Any geek worth his salt has had a crush on Jeri Ryan at one point or another. I guess I could rephrase: any man, period. Jeri has been working steadily in the entertainment industry since 1991, but I think we all know when she truly burst onto the scene: 1997, when she portrayed Borg drone Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager, a character that made even non-sci-fi fans pay attention. After playing the character for four seasons, Jeri moved on to countless film in television roles, to list them all would take a whole lot of time. Bottom line is, if you’ve turned on your TV in the last 20 years, you’ve almost certainly seen Jeri’s gorgeous face grace the screen.
Now, Jeri can be seen in Amazon’s Bosch, playing a sultry femme fatale, and on the opposite side of the spectrum, is featured in AGAINST THE WILD 2 – SURVIVE THE SERENGETI, a family film in which she portrays a mom concerned about her two children, who are lost in wilds of Africa. We spoke about her new PG-rated project, working in Africa, her years on Star Trek (and those passionate Trekkies) and how her views on acting are different now than they were years ago.
LOS ANGELES – Jeri Ryan plays a former stripper/hooker/porn star on the second season of the Amazon series “Bosch,” but her character is no bimbo.
Based on author Michael Connelly’s novels about LAPD Det. Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), the series has captured the hard-boiled school of detective fiction to a T.
Season 2 is based predominantly on the novel “Trunk Music,” providing Det. Bosch a major crime to solve, and the requisite femme fatale.
The seductress in question is played by Ryan, who takes on the role of Veronica Allen, who married an Armenian gangster/porn producer to give her a life of wealth and comfort.
“She’s got quite a colorful past, and I think she gets Bosch a little bit unbalanced,” Ryan told FOX411. “He’s not entirely sure what her real motives are. It takes him a while to figure out, I think, what’s really going on with her.”
Ryan, of course, is best known for her role as the Borg Seven of Nine on “Star Trek: Voyager,” which featured her in a figure-hugging silver ensemble that left so little to the imagination that it may as well have been spray painted on.
The mother of two — son Jack, 21, and daughter Gisele, 8 — who graduated from Lone Oak High School in Paducah, Ky. as a National Merit Scholar, says she is comfortable playing blond bombshells if the character is written right.
“I don’t have any interest in playing a bimbo,” Ryan says. “I don’t have any interest in playing a character that’s completely objectified, and I’ve been very lucky in my career that I haven’t had to. So as long as the character is strong, smart and developed well, then I have no problem with what her physical appearance is or how she dresses.”
Sitting with Ryan in a suite at the historic Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, it is obvious that if need be, she could still fit into her Seven of Nine outfit, which is amazing when you consider she is married to French chef Christophe Emé, who happens to be a fan of the Bosch novels, and that the couple owned and operated Ortolan in West Hollywood for seven years.
“I’ve always been a foodie, so I used to cook a lot more before I met my husband, because once you have a chef in the family, if he can do it better and 20 times faster, I’m going to let him do it,” she says. “But I do love to cook.”
Ortolan shuttered in 2011, so Ryan, who took a year off from acting to be in the front of the house for service at night and in the office during the day to get it going, is now back to juggling acting with motherhood.
“It’s balancing having a career and being there for your family, which is more important to me,” she says when asked her biggest challenge these days. “Our daughter just turned 8; it just goes so fast, and my son is now 21. He’s out of the house, so you blink your eyes and you miss it. I feel like I missed so much of my son’s childhood when I was on ‘Voyager’ when he was 3 or 4 years old because I was on set all the time, so I was very determined that it was going to be a very different experience with my daughter, because I don’t want to miss all this precious time.”
Season 2 of “Bosch” begins streaming on Friday, March 11 on Amazon.
Jeri Ryan will guest star in the October 14 episode of Arrow, 4.02 The Candidate. Below is the episode synopsis by The CW:
JERI RYAN GUEST STARS; INTRODUCING ECHO KELLUM — When an old family friend, Jessica Danforth (guest star Jeri Ryan), tells Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea (Willa Holland) that she is going to run for mayor, both Queens are concerned considering the last three mayors have been murdered. Despite their protests, Jessica makes her announcement so the Green Arrow and Speedy vow to protect her. Meanwhile, Thea begins to exhibit effects from the Lazarus Pit. In addition, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is faced with a tough business decision and looks to one of her employees, Curtis Holt (guest star Echo Kellum), for help.
Body Of Proof and Shark alum Jeri Ryan has booked a multi-episode arc on Amazon’s drama series Bosch. She will play Veronica Allen, a former stripper who married a prolific porn producer and now lives in luxury, turning a blind eye to her husband’s constant philandering. Bosch is a police procedural based on Michael Connelly‘s novels about a veteran homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Ryan, who recently wrapped a stint on the CW’s Arrow and recurs on TNT’s Major Crimes, is repped by ICM and Kyle Fritz Management.