TrekMovie had a chance to speak to some of the cast and crew of Star Trek: Discovery at the press event at San Diego Comic-Con, including actor Mary Wiseman. Her character, Sylvia Tilly, went through quite a lot in the first season and Wiseman says she has even more to deal with in season two. (Video of the interview is below the transcript.)
Tilly on the bridge
The big thing for you this year is Tilly is now an ensign. Does that change anything for you in the way you feel about your character and how the character interacts with the crew?
Yeah, I think she feels less like a mentee this season. She really has a role on the ship for real this season. She is an ensign, she is moving up, she still has a lot to learn, but she is not a cadet anymore. She’s here and she has something to offer.
Can you talk about that new role? In the last season she was working a lot with Stamets on the spore drive a lot, but isn’t that no longer sporing?
As you see at the end of [last] season, you see that Tilly is on the bridge. She is going to be on the bridge much more. A bit more out of engineering and into the real command center of the entire ship. She is still going to be helping Commander Stamets (Anthony Rapp). They have a really deep bond personally and professionally. I think they really understand each other, scientifically. So, they really have a great working relationship. She will continue her relationship with [Michael] Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). Burnham will still be able to teach a lot about how to be a member of Starfleet. More of the same, but bigger, better.
A big thing for Tilly in the first season was being on the command path and her ambition. Is that still a part of the character, that arc?
Yeah, it is central for her. She dreamed of being a captain like I dreamed of being an actor, from the time she was very little until her now, as an adult. It is her vocation and that’s her thing, her pie in the sky. That’s going to be a huge part of her arc in season two.
Michael and Sylvia, still roomies and besties
You have a new bunkmate?
So still with Michael Burnham, even though she is a commander now? Is there limited space on the ship?
Maybe they just like living together?
So, is there still a mentor/mentee relationship with Michael?
I think it will still be there. She is so much further along than Tilly is. Tilly has so much to learn from her, both personally and professionally. And they are friends, they are best friends. There is also that relationship, and there is a mentor/mentee relationship.
Missing Jason Isaacs and loving the Captain Killy outfit
How has the set dynamic changed with Jason Isaacs out and Anson Mount in?
We miss Jason. He is such a talented actor. I definitely miss his sense of humor and his presence on set. Anson is so lovely and such a kind guy, a silly guy and such a great actor. They are different actors, but we are still a family and it still feels really good.
You got to wear some interesting outfits during the first season. What were some of your favorites and do you get a chance to get into some different costumes for the second season?
I really liked the Mirror Universe getup [laughs]. I thought it was pretty cool, and pretty commanding. It made me feel like a different character, which was good. Next season, yeah, sure, there will be new stuff. New stuff and some same, same, same.
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