This Day in Trek - October 18, 2014
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"I was the first female captain to walk onto the bridge of a starship and issue the signature command, “Engage.” I was also the first captain to have more than seven hairdos within a season, a corset sewn into her space suit, and a bra that resembled an alien species. I was puffed and shorn and stuffed and lit and scrutinized by every executive on the lot. I was criticized and cajoled, alternatively patronized and petted. It’s as if they had all gone out of their way to find this exotic animal who could, in fact, walk and talk and act at the same time, and yet when she appeared on deck, they were stunned to discover that under that feline coat was, God help us, a feline."
- "The Influence of Captain Janeway" by Kate Mulgrew (Foreward to Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent through American Popular Culture, 2010)
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"Now I can tell you all sorts of anecdotes about Voyager. I could tell you stories. But I think I will tell you just very quickly and simply that I am a forty-year-old actress, and I have been a professional actress from the time I was eighteen years old. And you live your life, if you’re as passionate about this craft as I have been, searching for the perfect character, right. And you sometimes brush up against them, you sometimes flirt with one, fall a little bit in love with another. Sometimes you’re actually heartbroken by some of them. But the perfect one is elusive. And I think most actors don’t meet that other half for a lifetime. So when I went in for Janeway, and I stood in front of those people in that room, and I looked at that copy and I thought ‘I’m home. This is it’. And I have so loved this woman, from the very first moment I walked onto that bridge, ‘til last night at 3:05 in the morning, that I am constantly and consistently borne along on a great cloud of happiness. This has been a rare and extraordinary privilege and opportunity in my life. It’s quite breathtaking to be the first female captain. And they always say things like well can you fit the boots of Picard and can she do what Shatner did – well of course not, because my feet aren’t that big! But I can give this captain my heart and my soul and that’s what I intend to do. And it’s always and everywhere on my mind, I’m very cognizant of this ladies and gentlemen, that if it were not for you – for this extraordinary support system, Janeway would not be fed. And so I probably will not have the opportunity to thank each of you individually, but I do so with my heart. I thank you for giving me the greatest character an actress could hope to play."
Kate Mulgrew on playing Captain Kathryn Janeway
Starfest ‘96 - Denver Colorado