Interview: Young Bill Adama - A Chat With 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome' Star Luke Pasqualino

"Battlestar Galactica" has been enjoying a return to the small screen with the web series "Blood & Chrome," a ten-part story featuring future Admiral Bill Adama as a young pilot in the middle of the first Cylon war, airing on Machinima's YouTube channel.

But who could take on the role of the man who went head-to-head with the toasters and won? The series' producers went with "Skins" (U.K.) and "The Borgias" actor Luke Pasqualino for the role, introducing William Adama as a rookie pilot to a familiar ship and a fraught battle against the cybernetic enemy.

With the series reaching its conclusion this week, Pasqualino was kind enough to share his thoughts on "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome," filling the shoes of Edward James Olmos, and what's next for the young actor in 2013.

MTV Geek: How did you come by the role of young Bill Adama? What were your thoughts when it was offered to you?

Luke Pasqualino: It was pilot season 2011 and my team sent me the script for "Blood and Chrome." I had no real knowledge of "BSG" as a franchise although I did know that it was a real phenomenon. So I read the script with a very open mind and 5 pages in... I couldn't put it down! I thought the writing was great, so I put myself on tape and a week or so later I Skyped with ["Blood & Chrome" writer] Jonas Pate and then shortly after that I was invited to LA for the test.

Obviously I was overjoyed when I was told I had the part and couldn't wait to get started!

Geek: Tell us a little about this younger version of the character?

Pasqualino: Young Adama is essentially a hot-head, very unlike the Adama portrayed by Eddie Olmos. He's keen to make an impression on the rest of his colleagues whether it be a good one or bad one. He's a very cocksure character in this younger early 20s stage of his life, as many early 20-year-olds are! I really wanted to find a happy medium between being confident, cocky and likeable. I felt it was crucial to get a healthy balance of each.

Pasqualino: In honesty, the last thing on my mind was to watch any of Edward's work. Not because he isn't a great actor or anything like that because I think he is incredible. I just really didn't want anything Eddie did to influence my interpretation of the material. I feel that as human beings we grow so much over the years and Adama, like anyone, would change so much in the 20-30 years that you see this character.

Geek: To what extent were you taking cues from Edward James Olmos' performance--his delivery, the way he carried himself, etc.?

Pasqualino: In honesty, the last thing on my mind was to watch any of Edward's work. Not because he isn't a great actor or anything like that because I think he is incredible. I just really didn't want anything Eddie did to influence my interpretation of the material. I feel that as human beings we grow so much over the years and Adama, like anyone, would change so much in the 20-30 years that you see this character.

Geek: Was there anything special that you did to prepare for the role?

Pasqualino: There was quite a lot of preparation that I had to go through in order to get the most out of my performance. The fact that we were working entirely on green screen proved a little difficult at the start but it was something I rapidly became used to. After the first week it was almost second nature to work in this way. I can't speak for everyone when I say that though, haha!

Aside from that it was the American accent that I did most of my work on. I had done an American accent in the past but nothing to this scale. I would say to a lot of the cast and crew "if you hear my accent slip in any way, please pick me up on it, you'll be doing me a big favor." So with the help and support from my colleagues I think we managed to get a good final product.

Geek: Care to talk about what you have coming up next?

Pasqualino: Look out in 2013 for a movie I'm part of and very proud of called "Snowpiercer." I got to work with a dream cast and an amazing director who I think is frankly a genius [He's right--Bong Joon-Ho is the man behind the excellent "The Host" and almost perfect thriller "Memories of Murder"]. I feel very lucky and privileged to be given the opportunity and I hope you guys enjoy seeing as much as I enjoyed making it.

You can catch up with "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" on the Machinima YouTube channel, with a planned DVD and Blu-ray release on February 19th. "Snowpiercer" will be out next year.

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