The latest issue of the Official Stark Trek magazine, hitting newsstands February 10, remembers Voyager. It also includes a brand new interview with Jeri, who talks about the four years she spent on the show.
TrekWeb has excerpts of it, which is displayed below. If anyone has the chance to read it and share the rest with us, we’d be delighted. 🙂
Like her cybernetic counterpart, Jeri Ryan, now 40, has also embraced her share of transformations after the show’s finale in 2001. As an actress, she has portrayed a lawyer (television’s Shark), high school teacher (television’s Boston Public) and the last woman on earth (in a film called The Last Man). Her passion for gourmet food led her to open a haute cuisine restaurant, Ortolan, with French Chef Christophe Émé, whom she later married in 2007. And now she’s become a mom for the second time – giving birth to Gisele Lynn Émé in March, 2008 (Ryan’s teenage son, Alex, is from a previous marriage).
Star Trek Magazine: Your first science fiction series was Dark Skies, where you played an extraterrestrial investigator. How different was it to go from Dark Skies to Voyager?
Jeri Ryan: Well, Dark Skies, I look back on as a glowing, wonderful moment because that was my first series. It wasn’t given a fair shake by the network. But it was, I think, very good writing and incredible acting. But it was very, very brief. I was only on the last seven episodes before the show was canceled. Then I went straight from that into Star Trek. Kind of a tough leap for me to make because I’m not a science fiction person myself. Never have been. And Dark Skies was a little easier because it was a period piece, was set in the 1960s, was pretty cool, and while it was about aliens and wasn’t reality, it was still a little more realistic and a little more palatable for someone to do who was not a Star Trek or science fiction fan.
What did you like most about playing Seven of Nine?
She was a great character to play. She was so beautifully written. And it was fun watching her grow and change, become more human and learn about all those things. It was a great role for an actor.
Looking back on Voyager, was there anything you would have liked to have done as Seven of Nine that you never had a chance to?
No, I really don’t think there was anything that I wanted to do that didn’t get done with that character. We did everything we could do. And I think it was a good time to say good-bye and move on. I don’t know how much longer it would have been interesting.
If we caught up with characters 10 years after Voyager returned to Earth, what do you think Seven of Nine would be doing?
Well, from what they showed us in the last episode, I assume she’s married to Chakotay. And she’s living with humans. So who knows?
Overall, how would you sum up your time on Voyager?
In a lot of ways, it was a great four years. It was tough. But it was really great. She was a wonderful, rich character that I got to play. It was great working with the people I got to work with. It was a hoot. It was fun raising my son in space for four years. He came on the set all the time. He loved it.