SDCC17 Interview: Mary Wiseman Reveals Connection Between Cadet Tilly And Michael Burnham on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

At San Diego Comic-Con we had the chance to speak to actress Mary Wiseman, who plays Cadet Tilly on Star Trek: Discovery. Yesterday we learned that Tilly’s first name is Sylvia, and then even more details emerged in a new exclusive interview with TrekMovie:

Tilly’s internship on Discovery and bunking with Burnham

Mary Wiseman on Cadet Sylvia Tilly’s place on the ship:

She is in her fourth year at Starfleet Academy and she is working on Discovery almost as an internship, is how I would think of it. She is super brilliant and on the best ship ever.

She works in engineering under Lt. Stamets [Anthony Rapp]. She spends a lot of time there doing great science and being super-intimidated and nervous.

On relationship with Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham:

She ends up being roommates with Michael [Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green] and they spark up an unlikely friendship.  [TM: A mentoring relationship?] Yeah, I would say so.

Cadet Tilly with her roomate Michael Burnham on the U.S.S. Discovery

Tilly as role model

Does she think Tilly will be a role model?

I hope so. I feel a lot of myself in this role and I know if I were a young girl it would have meant a lot to me to see to see someone like that.

Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly in Star Trek: Discovery

Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly in Star Trek: Discovery



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Stay tuned for even more coverage of San Diego Comic-Con.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US.  Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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