and the film Arena. 🙂 So, that said I suppose B5 wins again.
NG: If you could portray a character in any Science Fiction universe, which one would it be?
CHRISTIAN: Accala Viriduis’ mother from my book Wolf’s Empire. 😉
NG: Do you think video games can be as, if not more, ambitious than films and TV series?
CHRISTIAN: Absolutely and they certainly earn more!
NG: Do you think that Science Fiction is a genre welcoming to women?
CHRISTIAN: Indeed it is.
NG: What would you like to see more in Science Fiction?
CHRISTIAN: I don’t watch or read Sci-Fi so I am the wrong person for these questions… Ask me about Richard the 3rd or Hildegard of Bingen 🙂
NG: I would love to talk about the fascinating Hildegard of Bingen at some point, then! Thank you so much for being with us today, Claudia. I am certain my readers will be glad to find out more about your current artistic projects and educational works.