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.
This interview with Jeri Ryan and Helix’s exec producer/showrunner Steve Maeda was published while I was in the hospital, so I’m a bit late posting it but better late than never!
Syfy hosted a Q&A with “Helix” guest star Jeri Ryan and exec producer/showrunner Steve Maeda last week, and they revealed quite a bit about what’s ahead now that Constance Sutton (Ryan) has arrived in the Arctic.
Things kick off with some discussion about Sutton, who she really is and her motives, and then we hear about topics ranging from the likelihood of a second season, Jeri’s love of gore, how long they can keep up the series’ intensity, Hatake’s obsession with Walker, the current state of genre TV, and much, much more.
If you’re a fan of the show and/or Ryan (whose appearance as Ilaria’s corporate “face” first occurred this past Friday night in Episode 1.07, “Survivor Zero,” and will continue in future eps), you’ll want to grab your morning coffee or tea and settle in for a bit.
It’s President’s Day; you don’t have to work anyway, right? There’s a lot of good stuff here!
Q: When we first see Sutton, she pretends to be this nice woman who’s there to help, and we learn pretty quickly that’s not true. Can you talk about playing the more cold, calculated side of the character?
Jeri Ryan: She was just fun. This was a really fun role to play because it’s… she’s kind of out there. You know, she’s not subtle, which I love. So it was fun to just sort of let go and just really play and let her go to those places… that was a treat as an actor.
Where’s Olivia Pope when you need her? Body of Proof‘s ambitious chief medical examiner and congressional candidate Kate Murphy (Jeri Ryan) hasn’t even been elected yet and she’s already facing her first potential scandal on this week’s episode (Tuesday, 10/9c, ABC). While making an appearance at a ritzy Russian political gala, Kate strikes up a conversation with a tall, dark, secretive Ukrainian attaché named Sergei Damanov (Ivan Sergei). “Sergei and Kate have this very steamy, very passionate thing,” Ryan says. “And then it gets complicated.”
That’s a major understatement. After a tryst in Sergei’s hotel room, Kate discovers he may have shot and killed a woman during the night — which, if true, is not going to go over well at the ballot box. Luckily Kate has office frenemy and brilliant medical examiner Megan (Dana Delany) to help her uncover what really happened. “She wants to keep it as private as she can, but she’s in over her head,” Ryan explains. “All signs” — including one of Sergei’s shirts soaked in the victim’s blood — “point to him being the killer.”
Just don’t expect Megan, who’s been known to give Kate a tongue-lashing or three, to have much sympathy for her beleaguered boss as they surreptitiously work together to solve the crime. “They don’t always see eye to eye,” admits Ryan. “So Megan helps but also just berates her.”
As for shooting the romantic scenes with hottie Sergei, Ryan isn’t complaining. “He was so much fun,” she says. “Although it was funny because he stayed in character — and spoke in a Ukrainian accent — the whole time. Until they called ‘wrap,’ I’d never even met Ivan!”
I came across this great interview from… I think last year, before the premiere of Body Of Proof’s season 2:
by Deborah Mersino
I’m delighted to bring you the second installment in my new Women Living Their Dreams series. My goal is to spotlight authentic women who are impassioned about their work and willing to shed light on their professional journeys. It’s time to chat with Jeri Ryan, who currently stars as Dr. Kate Murphy on the ABC drama series Body of Proof. Perhaps best known for her iconic role as the liberated Borg, Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager, Jeri also has starred as Tara Cole on Leverage and Veronica “Ronnie” Cooke on Boston Public, and has had recurring roles on the science fiction show Dark Skies and the legal drama series Shark. Ryan played opposite Rene Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in the 2003 comedy “Down with Love,” and appeared in “Dracula 2000″ opposite Gerard Butler. She describes herself as “Mom, wife, actress, foodie, Francophile, obsessive gardener, and Twitter-addict.” I would describe her as generous, warm, and wickedly smart.
1. Many youngsters dream of becoming a Hollywood star; however, you’ve actually made that dream a reality. How did it happen?
Honestly, with a combination of preparation and luck. I had some experience acting in community theater, and then I majored in theater at Northwestern University. The education & training I got there was pretty critical in making sure I was prepared for it when I got my “break”. And that’s where a lot of luck comes in…! My Chicago agent had sent my headshot to some LA casting directors before I moved out and one of them called me in for a meeting. I read a scene for them and they called a great agent on the spot and told them they had to sign me. So I was INCREDIBLY lucky to get an agent before I even moved, which is not usually the case!