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Marina Sirtis On Being TNG Sex Symbol & Plastic Surgery Regrets August 24, 2010

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Before Jeri Ryan and Jolene Blalock, Star Trek: The Next Generation looked to Marina Sirtis to add sex appeal to the sci-fi franchise in the 80’s and 90’s. In a new and very frank interview, the actress talks about what that was like for her and regrets she has as well. Excerpts below


Marina Sirtis talks openly about being a ‘sex symbol’ and plastic surgery

Marina Sirtis, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s half-Betazoid counselor Troi, was donning futurist body suits long before Jeri Ryan on Star Trek Voyager and Jolene Blalock on Star Trek Enterprise. The actress has a very frank and open (and adult) conversation with Kougar Magazine, talking about her career, and aging and being a "cougar". Here is what the actress had to say about being "the body" of Star Trek: The Next Generation:

That was way past, yeah. If they only knew. People say to me – because I’m a bit of a feminist with a small "f." People say, "How can you be a feminist when people regard you as a sex symbol?" And I’m like, okay, first of all, when you’ve been ugly, if you had said to me when I was 12, you’re going to be a sex symbol when you’re older, I would’ve laughed and said, "Are you high?" So, to me it’s like a huge compliment. And especially as I’m older. I was in my 30’s when I became a sex symbol; it wasn’t something that happened when I was young. And I think it’s great. I mean, I really think it’s great. However, the body, it was hard to maintain!

Marina Sirtis on "Star Trek The Next Generation" (CBS)

In the extensive interview, the actress talks about aging, and specifically about plastic surgery, noting some regrets:

It doesn’t make sense for actresses to have plastic surgery because there’s no point in looking 40 when you’re 60 because you know what? They’re gonna hire somebody who’s 40. They’re not gonna hire you – first of all, you look like you’ve been caught in a wind tunnel! So it doesn’t make sense for actresses. I’m going to quote Eileen Atkins here, "If all the actresses look young, who’s gonna play the old parts?" Right? One of the reasons I’m so adamant against plastic surgery is because I fell into that trap of being the Hollywood starlet. And I had beautiful boobs. But as I got older, of course they got softer and they didn’t stay where I wanted them to stay so I went and had my boobs done. It is the worst thing I ever did; I regretted it from day one, which is maybe why I’m so adamant against everything else now, because I hate ’em.

Mirina Sirtis today (Kougar Magazine)

Much more from Sirtis at Kougar Magazine (note some of the discussion is of an adult nature).


1. John from Cincinnati - August 24, 2010

She’s still as hot as an iron!

2. Vultan - August 24, 2010

Lookin’ good, Marina!

3. Neal - August 24, 2010

I had such a crush on her. She’s like a fine wine. Gets better with age. :-)

4. rm10019 - August 24, 2010

Marina you are always beautiful inside and out and that is what makes you special to the fans.

5. cugel the clever - August 24, 2010

She was always hot and she looks even better now than in the 80’s.

6. Allen Williams - August 24, 2010

For some reason I never found her attractive until first contact.

7. Crusher - August 24, 2010

Bad boobs, eh Marina? I’ll be the judge of that… let’s ‘ave a little peek.

8. miguelito1701 - August 24, 2010

She is so beautiful

9. Imrahil - August 24, 2010

#7: Agreed. Whip ’em out.

Wonder when she had them done?

10. Captain McColl - August 24, 2010

Definitely has got finer with age, she was stunning in the 80´s and now she is even better looking.

11. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - August 24, 2010

Don’t worry. I know it’s probably a fugure of speech.

But, don’t be a hater, Marina!

You still look fabulous!

12. Losira - August 24, 2010

Whoooa down boys! But she is right. Hollywood expects way to much. And yes one will get older and a heck of a lot wiser to! So hollywood wise up! And Marina you are a great lady and on TNG you were fantastic in your storylines. I loved the episodes especialy when dealing with your mother. Majel Roddenberry ! And you know what ? She was an older woman that also graced the show with sex appeal spirit, and middle aged wisdom. Bless you Dieanna @ Lwaxxona!

13. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - August 24, 2010

Kougar magazine!


I did’nt see that the first time. Very provocative Trekmovie!

14. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - August 24, 2010

12. Losira
Great point. She learned from the best.

15. Vultan - August 24, 2010

“Whip ’em out.”

This is Star Trek, guys, not spring break. Treat her like a lady.

16. crypter crypter crypter - August 24, 2010

Totally HOTTT now!!!! Loved when she wore the duty uniform exclusively in season 6!!! What a beautiful woman! Riker’s a lucky dude!

17. Dee - August 24, 2010

Yeah she looks great!!!

18. Phaser Guy - August 24, 2010

I sense pain!! PAAAAINN!!

19. njdss4 - August 24, 2010

Marina looks great, and she has for as long as I’ve ever seen her on TV or in film.

20. Ralph F - August 24, 2010

My wife and I got to meet Ms Sirtis at a convention in New Orleans in the early 90s; she was quite stunning in person. We got a few things autographed; she struck up a conversation with my (incredibly gorgeous) wife (then fiancé) about the dress she was wearing, much to the chagrin of the hundred guys in line behind us.

21. MorbidGorn - August 24, 2010

Gorgeous then, gorgeous now.

You are awesome Marina.

22. Khan was Framed! - August 24, 2010

Sirtis is pretty cool!

It’s really too bad her character didn’t get enough good story lines, I was always a fan of the Betazoid potential, but it was so rarely used well.

The best thing about Nemesis was it recognized her abilities as relevant & useful for something more than plot exposition.

23. Odkin - August 24, 2010

Nothing against her personally, but honest to God, most useless character ever.

“Captain, I’m sensing a great deal of agression from the reptilian Deathlord’s murdership!”

“Captain, the writer’s don’t understand storytelling, so allow me to engage in some drama-killing exposition”…’

24. SciFiGuy - August 24, 2010

Marina, if you are out there — you look gorgeous as always! :-)

25. "Check the Circuit!" - August 24, 2010

Should have laid off the cancer sticks…would’ve aged even better.

26. tom - August 24, 2010

ya, neal, i agree with you 100% and if I’m ever in front of her .. I Will KneeL

27. grigori - August 24, 2010

She sounds very wise. Honest, therefore interesting. At least in Britain you’d know from watching TV that women over 40 exist, and sitcom moms aren’t all models. Glue factory, indeed.

28. Terran_Guy - August 24, 2010

I liked her character much more after the first two seasons (though that pretty much applies to the rest of the crew as well, because I really hated those times when she felt pain, it was really annoying. Though she still looks very nice :)

29. Phaser Guy - August 24, 2010

Captain, I can’t drive the ship.

30. Jordan - August 24, 2010

Yes! More Star Trek characters need to die. Do you realize how dangerous their profession is? It would have been good to see her sacrifice herself to bring them home, like they sacrificed voyager to bring her home to humanity.

But Janeway would have been a better character to kill. Her mission was to get her crew home, and after she accomplished that, here character feels flat.

31. Jordan - August 24, 2010

^ Wrong topic :/

32. Harry Ballz - August 24, 2010

I always had a thing for Marina Sirtis because she bears a striking resemblance to a girl I dated thirty years ago.

33. Balok - August 24, 2010

My big question…. why did they stop putting her in the Star Fleet issued mini-skirt??? Only seen in first episode or two…

34. Phaser Guy - August 24, 2010

We really need a Women of Trek MAXIM type magazine issue. Get on it Hef.

35. Zebonka - August 24, 2010

I know, right!? That skirt-and-boots thing worked its ASS off for me ..

36. Magic_Al - August 24, 2010

^33. Probably because she looked like a cheerleader. William Ware Theiss did some great work but the TNG “skant” didn’t work on the show.

