Star Trek 45th Anniversary: A Conversation with Nana Visitor - Page 4
“I had just had my first son, I read this part that you couldn’t tell if it was a man or a woman. I thought it was going to be a guest starring role.”
The role was that of Major Kira Nerys, a sexy and strong Bajoran woman. Kira was a Major in the Bajoran Militia. It was a Bajoran custom to have the family name first, hers being Kira would mean the proper way to address her would be Nerys.
“I know what I want to do, I went out and got a pair of Dock Martens and from my feet up I became Major Kira. When I walked into the room to audition- I was her and I left as her slamming the door as I left. That was it, I knew it! It was mine! I don’t have to win this role, I got it!”
Those are the words of a true character actress; needless to say, Nana got the part of Major Kira Nerys and the rest became a part of television history.
Major Kira was a no-nonsense type of lady; she grew up under the rule of the evil Cardassian Empire’s occupation of her home planet Bajor. The Cardassians enslaved, raped and senselessly murdered men, women and children for over 50 years. Bajor is a peaceful world that believes heavily in their Gods known to them as the prophets. Major Kira was a character that was heavily rooted in her faith in the prophets.
DS9 is the most underrated series of the Star Trek franchise.
“At the time, I remember sitting with Armin Shimmerman on the promenade set and we knew that a lot of the fans did not like what we were because we weren’t going anywhere.” She recalled.
The two previous television incarnations of Star Trek were set on the Starship Enterprise and its voyages through space. It was significantly lighter fare in comparison to DS9.
“We were on a space station that was dark and kind of dank. Armin said that ‘You know what, 10 years from now they are going to get the show, right now they don’t.’ We were the black sheep of the Star Trek franchise.”Continued on the next page