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Jeri Ryan has long been known to TV watchers as Star Trek’s Seven of Nine and recently reprised her fan-favorite role on CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Picard. Now, she’ll be taking on the more sinister role of Gwendolyn Hayes in CBS’ MacGyver. Although both shows hail from the Eye Network, it feels as though they’re worlds apart in terms of their genres. But it turns out it was a Star Trek connection that actually helped Ryan land her MacGyver gig.
Jeri Ryan explained that her prior working relationship with MacGyver executive producer Terry Matalas that partially led to her joining the show. Both she and the producer previously worked together on Star Trek: Voyager. Not only is Ryan grateful to Matalas – who wrote the MacGyver episode — for offering her the part, but she’s happy to have the chance to play a complex villain:
Part of it is [executive producer] Terry Matalas wrote [this episode], and I love him. He’s been a friend from our Star Trek: Voyager days. I like that Gwen is not your typical network-drama villain. She’s got a lot of layers. She’s a little more quirky. It’s not black and white with her. Her motives are noble, as far as things go. In her mind, she’s the hero — she’s saving the world.
Jeri Ryan had nothing but good feelings about reuniting with Terry Matalas when she spoke with TV Insider. Because Matalas had worked with her previously, the two likely had no trouble working together. And since he wrote the episode and cast helped cast Ryan, one could assume that he wrote the role with her in mind.