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Old May 6 2014, 06:20 PM   #1
TayLaLaLa
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Background Actors?

I was re-watching S1 and there is a background actor I saw in almost every EP of S1. I looked it up but didn't see her in the list. I was wondering if she had been in later seasons which I have not re-watched yet and might have had an actual role I didn't remember. She is a redhead in a yellow/gold skirt uniform? Usually seen on the bridge, sometimes in the halls and maybe in engineering if it is the same person.

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Old May 6 2014, 06:25 PM   #2
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Re: Background Actors?

A screen capture from Trek Core showing her would really help.

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Old May 6 2014, 06:28 PM   #3
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^ It might not be the same actress but I will cap it from an episode shortly.

ETA: I should have waited to post this, I was trying to go to bed. LOL.

ADD: It may or may not be her: http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x...ory_hd_396.jpg

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Old May 6 2014, 06:44 PM   #4
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Hm, redheaded background actress, that was probably Diana Giddings. http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Diana_Giddings
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Old May 6 2014, 06:49 PM   #5
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Yay!

Thank you!
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Old May 6 2014, 11:12 PM   #6
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I always wondered how much Trek background actors made. Some of them were in a lot of episodes.... they must have been paid enough to pay the bills! I'm guessing that they don't make residual checks off of any reruns that air.
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Old May 6 2014, 11:32 PM   #7
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Re: Background Actors?

TayLaLaLa wrote: View Post
I was re-watching S1 and there is a background actor I saw in almost every EP of S1. I looked it up but didn't see her in the list. I was wondering if she had been in later seasons which I have not re-watched yet and might have had an actual role I didn't remember. She is a redhead in a yellow/gold skirt uniform? Usually seen on the bridge, sometimes in the halls and maybe in engineering if it is the same person.
Lorine Mendell portrayed the hot redhead in the yellow/gold skirt uniform. As other posters mentioned, she - the character - was given the name 'Diane Giddings.'

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Lorine_Mendell
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Old May 7 2014, 12:28 AM   #8
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There's a guy with black hair, I know he was in "The Game" putting a game head set on when Crusher & Lefler left ten forward.

He's seen a bunch of times.
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Old May 7 2014, 01:01 AM   #9
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I always wondered how much Trek background actors made. Some of them were in a lot of episodes.... they must have been paid enough to pay the bills! I'm guessing that they don't make residual checks off of any reruns that air.
No, background actors never get residuals. See page 5 of this pdf for current SAG/AFTRA background actor day rates (note that regular background performers like Lorine Mendell, who was both a general background actor and a stand-in, were likely paid a weekly rate):

http://www.sagaftra.org/files/sag/Di...ones_8_4_0.pdf
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Old May 7 2014, 02:08 AM   #10
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think these background performers, if not SAG members, are not allowed to speak on screen. That's why so many just seem to nod when addressed.

Also cool to see Dennis Madalone throughout the shows, because whenever you see him, you know he's about to get thrown across the room.

Perhaps the most prolific background actor is Tom Morga. He appeared in numerous roles and as a stunt double from TMP through ENT.
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Old May 7 2014, 03:37 AM   #11
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Re: Background Actors?

As said above, background extras are the grunts of any TV/movie work. They're literally paid a few $100, given some access to the craft-services table and told to shoo when everything is wrapped. No residuals, nothing. If they *speak* it bumps them up a whole other pay-grade.

Which is a shame, the red-haired woman in the skant really needed to be paid more.
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Old May 7 2014, 04:34 AM   #12
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Which is a shame, the red-haired woman in the skant really needed to be paid more.
Yeah well, she put out for Okona. For shame.
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Old May 7 2014, 07:16 AM   #13
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Yeah well, she put out for Okona.
No accounting for taste.

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Old May 7 2014, 02:58 PM   #14
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Maxwell Everett wrote: View Post
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I always wondered how much Trek background actors made. Some of them were in a lot of episodes.... they must have been paid enough to pay the bills! I'm guessing that they don't make residual checks off of any reruns that air.
No, background actors never get residuals. See page 5 of this pdf for current SAG/AFTRA background actor day rates (note that regular background performers like Lorine Mendell, who was both a general background actor and a stand-in, were likely paid a weekly rate):

http://www.sagaftra.org/files/sag/Di...ones_8_4_0.pdf
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Old May 8 2014, 03:28 AM   #15
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Several actors portrayed characters on the Bridge for a few episodes. They sometimes got a small speaking part.
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