Foxworth, Cassidy Trade Vulcan SecretsBy Caillan
November 25, 2004 - 9:29 AM
See Also: 'Awakening' Episode Guide
Enterprise guest stars Robert Foxworth (V'Las) and Joanna Cassidy (T'Les) today shared their impressions of the Vulcan lifestyle.
"The only thing I didn't like was the stupid wig," Foxworth, who plays Administrator V'Las of the Vulcan High Command, told Kate O'Hare at Zap2it. "It didn't need to be that bad. Even Nimoy's hair wasn't that bad." But Cassidy, the actress behind T'Pol's mother, T'Les, was more upbeat about the latest Vulcan fashions: "I thought I looked pretty good. We'll see what the fans think. I liked it."
Cosmetic aspects aside, it's never easy to play a member of a species that represses their emotions. Comparisons with Leonard Nimoy's Spock are bound to happen, but Cassidy, a Golden Globe winner, said she was happy to defer to the "master". "Everyone has their own style. You don't want to imitate anyone, as I have my own style. I guess I always thought that Spock was the ultimate master of Vulcanism because he was so wry, and I loved that."
Foxworth is no stranger to science fiction, having played Admiral Leyton in Deep Space Nine's "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost", General Hague on Babylon 5 and Chairman Ashwan in an episode of Stargate: SG-1. Although V'Las may seem like yet another typical authority figure, the actor said he saw the character differently: "He's not a suit. I play a lot of stuffy guys, and this guy, although he's a problematical character, wasn't stuff."
After appearing in last week's "The Forge", Foxworth will guest star Friday's "Awakening", and the final instalment of the 'Vulcan Reformation' arc, "Kir'Shara" on December 3. Despite having to put up with the bad wig, Foxworth said he enjoyed his Enterprise experience. "It was so much fun to play a bad Vulcan. I chewed the scenery and had a grand old time."
The complete interview, in which Cassidy and Foxworth also talk about playing husband and wife on Six Feet Under, can be found at Zap2it.