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).