When is the starship Attempt The loud and proud LGBTQ+ group finally continues its journey this week. Star wars fans will see something very special: themselves represented in the 23rd century.
“I love that we’re premiering during Pride Month,” actor Melissa Navia told The Daily Beast’s Obsessed before the Season 2 launch. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Coming June 15th on Paramount+. “I feel like our poster is about that too,” he adds. Promotional ads and videos feature distinctive rainbow color and graphics, which Navia will love. “I don’t know if this was done on purpose, but I’ll go ahead and say it was!”
Open Strange New WorldsNavia plays pilot Erica Ortegas. USS Attempt. This Star wars the prequel series takes place both in the future and in the past; The adventures take place in the 2200s, but several years before those depicted in the original series in the 1960s, when Sulu (George Takei) served as William Shatner’s helmsman under the iconic Captain James T. Kirk.
When Strange New Worlds Launched last summer, Navia was asked the following question: Variation about her character’s androgynous appearance and demeanor. “I like it when we approach without blinking an eye. As if they shouldn’t, right? Everyone must be a little weird,” he said. “I know I radiated this wonderful weird energy. It just became a part of who I am.
Almost a year later, Navia told us she “absolutely” stood behind these statements and the community.
“Throughout my career, the trans and LGBT community has been a rock star for me in terms of people who love what they see in me. They love what I bring to the screen and what I bring to the characters.” “The truth is that gender [fluidity] It almost naturally plays a part of me, and always has been. So every time I get a part in something, I think people somehow see it. [The LGBT community] They’ve definitely become my biggest fans.
Actor Jess Bush does not hesitate to say “I am gay” when he talks about both his own life away from the television screen and his Paramount+ broadcast series. “I am delighted that all expressions of sexuality and gender are more represented. Star wars. It’s really exciting for me and I’m really proud to be a part of this representation.” The Australian native returns as Nurse Christine Chapel, who is an openly bisexual character in this incarnation but still takes an interest in Spock.
“I want to see [sexuality and gender] “We explored more for the Chapel and everyone involved in the show,” Bush said. “This is something that I think the fandom really appreciates, and it’s also a direct reflection of our society right now. The increasing visibility and increasing acceptance of queer people is something that is celebrated a lot but is also very much threatened right now. There is a lot of violence against people who are queer.”
Bush was alluding to events like the Glendale, California Board of Education meeting that broke out this month among anti-LGBTQ+ and pro-LGBTQ+ demonstrators. As The Daily Beast reports, right-wing extremists target schools that support queer students. Bush talks about how it has been throughout his history. Star wars has addressed current conflicts through science fiction storytelling, from war to racism and more recently LGBTQ+ and non-binary inclusion.
“According to me Star wars has a certain power that can be used to fight it [violence]said. “I confess [producers] To do this in writing. I think this is an opportunity for them to really stand out and stand behind our queer fans.”
These fans have long fantasized about the potential love between them and created tons of fanfiction. Star Treks the original lead characters, Kirk and Spock, refer to them as “Spirk”. Paul Wesley plays a young Jim Kirk. Strange New WorldsEthan Peck, grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck, wears the famous pointed ears this time.
“I think it’s someone’s relationship with another actor off-screen or your general chemistry on the screen,” Wesley says. Spock meets Kirk for the first time in Season 2, and Peck says their basic friendship was the key to that scene.
“It really added a lot of nuance to that moment, that important moment where these two characters meet,” Peck says.
Celia Rose Gooding breaks ground Strange New Worldsnot only as the first actor to play communications officer Nyota Uhura since the death of the groundbreaking Nichelle Nichols, but also as the first queer actor to play the role.
“As an out queer person, someone whose relationship with her gender is constantly evolving and changing, it’s very exciting to be a part of this, especially to play a role created by cis women and historically just existed. cis is played by women,” says Gooding, He added that he was humble because Uhura’s story was trusted..
“In the trans and nonbinary queer community, know that there are a lot of people out there who want to do the right thing for all of you and represent all of you in a human, real, beautiful and lovely way. And getting your support means months and beyond for all of us, but especially for me, because I’ve learned the most about myself from queer people, and I’m someone who is me every day and has to look like myself. To play this character,” says Gooding.
“Being a part of that and being just a small piece of an incredibly delicious franchise cake and having my weird little stamp on it and saying, ‘A queer was here and he repeated the role and did it,’ means a lot to me. Make sure everyone knows this person is here and is proud to be a part of this community and has a role to play here. Star wars.’”
Rebecca Romijn, whom fans may remember as Mystique in the top three X Men In his films, he plays a character who hides a terrible secret that is revealed in the first season. The revelation resulted in his arrest in the season finale, and he will be put on trial in the second episode of this second season. Romijn’s character is an “augmented” Una Chin-Riley which means she is the result of genetic engineering banned by Starfleet and the Federation. She is the Enterprise’s first mate and Captain Pike’s “Number One”.
Given that Romijn had previously played a trans woman in the televised Ugly Betty, we asked her if she saw any parallels between her characters’ experiences and society’s treatment of trans people as social outcasts.
“It’s like these three characters come back into my life and I love it,” Romijn says. “Even though we have this utopian, futuristic world walk, sometimes we still deal with very human problems like prejudice and persecution. That episode really shines a light on that. I think the message Una wanted to send is that I can keep it, doesn’t mean I have to. And I would like to think that a lot of trans people feel that way too.”
Romijn also calls out to trans actor Jesse James Keitel, who plays a non-binary villain in the groundbreaking Season 1 episode directed by a trans woman, Sydney Freeland. “Spending that episode with Jesse James Keitel was so great on our show. We can’t wait to find a way to bring him back.”
It is clear that the stars Strange New World know how strong and radical the show’s LGBT+ representation is.
An active user of social media, Navia heard queer fans ask about her character’s love life. “I know people want to see more of Ortegas in terms of their relationship, and I’m going to say, ‘Wait a minute’. Wait for sure!’” She says. “I can’t wait to see what fans, and especially the trans and LGBT community, continue to see at Ortegas. And hearing from them inspires a lot of what we bring to the role. So thank them and yes, Honor month: Let’s do it!”
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