One Way The Flash Is Different From Katee Sackhoff's Other Projects

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The Flash is bringing in a big name in the sci-fi sphere to play a brand new baddie. Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica and Longmire fame joined the series to play the villainess Amunet Black, and the role has presented some challenges that Sackhoff never had to deal with for her previous projects. She spoke with CinemaBlend about what it's been like to tackle the role of an epic Flash villain, and she said this about getting ready to film as Amunet:

The hair and the makeup are a bit interesting. I've never been that character. I always felt bad for the girls that sat in the chair for two hours because on Battlestar I didn't even wear any makeup and on Longmire I was like, to do my hair and makeup, both of them I was probably five minutes in the chair. It's a new thing for me to be called to work two hours before everyone else.

Katee Sackhoff went through minimal hair and makeup routines for her most notable previous roles, but her look as Amunet is a lot more complex. We don't even need to see her in action to understand why she was stuck in the makeup chair for a couple of hours. The very first look at her in all her Amunet glory revealed that a lot of work must go into making her look as amazingly villainous as possible. The lipstick alone looks complicated, not to mention to ponytail. No wonder Sackhoff had to go to work earlier than everybody else! The only person on the series with quite as intense a look might be Killer Frost.

We've known for a while that Amunet will be a recurring villain, so she'll appear for multiple episodes throughout Season 4. Katee Sackhoff will have more days in the makeup chair to prepare to hit the streets of Central City and make life very difficult for Team Flash and the Central City Police Department. That said, Katee Sackhoff went on in our chat to reveal that some changes have happened to Amunet's look since her first appearance, teasing this:

In the beginning, when [The Flash executive producer] Andrew Kreisberg sort of like, he and I had a phone conversation about the character and he sent over this picture that was like 'This is what we're going for.' And it's very similar to what she looks like in my first episode. That being said, as we got along, we've been given more opportunities to play. Most specifically with her makeup. I've decided that she really enjoys to put on makeup for two hours before she goes and kills people. I feel like it's just one more way for her crazy to sort of come out. 'Today I'm going to wear gold makeup' or 'Today I'm going to wear green makeup because it is Christmas so you should wear green!' So it's sort of fun. I sit down with the makeup ladies every morning on Day 1 of each episode and we sort of go, 'What do you want to do today? Should we do some glitter?'

Apparently, Katee Sackhoff's hours in the makeup chair will be part of Amunet's character moving forward. All things considered, it makes sense that Amunet would spend the time to master that makeup and hair. All the best villains have the villain look down. Since her metahuman abilities involve manipulating metal rather than applying mascara and mousse with the wave of a hand, of course she has to spend a couple extra hours to prepare for her crime sprees. While we can be sure that Katee Sackhoff's performance would still be great even if she was in normal clothes and makeup on The Flash, something tells me Amunet might not be quite as menacing if she was simply dressed like Sackhoff's characters on Battlestar Galactica and Longmire.

Katee Sackhoff will make her Flash debut in tonight's episode, while will air at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Be sure to tune in to see Amunet in action while Barry and Iris are attempting to enjoy their bachelor and bachelorette parties. You can also catch Sackhoff on Netflix when the sixth and final season of Longmire premieres on Netflix.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).