Nicole de Boer joined the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” cast within the show’s seventh season. The position was a singular alternative, the likes of which solely exist within the sci-fi style. Her character, Ezri Dax, took on the Trill symbiont previously joined with the character Jadzia Dax, portrayed by longtime “Star Trek” actress Terry Farrell. In impact, de Boer took over the position previously performed by Farrell and created her personal, new character on the similar time.
Ezri’s expertise of becoming a member of a well-established, tight-knit crew mirrored de Boer’s expertise becoming a member of a cast that had been working collectively for over six years. Both the character and the actress additionally needed to cope with the truth that their presence was a continuing reminder of their predecessors — Jadzia and Farrell.
In an unique interview with Heavy, de Boer revealed what it was like to hitch the cast within the show’s ultimate season and what it was wish to step into Farrell’s footwear.
Joining the ‘Deep Space Nine’ Family
When Farrell left “Deep Space Nine” on the finish of the sixth season, the writers had to determine how to usher in a brand new character to proceed the story of the Dax symbiont. Bradley Thomspon, one of many DS9 writers, advised the authors of “The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years” that making Ezri so totally different from Jadzia was a deliberate determination. They actually needed to distinguish the characters, whereas sustaining the connection between them. They additionally needed to distinguish the actresses, and Thompson mentioned that de Boer was excellent for that objective.
Though becoming a member of the cast of a show for the ultimate season was a problem, de Boer revealed that it wasn’t almost as troublesome as folks assume.
“I all the time get requested about ‘That should have been so troublesome so that you can be a part of this cast this far alongside. And it was somewhat bit, but it surely actually wasn’t that arduous in a means… First of all, I used to be coming right into a show that was a well-oiled machine. It wasn’t a model new show the place we’re all feeling one another out, the place we’re all not sure in our characters. I imply it helped me a lot to return in to those totally realized characters.”
de Boer additionally credited the writing workers with making her job simpler.
“I used to be given scenes with every character, slowly introduced in. And I used to be working with the actor and Ezri was coming in and saying ‘Hi it is me once more,’ you understand, reintroducing herself.”
She mentioned that they did such a superb job creating and introducing her character that it was simple to simply slide in.
Filling Farrell’s Shoes
When de Boer joined the show, she had the unenviable process of changing a beloved actress who’d left the show beneath troublesome circumstances.
“Of course, I did not learn about any of her points with the producers or how she left the show. I did not know any of that on the time, particularly once I was cast. I had no thought. All I knew was that she was on ‘Becker’ and I assumed, ‘Awesome!’ She’s gone on, she’s on different exhibits. I used to be simply an actor pleased to land a job.”
Though the circumstances have been lower than best, de Boer mentioned that the cast’s love for Farrell and the characters’ love for Jadzia made it simpler for her to hitch the show.
“They have a lot love for Jadzia, and I’m, though a painful reminder for them as effectively, there may be an instantaneous welcoming due to that issue. You know, as a result of they miss her so and I’m a connection for them. So, that made it simpler for me. And actually attention-grabbing too… I’m not saying it was simple to do it. I’m saying this entire reality of coming right into a show later, it was so good to have that connection, the identical factor Ezri was going by means of… I can draw on this.”
de Boer took her personal expertise of being the brand new particular person on the set and infused it into her character to create a really genuine portrayal.
Creating a New Dax
One of the opposite challenges de Boer confronted was creating a brand new interpretation of a really well-established character. She needed to be the Dax everybody was used to seeing, however she additionally needed to be a brand new Dax.
de Boer revealed that she drew on quite a lot of her personal experiences to create Ezri. One of the explanations the character got here throughout as so susceptible and actual was as a result of de Boer recognized together with her a lot.
“I additionally simply understood [Ezri] once I learn her, as so many people do… When you are younger you are attempting to determine who you’re. So, after all, once I learn Ezri I may relate! No, I did not get a worm put into my stomach. But after all, I perceive what it is wish to attempt to determine who you’re as you develop, and your identification. That’s an enormous discovery, one which we’re on all through our entire lives, however very a lot so once we’re youthful. So, I actually liked exploring that with Ezri.”
de Boer went on to explain what it was wish to create a model new Dax. She emphasised how vital it was to her that followers see Ezri as an unbelievable particular person all on her personal.
“We received to see that she was this superior younger girl in her personal proper, I imply she made it by means of Starfleet Academy. That’s no simple factor to do. And she was a counselor, and he or she was doing that. And she was so courageous. She needed to depart the station, however she stayed in the long run, and needed to cope with Garak… You must problem yourselves in these little methods to develop as an individual and discover out who you’re and what you are product of.”
de Boer mentioned that Ezri’s vulnerability and willingness to develop have been the very best elements of her character as a result of they made her so actual and relatable. She mentioned that she liked each taking part in the character and the “Star Trek” household that welcomed her so warmly.
de Boer remains to be an avid participant within the Trekverse, although she hasn’t been onscreen in over 20 years. She usually attends “Star Trek” conventions and loves assembly her followers. She’s excited to get again to the conference circuit now that they are beginning up once more. She’ll be at Star Trek Las Vegas in August and hopes to go overseas for extra appearances this fall.
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