Mulgrew Thanks The Female FansBy Caillan
June 2, 2001 - 11:09 AM
"I am overwhelmed," cried Kate Mulgrew as she came onstage at the recent "Women of Star Trek Voyager" convention, held in Cleveland, Ohio, last weekend.
With so many devoted viewers gathered together, Mulgrew took a moment to thank them for their support, especially the female fanbase. "I want to say to every woman, and to every mother with a daughter at her side," she said, "that if it weren't for your steadfast support for this show and its female captain, it would never have been as successful as it was."
The actress quickly endeared herself to the local audience as well. "I can say now with conviction; I am home," Mulgrew, who is married to former Cleveland County Commissioner Tim Hagan, told the assembled crowd.
The convention held special meaning for Mulgrew as Voyager's final episode had only aired a few days previously. She explained that she spent the night preparing dinner for her family, and then sat down to watch the series finale,'Endgame,' only to start crying during the opening sequence. Mulgrew said that she "grieved anew" each time one of her fellow actors came on-screen.
Mulgrew also talked about the difficulty of shooting a duel role in the finale; playing both Captain and Admiral Janeway was not an easy task. Every movement, every gesture, had to be exact from take to take. The scene where Janeway hands her counterpart a mug of coffee was particularly gruelling, as it took over ten hours to get the movements in sync.
It emerged that Naomi Wildman has some competition for the coveted position of Captain's Assistant, as one young girl asked Mulgrew what it was like to be with the Borg Queen. "It was fun," said Mulgrew. "You saw what I did to the Borg Queen, didn't you darling?" The child had obviously remembered the episode vividly. "You killed her," she replied. Here, Mulgrew was clearly in her element. "Yes," she told the girl. "I did. I killed her and it was fun."
For more details on the convention, which also featured Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres), Jennifer Lien (Kes), Nancy Hower (Samantha Wildman) and Fintan McKeown (Michael Sullivan in 'Fair Haven'), check out this report at Totally Kate!, these recollections from Lady Chakotay or this post by Genie at The J-Team.