37. Simon - August 24, 2010

It was rumored for a while that Marina got herself “enhanced” a few years ago, looking pretty busty some event. Now she’s confirmed it.

I remember thinking “Why would she do that??? She was great to begin with!” Glad she agrees with me (now).

It’s REALLY sad when YOUNG celebrities in their teens & 20s, who were perfectly fine the way they were, do that (I’m looking at YOU Mariah Carey).

38. Jim Nightshade - August 24, 2010

Marina always played deanna with humor and grace and much beauty n yes natural sexiness—she ALWAYS excelled in making her character more three dimensional than the writers did-i loved her sensual love of chocolate—yummm—and yes majel played her mom perfectly-one of treks funniest characters ever!
deanna troi could counsel me anytime–her hair n face were so beautiful–sigh–

39. Cygnus-X1 - August 25, 2010

Funny…I never noticed a change in her boobs; I always thought she’d gotten a little face-lift or her eyes done.

Patrick Stewart’s face started looking different after Season 1 or 2, he must’ve had a little face-lift or his eyes done or something, no?

40. Vultan - August 25, 2010


I always thought Stewart put on a little weight after the second season, but you could be right.

41. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - August 25, 2010

I don’t care how saggy or whatever they get, natural breasts are _always_ better than fake ones. Being attracted to women with fake boobs is like being attracted to an anime drawing… and I know there are hentai fetishists who are just so. Okay, rant over.

Never did think Sirtis was much of a sex symbol anyway, though….

42. James Tyler - August 25, 2010

She’s aged incredibly well. Every interview I see her in, she looks better than she the last one! Though.. the boob lift makes sense. They’re rather distracting in the right clothes..

43. Ron - August 25, 2010

My next wife

44. A Kirk for the Rest of Us - August 25, 2010

I met Marina Sirtis at the Detroit Comic Con this year and I had a short but very nice conversation with her. She was extremely friendly signing autographs and even posing for pictures. She is absolutely still gorgeous and has a great figure. Very friendly, and gracious lady.

45. CmdrR - August 25, 2010

Marina looks good, and she’s fun to watch in an interview. Play on, o fiddle of time!

46. Victor Hugo - August 25, 2010

I agree,the word to describe her is “gracious”. Love her voice!

47. P Technobabble - August 25, 2010

Sorry Marina, I gotta say it: OO – LA – LA !

… and yes, I love that voice too.

48. Lore - August 25, 2010



49. Desertrat - August 25, 2010

She needs to lay off the cigarettes…

They have really robbed her of a youthful look.

50. Lore - August 25, 2010

#23 Deanna: Capt. I’m sensing everyone on the bridge including you is attracted to me.

Picard: Of course we are Counsilor, we all have holodeck programs with you as a charactor.

Worf: Yes, and you don’t spit out the chocolate on the holodeck.

Before any of you filthy minded people get started. Sirtis revealed in an interview that when her charactor ate chocolate on the show, she would not swallow it, and spit it out as soon as the director yelled “CUT”. She couldn’t eat it and fit in her costume.

51. Harry Ballz - August 25, 2010

I feel like a boob talking about the “work” Marina had done!

Well, by her own admission, her “breast” work is behind her!

52. Red Dead Ryan - August 25, 2010

I always did find her work TIT-illating!

53. trekboi - August 25, 2010

I met Marina in Melbourne Australia on saterday, she was beautiful, fun & did not look her age i was shocked when i saw her & she looked younger & better than she did in Nemisis.
Although I did see her outside smoking like 5 times- would probably look better (if possible) if she didnt smoke.
She should quit for health reasons!

I must say Im gay so I never noticed the boob job & surprised she got it done…

54. Lore - August 25, 2010

They have the new Electronic Cigarettes. They have the nicotine, but only produce water vaper not smoke. Someone needs to get Marina to try it. We want her to live long and prosper.

55. Lt. Bailey - August 25, 2010

My wife and I met her at celebrity autograph show near LAX. She was one of a few Star Trek stars there who we got autograpsh from. Hard to believe that she did not have a mass of people at her table but this show was not just for ST actors.

