On Sunday the cast and creatives from Star Trek: Discovery held a panel at PaleyFest Los Angeles (see our recap). While there, TrekMovie had a chance to talk with actress Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) about the changes the Klingons are going through in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery.
Can you confirm your return in one or two episodes in season 2?
I can confirm you will see me again.
[Speaks Klingon] I will not reveal military secrets, every time. [laughs]
In “Point of Light,” we saw a lot of changes for the Klingons both physically and in their society. Can you talk us through how you felt about these changes, and if it changed how you play L’Rell?
I really appreciated how I really got to explore a softer side to L’Rell, the metaphor of her literally and metaphorically letting her hair down. Within the episode, you got to see a little more into her world. I really appreciated the aesthetic change as Chancellor. That’s pretty much one of my favorite things, because I am a six-foot-tall curvaceous woman and Gersha [Phillips] and her team were designing these couture outfits for me. That was such a thrill to see the process of them building that and making it functional. I say Ginger Rogers talked about doing everything backwards in heels and I was doing everything backwards in heels with two swords and prosthetics. So, it’s been a really fun challenge and I think it has taken everything up to 11.
As an actor was it easier for you to work mostly in English, or did that give you more distance from being Klingon?
The speaking in English and speaking in Klingon is something where we celebrate both as the actors. It’s really great to dive in and work really hard and get that Klingon done. But I will say I think we all felt a certain relief to really be able to engage with each other faster. Ken [Mitchell] and Shazad [Latif] and I are really close and we love to hang out. I joke that that episode was like Klingon Summer Camp, because we were there for practically a month, because of fittings and everything. We were all staying at the same place and we would run lines and there was a more playful aspect to how we rehearsed as opposed to having to be so disciplined in hitting every [Klingon sound]. Obviously, we worked really hard last season and are really proud of all of the Klingon that we spoke, but I think the liberty of being able to go to that next level as actors was really fun.
And have the changes in the makeup changed your interpretation of the character?
Yeah, I think she is becoming closer and closer to my face. But still very different. But I think it just reminded me, what I have always found to be true is that her heart and her soul are very akin to mine, it is just her external circumstances have shaped who she is. So, it was just a good reminder for me to really let L’Rell have elements of my vulnerabilities and my heart.
Do you expect to be back for season three?
I’d like to be. [laughs]
Watch the full video interview with Mary Chieffo
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