Trek Untold Episode 27: Sheila McCarthy, Amesha from “Star Trek Discovery”
Sheila McCarthy is one of the best actresses you've likely never heard of – because most of her career has been in Canada! She's had plenty of prominent roles in the US too, and in 2019 she appeared in the second season episode of “Star Trek Discovery” titled “New Eden” as Amesha the All-Mother. In this episode, we discuss the secretive audition process for DISCO, working with Sonequa Martin-Green and Anson Mount, being directed by Jonathan Frakes, and other fond memories of acting in the episode.
We delve into Sheila's past, as she remembers what she learned under the tutelage of the legendary Uta Hagen, lessons from the Second City Improv Troupe and run-ins with John Candy and Robin Williams, her breakthrough role in “I've Heard the Mermaids Singing” and how it was interconnected to so many other roles in her career, including “Stepping Out” with Liza Minelli. Plus, Disney's “Paradise,” screen-testing with Kevin Costner for “Field of Dreams,” working with Bruce Willis in “Die Hard 2” and her latest popular role as Agnes in “The Umbrella Academy” on Netflix alongside Mary J. Blige and Cameron Britton.
And of course, we cover some Canadian shows like being on “The Littlest Hobo,” “Emily of New Moon,” and “Little Mosque on The Prairie,” and stories from the stage like “Say Hello to Harvey” and a punk rock version of “Godspell.”
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