Non-canonical term
This subject matter was never named by a canonical source. However, for the purposes of identification and clarity, the term Schoolteacher has been provisionally adopted by the Wiki.

An unnamed human civilian aboard the USS Orville served as a schoolteacher in early 2421. She replaced Cassius, who had left to join the USS Watson.

The role is a special guest star appearance by Marina Sirtis.

Career[edit | edit source]

This schoolteacher joined the Orville in early 2421 after the previous teacher, Cassius, transferred to the Watson in very early January.

In April and May, the schoolteacher led a class of young children, including Topa. She scolded Topa for pushing a girl for her toy and treating her contemptuously after.

Production[edit | edit source]

Director Jonathan Frakes and creator Seth MacFarlane had auditioned many actresses for a schoolteacher, all unsatisfactorily.[1][2] According to Frakes, both he and MacFarlane were considering a different woman who had auditioned until MacFarlane suggested they look to former actresses from Star Trek: The Next Generation to fill the role.[2] Frakes proposed Sirtis.

I said, “[O]bviously Marina could do this part." [MacFarlane] said he was thinking he should hold off until he found another part for her but asked what I thought, and I said Marina would LOVE to do this part. So we're in video village – we were already shooting – and both texted her at the same time. She was thrilled and we called her, found a date, made a deal for her.[2]

Sirtis also recounted the story in a separate interview:

Johnny and Seth were sitting together, and Seth said, "Well isn’t there, you know, one of our group?" And Jonathan said, "Well what about Marina?" And Seth said, "Well I was kind of saving her for something better." And Jonathan said, "Oh don’t be ridiculous, just give her this part!" [laughs] And the next day I was on The Orville![1]

Sirtis showed up for costume fitting and make-up the next day, and performed her role by the afternoon, an amazing turnaround of 24-to-36 hours from job offer to filming.[2]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Due to a schedule change, Sirtis showed up for costume fitting and make-up the day after being hired and performed her role by the afternoon, a turnaround of 24-to-36 hours from job offer to filming.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

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