When playing the Vulcan Soval, Gary Graham took suggestions and had some of his own to offer regarding his role as the Vulcan Ambassador to Earth.
“I asked Rick Berman who the Vulcans are,” said Graham. “I had gotten the role, so I had an inkling. But Rick told me — they aren’t beings without emotion; on the contrary, they are so passionate, they realized they needed to learn how to suppress those emotions for their society to survive. That was my key to understanding Vulcans.”
“Also,” said Graham, “for my key to playing the Ambassador, I took a cue from Archer’s line in the pilot, when I react emotionally to his words: ‘Raising your voice to make your point? Ambassador, you have been on Earth too long.'”
Graham had an idea of his own for Soval’s backstory. “I came up with the notion that T’Pol is my long-lost daughter (just based on the fact that she is a spitting image of my younger sister when she was very young, who everyone told me looked like me). I thought it was a slam dunk when I suggested it, but it was never picked up.”
Working on the set of Star Trek: Enterprise was rather different for Graham than working on the set of Star Trek: Voyager, where he had a guest star role as the Ocampan Tanis in Cold Fire. “Though I enjoyed most of the cast members on Voyager, the tone on the set was tense,” said Graham. “It wasn’t like the very relaxed and joyously creative set I’d grown used to on Alien Nation. The Enterprise set was also a very relaxed set. The people all got along; the DP played rock music while they were changing lights, the mood was light and playful and Scott Bakula was extremely welcoming and made the experience fun and wonderful. Scott’s a very hard worker, but also kept the mood light and fun.”
Graham is currently appearing with his rock band, The Gary Graham band, and his latest movie, Dust of War, will be out this spring or summer.