On Saturday, October 8th, 2022, upfront of the Star Trek Universe panel at New York Comedian Con 2022, The Beat had the chance to participate in a Star Trek: Prodigy roundtable dialogue with collection star Kate Mulgrew (Hologram Janeway/Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway).
Through the first half of the primary season of Prodigy, which was created by Kevin and Dan Hageman, we had been launched to Hologram Janeway aboard the USS Protostar. Then, within the midseason finale, it was revealed that Mulgrew was additionally reprising her Star Trek: Voyager function, (now-)Vice Admiral Janeway. Earlier than the Prodigy midseason premiere on October 27th, 2022, Mulgrew fielded questions over Zoom about making the primary Trek collection geared in direction of youthful viewers and Janeway’s philosophies about science throughout her time within the Delta Quadrant!
This roundtable has been edited for readability.
SPOTTED GIRAFFE with Unusual New Pod: I’ve a query about enjoying two Janeways. You’ve finished it on Voyager already, how does that evaluate to doing it as a voice actor?
KATE MULGREW: Properly, it will probably solely assist me, as a result of Janeway bas been dwelling inside me for upwards of twenty-eight years. So she resides inside me, I faucet on her. However then I get to go additional with Vice Admiral Janeway and Hologram Janeway and all the opposite incarnations that will or might not ensue. So it’s nothing however enjoyable.
Utilizing my voice alone permits me a sure freedom and latitude that dwell motion didn’t.
DIANA KENG with TV Fanatic: I’m going to ask in regards to the relationships that Hologram Janeway has developed, in addition to those that Vice Admiral Janeway is coming into Prodigy with. On the Protostar I really feel there’s a extra maternal guardian/information, what do you’re feeling the Vice Admiral brings to it on-board the Dauntless?
MULGREW: She brings immediacy, urgency, and sentience, which is vital to sustaining the important thing – imaginatively – Vice Admiral Janeway and Hologram Janeway. Notably within the minds of the younger kids who’re watching; it’s stress. It’s dramatic stress that’s going to contain them.
RYAN T. HUSK with The Seventh Rule podcast: Placing on alien make-up or Starfleet uniform or stepping out onto a full bridge set tends to assist actors get into character; voice actors don’t have that. Do you might have a course of earlier than you carry out as Janeway on Prodigy to get you into character?
MULGREW: Are you aware what I’ve that supersedes all of that? I’ve a strong creativeness, which appears to know no bounds. So as soon as I get into that sales space and placed on these headsets, I let it go. I imply, there’s not even a scintilla of holding again or resistance of any type. And inside my consciousness I can go wherever I wish to go, and I’ve all types of vocal dramatic moments.
There’s an incredible spectrum to what I can do with my voice.
COLLIER “CJ” JENNINGS with However Why Tho?: I actually just like the midseason cliffhanger, the place it was revealed that Vice Admiral Janeway was going after the Protostar. Are you able to give us just a little bit about how that’s going to go down? How Vice Admiral Janeway’s relationship with the Protostar differs from Hologram Janeway’s?
MULGREW: Properly, we’re speaking about Star Trek, aren’t we? So how do you assume it’s gonna go down? It ain’t gonna go down, it’s gonna go up.
However earlier than it will get up there, there are going to be any variety of harrowing, dramatic, compelling, emotional moments that you just’ve not but seen in any respect earlier than in Prodigy. It’s an extraordinarily compelling run of episodes.
THE TOM C. with The Hashtag Present: With the ability to painting each Vice Admiral and Hologram Janeway, do you do all of the recording session for Hologram Janeway at one level and Vice Admiral at one other level, or do you do all of it on the identical time?
MULGREW: I love to do it abruptly. And what I actually love to do, as a result of they requested me this themselves – they are saying, “do you wish to do Vice Admiral Janeway first after which we’ll do Hologram?” I say, “No, let’s simply do them again to again. Let’s combine it up.”
I wish to see if I can trick my head into going backwards and forwards between characters – and I can, as a result of I’ve established a protocol in my thoughts for every of them. In order that’s an excellent query.
DIANA MARSH from Steel Life Journal: Voice over has its personal particular set of expertise, and the way in which that you just work the character. Do you are taking something from voiceover and apply it to your non-voiceover roles?
MULGREW: That’s an excellent query, however I might say other than the integrity of my voice, or shall I say the range in my voice, no. As a result of dwell motion is a really, very demanding and fast craft.
Within the voice over performing, I’ve a variety of house, and I exploit it. I find it irresistible. I imply, there’s actual liberty in that recording sales space with these characters. And it’s really extraordinarily rewarding work.
ERIC SEUTHE II with Nerd Information Social: Hologram Janeway is a snapshot previously of Vice Admiral Janeway. Trying from Hologram Janeway’s standpoint at Vice Admiral Janeway, who has made completely different selections, who has grown as an individual, what would Hologram Janeway consider the particular person Vice Admiral Janeway has develop into over all these years?
MULGREW: I feel she’d be completely impressed and gratified and moved. Insofar as a Hologram has feelings in any respect… Which as we all know, The Physician (Robert Picardo) has taught us on Voyager, could be very, very potential.
I feel Vice Admiral Janeway has develop into precisely what Hologram Janeway would espouse to her younger ones on the Protostar.
DEACON with Ms. Hollywood: Twenty-one years in the past, Voyager ended. What was it the method that acquired you again to revist that character once more?
MULGREW: Properly, it was a really pretty invitation from Alex Kurtzman, who as has now assumed the mantle of your entire Franchise. And I can’t consider anyone with a extra compelling means of extending an invite. The way in which he framed it, that this might be an animated collection focused to kids, a demographic we now have by some means managed to keep away from in all of those years – and the very demographic that may find it irresistible and embrace it probably the most.
How may I probably say “no”? I stated, “Completely, let’s go and let’s give it all the pieces we’ve acquired.” And I feel it’s superbly finished, and I feel Dan and Kevin Hageman are geniuses.
ONICA CUPIDO with Mommy Issue: My query is about what you within the function at first, whenever you first acquired the script? And now coming into it a couple of episodes later, what do you assume goes to occur along with your characters that’s nonetheless going to be fascinating and thrilling?
MULGREW: Properly, as , Star Trek isn’t boring, proper? The joy is infinite, it needs to be! So the truth that I get to play Vice Admiral Janeway, and Mirror Janeway (Star Trek On-line), and Hologram Janeway, and god is aware of no matter different incarnations of Janeway they’ve up their sleeve, is a part of the delight.
But additionally, very a lot part of the dramatic stress, very a lot part of that. And the probabilities are infinite. So the sky’s the restrict right here – or I ought to say, house is the restrict right here. And that’s an incredible a part of the enjoyment of doing it.
AVERY KAPLAN with The Beat: Along with persevering with the story of Janeway, Prodigy additionally exhibits how Voyager’s return helped advance know-how all through Starfleet. I’m curious whether or not advances like this had been on Janeway’s thoughts throughout Voyager’s journey again to Earth, or whether or not they had been merely incidental to survival?
MULGREW: All the time on her thoughts. You understand that firstly, and all the time, she is an ardent scientist.
I’ve all the time stated, after all it was terrible to get misplaced within the Delta Quadrant, seventy-five thousand mild years from dwelling with 100 sixty-five complement imperiled. However just a little a part of Janeway went, “Sure! That is going to be an journey, and that’s what it’s all about.”
The primary ten episodes of Prodigy season 1 are at the moment obtainable for streaming on Paramount+. The season 1 midseason premiere might be launched on October 27th.
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