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Linda Park: Blalock And I Get Along Well

By Lisa
June 17, 2002 - 12:13 AM

Linda Park (Hoshi Sato) recently gave an insight into her friendship with Jolene Blalock (T'Pol).

"I think we have a great relationship," Park told Steppin' Out Magazine. "As the show has gone on, we've been able get closer. There are so many guys around us all the time and it's such a testosterone-based set, it's very calming to have another female there who I can look over to and say, 'Okay, good, there's another female here.'

"She has a very calming energy about her. There's really no competition between us, and to be honest, that even surprises me."

Would Park ever consider posing as a Magazine cover girl? "That's very hard. I used to be very opposed to that," she said. "But I think I'd rather wait until I'm more respected as a serious actress and I have more work behind me, so that I don't get stereotyped as just another sexy actress. Helen Bonham Carter did the cover of Maxim, but not until she was established first and foremost as an actor who's serious about the craft. So she had the freedom to do Maxim and not be pigeonholed as just a sexy female."

She explained how she felt about Blalock's decision to appear on the cover of Maxim. "She's very comfortable with it. More power to her, that's who she is and she embraces it," Park said. "As long as you're true and not compromising yourself, then I say more power to you. As for me, I would really have to investigate myself and ask what are my real intentions here? I'd have to weigh all the pros and cons and make sure if I did one those magazines that it's my choice and not forced upon me."

The actress went on to talk about her feelings towards Star Trek fans. "I have two feelings. I feel wonderful about the fact that I bring so much joy into people's lives. That's such a great feeling. [But] With sci-fi comes a level of escaping reality. It's such a magical and fantastical world. It puts belief into impossibility. So I think a lot of these types of people use Star Trek almost as a drug to escape."

"[It] is scary to have people who are so involved with me. I'm a very private person and I am a very normal person. It's still very surreal for me to walk down the street and have someone stop and me and say they enjoy the show. "

Much more from Linda Park, including a look back on her career so far and Asians in Hollywood can be found in the May 29th Issue of Steppin' Out Magazine. A full transcript of the article is available online by following this link. Thanks go out to Jeff 'Koganuts' Koga for this news!

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