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By the time Katee Sackhoff makes her appearance on The Flash TV series in the role of the villainous Blacksmith on the November 7th episode, she will have been on one hell of a journey as an actress. She spent four seasons and a mini-series as Starbuck on the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, and then 55 episodes on the modern Western crime drama Longmire as sheriff’s deputy Victoria “Vic” Moretti.
“I’ve looked for the quality, and it doesn’t just inherently exist,” she says of her acting choices. “There’s a reason why I haven’t done sci-fi for a long time, because I have not found anything as good as Galactica, so I’d rather throw myself into other genres. With Longmire, I was lucky enough to land in another show that had phenomenal writing every week, but you have to look for them and be willing to sit for a year and not work. You make a choice about the projects you take on; the quality ones are out there, you just have to look really hard.”
Which has led her to The Flash, and the recurring role of Blacksmith, who has been described as the leader of an underground black market for criminals known as the Network. “We do jobs for different reasons,” Katee explains, “and I didn’t want to sign up for another seven-year show. I did two series that lasted 15 years of my life, and I wanted to see what else was out there. This came up and I said, 'Sure, send it over,' not realizing that I’d never seen the show. My friend, Teddy Sears, was on it and he absolutely adored everyone, so I knew that the people were great. I read the script and was, like, ‘What will they let me do with it?’ I talked to [executive producer] Andrew Kreisberg, and sent him an audition tape.”
That tape was an audition for the reboot of Hellboy and a character she wanted to play. “I loved the character that I created for it; it was huge,” she laughs. “She was huge and big and very stage-like, and very much probably not what they were looking for, but I loved it. So I sent it to Andrew and said, ‘I’d like to do this. Maybe not as big, but big, because I’m not ready to say goodbye to this character and she actually fits in the world of The Flash, to be honest.’ He wanted it and he said, ‘I agree. Let’s have some fun.’ I was, like, ‘Okay, cool.’
“When somebody allows you to play around and stretch yourself, it’s really exciting,” Katee adds. “I had such a great time with the cast. Most of my stuff was with Danielle Panabaker [Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost], who is a doll and I loved her. They’ve got a great crew over there, so why wouldn’t I want to go back? It was sort of one of those things. Then I had my manager call and say, ‘Whenever you guys want her, she’s willing to return, unless it conflicts with the other schedules she’s got lined up for the rest of the year.’ It was meant to be three episodes and they said, ‘We’ll take her as much as we can get her.’ I was, like, ‘Cool, me too.’”
Katee's first episode of The Flash, "Girl's Night Out", is officially described as follows: "Having received an ominous threat from her old boss, Amunet (guest star Katee Sackhoff), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) fears that her past time as Killer Frost may be back to haunt her."