WATCH Magazine: June 2022: Isabel May

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Were any of you intimidated by taking on characters that had already had such signifi- cant cultural impact? RR: I watched that original pilot episode, and I appreci- ated Majel Roddenberry and everything she did with the character. What was put into my head was that because Star Trek had been a Desilu produc- tion and Lucille Ball had been very involved with bringing Star Trek to the world, Lucy was in love with that initial Star Trek pilot because there had been a female first officer. She felt that that was an enormously important thing. Of course, that pilot was rejected. As a result, the character was pretty much

just a blank slate. All we had was 14 minutes of screen time to work with. We know that she works well with the captain and is very good at her job. So that really gave the writers and me an opportunity to flesh her out. AM: Pike is older now than when Jeffrey Hunter first created him. He’s a bit more established in who he is and the captain he wants to be. Obviously, huge changes occur at the end of Season 2 of Discovery that affect how we start this show. Dealing with those events becomes a very intricate part of the first season.

fans became just further inspiration for me to really dig deep. AM: Star Trek fans are never a burden. Their love for the fran- chise is a responsibility and, more particularly, a privilege. They literally changed my life. Not only did it provide me with a great job at a time when that is not an easy thing to get as an actor, but it also provided me the wherewithal to start a family. As often as I can, I try to say thank you.

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