In a pair of new interviews, the original and new Uhuras are talking about Nichelle Nichol’s suprise visit to the Star Trek set. Nichols talked about what it was an honor for her and how she surprised the cast with her visit (and possibly gave a spoiler), while Zoe Saldana talked about how ‘humbled’ she was to meet Nichols and may also have dropped a spoiler.
In an audio interview with jonja.net (conducted at the recent Starfest in Devnver), Nichols talked about she was happy to be recast, and possibly gave a clue to the exact timing of the film. Here is a transcript [may contain spoilers]
I thought it was fantastic, because it was a prequel. It is not like they are replacing Uhura from the point in time where we left of with the films, which would be their right to do…This was a prequel, the months before, the time before, and ends with our going off on that five year mission where no man or woman has gone before. And I thought that it is marvelous. I got a call from JJ and he invited me to lunch and ask me how I felt. He did me the honor and I thought that was unbelievable. I went on the set and they were shooting, and I was being very quiet and then all of a sudden everything stops. I mean the actors just stopped in place. The saw me walk in and they were in their lines, and went like “and sir we have the….” And that was such an honor bestowed upon me. I went “Oh, I’m sorry” and everyone laughed.
Nichols also talked about a possible return to Heroes as well her time with NASA and more. Listen to the entire interview at jonja.net
Nichols at Starfest 2008 (Marc Borai Photography)
Saldana on meeting Nichols
In a separate interview, Zoe Saldana talked about what it was like to meet her predecessor…and she also hinted at a possible spoiler:
Yes, I did meet her, and I was so humbled to have met such an icon. She’s an amazing woman and a strong human being. That was very interesting, as was working with Leonard Nimoy [the original Mr. Spock]. I felt like the entire cast and myself were honored to be filling in the shoes of the original [Starship] Enterprise [cast]. We really hope we don’t disappoint.
Saldana is the latest actor in the new crew to talk about ‘working’ with Leonard Nimoy, implying the possibility that we may be seeing the older Spock interact with younger crew of the Enterprise.
For more of the interview with Zoe, goto NewsBlaze.com.
Zoe at Glaad
In other Zoe news, the new Uhura was one of the presenters at the 19th annual GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards, held last Saturday. Here are a couple of shots of her from the event.
Zoe presenting at 2008 GLAAD Awards (Wire Image)
Zoe on the red carpet (Wire Image)
The Glaad Awards will air on Bravo on June 27th.