"I had never seen much of Star Trek, or any other science fiction, before I was cast. But Seven's wonderful." - Jeri Ryan
Cheating is often more efficient.
When I started out on "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995), they had to tell me everything about Star Trek, because I knew nothing about it. I had never seen the original series, I had never seen "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987). I think I'd seen a couple of episodes here and there - of the original series, probably. Never seen Voyager. Didn't know what a Borg was. They gave me a copy of First Contact, the movie, so I could at least see what a Borg was. They also gave me a copy of the Big Star Trek encyclopedia, whatever it is, so that I could bone up on my Star Trek knowledge. Fortunately, it sort of worked for the character that I wouldn't know any of the back stories of the people on Voyager, because she was coming in cold, like I was. That was actually helpful as opposed to detrimental.
My husband is someone who's in the real world. It's a big help that I don't have both feet in Hollywood.
I've always wanted to do this, so it really is a dream come true.
I get to pretend I'm flying into space, and hang out with my friends. That's what I do for a living.
I could do without the Bubonic Plague.
On her Seven of Nine costume: "Initially, I would stay in the costume much longer than I ended up staying in it, because it takes about twenty minutes to get into. Someone has to dress me and undress me. It's a production break if I have to get out of the costume to use the rest room or something. It grinds to a halt unless they can shoot something without me, which typically they can't, if it's a scene that I'm in. So, in the interest of being a team player, the first season, I would not take rest room breaks, I just didn't drink anything on set, which is not the healthiest thing to do."
It doesn't bother me that Seven has such an overtly sexual presence, because she has no concept of what effect that physical package would have on some male member of the crew. That's what's fun, her innocence.
I have a lot of fun with guns, especially the M-16, but my favourite is my little .22. It fits nicely in the palm of your hand. I do limit myself to blanks.
That's what makes a character interesting from an actor's perspective - the more screwed up, the better.
My husband travels a lot with his job, so we have a lot of frequent flyer miles so we can hop on a plane with no notice. That's a nice luxury and he is very supportive.
I have no specific ideas in mind of what I will or won't do; it's all about the roles.
I had never seen much of Star Trek, or any other science fiction, before I was cast. But Seven's wonderful.
I'm not real impressed with the Star Trek weaponry, I gotta be honest.
My background has been very helpful for this experience. But everyone was so accommodating because they knew it's not the most comfortable position to be the new kid.
The costume that I wear on the show is a little snug and doesn't leave a whole lot to the imagination. I don't have a problem with it because of the way this character's been written.
He's a good man and good father - on her ex husband Jack Ryan who is running for US Senator in Illinois
There are three things pageant women do. There's the Vaseline thing, which I didn't do. There's duct-taping your boobs, which I never did because I'm not into pain. The third thing is using athletic spray adhesive on your butt to keep your swimsuit in place. I did do that. So one out of three ain't bad.
West Hollywood is predominantly gay, so every man that came into the grocery store was shopping for his boyfriend.
I was always a fan of horror films as a kid.
We love our jobs, but I don't think any of us look at it as though we're doing a huge public service by getting this information out!
It was really a pleasure to play someone who's literally pushed past her breaking point repeatedly.
I would defy people to find a more beautifully developed character than Seven of Nine.