As the USS Enterprise's communications officer, Lt. Uhura, acting legend Nichelle Nichols broke down barriers in the 1960s by becoming one of the first black women to have a prominent role on a major TV series.
SYFY WIRE's Tara Bennett had the chance to sit down with Nichols for a one-on-one interview made all the more special by the fact that this year's San Diego Comic-Con marks the acting legend's very last convention appearance.
"It's been enjoyable being her, and creating her, and developing her," Nichols told us about being able to not only shepherd Uhura but also show how truly amazing the character has been in the sci-fi landscape. The actress played the role from 1966-1969 on Star Trek: The Original Series before reprising the character in six subsequent films.
Nichols also touched upon how proud she was of the female characters that have come since then and the fact that TV increasingly features strong sci-fi women. One of those characters? Sonequa Martin-Green's Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery. The former Walking Dead star has been one of the many women who have been inspired to go into acting thanks to Nichols.
About the longevity of the Star Trek fandom, Nichols told us she wasn't surprised that it has lived long and prospered. She added that she was excited to see how it has developed across generations and how fun it was to see little kids and their parents coming up to her to let her know they were new fans of hers.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.