The Sarah Connor Chronicles continues the story of the Terminator films as a weekly TV series. Set after Terminator 2, John Connor is in high school when the latest terminator protector comes to him. Cameron (Summer Glau) takes the form of a teenage girl, suggesting a romantic side of the machines that none of the films have explored.
Summer Glau Talks Sarah Connor Chronicles
"I love the idea," said Glau. "The scene that Josh [Friedman] wrote for me to audition with is a scene where Cameron talks about John and about the future when she first meets him. It's the most beautiful scene and I actually cry in the scene. I talk about how John rescued me and how I feel about John even though Cameron doesn't 'feel.' It's amazing, it's very complicated but she does love him in her own way and admires him and worships him. He is her reason for being and so I think it already is a romance in some way."
The T-800 made it very clear that he could not cry, so that is only one of the advanced features of the Cameron model. "Cameron is supposed to be the most advanced model of terminators. Josh's idea is that the way that she's more advanced than the rest of them, she's more human than the rest. Even her slightest mannerisms, they're programmed but they're so human. She's so hard to detect and that's what makes her special and I think that's what makes her so much fun to play."
In the pilot episode, Glau began to establish the movements of her terminator, but nothing is set in stone. "I think it's going to grow. It always grows from a pilot as you get more used to a character and you work through it. I think she's going to become more human as time goes on, as she learns to mimic more and more accurately the humans around her."
She already gets to say the famous line, "Come with me if you want to live," which was no easy task. "The first time I did it, I burst out laughing. I just couldn't believe that I was getting to say that line. And David made fun of me and we turned around and set it again. That second take was the only take we did. It was like that, that's the one. I hope it comes across. I'm honored."
The Sarah Connor Chronicles premieres in January on Fox.