In our debut episode of “Trek Untold,” we chat with a person who knows a few things about dealing with Starfleet, whether it’s peaceful negotiations or straight-up scamming them! Kaitlin Hopkins appeared in DS9 and Voyager in two memorable episodes, but beyond that, she has appeared in many other TV shows, movies, and theatrical productions.
We take a deep dive into her past to discuss growing up around Hollywood and the theater world, and what led her into acting. From there, we learn about her roles in Trek as the Vorta alien Kilana in the DS9 episode “The Ship” and Dala the grifter in the VOY episode “Live fast and Prosper,” her on-screen rapport with Avery Brooks, the differences between the two sets and acting with Brooks and Kate Mulgrew, Jem’Hadar soldiers passing out from the California sun, and the deleted scene from her VOY episode that she wishes was kept in.
Plus, working with Angela Lansbury on “Murder, She Wrote,” Dick Van Dyke on “Diagnosis Murder,” and Jane Seymour on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” being in the bizarre off-Broadway musical “Bat Boy” and how she met her husband there, becoming head of the musical theater department at Texas State, and her advice for aspiring actors.
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Trek Untold is sponsored by Triple-Fiction Productions, a US-based company that 3-D prints Trek-inspired prop replicas for fan films and cosplayers, as well as accessories and playsets for all iterations of Trek figures through the years. Visit them at Triple-Fictionproductions.net.