Need To Know: Sasha Roiz


By Christopher Rudolph

Have you experienced any fandom yet?
New York was the first real taste of that, and it was really exciting. It was a whole other level of fandom. They're not just fans of you being on television -- they're fans of the show, so they want to know everything having to do with the show. They are so invested in it. It's just phenomenal. I loved the questions. I loved their investment -- it's really something else.

God forbid, but if you and Larry were to break up, is there any chance you would date a Cylon?
Date a Cylon? Oh, I doubt it. Way too much... technology for my taste. No, I don't think there would be much dating Cylons. I mean I think if Larry and I were to break up Sam would go on a bender or something like that.

How long does it take to put on those tattoos?
The full torso? It takes about three hours.

Was it your choice or the writers' choice to have you shirtless many times throughout the show?
It was definitely not my choice! I think there were some notes coming in from the top saying, "You know, he doesn't look so bad. Why don't we make him shirtless as well?" It was scripted that way, but the tattoos cost a fortune. Less is more -- so you show it a couple times, and then you have to be very selective about when you show it again.

One final question: I feel Sam is one of the best representations of gays on television right now, and I was wondering how you felt to be part of television history to a certain degree.
It is a true pleasure and really an honor to represent a gay demographic. Not only is Sam interesting in and of himself, away from his sexuality, but it's ironic that his relationship is one of the only stable relationships on the show. It's just been so well received, and the gay community has been so incredibly supportive. It's very rare for an actor to play a role where you affect people on a personal level, not just for entertainment. I've had a lot of people tell me that, and it's really touching, and it's a wonderful responsibility to carry. It's been great, a great experience.

Caprica's Season Finale airs this Friday, March 26 at 9pm EST on the SyFy channel.

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