Robin Curtis Loved Being A Part Of TrekBy Caillan
March 19, 2002 - 3:49 PM
To Robin Curtis (Lieutenant Saavik), Star Trek wasn't just another job - it was an experience that will stay with her forever.
"I loved my association with Star Trek, and I still do," Curtis told Star Trek Monthly's Ian Spelling (via Sci-Fi Pulse). "It's given me a lot over the years. Honestly, the idea that it continues to reap rewards surprises me. I've been married now for a couple of years, and my husband and I got together three years ago. As a result of my travels for Star Trek conventions we've been to Italy and Australia and all over the United States. He's been very much a part of and respectful of my commitment to the conventions. I'm having a ball with it."
The actress, who took over the role of Saavik from Kirstie Alley in 'The Search for Spock' and 'The Voyage Home,' has never failed to be impressed by the generosity and compassion of Trek fans. "I was just recently in Germany. It was right after the attacks on September 11th. [...] The fans at the convention in Germany had the most breathtaking moment of silence for the victims of September 11th. I wasn't expecting it. Our host was speaking in German and all of a sudden the audience was completely quiet. The whole audience was in tears. I was in tears. And I just felt so connected to the world at that moment. Star Trek brought that gift to me, as it has many other gifts over the years!"
After appearing in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Babylon 5 and Space: Above and Beyond, Curtis became quite the genre regular. "A lot of conventions aren't just devoted to Star Trek," she said. "So doing those shows gave me even more to talk about. And I don't know if I would have gotten those if I hadn't done Star Trek. I have a joke in my convention bio that says, 'After Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Space: Above and Beyond, I've made a commitment to not work anywhere but the future!' So I'm just incredibly grateful. When I look back over the years, the thing that's most enduring is my gratitude for the whole blasted thing."
With so many pleasant memories of her Trek experience, Curtis said she'd jump at the chance to appear in Enterprise. "Well nobody called me [for Deep Space Nine or Voyager] when I was still in town. But my god, if they did [offer a part in Enterprise], of course I'd go. I'd love to refresh my association with Star Trek. That would be great. You can give them my phone number!"
To read the full interview, in which Curtis also talked about her future plans, pick up the latest edition of Star Trek Monthly, out now in the United Kingdom. Alternatively, extracts are available here at Sci-Fi Pulse.