Star Trek 45th Anniversary: A Conversation with Nana Visitor - Page 3
Nana’s next turn on television would be in daytime soap operas. Nana appeared in One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors. She did each series for one year from 1978-82. Nana recalls her experience as an actress on The Doctors in an amusing anecdote about the quality of this particular daytime series.
“The Doctors was horrible. I remember going Oh my God, aren’t they going to re-shoot that?”
At this point in the history of daytime dramas, many were shot as though they were live broadcasts. This meant that whatever mistakes were in the shot, they were not going to be re-shot or edited, that was indeed the final cut.
“Two male characters were in a fist fight and they knocked into the back wall and it shook. It was visibly a bad set, but nope they were going to keep going. We shot it like it was live. It was too expensive for them to stop the camera.” She laughed.
Throughout the 1980s, Nana appeared in numerous primetime television shows in guest starring roles. Her credits included but were not limited to Hunter, Remington Steele, Knight Rider, Highway to Heaven, MacGyver, In the Heat of the Night, LA Law, Thirtysomething and a notably funny appearance in the sitcom Night Court.
In 1992, Nana would begin to embark the journey onto a space station that sits on the edge of the final frontier. Unlike previous roles, Nana would be cast as a regular in a series that would give her the chance to show television audiences her immense acting skills in the biggest and most successful television franchise of all time.
The second spinoff of the Star Trek series was just preparing to launch. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) would move to send ripples throughout the television franchise and truly take its audiences boldly where they had never gone before; the journey into the souls of it characters and the actors that portrayed them. This series unlike the others was dark and gritty which contributed to its multi-dimensional feeling of realism and that gave it a feel and a texture that no other Trek series had.
Nana talked about that day of the audition for the role she would become best known for.Continued on the next page