5 leading ladies who love Star Trek

By: H&I Staff    Posted: July 28, 2017, 12:39PM

Image: Screen Slam

Celebrities: They're just like us. They watch TV and are just as likely to be a fan of a sci-fi as we are. With Star Trek being one of the biggest franchises of all-time, it's no surprise that some of our favorite actors are a part of the fandom as well. 

Star Trek has always been a series that's given celebrity fans the opportunity to make appearances themselves. For example, Whoopi Goldberg has spoken publicly about how inspired she was when she saw Nichelle Nichols as Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series. She then went on to portay Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and in Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: Nemesis.

With Star Trek: Discovery starting in September, there will be a whole slew of opportunities for celebrity Trekkies to appear on the show. Here are five of our favorite ladies who should board the USS Enterprise.

1

Mila Kunis

While promoting her film Jupiter Ascending on IGN in 2015, Mila Kunis freaked out when she was told that Star Trek: Next Generation star Marina Sirtis said she'd like for Kunis to play Deanna Troi if the series was ever rebooted. 

"Next Generation is my favorite Star Trek series. I'm sure all the people that love the original are like 'What? How dare she!' but I'm sorry, Next Generation, to me, beats the original," she said. "I love Deanna Troi. She's awesome. I would totally put in those contact lenses and call it a day. Big poufy hair, curl it, get a perm. Maybe she just said it because I love that show so much."

Image: IGN

2

Rosario Dawson

While Rosario Dawson has never made an appearance in any Star Trek films or series', fans have been rallying to get her a role for quite some time. She's told Conan O'Brien about how she and her brother speak Klingon to each other, has been filmed by TMZ paparazzi speaking Klingon, and openly spoken about how much she loves the franchise.

Speaking to MTV, Dawson said, "Some of the films are great, some of the films are not great, but you get into it, the world has always been remarkable." 

Image: The Weinstein Company

3

Karen Gillan

Having had roles in Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, are you really surprised that Karen Gillan has an appreciation for Star Trek as well? She's thorougly ingrained herself in "geek culture," telling Rolling Stone, " I feel like I've joined the whole stort of nerd-power world. I used to watch The X-Files and Star Trek, so I always had the potential, but I wasn't a full geek until I joined [Doctor Who] and now I've become a full-on geek."

Gillan, who spends plenty of time at Comic-Cons has also been quoted as saying if she were to cosplay, she would dress as a Klingon.

Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

4

Rihanna

When musicians release a song on a movie's soundtrack, that doesn't always mean they particularly like the movie — it's just another medium to get their music out. However, when Rihanna's "Sledgehammer" was written for Star Trek: Beyond, she made it known that she legitimately loves the franchise. In addition to creating a music video right at home in the Star Trek universe, she sat down with Screen Slam to talk about her connection to the films and TV show

"Star Trek has been a part of my life since I was a little girl," she said. "My dad is really the one who introduced me to Star Trek. It just took me one episode to fall in love with this other world that I couldn't understand but felt like I could relate to."

Image: Screen Slam

5

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde is no stranger to the sci-fi world, with roles in movies like Tron: Legacy and Cowboys and Aliens so it's not much of a surprise that Star Trek also holds a special place in her heart as well. She's also a huge advocate for women's rights.

When asked by io9 about women's roles in science fiction and action films and whether she'd like to continue working in them, she said, "I grew up as a Trekkie, which is really funny. I think Star Trek, they were always great female roles, but there's no reason the captain shouldn't be a woman. I think we could do Captain Kirk as a woman. I'm really glad they're revisiting Alien again, because Alien had a huge effect on me as an actor. And Sigourney [Weaver] is someone I look up to very much."

Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Love Star Trek? Discover where to watch on H&I