Nichols, Goldberg Talk 'The View' and 'Heroes'

By Michelle
September 9, 2007 - 9:56 PM

In the past, Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan) has credited Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) with being an inspiration to her. Last week Nichols called Goldberg on her radio show Wake Up with Whoopi to catch up with her fellow Star Trek alumna.

Nichols called to congratulate Goldberg on her new stint as co-host of ABC's The View, noted "It's a new articulate voice from a new perspective, and I love it," Nichols told her.

Goldberg in turn congratulated Nichols on her upcoming guest role on Heroes, where Nichols joins former Star Trek castmate George Takei (Sulu) on NBC next season. "You would have thought an atom bomb fell and blew — I mean, the response was so incredible," she said of the reaction at conventions when she told fans of the casting.

Goldberg repeated the story about how she convinced Gene Roddenberry that she should be on The Next Generation, having been thrilled by Nichols as a child to see that "there were possibly some black people in the future!"

The talk show host then asked Nichols about the independent film Lady Magdalene's, in which Nichols plays a madam in a brothel, which does not yet have a release date. Her Heroes character, Nana, is also a great-aunt to Micah, the young hero capable of manipulating electronic and mechanical devices played by Noah Gray-Cabey.

Nichols has also filmed three other movies: The Torturer, Tru Loved and This Bitter Earth. "I've been working my fanny's been a really wonderfully busy year for me," she said.

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