Many fans tend to agree that their favorite part of every Terminator film is their glimpses into what the future looks like, post Judgment Day, post the moment Skynet became self aware and launches a nuclear attack against humanity. Well, we were fortunate to be able to talk to one of the human survivors, who fought along side John Connor in the resistance against the machines! Yes, we spoke to no one other than Mariam, a.k.a actress Teri Wyble, and what we learned is there is much more to the amazing Teri Wyble than just being one of our favorite resistance soldiers!
Here is how it went:
SKYNET’S ARMY : Teri, I first want to thank you for taking the time to talk with us. If you don’t mind I would like to begin with your higher education in dancing. You graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Louisiana. Was there a particular dance style you specialized in?
TERI : Its my pleasure! I’m very familiar with many different types of dance, but ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary are the big ones for me. Along with many other styles, I’ve done these particular ones just about every day from when I was a youngster, until graduating college. I like to think that plenty years of dance have helped me to become nimble and flexible for doing many of my own stunts, like on Terminator! Dance holds a special place in my heart.
SKYNET’S ARMY : Another fan favorite, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” actress Summer Glau transitioned from dancer to actress.
SKYNET’S ARMY : (continued) It seems to be a natural transition. As is from modelling, which brings up a fascinating aspect of you. You have really made your mark in the world of bodypainting. Some of your transformations have been amazing! How many hours do you usually endure during the application process? It must require an incredible amount of patience!
TERI : Patience and a good attitude! The length of time it takes depends on if the painting is being done for a contest or festival, in which there’s a time limit. Usually around 6-7 hours, give or take, for a full body painting.
SKYNET’S ARMY : I can only imagine, at least at first, there might be a level of self consciousness models must overcome to participate in an artform like that. To put one self out there like that, appears to require a degree of courage, and a level of comfortability with one’s self. Can the same thing be said about acting?
TERI : Both of these art forms requires vulnerability and a touch of confidence. I say ‘only a touch’ because actors can sometimes be some of the least confident people I’ve ever been in contact with. It’s quite a game at times.
SKYNET’S ARMY : That is really interesting! I always assumed actors required a strong sense of confidence, that it was a crucial intangible for actors. Well, you obviously expressed the right intangibles when you were cast as Mariam in “Terminator Genisys”. Were you already familiar or a fan of the Terminator franchise when you were cast, or was it something you had to get acclimated to afterwards?
TERI : I was indeed familiar with the first Terminator. After a few callbacks for the role of Mariam, (mind you, I wasn’t aware this role was a soldier at this point. It was implied that she was more of a business suit control room techie. So I wore a suit each time!) I booked the role and was ecstatic to be a part of such a huge franchise. I of course immediately watched all 4 Terminators to catch up…. Twice!
SKYNET’S ARMY : So instead of a business suit, you end up wearing a soldier’s uniform, fighting machines with the human Resistance! That’s quite an exciting switch! (smiles) You mentioned you did many of your own stunts. What did that entail?
TERI : I’ve never been a part of a film with such an exciting amount of action and stunts. Simply being on set was surreal. I got to do crazy things like being strapped on top of a car while shooting blank bullets from a turret gun while the car did donuts around an obstacle course filled with other soldiers and machines. It was like a real life video game.
SKYNET’S ARMY : That sounds amazing! Were there many scenes cut from the final movie then? As thrilling as the future war in “Terminator Genisys” was, it felt somewhat like a montage. Is there anything memorable you filmed that you wish made the final cut?
TERI: Always! But I know it’s all for the betterment of the film as a whole.
For example, I totally wish my ride atop that car made the cut (smiles)
SKYNET’S ARMY : How was it working with Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke? We heard both are very approachable and friendly on set, especially Jai.
TERI : Ah, a man with an adorable accent. It might be every gal’s weakness. Jason and Jai were lovely, as expected. When we had time to chitchat, Jason was quite charming and down to earth. Jai was often sneaking in naps when he had a second to decompress, so I didn’t bother him too much.
SKYNET’S ARMY : We know that “Terminator Genisys” was originally written with a trilogy in mind, and the story structure of the remaining two films were already planned out when “Genisys” hit theaters. Did you get any inclination that your character Mariam would have returned in any of the planned sequels?
TERI : I believe it is implied in Genisys that most of the soldiers of the future war were killed.. But hey why not- Mariam could totally make a comeback!
SKYNET’S ARMY : With time travel movies and changing the course of history, we never know. It would have been possible to see Miriam in a non apocalyptic future!
SKYNET’S ARMY : (continued) Teri, thank you again for taking some time out to talk to us. You have been great. We’d like to ask you one more question. We enjoyed “Terminator Genisys” and felt some of the critical reception was a little overly harsh. Now almost two years removed since its release, what are your feelings towards the film… and your experience as a whole?
TERI: It’s still been one of my most fond memories of being on set. Definitely top two! Every film will have it’s lovers and haters, but I’m always proud to tell folks that I was a part of it.
We would like to thank Teri Wyble again for taking the time to speak with us today. Teri told us she loves hearing from fans, so be sure to follow her both on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM and show her your support!
And don’t miss Teri later this year on AMC, when she guest stars in Season 2, Episode 9 of the hit television show “Preacher”!
We’ll be back!