Tig Notaro is returning for season four of Star Trek: Discovery, but her popular character Jett Reno will still be limited to a recurring role. The comedian and actress—who is having a bit of a moment after her high-profile role in the Netflix zombie movie Army of the Dead—is talking about carving out time for Star Trek in her busy schedule and more.
Notaro on Reno
The character of the acerbic engineer Jett Reno was created by executive producer Alex Kurtzman specifically for Notaro, whom he has known since the pair worked together at Sam Raimi’s production company in the ’90s. Notaro first appeared in season two, and returned in season three. In a new interview with Metro Weekly she reveals her surprise that the Starfleet gig has continued into a third season:
I really thought I’d end up just going in for an episode or two. But this turned into something. Alex [Kurtzman] said, “We’re going to use you as much as we can get you.” I hear from people all the time like, “Oh, they don’t use you enough,” or “Why don’t they use you more?” And it’s like, I have a stand-up career and a million other things I’m doing. I try to do as much as I can on Star Trek, but I just don’t have the time.
Even with her time being limited playing the chief engineer of the USS Discovery—and avoiding spoilers for what is to come in season four—Notaro offered this assurance for the future:
I’ve been told by Alex that they’re not ever going to kill me.
She also talked about how the sarcastic dynamic between Reno and Stamets flows from her chemistry with actor Anthony Rapp:
That relationship is actually real between me and Anthony when we’re not filming. We are always back and forth with each other. But in a very positive, fun way.
When asked about the importance of LGBTQ visibility in the Star Trek universe, Notaro discussed how she finds Discovery to be different from other contemporary shows:
It’s a continuation of what they’ve always been doing with Star Trek, which is just having such an inclusive universe that they’re creating and pushing boundaries and opening them. It’s not even pushing boundaries — it’s breaking boundaries and opening everything up… It’s typical to be on a show where you’re the gay person or the gay guest star and it’s a gay-themed show or a situation. But on Star Trek: Discovery, it’s almost weird if you’re not gay. It’s a nice feeling to be so much a part of everything that’s woven into the stories and the themes, and you’re not just the gay character in the gay story that week.
There’s more from Tig on Discovery and her new image as an action hero at Metro Weekly.
Wrapped space Tig for season four
We recently reported that Notaro was in Toronto for the production of Discovery season four and that she would be shooting multiple episodes, with some scenes possibly being inserted into earlier episodes. The comedian was back in Los Angeles last week to appear on Conan, where she confirmed she had wrapped her work on Discovery. When asked about being called an action star for being in Army of the Dead and Discovery, she clarified that there is a difference, saying, “I’ve done a little bit of action on Star Trek. But I am mainly sarcastic Tig in space.”