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STLV19: ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Panel Talks Seven’s New Voice, Riker’s Return, And More

Here are the Jeri bits of trekmovie’s STLV19 write up with Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Frakes and Jonathan Del Arco:

Ryan happy to lose Seven’s catsuit, but “freaked out” finding her new voice

Jeri Ryan revealed how returning to Star Trek started as casual conversations among friends that she didn’t think would ever go anywhere:

We were at the Hollywood Bowl and Johnny [Del Arco] was with me and one of the creators of the show – James Duff – who is a dear friend of ours, after about four glasses of champagne, he was like: “this might be a good time to bring this up, here is what I am thinking…” And he pitched an idea. The story is not the same story as he was originally thinking, but the way he had conceived of this character, is basically what he had described to me, and it sounded really cool. I thought yeah, that sounds fun but, whatever. This was like a year and a half ago, well over a year. So, I didn’t think anything of it, but every time I saw him again, he would mention again. Then cut to the Creative Arts Emmys [September 8, 2018] and Alex Kurtzman was there, and he mentioned it as well. And I thought: “oh, this might happen,” and it did.

Like Frakes, Ryan had some concerns returning to her Star Trek role, but hers seemed to be even more intense:

Honestly, it was freaking terrifying, and these two [Frakes and Del Arco] can attest to that! They both saved my ass! I was freaking out. She was a very specific character for four years on Voyager. There was a lot of growth, and all of that. She went from being a machine to learning to be human. But, particularly the way she moved and her voice, that was what I was really hung up on. Her voice didn’t change that much in four years. So, she had a stilted, very formal, very stylized way of speaking, at the end of Voyager. So, when I got the initial script, and from I knew from the original pitch with James [Duff] a year and a half ago, she is not the same Seven. She is much more human. She been on Earth for a long time, she has been through a lot. So, when I saw that initial script and as you saw “what the hell are you doing out here?” It’s a very, very different voice. And that is what was freaking me out.

Ryan revealed it was Del Arco who helped her through it:

So I was happy because Johnny [Del Arco] was working before I did and he said: “once you get in costume, it helps.” And it does. It informs the way the character moves and the way the character stands and that kind of thing. But, I was having a real hard time with her voice. I just couldn’t hear her in these lines. I couldn’t find it and it was really freaking me out to the point where my husband was like: “I have seen you get freaked out by a script, ever.” And so thank God this one [Jonathan Frakes] was directing my first two episodes. And Johnny [Del Arco] worked before I did, so he had just gone through all of this himself.

I was literally freaking out. I was bursting into tears: “I don’t know what her voice is! I can’t find her.” So, Johnny came over and we had lunch and read the script for like an hour and finally he just – I was so freaked out I couldn’t think clearly about it – he said after an hour: “just try this, what if…” The Borg have always been hated, they are universally hated because they were bad guys, they were tough. But, there’s other elements in this world with the Borg. And, what if she had to make the choice to be as human as possible, to survive, to sound as human and act as human as possible. Clearly, she is always going to look like a former Borg, because she has these implants that cant go away. So, what if she had to make that choice – a conscious choice – to sound as human as possible. And that’s all I needed. That’s what I needed! I just needed something for it to make sense as an actor as to why she would have that huge of a chance. Then it made sense to me. I was still freaking out in my first scene.

Jeri Ryan also talked about what it has been like to work with Patrick Stewart for the first time:

[Working with Patrick] is amazing. I don’t think I had actually ever met Patrick once over all these years, except some after party like eighteen years ago. He is lovely. I know most of the Next Gen cast better than I know my own cast [from Voyager]. I know these guys so well and I have seen them at so many shows over the years and we hang out. So, it’s funny that I know so much about him and I know him from the periphery. But he is lovely, he is just lovely. And of course, he is an incredible actor.

The show is using the same kind of secrecy on set as the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies, including requiring Jeri Ryan to always wear a hooded cloak when outside of her trailer, including gloves. Ryan talked about how she was surprised it worked, revealing that earlier in the year they shot at Universal City Walk in Hollywood, which is a tourist destination and she would be driven around (cloaked and hooded) in a van between her trailer and set right next to the tour trams, and thinking at the time “this is so going to get out!”

Picard Analysis: Based on what Ryan said at STLV, it appears her first episode for Picard will be episode three, which is the first episode Frakes directed (based on what he told TrekMovie.com in an earlier interview). Ryan’s comments indicate Seven will appear in episode four, also directed by Frakes, and given her phrasing of “my first two episodes,” it seems as if Seven will appear in more than just those two directed by Frakes. As shown in the Comic-Con trailer, the Seven seen in Picard has adapted be more human, as a way to fit in, or assimilate.

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The Hottie Stop interviews Jeri Ryan, star of Against the Wild 2 and Bosch

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.

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‘Bosch’ star Jeri Ryan proud of bimbo-free career

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.

SOURCE:  foxnews.com

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Helix Q&A: Jeri Ryan and Steve Maeda Talk Forthcoming Answers, Upping the Gore, Season 2, and Lots More

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.

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Jeri Ryan and Ivan Sergei Develop Killer Chemistry on Body of Proof

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!”

SOURCE: tvguide.com