Interview with dialect coach Rea Nolan, who works with the Klingon-speaking actors as well as Jason Isaacs and Shazad Latif.
The relationship between Culber and Stamets is revealed in a nonplussed,
almost casual manner. “I am grateful for the way that they’ve dealt
with it all around,” says the openly gay Cruz. “We wanted to not make a
big deal about it. These are two people who happen to be gay, who also
happen to be officers in Starfleet, and who also happen to be in a relationship together. I love the fact that it wasn’t ‘A Very Special Episode.‘”
“To get to do something so big and so new with someone who was a friend
and someone who I feel like I knew so well, it was just a gift,” Wiseman
said. “How often do you get to go through big, scary, exciting
experiences in your life with someone who you love and trust like that?
It was just incredibly helpful and incredibly grounding. We were able to
process our big overwhelming feelings with each other. We haven’t had a
scene together, but I feel like we were hand-in-hand through this the
whole time, which was so cool. We get to see each other’s journeys in a
way that’s meaningful to us.”
“I’ve been really proud of the fact that we’re holding our own in
separate camps—Federation, Klingon—we’re getting to build our own
relationships on set,” Chieefo said, “and yet we have each other to hold
each other’s hands when you need to.”
Cornwell and L’Rell had some great moments together, the conversational bits, the screaming sequence, and then the fight scene. How did you enjoy playing those scenes with Mary Chieffo?
I enjoyed it so much. There’s something about L’Rell and Cornwell together. It’s something really stark, and what the audience didn’t get to see, we had much more together happening when she came to interrogate me. There was a great moment, that got edited out, where she’s circling me to interrogate me and I use my psychology background. She’s trying to threaten me, and I say to her, basically, “You don’t have markings of House Kor. You don’t speak the language. And you would’ve killed me already. So, I don’t buy any of these threats. Who are you?” That kind of propels L’Rell into saying, “I want to defect.” In the end, they didn’t really need the full scene and they just kept the wanting to defect part. And it worked. There was a nice chemistry between those two characters. They really respect each other, these two very different species. And I had a lot of fun with Mary.
“I absolutely adore episode nine. There’s a clash of characters, there
are several reckonings that happen. There are a couple of things that I
don’t think the audience is going to see coming. The back half of the
season is all about dealing with what happens next week. We really put
the pedal to the metal.” – Aaron Harberts
“The goal was to find something that had our own language, our own version of what had come before,” costume designer Gersha Phillips told reporters during a visit to the Toronto set of CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery.
“To put the costume on for the first time was, like, really putting it on!” actress Michelle Yeoh told TV Guide, laughing.
“The costume, the phaser, the tricorder, my station… All of it is crazy,” added Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays series lead Michael Burnham. “They’re so beautifully designed. You get all these little firsts. You get the costume. And you get zipped up into it. And somebody hands you a phaser. And then you go to the station and start pushing buttons… It’s all so exhilarating.“
The Cast of Star Trek: Discovery Tell Us Their Favourite Star Trek Episodes
“It was really important to us to tell that story. It moves Michael
forward and helps focus her character. It’s taken some audience members
time to get used to this. Normally characters in Star Trek are fully
realized. Kirk is Kirk. Riker is Riker. No one in Discovery is
fully realized yet. You can see characters changing as a direct result
of the events of each episode. They’re “discovering” who they are. And
so is the Federation and Starfleet. They all thought they knew who they
were, but that confidence is tested by the war.”