Although JJ Abrams reached out to all the living Star Trek The Original Series stars, only Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols (in addition to Nimoy of course) ended up visiting the new Star Trek set. In a pair of new interviews Nichols and Koenig talk about their visits with Abrams and the young actors playing their original roles.
Koenig praises Abrams and Yelchin
Walter Koenig has an extensive video interview at Roddenberry.com where he talks about his collecting, fans, the internet and much more. He also talks about the upcoming JJ Abrams film
Koenig on Abrams and the Star Trek movie:
I think the movie is a great idea and I hope they really do a terrific job – I have no reason to believe they won’t. I know JJ Abrams is a very sharp guy and he is obviously extremely successful – and the cast I got to visit on the set all seemed to be very confident, very good performers and very interesting personalities. So I’m sure that they will have a good film.
Koenig on new Chekov, Anton Yelchin:
I talked to Anton. He came by and actually spent a couple of hours talking. He is a very ingenious pleasant young man. He already has a career, I mean he is quite well established and seems to be building quite a career for himself as an actor.
Nichols on Abrams, Saldana and Quinto
Nichelle Nichols is appearing at the Trek Expo in Tulsa Oklahoma this weekend and gave an interview to NewsOK.com, where she talks about what she is up to these days and also about her experience with the new Trek team.
Nichols on meeting Abrams:
He did me the courtesy and respect of asking me to come and have lunch with him, and come on set, and could he pick my brain, and he wanted me to meet the young woman (Zoe Saldana) who was to play (Uhura). … And I thought that was so classy. And then I think he got together with the other people (original "Star Trek” cast). Because everybody wanted to be in it, you know. And I think he was probably thinking about it. But he really wanted to make his statement, his movie. And this is his movie. And I just can’t wait for it to come out to see how well it will be. I think it’s going to be wonderful; I hope so anyway.
Nichols on her Heroes co-star Zachary Quinto as Spock:
I had seen his character, and I thought, "My God, he’s such a handsome young man, how is he going to play (Spock)?” He’s such a macho-looking guy on the screen, and then I saw him at a convention and I guess he had cut his hair, and I said, "My God, he is Spock.”
Nichols on the new Uhura, Zoe Saldana:
She is so beautiful. She didn’t know I was going to be there, and she was not supposed to be working that day, as I recall. And J.J. had her come in … and she walked in and looked around and said hi, then stopped dead, turned back and looked at me and said, "No way!” It was just beautiful. And she came over, and she was like, "Are you you? Are you you?” And we sat and talked, and J.J. came over beaming with red cheeks. And we talked for about 40 minutes more, just she and I, and it was lovely. It really was kind of like deja vu all over again.
Nichols and Koenig along with Grace Lee Whitney
from "Of Gods and Men Part 3" (photo: Albert L. Ortega)
Park talks Abrams too
Linda Park (Hoshi Sato on Enterprise) is also appearing at the Tulsa Trek Expo this weekend and spoke to TulsaWorld.com about her life after Trek. She also talking about the new Star Trek:
Abrams seems like the perfect person. It seems that he would pay homage to what ‘Star Trek’ is and completely revitalize it for a new world.