Put Me In, Coach: A Few Suggestions for Two Tragically Underrated Actresses Who Should Be in All the Things

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | June 10, 2014 | Comments ()


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Battlestar Galactica is probably my favorite science fiction — and certainly in the top five, overall — television series, not just because it takes place in space or has the coolest non-human beings, but because of the great actors and characters. I mean, Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Mary McDonnell…I could go on and on, but where I really want to stop is at two completely magnificent and underrated actresses: Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer. For Sackhoff to take the beloved, formerly male role of Starbuck and totally own it like she did was a brilliant accomplishment; her Kara Thrace was tougher than half the military guys I’ve known, and at the same time, smart, vulnerable, warm, sexy, human…(well, ***SPOILER, kinda). I can’t think of any other actress who could have handled Starbuck better, as evidenced by her four Saturn Best Actress nominations. Helfer’s Six (and her many iterations), convincingly manipulated nearly everyone in her path — especially Baltar — in effect, bringing humanity to its knees. Helfer’s brilliant take on a humanoid robot was believable (both as human and robot); the lead given everyone to follow. Of all the Cylon models, her multiples were the most varied in character and nuance. Her Six model held captive on Pegasus was utterly heartbreaking; her Caprica Six, calculating and clever. Following Battlestar Galactica, both actresses found new series (Longmire, Killer Women) and films, but neither is getting the kinds of roles she really should be. Here are a few suggestions I’d like to throw out to casting agents.


1. Pair Them up for True Detective.

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I’ve already suggested this once, and since Nic Pizzolatto recently asserted that Season 2 casting has yet to begin, I’m putting it out there again. Katee and Tricia are friends who’ve worked together and have a personal relationship that would translate to this series perfectly.

2. Sons of Anarchy Could Use a Few Good Women.

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*SPOILERS If you’re not caught up to Season 7, do not swipe ahead: So, Jax is going to need a new baby mama, or at least a good lady-friend…and the Charming police are down a man. End Spoiler In this boy-heavy town, some interaction with a female crew would make a nice addition. Tricia would be awesome at the head of her own table, and it looks like both she and Katee already have the necessary bike experience. Alternatively, Katee could sign on to the Charming PD.

3. The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon Deserves a Riding Partner…or Two.

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Forget Carol, forget Beth; Michonne seems to have her eye on Rick. Daryl needs a couple of feisty ladies in his life, and I’ll wager a run-in with Katee and Tricia as a pair who’ve survived on their own is just the ticket Daryl needs. Maybe they’re even in on the rescue from the end of Season 4 events — NO SPOILERS — and maybe they provide a (good) challenge to Rick’s leadership…maybe they just kill anyone who gets in their way.


4. The Next Star Trek Generation’s Commander and First Officer.

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That photo of Katee is from a geeky shoot she did a while back and though she’s looking quite Kirk-ish, either actress could take on the Commander role — it would work both ways. We’re way overdue for a new Star Trek series *and* women running the show.


5. Succeed Tom Cruise at the end of Mission Impossible 5.

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Likewise, it’s time for Cruise to pass the spy-games mantle, and high time we had a great female franchise lead. In my head, Helfer would make a great Hunt-ress, and Sackhoff, a Phelps-like mission director — casting could really work either way. And not for nothing, but unlike Corey I’d have rather seen Katee or Tricia as Edge of Tomorrow’s Rita; Emily Blunt was just serviceable, and she had zero chemistry with Cruise.


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is a casting director…in her head.



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Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


  • I have no objections to anything in this. Not a one.

    Carry on.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Katee is from Oregon, Tricia from Alberta, so let this be the beginning of a long and fruitful (to my lions) Americo-Canuck (Yankee-Beaver?) collaboration.

  • emmalita

    Yankee-Beaver is the dirtiest call sign ever. (Or at least this week)

  • Jelinas

    TRUE DETECTIVE!!! TRUE DETECTIVE!!!! TRUE DETECTIVE!!!!!

  • _Alexander_

    Make them first generation clones on Orphan Black

  • dizzylucy

    I love that idea.

  • John W

    You got my vote.

  • foolsage

    Those two are magnificent. I agree; they should be in All The Things. I still really want to see Katee as Captain Marvel. Tricia would be wonderful as Janet Van Dyne, assuming Ant-Man will join at some point. She'd also be perfect as Moondragon.

  • Dave Dorris

    Katee IS Carol Danvers. Period. The argument is over. (I know you agree, but just in case someone wanted to argue.) I respectfully disagree about Wasp. That's Tatiana Maslany.

    Moondragon is interesting, but tell me an auburn-haired Helfer wouldn't kill it as Jean Gray.

  • foolsage

    Fair point about Tatiana. I don't think Tricia is the perfect Wasp, but I'd make concessions just to get her into a comic book movie. I still think Moondragon is her role; a sexy psionicist? Yes please.

    Jean Grey is owned by Fox, where the role remains with Famke Janssen. Sure, Helfer would be great there, but I don't see them recasting the role. I'd rather see new female superheroes anyhow, moreso than I'd like to see existing roles recast.

  • Dave Dorris

    Crap. Jessica Jones on Netflix. That would totally work.

  • foolsage

    Ohhhhhh. Yes. Yes please.

  • Dave Dorris

    I know about the ownership, but the truth is they're probably both too old for the role in AOA. But she still would have kicked ass.

  • foolsage

    Tricia Helfer is 40 and gorgeous. Dammit. But you're right; the film industry is ridiculous about how it treats women post-30. RDJ can be a superhero at 49 but god forbid we see a woman within a decade of his age in an action role. Sigh.

    Oh, and Paul Rudd is 45, while Michael Douglas is 69. It's not crazy talk to have Janet Van Dyne played by a 40-year-old. I'd really like to see that character on the team, given she was one of the founders, and the one who came up with the freaking name. Seriously, let's open up the comic book film world a bit to women, eh?

    Katee is only 34, and she had better damned well be Carol Danvers someday. There's nobody better, there's nobody close, and frankly there's nobody else for the role. This. Must. Happen. Let's get some women on the team who are every bit as strong as the toughest male Avengers. Black Widow is great, honestly (no disrespect), but she's in no sense Thor's peer (just as Hawkeye is not).

  • Dave Dorris

    Tricia Helfer is amazing. I just meant that if she shows up in Age of Apocalypse, set in the early 80's, she would have to be late teens, very early 20's. Gorgeous as she is, that would be a tough sell.

  • foolsage

    Yeah, that's a good point. Anyhow, I think they'll stick with Famke for now.

    But here's hoping Marvel finds a place for both Tricia and Katee in the MCU.

  • JenVegas

    Katee Sackhoff is always good on Longmire, even in bad episodes. Hell, in bad episodes she's the only reason TO watch Longmire.

  • Katee with long hair = wow.

    They've both bounced around TV and films, but it always feels like letdowns given the material they're given. They'd be great in a show by Pizzolato or Vince Gilligan.

    Or what about being in Game of Thrones - Katee as Val, Tricia as Dalla? Or next season of Fargo, they can play hitmen a la Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers?

  • I would sell a kidney to watch either Tricia or Katee (or both) beat the crap out of Jax Teller. This is my new dream.

  • Katee Sackhoff is and will remain my TV girlfriend, even though Longmire wasn't my cup of tea. She's on my freebie list every year, too. She's smart and funny and it is quite obvious that she and Tricia have great chemistry and great times together. I hope the media gods are listening to you and they get some good roles soon.

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