Alessandra Torresani: Life On “Caprica”

At right, Torresani's saintly halo shows on the red carpet at the 2010 Syfy Upfront.
(Photo © 2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

For years we’ve caught glimpses of Alessandra Torresani through guest roles in high profile television series like JAG, Bones and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Now she’s carrying her own show, starring as Zoe Graystone in Syfy’s Caprica, playing the brilliant young woman who, after her death and transformation into an avatar, will ultimately inhabit the first Cylon consciousness nearly six decades prior to the events of Battlestar Galactica.

Yet how much do we really know about the young actress? ADD snagged a few tidbits at last week’s Syfy Upfront to learn more about Torresani.

You have hinted that your character Zoe has a rocky road ahead. Obviously the Caprica showrunners do not always give the cast a heads up as to what is going to be happening from week to week. Does being left hanging like that alter your performance?
Definitely. There would be days where they would not tell us [anything] until literally we got right on set. Sometimes they would give us advance notice — “This is where we think we’re going with the character” — [but] it’s a free-for-all. They’ll just give it to us, and we have to take what we get.

Is it fun going back and forth between being Cylon and being human?
It’s fun! I also think that the visual arts team that we have made it a lot easier. It’s been great.

How does this compare with other roles that you have done?
I love it. I love our method of working. We’ve got the best cast and crew.

Were you a sci-fi fan before you started working on Caprica?
No, this is new to me.

What preconceptions of the genre did you have beforehand, and how have they changed?
It’s all changed. I love sci-fi now. I understand it, and it’s so much deeper than just space dramas. There’s a lot more to it.

Toressani at Big Apple Comic Con, Oct. 2009.
(Photo credit: Luigi Novi.)

Outside of sci-fi, what’s your guilty pleasure?
Mad Men.

What do you love about that show?
The men. The clothes. And the drama. And the sex. It’s all so great, that show.

What do you think your fans would be surprised to learn about you?
That I’m kind of funny. I try to be funny, and I try to be very relatable. There are a lot of actors out there that aren’t so fun to be around.

Do you interact with your fans a lot through social media?
Yeah, I love it. I’m convinced I’m going to meet my soulmate at a convention. We’ll see what happens.

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