In the last of our red carpet interviews from PaleyFest New York, Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green spoke to us about season three, brimming with her usual (and contagious) enthusiasm for her writers, co-stars, and crew.
How has Michael changed this season?
Oh my. I wish I could tell you. I’m very excited to share it, because there has been deep deep deep change. As we see in the trailer that we just released, there’s been a year, and there’s been an inevitable maturation in that year, and change is… it’s linked to this very future that we’re in, and it will… (laughs) basically, there’s a host of problems that this new future presents, an entirely brand-new tapestry of conflict.
And so the change, you will see it reverberating throughout the entire season, this change that has happened. And I really really love and I appreciate the writers for it because it’s almost become a sort of cornerstone for Michael Burnham, is to just be in constant search for who I am and who I really want to be versus who I’ve been programmed and conditioned to be. And so that question of identity, it’s ramped up to the nth degree.
In previous seasons, Michael spent a lot of time with Pike, or Tyler, or Lorca, but now they’re all gone. Who are a lot of your scenes with this season?
Oh my, that’s another thing that I love about this, is that just by nature of what these people did, jumping to the future… a lot of it is in-house, which I really really REALLY love. Because of course we all know that this cast is stellar. That was one of the things I was most excited about when I found out we were going to be jumping to the future is that as much as we will forever miss the people that have come before, and we will never forget them, and did not want them to leave, the fact is that we have to find who we are together in this new future that can’t help but bind us together. And duty called, and we answered the call. And now all we have is each other. And so that in itself creates a lot of opportunity for us to play off of each other and with each other as we discover the new world.
Are there specific people that you haven’t had a lot of scenes with before that you’re getting to work more with now?
It’s always a sort of revolving door. We always love opportunities to work with people that we don’t often get to work with. You know there are pairings that you’ll see quite often, Burnham and Saru spend a lot of time together, Tilly and Stamets spend a lot of time together, so anytime you can break up those pairings, I love that opportunity. And of course, David Ajala, for one, is brand new to the cast, we love him, and so we’re having a wonderful time with him. And there are other people as well that are coming, and welcomed into the family, and it’s been really exciting to work with them as well. So yes, you will be seeing a lot of people interacting with each other that you haven’t seen much of before. But that’s all part of how much we have to face each other in this new world.
Do you have a favorite Michael Burnham moment or scene from the first two seasons?
I don’t know if I have a favorite scene, I have a list of favorite scenes, because everything speaks to you for different reasons. I really love anytime two people are just talking. Anytime two people are talking and getting to the heart of something, I love that. I also love fighting. I love the action. I love the wire work I’ve gotten to do. So it’s hard to pinpoint it.
I will say this: I think most of us really enjoy those moments when all of us can be together. We love bridge days. And we love any opportunity that we can all be in the same moment, because that rarely happens. I’ll choose that in this moment, if that’s my favorite, the scenes where we were all able to be together.
Is there still a lot of singing and dancing on set?
Oh man, on yeah. You know, that never stops.
Any big songs this season?
(big laugh) We’ll see. I mean, we basically… we’ll listen to Anthony and Wilson and Emily. Mary sings a lot, but she’s not a singer. But, she does sing a lot, and that’s hilarious. So yeah. We play as hard as we work, which I love.
More from PaleyFest
Check out our other Discovery interviews from the red carpet at PaleyFest NY: Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, and EPs Michelle Paradise, Heather Kadin, and Alex Kurtzman.