Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hailing frequencies Open with... Jasmine Pierce

We are now lucky to have the new Lt. Uhura, Jasmine Pierce here on the blog for an interview. She was at the June shoot where we completed a vignette called "Boldly Go..." written by Dave Galanter and an episode called "Bread and Savagery" written by Rick Chambers.

1.What is it that you both do for your “day job", if you can talk about it?

I am an actress and I work at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.

2. What is your connection to Star Trek? and how has it affected your life?

Star Trek was not a world I was greatly exposed to growing up, but it found me and I'm glad to be a part of it now.

3. How did you first hear of Star Trek: Phase 2?

I was introduced by the director of Bread & Savagery, Mark Burchett, who hired me at a movie theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio ages ago.

4. What was the audition/Orientation experience like?

The Orientation was an exciting experience for me because I had no idea what to expect walking into this environment. I was blown away by the professional-level work that all of these volunteers had produced, driven solely by a passion for Star Trek. I've never felt more welcome on a set before.

5. You came into the fold at an interesting time, with all the changes and fun stuff that was going on at the shoot... What was it like for you to be with the most passionate fan base in quite frankly the galaxy? and did you feel intimidated

I never once felt intimidated, I only felt welcomed and accepted. It was inspiring to see people work so hard not for a pay check, but in honor of something they are passionate about.

6. "Bread and Savagery" was your first go around as Lieutenant Uhura, how hard is it to be the character and what have you taken either from Nichelle Nichols performance or the other young ladies that have portrayed our Communications officer?

I did a lot of research watching Nichelle Nichols and I did my best to gather what the fans' ideas of Uhura were. My tactic in taking on this role was to learn as much as I could about it and forget it as soon as I was on set so I could relax and bring myself to the character. I couldn't be successful trying to be Nichelle Nichols' Uhura. I had to be my Uhura and I hope that the fans see the Lieutenant they've grown to adore.

7. What is your favourite memory of being on set or just hanging around with the crew?

My favorite moment was the first time I walked out of the make-up room in full Uhura gear. Everyone was so excited to see my transformation into the character, and so supportive of me taking on the iconic role.

8. In your own words, how would you describe both the atmosphere on set and Is it really a "family" as some people have described it?

I think Phase II is exactly a family. They are put together like a family, they get through challenges like a family, and most importantly at the end of the day, they can get together, swap stories, and bond like a family. This is something truly special.

9. Are you amazed at the volume and quality if the Trek episodes that RFS produces? And do you see an end in sight for the 5-year mission?

I am amazed by all that RFS has produced and I hope it lives on in honor of Star Trek!

10. Are there any other projects you are working on? Whether it is Star Trek or Something else

I recently graduated from NYU and am working on developing my acting career.

11. Any other thoughts you'd like to share with our readers? If you'd like to promote something you are in or are interested in here.

I just want to thank all the fans for the endless support I've received so far. I know Trekkies are quite particular people and the encouragement they've offered me is more than I could have hoped for.

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First of all I want to Thank Jasmine for agreeing to do this interview, and for being apart of the Star Trek: Phase 2 family, I know you guys will all be impressed when you see her performance.

Next, there are several more posts coming stay tuned for them

Until next time Trekkies.... Live Long and Prosper

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