Star Trek: Discovery stars walked the red carpet on Thursday night in New York to celebrate the premiere of season two. We’ll be bringing you interviews from there all week.
One of the cast members we spoke to was Rebecca Romjin, who’ll be taking on the iconic role of Number One, originally played by Majel Barrett in the first Star Trek pilot, “The Cage.”
When you were going in to play Number One, what did they tell you about her and what is she like?
Romijn: Well, I looked up anything I could find on Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, obviously. And the first call I got was, ‘Are you interested in playing an iconic role?’ from The Original Series, and reprising this character. And I jumped, knowing how vast Trek fandom is, and how much I don’t want to disappoint or let anybody down. I was a huge Trekkie as a kid, I watched The Original Series in reruns with my mom—who’s no longer with us, she passed two years ago—and being on the set I was on, which I’m not allowed to talk about, in the gold uniform I was wearing, I was like “ah!” I mean it was emotional for me, actually. Very.
What are your favorite episodes of the original series?
Romijn: Oh god, what were the ones with the little furry creatures … “The Trouble With Tribbles.” I mean, as a kid I loved those.
What characteristics did you bring to Number One as a person?
Romijn: Well you know, she was only in that one episode. So as an actor, you want a certain amount of liberty to help a character unfold, obviously. She’s got a vast skill set, she’s obviously Captain Pike’s number one, second in command, he feels comfortable leaving her in charge of the Enterprise when he’s not there. I don’t even think we know how vast her skill set is, I think there’s a lot of exploration to do. She knows her shit. I want her to be a little bit of a fast-talking dame, in a way. It was fun. It was really fun to play her.
Do you have scenes with characters other than Pike?
Romijn: Yes. Yes I do.
Can you tell us which ones?
Romijn: No! I feel so scared to reveal anything, like … the number of letters we’ve gotten and emails, I was scared to post anything on Instagram. I can’t say anything.
(Asked by another interviewer) Everyone talks about the responsibility of stepping into an iconic character like Spock, was it the same for you stepping into the role of Number One?
Romijn: Weirdly, yes, although Ethan Peck doing Spock – that was daunting for him. He nails it. He’s not going to let anybody down. He’s so good. You know, it’s not the first time I’ve been part of a franchise where I step into a character that already existed, and again, as an actor you want some freedom, but you’re also, in the back of your head, not wanting to disappoint, so that’s always there.
(Asked by another interviewer) Will we see Number One in several episodes?
Romijn: Yes. But I can’t be more specific than that, I’m so sorry!
Can you tell us how soon we’ll see her?
Romijn: Not tonight? (winces) I don’t know what I’m allowed to say at this point, but they asked me not to be more specific than that, sorry. I’m annoyed too, all I want to do is talk about it.
What’s been the most fun part of being on the show for you?
Romijn: I think the first time I put on that gold uniform. I cried.
More from the season 2 premiere
There is more to come from our red carpet coverage of the season 2 premiere in NYC.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else. The second season debuted on All Access and Space on Thursday, January 17th, 2019, and on Netflix January 18, 2019.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.