This weekend is the annual TrekFest in Riverside Iowa (the futre childhood home of James T. Kirk). On hand will be stars of the classic Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and George Takei. Nichols has a new interview promoting the event, where she talks about her career and what she thinks of the new Star Trek movie.
Nichols seen New Star Trek twice
Nichelle Nichols, the original Uhura, tells the Iowa Gazette that she has seen JJ Abrams Star Trek twice and plans to see it ‘two or three more times.’ Nichelle is particularly impressed with Zoe Saldana. From the article:
“When I see her come on, that’s me and I’m living it,” she says. “A little ways into the movie I realized she had taken to heart what I said and became more reserved and tighter. I’m so proud of her. She took a role that was established and gave it life.
“Now I know who I was before I got on that ship for that first mission. It’s so exciting for me and rewarding.
“J.J. and she did me honor,” Nichols says. “J.J. with his casting did all his characters honor. It’s so nice to see Spock back in the future.”
As for if there is any Star Trek in her future, the actress notes that she does not know what will happen next, especially with all the secrecy, but also notes that "Star Trek is not my full career."
More from Nichelle at gazetteonline.com
This week is the 25th TrekFest in Riverside, Iowa. The event is part Star Trek convention, part town fare. The events kicked off today, with the Star Trek celebrities showing up tomorrow, along with the town’s famous parade. More information at trekfest.com.
More from Nichelle on ST09
And in case you missed it before, here is a video of Nichelle talking about the new Star Trek movie at a special screening for the film in May.