Marina Sirtis on Troi in “Encounter at Farpoint”

I watched the pilot with my hands over my eyes. I didn’t feel it was working. I got some really good feedback from people but personally, knowing what I can do as an actress and what was up there, I wasn’t really happy…I personally thought that if I continued to play Troi that way, it would get really boring because if you’re telepathic, a psychologist, who is hugely super intelligent and has that kind of background, she would be so understanding, so nice, so forgiving, so laid back and perfect that I’d be the Linda Evans of Star Trek. What I wanted more of was Alexis.

Marina Sirtis on “Encounter at Farpoint”, quoted in Captains’ Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman, 1995.

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