Mulgrew Calls 'Voyager' Very Hard WorkBy Michelle
April 13, 2004 - 7:42 PM
Back in Los Angeles for a production of The Royal Family, Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway) called working on Star Trek: Voyager "the hardest work I've ever done in my life or ever will do again."
Speaking to U Entertainment, Mulgrew said that "there was no time to do anything during those seven years except shoot and try to see my kids", but revealed that her older son, Ian Egan, is studying acting and may follow her into show business.
"They're writers by disposition," Mulgrew stated, "but they were raised in the theater and I don't think it would be surprising should one of them reveal himself to be an actor. I've never discouraged it."
In explaining her passion for her craft, Mulgrew admitted that she only sees her husband, politician Tim Hagan, every two weeks.
"It's very unorthodox, this marriage, and very unconventional," said Mulgrew. "But my happiness...is as much a creative thing as it is a personal thing. I can't separate my love of acting from my love of him. They have to somehow work together and he knows that."
The character she plays in The Royal Family, Julie Cavendish, is torn between her theatrical career and her family.
"It's the ongoing dilemma of the actress, which is why we get a bad rep as women...are we capable of both? In this play, the answer is yes and no. It depends on the actress," Mulgrew said.
After The Royal Family closes late this spring, Mulgrew said she would return to playing Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five, possibly on a national tour.