Trinneer Talks Fan EncountersBy Caillan
February 9, 2003 - 7:32 AM
Since landing a part on Enterprise, Connor Trinneer ('Trip' Tucker) has become accustomed to being approached by fans, though the actor says viewers have always respected his privacy.
"The people that I've encountered have been exceedingly polite and low-key about it," Trinneer told Dreamwatch (via his official web site). "That, I guess, is a little bit of a surprise and a welcome one. When you start doing something like this, when you start being a part of the Star Trek franchise - and I'm a new member of this club - you feel people stop and say, 'Welcome'."
Trinneer said he appreciates fans taking the time to acknowledge his work on Enterprise. "It's nice to have somebody come up and say they appreciate what you're doing and they think you're good. If it's handled in a respectful manner - if I have a mouthful of food, you might want to wait a second - it's great. In this town [Hollywood], really, I'm low on the totem pole. In this town, people don't bug you. People don't really walk up to you and that sort of thing. But at the conventions that I've gone to, people have just been exceedingly polite."
During a recent summer holiday in Europe, the actor got the chance to experience some French hospitality. "I only got recognised once," he said. "That was in a small town called St. Paul de Vance, outside of Cannes. This guy was running a little villa where we were staying. He had a satellite feed from England, and he was a big Trek fan. It's one of the few times I had a real perk.
"We walked in and he didn't know who I was. He said, 'Wait a minute. Who are you? Are you an athlete? What do you do?' I guess he thought I looked familiar. I asked him if he watched Star Trek. He said, 'Oh my gosh'. He's a huge fan. He bumped us up to the honeymoon suite and didn't charge us any more money and gave us the run of the place. That was fun! That was the only time. I think that if I were to go next year it might be a different story."
The full interview can be found in the 100th issue of Dreamwatch, on newsstands now. Alternatively, excerpts are available at ConnorTrinneer.com.