Kate Mulgrew Interview for Star Trek: Prodigy Season One

By 12/02/2022 04:47:00 PM

New episodes of Season One of “Star Trek: Prodigy” are now playing on Paramount+ and I've enjoyed joining the Protostar crew on new adventures.

Note: I was invited as media for screening and cast interview. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Along with watching new episodes, I was also able to interview the Prodigy cast including Kate Mulgrew (Hologram Kathryn Janeway), Brett Gray (Dal), Ella Purnell (Gwyn)!

While watching the new episodes, I started having so many questions and I couldn't wait to hear what the cast had to say about their character developments.

For Kate Mulgrew, who voice both Hologram Kathryn Janeway and Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway in the “Star Trek: Prodigy”, I wanted to know

What first interested you in the role? And now is your character still interesting and exciting?

Kate Mulgrew: Well, as you know, Star Trek is never dull, right? The excitement is infinite, it has to be! So the fact that I get to play Vice Admiral Janeway, and Mirror Janeway, and Hologram Janeway, and god knows whatever other incarnations of Janeway they have up their sleeve, is part of the delight.

But also, very much a part of the dramatic tension, very much a part of that. And the possibilities are infinite. So the sky’s the limit here – or I should say, space is the limit here. And that’s a great part of the joy of doing it.

Motivation to Voice Star Trek Animated Character

Kate Mulgrew: Well, it was a very lovely invitation from Alex Kurtzman, who as you know has now assumed the mantle of the entire Franchise. And I can’t think of anybody with a more compelling way of extending an invitation.

The way he framed it, that this would be an animated series targeted to children, a demographic we have somehow managed to avoid in all of these years – and the very demographic that will love it and embrace it the most. 

How could I possibly say “no”? I said, “Absolutely, let’s go and let’s give it everything we’ve got.” And I think it’s beautifully done, and I think Dan and Kevin Hageman are geniuses.

How Voicing Two Janeways Compares

Kate Mulgrew: Well, it can only help me, because Janeway bas been living inside of me for upwards of twenty-eight years. So she resides within me, I tap on her.

But then I get to go further with Vice Admiral Janeway and Hologram Janeway, and all the other incarnations that may or may not ensue. So it’s nothing but fun.

Using my voice alone allows me a certain freedom and latitude that live action did not.

Preparing to Voice Her Janeway Characters

Kate Mulgrew: Do you know what I have that supersedes all of that? I have a robust imagination, which seems to know no bounds.

So once I get into that booth and put on those headsets, I let it go. I mean, there’s not even a scintilla of holding back or resistance of any kind.

And within my consciousness I can go wherever I want to go, and I have all kinds of vocal dramatic moments. There’s a great spectrum to what I can do with my voice.

Which Janeway Character Gets Voice First

Kate Mulgrew: I like to do it all at once. And what I really like to do, because they asked me this themselves – they say, “do you want to do Vice Admiral Janeway first and then we’ll do Hologram?” I say, “No, let’s just do them back to back. Let’s mix it up.”

I like to see if I can trick my head into going back and forth between characters – and I can, because I’ve established a protocol in my mind for each of them.

Difference Between Live Action and Voiceover

Kate Mulgrew: I would say aside from the integrity of my voice, or shall I say the variety in my voice, no (difference). Because live action is a very, very demanding and immediate craft.

In the voice over acting, I have a lot of space, and I use it. I love it. I mean, there’s real liberty in that recording booth with these characters. And it’s actually extremely rewarding work.

I'm so honored I had the chance to interview Kate and share her excitement to continue to have her Janeway character continue on adventures!


STAR TREK: PRODIGY currently streams exclusively on Paramount+

Developed by Emmy® Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (“Trollhunters” and “Ninjago”), the CG-animated series STAR TREK: PRODIGY is the first “Star Trek” series aimed at younger audiences.

Follow a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search of a better future.

These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the “Star Trek” franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.

In the remaining STAR TREK: PRODIGY season one episodes, as the hopeful crew makes their way towards Starfleet, their dreams are threatened when they discover the U.S.S. Protostar harbors a weapon designed to tear the United Federation of Planets apart.

To make matters worse, the U.S.S. Dauntless is on a manhunt for the Protostar as the real Vice Admiral Janeway is eager to uncover what happened to her missing former First Officer Chakotay. With these two ships on a collision course and destruction on the horizon, the fate of the Alpha Quadrant hangs in the balance.

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