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 70: Jill Jacobson, Vanessa from Star Trek TNG “The Royale” and Aroya from Star Trek DS9 “Broken Link”

Jill Jacobson, Vanessa from Star Trek TNG “The Royale” and Aroya from Star Trek DS9 “Broken Link”

Trek Untold welcomes the ravishing Jill Jacobson to the podcast, who you may remember as the clueless Vanessa from the season 2 TNG episode “The Royale” and the DS9 season four finale “Broken Link” as Aroya, the owner of the Celestial Café on the promenade who gets a date with Odo.

Jill has the craziest audition story ever of how she got her role on TNG, and tales of working with veteran actor Noble Willingham, trying to keep a straight face around Brent Spiner, and stories with Jonathan Frakes and Michael Dorn. Then it's onto DS9, her first time wearing prosthetics and the original long-term plans for her character.

Plus, growing up in Texas and discovering acting, her first movie role alongside Gary Lockwood and Carol Lynley, becoming “Nurse Sherri” in the Al Adamson directed cult-classic film that Quentin Tarantino has called one of his favorite movies, what she learned about comedy from Bob Newhart, working with Aubrey Meadows on the short-lived “Uncle Buck” TV show, making risky choices with Adrian Brody, confessing to Scott Bakula and dancing with Russ Tamblyn in “Quantum Leap,” and how Jill helped a young Jonathan Frakes get one of his earliest TV acting gigs in a story that even Cmdr. Riker might not know!

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