Previously, we got to hear from Terminator: Dark Fate actress Linda Hamilton about her thoughts on the sequels that were made after Terminator 2: Judgement Day during a brief chat with Variety. While also at CinemaCon, Extra was able to speak with Linda about what it was like returning to the Sarah Connor role and reuniting with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

EXTRA: How great is it returning to the world of Terminator, did you ever think you’d be back?

HAMILTON: Never. 27 years later… 

EXTRA: When does that happen?

HAMILTON: “Yeah, and how did it happen? You know, it just felt right to come back finally, you don’t want to beat-the-dead-horse but it seemed like there was a such an opportunity to invest all those years, experience and richness that there would be a deeper much deeper story to tell at my age. So I was all in.”

“It took me a while to decide to do it, but it wasn’t so much the performing in the film or returning to the big thing. I’m living such a quiet normal life and I like it and I was like: ‘Do I want another fifteen minutes?’.”

EXTRA: And getting to work with Arnold [Schwarzenegger] again. I mean, what was that like? So much has changed, you know, obviously through time, you both have been through so much. Was it just like old times coming back? 

HAMILTON: “It really was. And I have a great affection for him, so it was really nice to see him and to work with him again. I hugged him non-stop, who knew I felt like that? But I truly couldn’t stop hugging him.”

EXTRA: You were kind of a pioneer back then, you were the image of a kick-butt woman. How does it feel after all these years to have been that person and kind of pave the way? 

HAMILTON: “Well, it feels good. That’s sort of a task that other people assign me and then to sort of compare myself to now to myself then was very interesting. You know, you worked out just as hard and you don’t get the same results and I was like: ‘Uh, oh!’.”

EXTRA: You look incredible!

HAMILTON: “Well, thank you!. It’s part of the journey of life, aging too, so I made her very real this time. I am a woman of a certain age, so when I get hurt it takes a little longer to get up and I thought: ‘What the hell!’. This is what it is.”

You can watch the video of the chat with Linda below.

Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800) return in their iconic roles in Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and produced by visionary filmmaker James Cameron and David Ellison. Following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator: Dark Fate also stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta.

Paramount Pictures has set the release date for Terminator: Dark Fate on November 1st.


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