Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Finished Shooting
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Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Finished Shooting

The third and final season of Star Trek: Picard finished shooting this week:

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Star Trek: Picard’s Jeri Ryan Teases a Deeper Dive into Seven of Nine’s Story in Season 2
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Star Trek: Picard’s Jeri Ryan Teases a Deeper Dive into Seven of Nine’s Story in Season 2

TV Guide interview:

Seven continues to be Jeri Ryan’s lucky number: 25 years after making her debut as the former Borg drone Seven of Nine on the Season 4 of Star Trek: Voyager and immediately becoming one of the franchise’s major fan favorites, Ryan returns to the role once again for the second season of Star Trek: Picard.

And where Season 1 revealed an intriguing new path – and potential new love – for Seven, her story was told in tantalizing glimpses. Season 2, however, leans heavily into Seven’s headspace as she as Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his new allies contend not only with his longtime agitator the Q (John de Lancie) but their shared tormentor the Borg Queen (Annie Wersching), who once assimilated them both into the Collectiive, as well. And as Seven’s romance with Raffi (Michelle Hurd) hits a rocky patch, she’s also – through some time-bending plot twists – confronted with what her life might have been like had she never encountered the Borg and remained fully human.

As Ryan reveals to TV Guide after a quarter-century with Seven of Nine, she’s still excited to dig deeper – and play with more pals from her extended Trek family – as her story continues to unfold in unexpected ways.

We got a taste of where Seven is at this point in her evolution in Season 1, but for Season 2 it looks like we’re going to go down much more road with her. Tell me what was exciting to you about getting to continue to see her story through and the aspects of it that you get to play this time around.
Jeri Ryan: Well, just in general this is such a rare gift to get as an actor, to be able to take a character through this much of her life’s journey and this much growth and development and change. Over a 20-year period – that’s almost unheard of. She’s always, from the beginning, been such a rich character to play anyway, as an actor, because she didn’t even start out human. So literally every aspect of life has been an education for her and a struggle and a challenge. It’s really been a cool journey that she’s been on.

I love this season. They’re exploring and giving her a little taste of what life could have possibly been like had she never been assimilated. Because that’s the experience that she’s never had: just being human, fully human. That the first thing that somebody notices about her when they meet her isn’t the metal implant over her eye, for example, and treating her with, instantly, dread or fear or loathing or distrust, or whatever, any of those emotions that The Borg bring out in people.

So this is, for her, because that’s always been her struggle, is trying to find the balance between her Borg half and her human half, and figuring who she truly is and where she fits in and where she feels most comfortable and finding where she belongs.

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Interview: Jeri Ryan & Michelle Hurd On Navigating A Relationship While Saving The Galaxy In ‘Picard’ Season 2
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Interview: Jeri Ryan & Michelle Hurd On Navigating A Relationship While Saving The Galaxy In ‘Picard’ Season 2

Interview by trekmovie.com

TrekMovie joined a group press interview with actress Jeri Ryan and Michelle Hurd to talk about what’s new for Seven and Raffi in season two of Star Trek: Picard. The pair talk about how the stakes of the season impact their characters’ relationship, the message behind going back in time, and even the possibility of getting their own spin-off.

Note: The interview contains some minor spoilers and has been edited for brevity and clarity. 

So at the end of season one, we see Raffi and Seven start to have a pretty immediate rapport. Do you guys remember finding that chemistry yourselves?

Michelle Hurd: Jeri and I are just like two peas in the pod. We’re like Frick and Frack. We really work very well together. And I know for myself, I immediately just liked her. I just liked her. [laughs] I mean, who doesn’t like her? For goodness sake. It was pretty easy for us to create a rapport and work on that relationship.

Jeri Ryan: That’s definitely true. We just had instant chemistry. We just worked well together. We have a similar working style where we just click. It’s easy.

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Jeri Ryan Previews the Layers of Her ‘Quirky’ Villain on ‘MacGyver’

A short interview with tvinsider.com:

She “had a ball” reviving her iconic Borg character Seven of Nine on CBS All Access’ recent Star Trek: Picard. Now Jeri Ryan (above) looks to keep the good times going with an arc on the rebooted action drama MacGyver.

Ryan makes her debut tonight as Gwendolyn Hayes, the maternal aunt of Phoenix Foundation operative Angus MacGyver (Lucas Till) — who never knew she existed! When Mac’s father, James (Tate Donovan), aka operative Oversight, is nearly killed, the trail leads back to Codex, the nefarious group Phoenix has been tracking. Surprise! Gwen — a former agent for Phoenix precursor DXS (Department of External Services) who was presumed dead — heads it!

Ryan previews the tense family meetup.

What was it about Gwen that made you want to play her?

Jeri Ryan: Part of it is [executive producer] Terry Matalas wrote [this episode], and I love him. He’s been a friend from our Star Trek: Voyager days. I like that Gwen is not your typical network-drama villain. She’s got a lot of layers. She’s a little more quirky. It’s not black and white with her. Her motives are noble, as far as things go. In her mind, she’s the hero — she’s saving the world.

Mac doesn’t agree.

He can’t argue with her science; it’s sound. I don’t want to give too much away. The biggest part of her struggle is to try to get him to understand her way of thinking and get him to support it.

What do she and Mac have in common?

Certainly the intelligence and the love of science and the savvy. She’s his mother’s sister. Genetics is a real thing.

His father never told Mac about her, but she’s always known about him?

Yes. She’s tracked him throughout his life and kept an eye on him. Her love for her nephew has always been there. He never knew his mom, so this pits his desire for family against his loyalty to his friends. We have some cool twists.

MacGyver, Fridays, 8/7c, CBS

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Jeri Ryan Is a ‘Star Trek’ Icon—and One of the Most Important Political Figures of Our Time

A nice interview at The Daily Beast:

Jeri Ryan is still haunted by those five little words. “It’s the scene that I’ve always hated,” she says with a sigh. “The notorious Then you wish to copulate? scene. Hated everything about it. It was so on the nose, so gratuitous. I haven’t gone back to watch any of it.”

It occurred in “Revulsion,” the fifth episode of Star Trek: Voyager’s fourth season. Ryan’s Seven of Nine, a statuesque Borg in a silver, form-fitting catsuit, attempts to seduce Harry Kim, the Operations Officer of Starfleet’s USS Voyager. After an extended monologue on the nature of human sexuality, she asks that he remove his clothes; he panics, stammering awkwardly. They remain friends.

“That scene annoys me so much, because it stands against what this character was. She was completely asexual and innocent, and had no clue,’ offers Ryan. “I remember saying, We’ve really got to slow this down. So we pulled it back after that.”

She adds, “Plus the catsuit was a pain in the ass. I had to have someone dress me and undress me all the time, and it was a 20-minute production shutdown to go to the bathroom.”

When Ryan joined the cast of Voyager in Season 4, the show’s ratings reportedly jumped 60 percent. “I’ve heard that,” says a chuckling Ryan. “When they added the character, UPN made no bones about how this was their chance to break Star Trek into the mainstream, and so they put the publicity machine into overdrive.”

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