With dance and music as her background, acting might seem to be an odd choice for Rachel Luttrell. The multi-talented actress, who plays Teyla Emmagan in the new series Stargate Atlantis
, attended both the Russian Academy Ballet School and the Royal Conservatory of Canada, where she studied piano. And if that wasn't enough talent for one person, Rachel also has a classically trained soprano voice.
GateWorld caught up with Luttrell when she attended the recent London Film and Comic Con
convention. The event took place in the immense, hangar-like space of the Wembley Conference Centre on a grey and chilly English day. Despite the threat of rain, the queue to get in stretched down the side of the venue. And while there were long-established genre stars like Jonathan Frakes in attendance, the Atlantis
actors were clearly just as popular a draw. There were constant queues for the cast members, who laughed and bantered with each other all day.
The physical differences between the actress and her character are noticeable. For one thing, Luttrell smiles a lot more. She also has the natural grace of a dancer, where her character holds a more gymnastic posture. And Teyla has a hard edge that Rachel doesn't possess, reflecting the life the character has had, seeing many of her friends and family taken by the Wraith, leaving her the leader of her people at a young age.