“So, he’s talking to me and he’s so emotional and he’s so beautiful, and his tears started falling on my hand…which made me well up in tears and my eyelids started to flutter, and the director went: ‘Cut!’ He said: ’You can’t cry. You’re dead.'” -Mary McDonnell on being unable to play dead.
“One of the things I learned from Laura Roslin was that - and I think is true for a lot of women - we vastly underestimate what we are capable of. Because somewhere, culturally, we’ve gotten a mixed message since the day we were born…and she taught me that there’s far more in us that we’re capable of as women than we even knew. That is the biggest thing she taught me.” (x) - Mary McDonnell on what she learned from Laura Roslin
Laura Roslin: (…) I’m going to be slipping away from this life very soon. And I’ve gotten kind of curious as to what that’s going to be like, and so I did some research. And there are some people who say that when people are getting closer to their death, they just don’t care as much about rules and laws and conventional morality. Gaius Baltar: Are you threatening me? Laura Roslin: No, I’m just saying have a quiet life, and I’ll die a quiet little death, and everyone will be happy. It’s just that I’m not in the mood any longer to indulge you. And that’s… all.
It’s a little bit of an origin story. It’s a flashback to before the war; in fact we actually see the apocalypse—that created the world that we know as The 100—happen, from the vantage point of the people that were on space stations at the time. — Jason Rothenberg, Inside The 100: Thirteen (3x07)
❝ Laura Roslin taught me a great deal about the trade-off that occurs, the constant negotiation between heart and mind that occurs in a woman when operating at the top of the male power structure. Playing this female president gave me a deep curiosity and profound visceral experience of smart capable women who choose to step into the top job.
Mary McDonnell, on what she learned from playing Laura Roslin