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Old January 28 2009, 04:52 AM   #1
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Visitor On 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'

According to Nana Visitor, the role of Kira Nerys was the role of a lifetime.

Intendant Expectations

An interview with Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor wouldn't change a thing. Even if she could re-imagine her life and career in an alternate universe, she wouldn't pull the trigger on making it a reality. And, more specifically, even if she could, she'd not dare change a thing about her experiences on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

"I wouldn't," says Visitor who spent seven seasons on the show as Major Kira Nerys, the formidable Bajoran first officer aboard the wormhole-protecting space station DS9. "That show, that character really was one of the things that defined the rest of my life. Not just because I was part of this television show that people still follow, but because of Siddig, us having a child, and the people that I met 15 years ago that I still keep up with, that I still hear from all the time. It's kind of like what college is for a lot of people. You form friendships that last the rest of your lives. 'Star Trek' is the only acting experience I have had where this many friendships have formed and this many have stayed."

"I can tell you, having continued to work since 'Star Trek,' that the years make me think even more fondly of the experience on the show," Visitor continues. "As an actor, I always equate it to being a racehorse. I'm capable of really running and I want to run full out. DS9 was running full out in every way. And a lot of the jobs I do now, frankly, are like being at a farmer's market and giving two-year-olds rides around the parking lot. It's work. It's what it is. It's the job at hand. But it certainly doesn’t make me race the way that DS9 made me race."

"It's interesting: when my boys find the show on TV they stop and watch it. They find it really funny and very bizarre to see Siddig and me in these situations and doing this stuff. I tend not to watch the episodes because I miss it too much. I can look at a show and look at a moment and know exactly what was said, when we filmed it, what I was feeling. The sense memory is still so strong. I think I was so present in those years, every moment I was on set, like maybe I haven't been for a lot of my life. But it required that of me. Doing that show, playing Kira, required everything I "

Visitor truly considers Kira the role of a lifetime. "I can't imagine a better character," she enthuses. "I just cannot imagine one, and luckily I knew it at the time. Frankly, I could have gone a few more years with the character. I loved her. I loved her faults and I loved her history. The writers from DS9 occasionally hire me to do other projects, but, other than that, I just haven't come across that kind of writing again or character development, or even the understanding that someone can have a set of morals that will guide how they are with other people. Behavior, the mythology of a character, doesn't seem to make a difference to a lot of people now producing shows."

Visitor actually portrayed two characters on DS9. In addition to the Kira that fans came to respect, Visitor portrayed a version known as the Intendant of Terok Nor in a number of Mirror Universe episodes. The shows transcended mere gimmickry; rather, they shed a dark light on the regular DS9 characters and provided exciting acting challenges for the lead actors and several members of the show’s extensive supporting cast. Visitor recalls that the DS9 producers blindsided her, albeit happily so, with the decision to showcase the Intendant as a volatile, sexy, hedonistic, conniving, narcissistic and possibly bisexual force with whom to be reckoned.

"We got very little advance notice of what they were going to do next," Visitor says. "I think I just read the script and learned what I was and how it happened. It fascinated me to think of the essence of the person being the same, having the same passion, the same DNA, yet how does it flip? It's like having a clone. Does the clone become just like that person? Well, maybe not. So, OK, there’s a real sense of purpose. Kira's sense of purpose was one for her people and the Intendant had a huge sense of purpose as well, but it was all for herself. So those things were really interesting, and it was fascinating to make that into something so dark."

"And it was also fun to have a whole different set of rules in terms of what they wrote for me, having slaves and all the outrageousness. To me, the Intendant was close to what a drag queen would do. She was over the top, and there was a line that I loved to walk. I tried very hard not to go over that line, and I know sometimes I did go over it, but when you're doing a TV show like that, you're going to win some and you're going to lose some. Mostly, you only know what you've done once you've seen the show put together. But I liked taking that chance because the risk was usually really worth it."

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Old January 30 2009, 03:07 PM   #2
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All, and I mean, ALL, former TREK actors/actresses should be like this. Unfortunately, they aren't.....I'm a fan Nana!!!....And we miss you too!!!

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Old February 1 2009, 01:10 AM   #3
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It's nice to see an actor so gracious and appreciative of their experience with Trek. I don't expect them all to be completely enthusiastic all the time, but it's wonderful that Visitor recognizes how special the show was... both to her, and to the fans.
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Old February 1 2009, 01:54 AM   #4
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What a nice read... I'm currently in the process of rewatching DS9 again, up to season 3 now. Kira is still on my favourite characters, not in the least because of Nana Visitor's inspired performance. She really brought this character to life!
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Old February 6 2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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Thanks for posting this, it's a neat read.
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Old February 8 2009, 07:09 PM   #6
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WOW that's right from the heart...great interview Nana.
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Old February 9 2009, 02:05 AM   #7
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All, and I mean, ALL, former TREK actors/actresses should be like this. Unfortunately, they aren't.....I'm a fan Nana!!!....And we miss you too!!!

Trek actors have the right to say the opposite of this article, too. They're only human.

With that said, I greatly enjoyed Nana's work and I'm glad to see that she looks back fondly on the show. Also: I had a pretty big crush on her in the 90s, probably due to her eyes.
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Old February 9 2009, 03:55 AM   #8
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I crushed on her, too, but it wasn't her eyes I admired. What a great actress, and a great TV series.
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Old February 10 2009, 01:50 AM   #9
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Thats great, its nice and rare to read an interview with an actor from a by-gone TV show that is really gratefull for the time they spent on the show. I seem to remember another interview recently where Jonathan Frakes uttered the same sentiments about his time on TNG. Maybe I'm just a sap but I really get a warm feeling when actors say how much loved something they did.

Going back to Jonathan Frakes real quick, the only thing I remember from that interview was this and it may be paraphrased a little "I'm grateful for my time on The Next Generation because I've done alot of bad Television"

Anyway I have to agree that Nana was and is a fantastic actor but so were the rest of the bums she worked with for seven years lol just kidding.
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Old February 10 2009, 02:07 AM   #10
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She was one of the best things about DS9. Forget Jadzia. To me, she was it.
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Old February 13 2009, 10:58 AM   #11
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i was so disapointed when i saw friday the 13th on monday night, that her role as pamela vorhees was so small.
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