Afterlife 104 Nichelle Nichols
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…