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.

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106: Avaah Blackwell Rolls With The Punches

We first spoke with Avaah Blackwell nearly two years ago while she was working on “Star Trek: Discovery” as the alien Starfleet crew member named Osnullus. Fast forward to today, and her work in the Trek franchise has expanded in some big ways, including being Rebecca Romijn’s stunt double on “Strange New Worlds”!

Avaah discusses being Osnullus and the secrets behind her makeup, becoming a Kelpien for the first time, and what it was like for her to finally not wear any prosthetics and be a Lt. Ina on Discovery. From there, we learn about the stunt world that Avaah is embedded in and how she went from being an enlisted Starfleet officer to a stunt double for Rebecca in SNW. Avaah explains how she shifted from performing to taking falls, what a stunt audition is like, discusses some of the maneuvers she performed on the show and the way she trains for them, how they choreograph the fight scenes, why it’s important for a stunt performer not to be seen on camera when doing an action scene, and being the “Gorn Arm Performer”! Plus, blooper stories from the set of Discovery!

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