Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatthew Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests, including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

The Trek Untold podcast is not endorsed by, sponsored by, nor affiliated with CBS, Paramount Pictures, or any other Star Trek franchise

04: Deborah May Takes The Lead

Sometimes, being typecast in Hollywood means being stuck in an unsavory role that you don’t want to do. For some lucky people, they find amazing roles in the same vein, and Deborah May is one of those actresses who has had the joy of playing a strong female protagonist in much of her work.

On today’s episode, we talk about how Deborah went from beauty pageant queen to actress, and how that road led her to two appearances on Star Trek series – First, her role as Haneek in the haunting DS9 episode “Sanctuary,” and then as the matriarch Lyris in the VOY episode “Favorite Son.” We discuss being cast in these roles, the differences between performing with Avery Brooks and Kate Mulgrew, her on-screen rapport with Nana Visitor, and working with her friend Rene Auberjonois. We also hear about how Deborah was ALMOST Captain Janeway in Voyager, and what Kate had to say to Deborah when she found out.

Plus, working with Betty White on “The Golden Girls” and Patty Duke in her autobiographical movie “Call Me Anna,” Patrick Fabian, who would go on to be in “Better Call Saul,” and playing another powerful female leader as Natania on “The Walking Dead.”

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