May 26 2024

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Discovery: The Future Is Definitely Female Panel

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Yesterday, Gretchen J. Berg, Sonequa Martin-Green, Mary Chieffo, Mary Wiseman, and Michelle Yeoh took part is a Star Trek: Discovery – The Future is Definitely Female panel at the Vulture Festival in New York City.

The hour-long panel featured the women discussing the first season of the newest Trek show, and talking about the women both behind and in front of the camera.

“We absolutely wanted to reflect the world we live in now because that has always been the vision of Starfleet for Roddenberry, that everybody is represented,” said co-executive producer Berg. “And we know there are still people who have not been represented yet on our show. It will be our goal, as long as we’re there, to try to make sure we get everybody in there that we can. So, we’re aware of it, and it’s something that we are dedicated to. It’s exciting. It’s our responsibility to make sure that, wherever you are on this planet, and whatever background you come from, when you turn on the show, you’re able to find yourself and see yourself in there. I think that’s the commitment was from the beginning and what it will be.”

Yeoh was happy to see that diversity, given how things were when she first started acting. “I remember when I first came to Hollywood,” she said. “The director (of a movie) was a good friend, and he said, ‘If they cast a male black lead, we won’t be able to cast you.’ And look how times have changed. I feel so blessed that I am still in it while it’s changed.”

Martin-Green doubted that a black female lead would happen but producers were “adamant” about it.

Berg told viewers to be sure to tune in to Season Two. “You have clues at the end of the final episode as to where we are going,” she said. “And I can promise you that the characters you’ve fallen in love with, you are going to get to know them better. We get much deeper into character exploration this year, and we will meet some new folks. We love our group — and you are going to learn more about them.”

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