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.
Production[edit | edit source]
Director Jonathan Frakes and creator Seth MacFarlane had auditioned many actresses for a schoolteacher, all unsatisfactorily. 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. 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.
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!
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.
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.
References[edit | edit source]
- Elliott, Dave. "Interview: ‘Star Trek: TNG’s Marina Sirtis Talks Next Generation, The Orville & DC’s Titans!". GeekTown. Oct. 24, 2018.
- Pascale, Anthony. "Interview: Jonathan Frakes On Casting Marina Sirtis And What ‘The Orville’ And ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Share". TrekMovie. April 10, 2019.