About her years on Star Trek: I`m proud of it. It was difficult; it was hard work. I`m proud of the work because I think I made some little difference in women in science. I grew to really love Captain Janeway, and out of a cast of 9, I`ve made 3 great friends, I managed to raise 2 children. I think, "It`s good. I used myself well. (31 August 2005)
When I joined (Voyager) at the eleventh hour, we had nothing but hair problems. Short? Long? With a hairpiece? Without a hairpiece? All the concerns were about my hair--the hair being the trademark of the woman, right? Finally, we got all that settled but I think there was really something else going on. I think they were nervous about having a woman as captain but they couldn`t be as general as to say, `We`re just nervous about her.` So it`s best to pick something--like hair!...
Life is sacred to me on all levels. Abortion does not compute with my philosophy.
On the best and worst part about playing a Star Trek captain: "The best thing was simply the privilege and the challenge of being able to take a shot at the first female captain, transcending stereotypes that I was very familiar with. (I was) able to do that in front of millions of viewers. That was a remarkable experience - and it continues to resonate. The downside of that is also that it continues to resonate, and threatens to eclipse all else in one`s long career if one does not up the ante and stay at it, in a way that may not ordinarily be necessary. I have to work at changing and constantly reinventing myself in a way that probably would not have happened had Star Trek not come along. I knew that going in, and I think that all of the perks attached to this journey have been really inexpressively great. So the negatives are small." (Sept/Oct 2006, Star Trek Magazine issue #1)
A lot of her is me. I`ve had this broad under my belt for five years. I own her - and nobody can tell me that I don`t own her. I love every single dimension and component of her being. Her nobility, her flawed character, her laughter, her love of the absurd, her love of the unknown, her love of science... I`ve loved her great heart, her formidable spirit, her guts. She has a much better mind than mine, and a gifted imagination as well, but she`s a little prickly, and certainly not without ego. She has this profound sense of humanity: she can talk to anybody and they listen.
I would consider playing Janeway in a movie, but not on television. Would I play Janeway again knowing what I know about the experience? Yes, I think I would. I`m really so proud of what I did. I don`t think I`ve met anyone who worked as hard as I did during those seven years, except maybe Patrick Stewart, and maybe not even Patrick because he wasn`t raising two children on his own. I proved myself to myself. (Sept/Oct 2006, Star Trek Magazine issue #1)
I have a very rich and wonderful personal life, and at its core are my sons. I will tell you very frankly that I have missed them badly in these five years. ... But what we`re talking about is a block of time I`ve missed now with them. Years when nurturing was crucial, I think to their self -esteem. The kind of nurturing that comes without conditions or contingencies. The kind of nurturing that is so simple and so basic to human nature, regarding this relationship between mother and son. We missed it.
Execution as punishment is barbaric and unnecessary. (When speaking of the death penalty.)
The minute there`s a nip in the air, the fire`s lit and the brandy is poured.
"I think people think I`m accessible. I`m never treated as a star, either by fans or other actors, and I like it like that. I don`t get the star treatment. I think that means I`m a good actor. They acknowledge me as a human being, and to me, that`s invaluable, because that`s exactly what I am!"
"“Execution as punishment is barbaric and unnecessary"
"“Life is sacred to me on all levels. Abortion does not compute with my philosophy"