Park Thinks It's Time To Move OnBy Michelle
March 14, 2005 - 9:18 PM
Linda Park said in a recent interview that when she heard that Star Trek: Enterprise would not return for a fifth season on UPN, "I really felt it was the right thing...I really felt that it was time to move on for myself."
Speaking to TrekWeb, Park said that she was not certain there was much opportunity for development of her character, Hoshi Sato. "They were still keeping her in a position that she was in when she was a child and not giving her a lot of room to grow," the actress stated. "The character had outgrown what they were giving her to do...there wasn't much happening but as an actor, you have to find it for yourself."
Park said that she would miss the camaraderie with her co-stars but felt ready to move on, hopefully to film roles such as the one she has in Spectres with fellow Star Trek alumni Tucker Smallwood (Xindi) and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), the latter of whom also appears in Enterprise's final episode. "I don't get to work with her but I got to see her quite frequently on the set and we got to chat and catch up," said Park of Sirtis, whom she described as "a great lady."
Spectres has paranormal themes, something with which Park was quite comfortable. "I am very open minded about the idea that there are things that cannot be explained by logic alone and that there is more to this world than what we can see and that includes the paranormal and magic," she said. "That's what drew me" to the film. which premiered in her home town in San Jose, California last March.
Park said that she found similarities between Sato's initial naivete on Enterprise and her own life. "I went into a new experience straight out of college so we were very much parallel she and I, and now I feel, as she does, very centered and very strong. I'm coming into my own as a woman for the first time. People in my life are noticing it, I'm noticing it and that's why I'm really excited to move on to the next stage in my life...I do really believe in destiny, that things work out the way they should, and I felt that in this instance in my life that it worked out the way that it should."
The original comments are at TrekWeb.