13 Amazing Bodies of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Stars
"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" is the most fleet-footed Star Trek spin-off in forever, thanks to its sparkling cast. Anson Mount, inspired by his father's journey from hardship to success, values clear purpose and hard work. Ethan Peck, portraying Spock, learns confidence and efficient thinking. Jess Bush transitions from modeling to acting, overcoming fear. Christina Chong focuses on healthy living. Celia Rose Gooding, Melissa Navia, Adrian Holmes, and Dan Jeannotte share insights from their roles and personal philosophies. Paul Wesley advocates for animal empathy, while Gia Sandhu, Melanie Scrofano, and Lindy Booth discuss their unique experiences and wellness approaches. Read on.
Rebecca Romijn plays Number One on the show. She tells People that she is embracing whatever life throws at her. "I think life is a whole game of acceptance," she says. "I think when you, especially as you get older, you just have to accept certain things and accepting your looks to a certain extent is part of that, just growing up, maturity."
Anson Mount plays Chris Pike on the show. He talked about the important lessons he's learned to the Huffington Post. "My father taught me by example. He grew up a poor child in rural Tennessee during the Depression and became an executive for one of the biggest magazines in the country and a very respected journalist — doing exactly what he wanted to do. He taught me 'know exactly what it is you want to do. Figure out what the bullseye is, and the bullseye should be whatever it is you were willing to do for free. Work your ass off at it and someone will eventually be paying you.'"
Ethan Peck plays Spock on the show. He talked about what its like to play the iconic character to Esquire. "He challenges me to be more confident. To have more useful thoughts. I found that I spent a lot of time thinking about ways in which I wasn't worthy or good enough, and that wasn't useful. Spock would never have these thoughts—he would never think about something that doesn't have great utility. That rubbed off on me in the best way, though I'm still on that journey of weeding out toxic and circuitous thinking. I see Spock as a monument in motion, because he's so pure and pristine in his decision-making, his actions, and his philosophy. As an artist and a person, that feels like a very worthy pursuit, to be in search of Spock."
Before playing Christine Chapel, Jess Bush was a model. She talked about her journey to start acting to Coveteur. "I always wanted to try acting, but there was something holding me back from it. I think partly there was a fear of exposure. I also told myself that I should focus on my art, but there was always an inkling that [acting] was something that would be for me. I think I was 21 [years old] or so, and dating an actor and there were other actors around me, so I listened to that and tried it out when I was 21, and of course loved it. I haven't looked back since then."
Christina Chong plays La'an Noonien-Singh on the show. She talked about her diet in an interview with The Standard. Chong likes to eat healthy and try new diets. "I am experimenting with vegan raw stuff and eating healthily," she revealed. "Not a lot of cooking, lots of chopping."
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Celia Rose Gooding plays Nyota Uhura. She talked about working on the show to BlackGirlNerds.com. "It's never lost on me the opportunity that I have. To play that in a room of people who are also at the top of their game and to also feel incredibly supported by a group of people who may not share her same lived experience is incredibly refreshing and so pleasurable. It's great to do, and it's exciting, really exciting, to be a part of the kind of representation I'm craving to see in the world."
Melissa Navia plays Erica Ortegas on the show. She talked about the impact the show has had to HollywoodLife. "There's just a lot of dark things happening in our world every single day that, especially those of us with platforms we really need to be aware of and we need to speak on, but there's just so much happening that is just so dark and so real and so part of our everyday lives. It's wonderful to be able to be a part of this thing that people can be like, 'I had a bad week and can't wait to watch a new episode of Strange New Worlds.' People are watching episodes multiple times, which is the best compliment you can get. It means you've done something right. It's why we tell stories so that people can keep enjoying them over and over in new ways."
Adrian Holmes plays Robert April on the show. Prior to acting, Holmes studied nursing, and talked about this to BlackGirlNerds.com. "Nursing humbles you and puts things into perspective. I don't complain about anything. I realize every day how blessed and how fortunate I am to be able to take care of myself. To wake up in the morning and brush my own teeth, put my clothes on, make food, have dexterity in my hands — I am grateful for all those little things. I cared for regular people who had car accidents or recreational injuries. It could be any one of us anytime. So that puts things in perspective for me to just be present, to be in the moment and enjoy life and enjoy everything that we have in the here and now — to be more grounded, present, and grateful for my life. I put that energy into my work as an actor for sure."
Dan Jeannotte plays Sam Kirk on the show. He also starred in the Hallmark film, Sweeter Than Chocolate, which is about a lot of different couples. Jeannotte tells Digital Journal that he loves the diverse stories in the film, and hopes Hallmark keeps going forward. "There gets to be a great diversity of love stories, we have older people falling in love and same-sex couples. There is a nice diversity and that means a lot to me."
Paul Wesley plays James T. Kirk on the show. Wesley is a vegan, and explained why to InStyle. "There's a purity to animals. They don't lie, there's nothing manipulative [about them]. They have no agenda, specifically dogs, they just love you. They're so selfless. Frankly, animals don't have a voice, they can't communicate how they feel, so it's our responsibility to put ourselves in their position. I just have a tremendous amount of empathy for animals."
Gia Sandhu plays T'Pring on the show. She talked about what it's like to be on set to The Hollywood Reporter. "Everyone is really easy to get along with, really kind, and all very welcoming. When I first got cast, Anson had everyone get together at a skating rink for his birthday, and he invited me. That was the first time I got to meet everybody, when we went for a skate in Toronto."
Melanie Scrofano not only plays Marie Batel, she also played the title character on Wynonna Earp. Scrofano was pregnant when working on the show at a time, and refused to let it get in the way of her work. "I would be sitting down and people wanted to help me stand up," Scrofano says to The Calgary Herald. "I got a bit irritated with that. The whole point is I'm trying to show people what we can do. People's hearts were in the right place and they wanted to look out for me. But it got a bit frustrating. I was like, if you think I can't even stand up on my own, you aren't going to let me do anything."
Lindy Booth plays Alora on the show. She shared her wellness secrets in an interview with SELF. "My diet was super healthy when I was filming — lots of salads, nuts and roasted soybeans. I'd treat myself with dark chocolate or cherry-flavored licorice. I'm obsessed with cardio barre classes, so I brought a ballet barre and hand weights with me on location. I can practically do a class from memory now!"