Last weekend Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner participated in the first of two GalaxyCon Star Trek: The Next Generation virtual events—the next event is coming up this weekend, headlined by Jonathan Frakes. After that first event, TrekMovie had a chance to speak with Sirtis about virtual cons, returning to the role of Deanna Troi in Star Trek: Picard, and more.
These virtual conventions are becoming more and more common, do you expect this to continue, or are you hoping to return to the in-person cons?
I think for this year it’s going to be virtual conventions, because even though some promoters are saying that they will hold them later in the year, I am not comfortable traveling to states that have opened up too early. So I am going to take it on a state-by-state basis.
Recently Jonathan Frakes spoke about how he was glad that Picard didn’t have the Rikers still in Starfleet and on the USS Titan. Do you agree, and how do you feel the show handled the character of Troi?
I was torn about this. On the one hand, I was happy that I didn’t have to wear a spacesuit. But on the other hand, I felt that, if things got bad, I couldn’t help win the day.
Jonathan did end up back on a ship for the season finale, but this time without you at his side. Were you hoping to join him for that? And do you expect to return to Picard at some point?
Yes, I was really jealous that Jonathan got to be on a spaceship again. Although the spacesuit question still applies. Hopefully, I will be on Picard again as I had such a good time the first time.
Before Picard, how did you feel about how Troi was characterized on TNG and the movies? Were you satisfied with the arc or was there anything specific about Troi you were hoping to explore?
I’ve always said we didn’t really know very much about Troi. We knew she had a crazy mother, she was from Betazed, she liked working out, but really that was it. The writers would always ask me what I wanted to do, but being a newbie at an American TV, I didn’t realize you could come up with suggestions. The people that did come up with suggestions, those storylines were included. I’m thinking pretty much Brent Spiner [TNG: Data] and Bob Picardo [VOY: The Doctor] who really expanded their parts themselves by taking their ideas to the writers.
The internet lit up after you shared that image from your birthday with your TNG castmates on Zoom. Are you guys still keeping in touch that way during the quarantine?
Yes, we lit up Twitter, didn’t we? I haven’t used Zoom since because I was hacked and lost control of my computer and had to get a new one, so I am off Zoom right now. We are keeping in touch in the old-fashioned way. Phone calls and texts. It sounds funny to say that texts are old-fashioned, but I suppose they are. So, yes, we are keeping in touch and actually much more than we were before this pandemic.
You are in a film with Bob Picardo called The Assassin’s Apprentice that has been doing the festival circuit, including garnering you a recent nomination. What can you tell us about the film and any idea when or where it might be released?
We filmed Assassin’s Apprentice so long ago, that I really don’t remember much about it apart from sitting in front of a green screen. I have no idea when it is going to come out. I hope it’s good. It should be with Bob Picardo in it, he is a lovely actor.
Any other upcoming projects you can talk about?
Apart from Assassin’s Apprentice, I have a movie coming out that I shot last year called A Thousand Little Cuts, which is about domestic abuse. It’s an indie, but I feel a very important topic. And there rumors about Gargoyles, I am putting it out there. Jordan Peele has kind of dropped the ball, but that is okay because now that it is back on [Disney Plus] and the youngsters are finding it again, Gargoyles is getting really popular. I have to be honest, I would love to resuscitate Demona.
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) May 25, 2017
More GalaxyCon TNG this weekend
GalaxyCon split their original planned virtual Star Trek: The Next Generation event into two, with Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker) moving to Saturday, June 13th. He will be joined by co-stars Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) and Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar). The livestream Q&A starts at 2 pm ET, followed by one-on-one chats. Tickets for the live stream are $5.00, but you can get a ticket for free using the promo code LIVEFREE. You can also purchase autographs, one-0n-one video chats, and personalized video recordings each of the TNG stars. To purchase tickets to the Q&A and more go to growtix.com.
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