Mulgrew's Pioneering Role Not Janeway But Ryan

By Michelle
August 28, 2003 - 1:17 PM

"I thought it was like a cartoon," said Kate Mulgrew of her impressions of Star Trek before her casting as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager.

Speaking on SoapNet's They Started On Soaps (via Mulgrew's official web site, Totally Kate!), the actress confirmed a lifelong preference for theatre, to which she has returned since Voyager to star in Tea At Five.

Nineteen when she auditioned to play Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope, Mulgrew said that she walked into the studio and "just said 'well you guys will have to tell me what to do because I don't know anything about this.'"

She got the part, and was cast as well in a stage production for which she auditioned the same week. "Everything was about the theatre," she stated.

"She's a leader, and audiences just fell in love with her," Mulgrew observed of Mary Ryan.

Similar statements have been made about Janeway, but when she auditioned for that role, Mulgrew said, "It was science fiction. It was something I didn't know anything about. Well that all changed, didn't it?"

For a complete transcript and images of Mulgrew's appearance, visit Totally Kate!.

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