Tomorrow brings the Star Trek: Discovery “Visionaries” panel to Wondercon, and TrekMovie will be there to bring you all the news. While we wait for that, we have an update with some comments from two actresses from Discovery: Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Coutts.
Sonequa sees lesson for women Michael Burnham
Last week CBS held their inaugural “EYE Speak Summit” in Los Angeles, which featured a number of women who work for CBS in front and behind the camera, including Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green. The goal was to promote female empowerment within CBS with the panelists sharing “their personal stories and how each of them is helping to move the conversation forward.”
Martin-Green drew inspiration from her Discovery character to make a point, telling the crowd:
My character [Michael] is failing and falling…And I’ve been vilified for it. But it champions the fact that women can make mistakes that are revolutionary. We need to see that more in our stories.
She also discussed a Trek-like theme of “culturation” as a means of understanding, saying (via Variety):
“Your culture meshes with mine and mine meshes with yours, but you don’t take from mine and I don’t take from yours. We live together, embracing each other’s culture, and being expanded by it. That’s the way it should be,” she says.
Discovery star Mary Chieffo attended the event and shared some pictures of Sonequa and herself, on Twitter.
These women are three of my greatest personal heroes. Strong, smart, opinionated, taking ownership of their destinies through their art and activism. It was deeply moving to see them on stage together, speaking so eloquently and hopefully about the future. @CBSEyeSpeak #EyeSpeak pic.twitter.com/oVvyc4gPaj
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) March 16, 2018
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) March 16, 2018
Coutts talks becoming a Trekkie (and shaving her head) for ‘Discovery’
In a new interview with Aced Magazine, Emily Coutts, who plays Lt. Keyla Detmer on Discovery, said her biggest challenge in prepping for the role, was learning to understand the world of Star Trek itself.
The language and just getting a grasp on the Star Trek world. I tried watching all the Star Trek shows and TV, but it seems to be endless. I wasn’t like a Trekkie growing up, so I sort of had to learn everything about this world because I wanted to give the fans something they felt was in line with where the story had come from. So basically just getting my head around all the elements of the show.
Later in the interview, Detmer says she has been converted, noting:
Now I’m a huge Trekkie. I totally got into the world and was taken by the whole thing. I started with the original series and went on to TNG. I just got wrapped up in these characters and I understood it. I had never watched it and my family was never into it, but my boyfriend is a huge Trekkie. He got me very excited about certain elements of the show. So I’m continuing to watch it. So yeah, I consider myself a sci-fi fan.
The actress also talked about how the opportunity to be on Star Trek was worth getting a radical new haircut:
[News of the new look for Detmer] sort of came about in the middle of episode 2. They decided Keyla was going to continue on and trying to figure out what happened to her. There was talk of a haircut and I didn’t know what to expect. My agent called and said they wanted to do a kind of headpiece and half shave, so I said let’s do it. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of this show. It was a fun change and I like doing stuff like that. It instantly puts you in a place where you feel like Keyla.
Get hyped for Wondercon
Some of those who will be at the WonderCon panels (one for Discovery and one for IDW’s Star Trek comics) on Saturday are buzzing about it on Twitter.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) March 23, 2018
This! See you there. https://t.co/BYhz4HLOkq
— Jeff Russo (@jeffersonrusso) March 23, 2018
Kinda excited…. pic.twitter.com/zZVBVOp8Eu
— Tamara Deverell (@tamaradeverell) March 22, 2018
Very exciting panel this weekend for those attending @WonderCon . Production Designer @tamaradeverell will join the panel to discuss the design of @startrekcbs . Mirror Universe, Qo'noS, Rebel styles- ask away. #LLAP #StarTrekDiscovery https://t.co/XBxvaDYNOl
— Matt Middleton (@MattMiddleton1) March 23, 2018
Star Trek fans going to #WonderCon, check out the ST comics panel, moderated by yours truly! https://t.co/WzBg7gDNHX @mikecomix @Scott_Tipton @JK_Woodward @David_Tipton and #KirstenBeyer join me, plus a special announcement…be there! pic.twitter.com/x5z1W7M3hY
— Sarah Gaydos (@sarahgaydos) March 22, 2018
— Star Trek Writers (@StarTrekRoom) March 20, 2018
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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