Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold-Episode 124: Bertila Damas

Bertila Damas Voyage Through Acting

Bertila Damas is a two-time Star Trek veteran with some tremendous roles on stage and screen under her belt.

Bertila played the Vulcan Sakonna in the two-part DS9 episode “The Maquis” and returned to Trek for a role in the tragic Voyager episode “Survival Instinct” as Three of Nine while a Borg and Marika as a Bajoran.

 We learn all about her time on Star Trek, including the arduous makeup routine as a Borg, working with Armin Shimerman, Avery Brooks, Marc Alaimo, and Tony Pilana on DS9, and some great stories about Jeri Ryan on VOY. “Survival Instinct” is one of my favorite VOY episodes, and if you like it even a fraction as much as I do, you will love Bertila's stories about this one!

Plus, Bertila's training with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, and some amazing lessons she learned with her fine education in performing, including doing a stage adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's “A Touch of the Poet” with Robert Beltran, working on The Golden Girls spin-off “The Golden Palace” with Cheech Marin, and working on what is considered by many to be the worst film ever, “Nothing But Trouble,” with Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd.

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