Af­ter­life 104 Nichelle Ni­chols

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Pchief com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Ny­ota Uhura on TV be­tween 1966– 1969, and then again on the big screen from 1979– 1991, Nichelle Ni­chols helped trans­form racial stereo­types. From that first on- screen in­ter­ra­cial kiss with Cap­tain Kirk to, er, at­tempt­ing to se­duce Scotty and danc­ing the Seven Veils in Shat­ner’s ill- judged di­rec­to­rial stint Star Trek V: The Fi­nal Fron­tier, Ni­chols has al­ways boldly gone where no woman has gone be­fore… A tal­ented singer and dancer as well as an actress, Nichelle also worked with NASA in the ’ 70s and ’ 80s to help en­cour­age women and mi­nor­ity ap­pli­cants to its as­tro­naut pro­gramme.

We spoke to the leg­endary 82- year- old actress at Gold Coast Su­panova. She was more than happy to be probed for Af­ter­life…

Would you like to play the role again?

Yes I would love to play her again. I would love to if Gene were here and wrote the script. But I think the right writer who ap­pre­ci­ated Gene would cer­tainly be able to do it too and do it in his name.

What would uhura be do­ing now?

Pur­su­ing what she wanted to be do­ing to begin with – to be an ac­tor and I think she would suc­ceed. If I can do it she can do it!

I s there any­thing you think was un­fin­ished about uhura’s story?

Yes. Gene had all kinds of plans and sce­nar­ios for the char­ac­ter. We used to sit with him and he used to ask how we felt about this and that and we were able to tell him how we felt.

Did you get any sou­venirs from the set?

Yes and I’m not go­ing to tell you what or where they are be­cause they’re mine! I have cos­tumes in my house and they’re in my closet even to­day. Any show that I’ve ever done they’ve given me my wardrobe. I also have jew­ellery and I have scripts.

I s there any­thing from the show you wish was real?

What do you mean – it was real! And what­ever wasn’t real be­came real in the end or will be­come real in the fu­ture.

What would i t say on uhura’s grave­stone?

She’ll never leave us. She’ll never get away. Never get away…

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