There are three things pageant women do. There’s the Vaseline thing, which I didn’t do. There’s duct taping your boobs, which I never did because I’m not into pain. The third thing is using athletic spray adhesive on your butt to keep your swimsuit in place. I did do that. So one out of three ain’t bad.
[on her Seven of Nine costume] Initially, I would stay in the costume much longer than I ended up staying in it, because it takes about twenty minutes to get into. Someone has to dress me and undress me. It’s a production break if I have to get out of the costume to use the rest room or something. It grinds to a halt unless they can shoot something without me, which typically they can’t, if it’s a scene that I’m in. So in the interest of being a team player, the first season, I would not take rest room breaks, I just didn’t drink anything on set, which is not the healthiest thing to do.
The costume that I wear on the show is a little snug and doesn’t leave a whole lot to the imagination. I don’t have a problem with it because of the way this character’s been written.
The whole sex symbol or babe thing doesn’t bother me.
When I started out on Star Trek: Voyager, they had to tell me everything about Star Trek, because I knew nothing about it. I had never seen the original series, I had never seen Star Trek: The Next Generation. I think I’d seen a couple of episodes here and there – of the original series, probably. Never seen Voyager. Didn’t know what a Borg was. They gave me a copy of Star Trek: First Contact, the movie, so I could at least see what a Borg was. They also gave me a copy of the Star Trek Encyclopedia, whatever it is, so that I could bone up on my Star Trek knowledge. Fortunately, it sort of worked for the character that I wouldn’t know any of the backstories of the people on Voyager, because she was coming in cold, like I was. That was actually helpful as opposed to detrimental.
It doesn’t bother me that Seven has such an overtly sexual presence, because she has no concept of what effect that physical package would have on some male member of the crew. That’s what’s fun, her innocence.
I have no specific ideas in mind of what I will or won’t do; it’s all about the roles.
I started by looking everything up in a Star Trek dictionary so I knew what I was talking about, but you can’t do that because they talk in circles, and half of it doesn’t make sense, so you’ll just end up driving yourself more insane.
They said that Seven was a former Borg who had been human and had been assimilated. She was regaining her humanity. I had no interest in this character.
I was always a fan of horror films as a kid.
I grew up as an Army brat, so I moved around a lot as a child. Always being the new kid was tough, but it taught me to be very adaptable and it certainly got me ready for the nomadic life of an actor!
I’ve loved the escapism of being another person, slipping into another character for a little while.
It might be arrogant to think that we’re the only living creations in all of the solar systems that there are. Space is so vast.
My background has been very helpful for this experience. But everyone was so accommodating because they knew it’s not the most comfortable position to be the new kid.
That’s what makes a character interesting from an actor’s perspective – the more screwed up, the better.