Last week’s big Star Trek: Discovery panel at San Diego Comic-Con included the announcement that actress Rebecca Romijn will be appearing in the second season of the series, playing the role of Number One on the USS Enterprise, originally played by Majel Barrett Roddenberry in the first Star Trek pilot “The Cage.” The actress was not on the Discovery panel, but has now spoken about playing Number One in some recent interviews.
Speaking to ET at a TCA event on Thursday, Romijn spoke about her background with Star Trek and what it was like for her landing the role:
“I was a Trekkie as a kid with the original series. After I was filled in with all the details — after I said ‘yes’ — oh man, I was floored. It was amazing.”
The actress also gave her impression of the first time wearing her costume and walking on the sets:
“When they fit me for that uniform, I was teary-eyed. Because [the show] was shot in the ‘60s, we’ve gone with a little bit of a ‘60s flair, which is great. And being there on set, there’s a ‘60s vibe on set. The production is amazing. Just walking through the stages up there, it’s gorgeous — really, really beautiful sets.”
While she did confirm that she has already shot scenes for the show, she would not confirm how many episodes she appears in for the second season. She did confirm she had scenes with Anson Mount’s Captain Pike and that Spock was brought up:
“I’m working with Anson Mount, who plays an amazing Captain Pike, and we have discussed Mr. Spock. Mr. Spock has been a topic of conversation.”
While Romijn didn’t attend the Discovery panel or press event at SDCC, she was actually at Comic-Con on the day she was announced, promoting the DC animation film The Death of Superman. While doing press for that, she got a few questions about Discovery.
In a SDCC round table interview recorded by GeekRock TV shortly after the Discovery announcement, Romijn talked about what it was like getting on the radar of Trekkies on social media:
I just got introduced to Trek Twitter, it’s a world I had not known about. I just turned on my phone five minutes ago and I was like “Woah!” it’s wild. It’s a real honor.
She also talked enthusiastically about the experience of wearing the classic gold uniform:
I get to wear the original gold. My character is from The Original Series. So, I play Number One, who is second in command to Captain Pike. So, when we get on board the ship Discovery, which is the ship before the Enterprise, it takes place 10 years before The Original Series, we show up in the original gold… It was awesome! It was so awesome!
You can see the sleeves of that gold uniform in the Instagram post Romijn sent out after the announcement last Friday.
Speaking to MTR Network Romijn talked about taking on the role of Number One, and exuded enthusiasm saying:
I’m very excited. I have already been shooting up there. It’s a beautiful production up there.
You can watch the interview with MTR below.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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