Voyager Actresses Speak

By Amy
December 26, 2000 - 1:46 PM

  • Totally Kate has posted their promised transcript of the Kate Mulgrew (Janeway) interview that will be appearing in the January 2001 edition of 'Star Trek Monthly' magazine. As with most Mulgrew interviews, little is given away regarding future episodes, though there is a brief mention of the filming of a death-scene between one of the command crew and the Captain on stage 8. Instead, the interviewer sticks to topics such as how much of herself Mulgrew brings to the character, her relationship with the other characters (the potential for a Janeway/Chakotay romance, how she views the Doctor and the fate of the Borg children) and her involvement in her husband's political career.

    Does she know what Janeway's fate is? "I have no idea. I say that with absolute ingenuousness. I have no idea. "Would she like to know, or would it inform how she plays the Captain now? "I think it might inform it, so I don't really want to know. Of course, I want to know if I don't like it," she laughs, "but then beggars can't be choosers, so best to leave it alone. I think Rick Berman and Brannon Braga know where I stand, but ideally I'd like to see a very poignant ending. I don't think this one should have a red ribbon on it. I think it should be unprece dented and bold, and rather stunning. What that means I do not know, but I don't think it should have a fluid ending."

    The actress is keen to hear what rumours are circulating about the end of the series, and is pleased to hear that there is strong support for Janeway going down with her ship. "Attaboy. That's the truest to the entire story, and that's the way it should be. I hope that we don't wuss out. It should have a very strong, stunning ending. The viewers have invested in the characters, and it's payoff time."

    Being the sole Star Trek show these days, it might be reasonable to wonder whether ST:VOY is produced differently now that it has no companion Star Trek show. "Not that I could tell," Mulgrew says flatly. "Of course I'm so immersed in the work that whether DS9 was across the street or not was beside the point to me. I suppose that it's quieter. I suppose we're getting more of a focus, but the standards have remained the same."

    To read the full transcript, please follow the link to Totally Kate.

  • Secondly, there's another Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) interview out, this time with Mr. Showbiz. In the full interview, like the actress who plays her captain, Jeri gives away no spoilers, but instead talks about her early days as an actress, 'Dracula 2000', Brannon Braga, why she's so rarely seen at conventions and what she thinks of Star Trek fans and fanatics.

    Q:In Galaxy Quest, Sigourney Weaver says, "My TV Guide interview was six paragraphs about my boobs and how they fit into my suit!" Can you relate?

    Jeri:I can, in fact. I can relate really well. I related really well to that entire movie, it was really funny.

    Q:Do people recognize you in public, out of your costume?

    Jeri:Yes, and unfortunately more when I'm unbathed and looking really bad and trying to hide. I don't know what that says about the show. Q:Do you ever go to Star Trek conventions? What's up with those people?

    Jeri:Yes, I do, once in a while. I only do it a couple of times a year because it's hard to take the time on weekends with my son. Star Trek fans are the most loyal, passionate people you'd ever want to find. They certainly are enthusiastic and I've come to realize they're no different than rabid football fans who go to the game with cheese on their head in Wisconsin or take their shirts off in the middle of winter to get on TV or paint their face 13 colors. It's really the same thing.

    Again, to read the full interview, drop by Mr. Showbiz.

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