Before we move on to “Su’Kal” this Thursday, there are still some bits to catch up on from the “Terra Firma” arc of Star Trek: Discovery. We have both Mary Wiseman and Sonequa Martin-Green talking about body issues, Kate Mulgrew jumping in too, and some more behind-the-scenes photos.
Wiseman talks body shaming, Mulgrew says to ignore them
The “Terra Firma” arc introduced the real Mirror Universe version of Tilly (aka Captain Killy). Mary Wiseman told Forbes, “It was tricky, but it was a really, really fun and satisfying challenge.”
She also revealed some of her inspirations for this version of Tilly:
There is a little Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender in there. There’s a little Harley Quinn. I think that in a world that’s so repressed and violent, violence becomes these people’s only outlet for pleasure and release. That’s kind of what I was playing with. It was so fun. I mean, it was just so fun!
The actress also discussed how Killy inspires some fans:
Killy is somebody who’s very important to a lot of fans, especially my curvy women out there who like to see another full-figured, fat, curvy, chunky woman get to feel powerful and use that size to command authority,” said Wiseman. “So I was also just very excited for the fans. First of all, because there’s more options for cosplay now, because she changed her hair. And second of all, just to dig into it, you don’t always get to see a woman like me in that sort of position. You know, like a psychotic murderer?
However, in the same interview she also talked about how some fans have not been so supportive in season three:
I noticed there’s definitely been an uptick in body-shaming towards me and Tilly this season, which was harrowing because I’m a person, I have a history and bullying is totally a part of that. So it has been hard, and it’s really hard to avoid, because it pops up on all the [social media] accounts, or people comment on my posts with cruel, unscientific comments.
Wiseman was appreciative of fans who had her back online:
I just want to say that all the people who step in, to back me up like that, your presence is like little angels, like blocking out these little trolls. It means something to me. I see those things and they hurt me because I’m a person. I’m a human being, you know? And to have somebody step in and defend you is really meaningful. I think people need that kind of thing to heal.
“I’m proud to be here and I am proud to wear my skin-tight costume and proud of my body. And I belong.”
After reading the Forbes article, Wiseman got some backup from someone who knows what it’s like to be a woman in the captain’s chair: Kate Mulgrew, who thinks Mary is “killing it” on Discovery and should pay the haters “no mind.”
I saw the @Forbes article on Mary Wiseman @may_wise clearly killing it onscreen & off in #StarTrekDiscovery. Happy to have your wit, enthusiasm, & talent as part of the franchise. I know a thing or two about “haters”-pay no mind. You’re perfect as you are. https://t.co/zV56ClHoUZ
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) December 18, 2020
Martin-Green on her post-baby body
Speaking to Glamour UK, Sonequa Martin-Green revealed that she has dealt with body image issues too:
“Back in the mid-to-late eighties, early nineties, everything I saw, with hip hop, was all curvy, curvy, big butt,” she recalls. “As a Black girl, I felt I was supposed to look this way. I always felt that I wanted hips and a butt. I wanted to be bigger and I spent much of my childhood, adolescence and even into my young adulthood doing all kinds of things to get bigger.” She laughs at the memory. “When I was around 12 I used to eat peanut butter and drink Ensure, a meal replacement drink, before I went to sleep. I would ask our family doctor, ‘Is there anything you can give me that’ll make me gain weight?'”
Martin-Green says she has come to accept changes in her body, especially after the birth of her second child shortly before production on season three:
With my first pregnancy I bounced back without trying (which is a crime, by the way, that we expect women to do that after birth rather than focus on healing). This time, even if I wanted that, my body said: ‘no we’re going to take some time here, we need to heal.’ And so, I find myself in this bigger, fuller body and it made me appreciate where I was before. It took this for me to finally accept who I am.
Behind the scenes on “Terra Firma”
Co-showrunner Michelle Paradise shared some behind-the-scenes photos from “Terra Firma, Part 2.”
And CBS posted some images of Emperor Georgiou’s quarters on the ISS Discovery.
Finally, actress Rekha Sharma shared this fun behind-the-scenes photo with Doug Jones and David Benjamin Tomlinson, where she lamented Landry being killed off yet again.
Two Kelpians and a Disco Kenny 💥(Zero Kelpians were harmed during this shoot. Those b@stards, however, totally killed Landry 😜)
Cuddles with @actordougjones and @davbentom These men are nothing short of hereoic in prosthetics all day e'reday. #StarTrekDiscovery #MirrorLandry 🖖🏽 pic.twitter.com/Ed0nbToiQH
— Rekha the leaves 🍁 (@TheRekhaSharma) December 19, 2020
New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery premiere on Thursdays on CBS All Access in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, where it’s also available to stream on Crave. Episodes will be available on Fridays internationally on Netflix.
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