Waymire 'Delighted' By Phlox/Cutler RelationshipBy Caillan
March 7, 2002 - 3:55 PM
See Also: 'Dear Doctor' Episode Guide
Kellie Waymire (Elizabeth Cutler) never imagined her character would develop an attraction to Doctor Phlox, but the actress says she was "delighted" by the unexpected development.
"When I first read for the part I was told they were thinking about possibly bringing Elizabeth back every so often," Waymire told Steve Eramo at Cult Times (via Sci-Fi Pulse). "With regards to a romance with Phlox, I had no idea at all. You're really not told ahead of time about what your character will be doing."
Now that 'Dear Doctor' has raised the possibility of Cutler and the physician becoming more than friends, Waymire is unsure of where the plotline will go from here. "They kind of brought up the subject and then left it up in the air. One of my last lines in 'Dear Doctor' was something like, 'let's see how it goes' so they've certainly left the door wide open."
Dating a Denobulan would certainly be an interesting experience for any human, but the actress was pleased by the unconventional choice. "When I mentioned 'the romance' to some of my friends, they said, 'Obviously the writers would like your character to become involved with Trip or Reed,' as they're two of the 'hunks' on the show. I'm delighted, though, that it turned out to be Phlox. I just love the charming and innocent quality of the friendship between him and Elizabeth. I thought it was a great twist to the story and I wouldn't have changed a thing. I'll be interested to see what the writers do next if they decide to pursue the relationship."
Another guest star who made his mark this season was Lawrence Monoson, who played the rebellious boomer Matthew Ryan in 'Fortunate Son.' The actor relished the chance to appear in another episode of Star Trek - he previously played Hovath in DS9's 'The Storyteller.'
"There's a certain style of Star Trek that you can't ignore," he said. "I'm not saying it's Shakespeare, but there's a specific tone and style to the material I was aware of and tried to adhere to that. Matthew is a bit rougher around the edges than most of those aboard the Enterprise. He's not Starfleet. He's a blue-collar worker, and I wanted to keep him as natural as possible. Conversely, like the Enterprise crew, he's an astronaut, a trained professional. It was a bit of a challenge trying to find the balance between being naturalistic and playing the style of that world, but it's one I enjoyed."