he played a Trill in Hidden Frontier, and now a Romulan in Star Trek Odyssey so are there no end to the talents of Michelle Laurent? Here she speaks directly to Trekkie Central Magazine about Odyssey, Wonder Woman and the future. TC: Having played a Trill in Star Trek Hidden Frontier how difficult was it to begin playing a Romulan in Star Trek Odyssey? ML: At first I was nervous, but once the make up and costume were on, it felt a lot easier. TC: What were the differences? ML: The hardest part is remembering that Romulans are not really emotional creatures, they are almost seemingly cold. So I can’t really express fear, happiness, or sadness like I would if I were playing a Trill. Although I can express being aggressive and angry. TC: You are going to be playing the first main cast Romulan ever featured in a Star Trek series, so how do you think the fans will accept what has traditionally been an enemy race being on of the good guys?
ML: I think it makes for great drama and hopefully the fans will love it. It’s something different and interesting. TC: Whilst talking to Rob (Caves), he mentioned that you played Wonder Woman in another fan series, what was that like and how long did the series last? ML: Well, it wasn’t a series, they were two shorts I did in the hopes to gain attention from the people planning to put ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Justice League’ into a feature. I really want an opportunity to audition for the part of ‘Wonder Woman’. It would be great to have a ‘no name actress’ play the part and I (like so many others) was hoping to be able to do that. However I hear that Jessica Biel is up for the role, so I guess that’s that… TC: What differences in production between the Wonder Woman production and Star Trek Odyssey are there? ML: Ummm, there are many. With Wonder Woman I had to train for fight scenes, shoot at different locations, and do some wire work (lots of fun :o) ). With Odyssey, I am in one room in front of a green scene the whole time while pretending that there are things around me when there is nothing there (that can be very tricky).
TC: In Hidden Frontier you played Dr. Tesla Mar who wasn’t really a main character and in Odyssey you play the Romulan T’Lorra who is a main character, so how has the workload changed between the two series and are you enjoying it? LM: There are a lot more lines with technical terms to learn. That can be very difficult because it’s not something used in everyday language. So I get a bit tongue tied from time to time. But I do enjoy doing it. It’s a great challenge. TC: What sort of storylines would you like to see T’Lorra in? LM: I’m not sure yet. TC: How would you like to see your character grow over the coming series? LM: I would love for her to rediscover who she is and what she can become, for her to see her new comrades in a different light and possibly challenge some of the Romulan beliefs she was always taught to have. TC: What is the best thing that you have gotten from acting in either Hidden Frontier or Odyssey? ML: Besides meeting and working with great people, my cold reads have improved. (smiles)~