Katee Sackhoff on Born: A Personal Look at Her New Film

Katee Sackhoff is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress who is known for her roles in television series such as “Battlestar Galactica,” “True Blood,” and the new ABC series, “Born.” She also starred in the films “Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Avatar,” and “Sicario.” In this interview, Katee discusses her latest project, Born, which tells the story of a mother (played by Sackhoff) and daughter (played by Sofia Boutella) who are on the run from a powerful man (Ed Harris).

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Katee Sackhoff on Born

“Born is a mental health thriller that follows the intense, true story of Dr. Katherine Zeta-Jones as she battles schizophrenia and tries to save her son from a life of drugs and crime.

The film is based on the book Born Bad: A Memoir of Madness by Zeta-Jones’ mother, Gloria Steinem. In an exclusive interview with ETonline, the actress opens up about her experience making the film and what it was like to work with director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth).

“It was very personal for me because I knew my mom’s story so well,” says Sackhoff. “She had this incredible strength and fought against this illness for so long.”

Sackhoff says despite having worked on films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Battlestar Galactica where she plays tough characters, playing someone who is dealing with mental illness was a whole different ballgame.

“I really had to go deeper into my own psyche in order to do justice to portraying someone who is struggling with their mind,” she explains. “There were moments when I would be filming and I would feel like I was in her head.”

Katee Sackhoff on Born: A Personal Look at Her New Film

How Katee Found Her Role in Born

Katee Sackhoff found her role in Born by chance. The veteran actress was visiting an agent’s office and happened to see the script for the new thriller. She read it and was immediately drawn in by the story. Sackhoff is known for her roles in Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, and Star Trek: Voyager, so playing a mother in Born was a unique challenge for her.

“I loved that the film is based on a true story,” Sackhoff says of her character, Casey McCall. “The core of the story is really about family and loss.” McCall is a single mom who moves with her two kids from Los Angeles to rural Minnesota to be closer to her dying father. As she starts to get to know her new community and build relationships with people she never would have met before, McCall begins to realize that everything she thought she knew about life was wrong.

Born is directed by Maren Ade and stars Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Anna Gunn, Jeremy Renner, Geena Davis, and Timothy Olyphant. The film opens nationwide on October 12th.

What to Expect from Born

When Born was first announced, the anticipation for the film was brewing. Fans of Sackhoff were eager to see her return to the big screen after her critically acclaimed performance in 2015’s Terminator: Genisys. And, boy, did they not disappoint.

Born is a powerful and personal tale about a woman (Sackhoff) who has been struggling with addiction and mental illness for many years. After a traumatic experience at the hands of her addict husband, she decides to finally seek help and begins an intensive rehab program. While there, she meets another woman (played by Regina King), who helps guide her on her journey back to good health.

Born is a very well-made film that tackles tough topics head-on. It’s an important movie that should be seen by anyone looking for an emotionally charged story that will make them think about their own life path.

The Inspirations Behind Born

She read the script and thought it was “really dark and twisted review.

Born director J.A. Bayona wanted Sackhoff to embody the duality of Thyra: at one moment compassionate and maternal, at another heartless and deadly. According to Bayona, this dichotomy is representative of our own humanity. “On one level we are good,” he says, “but on another level we can be really bad.”

Sackhoff has collaborated with Bayona before on his film The Orphanage, which starred Javier Bardem as a mad priest who terrorizes a young girl. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bardem said that working with Sackhoff was “a real pleasure.” He added: “She’s really smart and surprisingly beautiful inside and out. It’s not easy to find actresses like that anymore.”

Born is a chilling tale of revenge set against the backdrop of Sigurdardottir’s stunningly beautiful Iceland landscapes. The cast includes Tilda Swinton (The Theory Of Everything), Ed Harris (The Godfather Part II), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Scott Eastwood (American Sniper) and Dominic West (Dirty Pretty Things).


Katee Sackhoff has always been a talented actress, but Born is something quite different. This new film tells the story of a mother (Sackhoff) who begins to suspect her child is not what she seems. As she starts digging into his past, she uncovers more than just a mysterious childhood; he may be an alien. Despite the skepticism of those around her, Sackhoff persists in her investigation and creates one of the most exciting films of 2017.

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