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 94: Sachi Parker Has Changed Her Luck

Trekkies will remember Sachi Parker as Dr. Tava from the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “First Contact” (no, not the movie), but her career and life go far beyond the stars… although in her case, it was a bit closer to stars than most of us.

The daughter of legendary Hollywood actress Shirley MacLaine and Steve Parker, Sachi had a tumultuous childhood and a fractured relationship with her mother, which culminated in her writing a tell-all book about the two of them called “Lucky Me: My Life With – and Without – My Mom, Shirley MacLaine.” Fast forward to almost a decade after Sachi wrote that book, and her perspective has changed in a big way.

We discuss growing up in Japan and her eventual arrival in LA to reconnect with her mom, who in turn helped her daughter discover her talent for acting, what she learned under the tutelage of Peggy Feury, her first professional gig on “Riders to the Sea” with Geraldine Page and Amanda Plummer in Ireland, “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox, “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Scrooged” and how much of Bill Murray's speech at the end was improv, and her episode of the sci-fi series “Alien Nation” with Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint.

From there, it's time for some Trek talk, and Sachi explains how she got the role, the makeup, and prosthetics, working with Jonathan Frakes, memories of Bebe Newirth's guest spot in the same episode, and more from her time on set.

 We also spend much of the episode discussing her mom, coping with feelings of isolation while growing up under a public microscope, why she kept her mother a secret while she was in Hollywood, figuring out who she is and dealing with her generational trauma, and how Sachi has changed to make her life better today for herself and her family.

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