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Smallville Alum Is Set to Brave Stargate's New Universe

Smallville fans know her as Black Canary, but Alaina Huffman is ready to serve up another formidable femme, on Stargate Universe. In a video profile promoting the new SyFy series, Huffman sums up her Stargate character, 1st Lt. Tamara Johansen, as a medic who is "quite skilled," yet not without her insecurities. Check out photos of TV's sexiest sci-fi stars Understandably, such insecurities are only magnified when ...

Matt Mitovich

Smallville fans know her as Black Canary, but Alaina Huffman is ready to serve up another formidable femme, on Stargate Universe.

In a video profile promoting the new SyFy series, Huffman sums up her Stargate character, 1st Lt. Tamara Johansen, as a medic who is "quite skilled," yet not without her insecurities.

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Understandably, such insecurities are only magnified when the SGU team is flung to the far reaches of the universe, without a way home.

"The whole experience for everyone is overwhelming," says Huffman. "There is a lot of stress." But showing a chink in a tough gal's armor is largely what drew the actress to this role.

"I typically play really confident, ass-kicking characters," she says with a smile, "so it's nice to have that inner struggle."

Watch Huffman's complete video profile here, as well as find interviews with castmates such as Robert Carlyle, Ming-Na and Lou Diamond Phillips. Stargate Universe premieres this October, on Syfy.

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