FOCUS | STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS
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and the possibility of that becoming something more regular was little more than a wonderful dream. After we fin- ished on Discovery , Anson and I did a convention tour that I saw as the two of us unofficially campaigning for the existence of Strange New Worlds . I think that it contributed to its genesis; at least I hope it did. We put a lot of time and care into each convention. Still, when I was told that the show was going forward, I couldn’t believe it. I was floored. I still am. Star Trek fans are deeply invested not just in this show but also in each of your char- acters. Is that ever daunting? RR: The pressure is always there to make them happy, but it is a welcome pressure. It is part of our job to protect these
EP: This fandom is fervent and definitely had that same pres- surizing effect on me, especially in the beginning. Not only do I want to do a good job for myself—I am a recovering perfection- ist—but I want to do well by them. My main focus is on deliver- ing a performance with integrity and authenticity. I will never be Leonard Nimoy—he is inimitable. But I am trying to create something true to both Nimoy’s invention and my own. The
legacy characters in much the same way that the show’s fans want them protected. But to do that, we also have to have some artistic liberty on the side. It always makes for an interesting balance: On the one hand, we are caretakers of these great char- acters, and on the other, making our own creative decisions and hoping that the fans who love these characters as much as we do are pleased with the outcome.
MAY/JUNE • 2022
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