Starfleet

Star Trek: Enterprise – An Oral History of Starfleet’s First Adventure

CONNOR TRINNEER (actor, “Charles ‘Trip’ Tucker III”): I wanted this job many. It was a good, proven franchise with a good following. There were so many different things going on in it and it gave me the opportunity to play a kind of space cowboy – it was a dream job. Also, you need to use your imagination when encountering new species and races. As it was our first outing, everything was new and we weren’t used to anything. As an actor, you were able to take in something like the audience did for the very first time, which was my experience both as an actor and as a character.

ANTHONY MONTGOMERY: It was amazing. There was an electricity that went through my heart, and it was because I was sitting at the helm of a show, being part of a franchise that I grew up with and was familiar with. I’m not a Trekkie by any stretch of the imagination, but I still understand the franchise enough for this to make me say, “Wow, this is real!” It was even more exciting and intense than when I got the call saying I had the part.

RICK BERMAN: We were looking for an African-American actor. We wanted someone young – we wanted this whole cast to be a lot more approachable, in a way; we wanted audiences to relate to them more than other shows. Anthony was gorgeous, a terrific actor and pretty much sold himself on the role the first day we saw him. We also wanted an Asian actor to play the role of communication officer and return to a small listening device like Uhura had in The original series. We also wanted her to be a translator of almost magical abilities. And Linda succeeded. We wanted someone very vulnerable and someone who didn’t like flying on spaceships. At the first audition, she completely understood it and did very well.

LINDA PARK (actor, “Hoshi Sato”): There’s been a lot of growth for me, not just as an actor on camera, but as a businesswoman. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that part of being an actor is that you’re your own business, especially when you’re successful at any level; you see how you work as a business and you can’t say, “I’m just an artist, and I don’t have to worry about practicality”, because it’s just as important to keep your artistic tools as sharp as possible. your business tool. It’s the biggest thing I’ve learned. In the end, it’s my career and my life on which these decisions are made.

RICK BERMAN: I had met Dominic on the first day of the last season of Traveler. He had the role of an English character. We were still a year away from putting the new series into production, but we were already starting to write it. He walked in and I said, “We have a role for you on a show we’re creating that won’t air for eight or nine months, whatever, but I don’t want to use you here.” This guy looked at me and said, “You’re right.

DOMINIQUE KEATING: I had a chat with Brannon and Rick where I said, ‘I’m pretty excited, and honestly, I’ll say anything you tell me, but I wish he weren’t just the UK talking head on an American spacecraft. Brannon said, “You won’t say lines like ‘My dear old mama’.” When I read the breakdown, he’s described as “buttoned up, by the book, wry, dry, shy with women.” I’m like, “Oh, shit, I have to act this.”