We got to speak with her for about 45 minutes and she loved us as fans. She related that she is “not allowed” to attend a certain ST con which shall remain nameless becasue they told her not to spend so much time with her fans. She told them in no uncertain terms that she will not do that as she enjoys the fans and wants the fans to enjoy the time with her. I was surprised at her admission as I thought she was always a big hit at ST Cons. But she is standing her ground to do do what is right for her fans.

Still it was a great time with her and she posed for photos with us and I bought a few photos for her to autograph. She related a lot of great stories to us about the TV and films, not to mention tidbits on the stars she worked with. I only wish I could have recorded it all, it was hilarious.

And yes, she is as beautiful now as she was in the 80’s on TV. Maybe more so now at her current age which she does not look at all. Plastic surgery or not, she is a fine person who loves hers fans and it shows.

56. David Stoeckel - August 25, 2010

Marina Sirtis is/was/always shall be One of the HOTTEST ACTRESSES IN T.V. AND FILM!!! I mean, is it just me, or does she seem to be getting HOTTER as time goes on?

57. CmdrR - August 25, 2010

Marina’s done some great work recently in Syriana and other movies. It’s not just her looks or her Trek ties.

And, Marina, if you need someone to wrangle those soft breasts and make ’em stay where you want ’em, I’m just the man for the job.

58. Christian Fauteux - August 25, 2010

One of my first crushes. Still as hot as ever…better?

59. Lore - August 25, 2010

#57 Read the whole article. She no longer has the soft breast problem. I breast my case.

60. Harry Ballz - August 25, 2010

Sorry, CmdrR. Tough tittie!

61. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - August 25, 2010

I never knew she had her tits lifted. Was that during TNG?

62. SJU - August 25, 2010

Good for her.

63. wissaboo - August 25, 2010

wish more hollywood actresses were that open about not being happy with the results of plastic surgery

64. Buzz Cagney - August 25, 2010

Well, I guess she was hotter than Dr Crusher, but thats hardly a recommendation.

65. Harry Ballz - August 25, 2010

Worf: “I was going to ask Troi to the party in TenForward, but I asked the doctor instead”

Riker: “Crusher?”

Worf: “No, she seemed okay with it”

66. Red Dead Ryan - August 25, 2010


I really hope you were drunk on a bottle of red wine when you came up with that, Harry!

67. Harry Ballz - August 25, 2010

Oh, c’mon, Ryan, it wasn’t THAT bad!

68. ChristopherPike - August 26, 2010

That article! Yowza. More than I wanted to know… LOL!

I had such a crush on Marina as a kid too. How the heck did I get to this point, where I’d end up reading about vulvar dryness and the benefits of lube?


69. AJ - August 26, 2010


Two bottles!

70. Harry Ballz - August 26, 2010


M’yeah, that’d be about right! :>)

71. Desstruxion - August 26, 2010

Troi can be my counselor anyday.

72. StarFuryG7 - August 28, 2010

Oh, Boy –TMI on the boob-lift!

73. Harry Ballz - August 29, 2010

I must admit, Sirtis is very CANDID in this interview!

74. Disinvited - August 29, 2010



75. StarFuryG7 - August 30, 2010

Yeah, I guess you can say she let it all hang out in this interview. :)

76. Harry Ballz - August 30, 2010


Well, as Voltaire said, “we must cultivate our garden”!

Wow, this comparison is downright scary! :>)

77. Lt.Kyle - September 18, 2010

I heard she and John Winston (Lt Kyle) are good friends.

78. Edgar Douglas Foster - October 27, 2010

I’m Anti-Abortion, Anti-gayrights, Pro-Israel, and Old Fashion Christian Values.

79. Silichip - February 13, 2011

Edgar Foster also forgot to mention that he is a very sad boring TWAT!
Oh! btw Marina you are friggin awesome hot sexy gorgeous babe… xxx is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.