At the Strange New Worlds premiere event, TrekMovie had a brief moment to speak with Celia Rose Gooding, who has taken on the classic role of Nyota Uhura. The actress talked about how she has been involved in developing the look for Cadet Uhura on Strange New Worlds.
Can you talk about the choice for Uhura to have your short hair? Did anyone try to suggest a wig or anything else?
No. I auditioned like this and they loved it. So it was never a conversation. It was approached—like they asked me would I want to wear a wig? And my answer was, “Absolutely not.” Wigs? I like to let my scalp breathe. So to have an opportunity to look like myself and show up as myself as this character, it’s an incredible opportunity.
Rebecca Romijn talked about how you two are given a choice of which uniforms to wear.
Yeah, we choose.
How does that work, choosing for each episode?
It depends on what’s going on. I like to keep the ratio pretty balanced of top and pant versus tunic. And also sometimes if I’m just feeling the tunic, sometimes I don’t want to try and swim into that top and pants. So it really is however we’re feeling. And the costumes department, they are so forgiving. They’re so collaborative. And so they email us before every episode with like, “What are you feeling? What do you want to do?” And we take it from there.
We get to see Uhura singing on the show, so was there any singing during your audition process?
No, they didn’t thank God! I have a theater background and so I’m sure there’s footage of me singing out there everywhere. I would have happily sang in the audition if they asked me to. [laughs]
Still more SNW gold carpet interviews to come
We still have more gold carpet interviews from the New York premiere of Strange New Worlds with the cast and creatives. Check out our earlier interview with Henry Alonso Myers. Plus see our interviews with executive producer Alex Kurtzman, cast members Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijin, Christina Chong, Bruce Horak, and Ethan Peck.
New episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debut on Thursdays exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Latin America, Australia and the Nordics. The series airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada. In New Zealand, it is available on TVNZ, and in India on Voot Select. Strange New Worlds will arrive via Paramount+ in select countries in Europe when the service launches later this year, starting with the UK and Ireland in June.