Interview with Connor

Connor Trinneer, when we talked to you last year, it was all new to you. How does it look to you now?

Connor Trinneer:

The first year, I was sort of pleasantly surprised by the opportunities I was given in playing Trip, and that they sort of, I think, understood his voice or had a good idea about Trip's voice and gave that character, my character, some great storylines.
Not being given the information about what's going to happen this year, I guess the thing that I would like to see happen would be I'd like to see how he gets his foot caught in his mouth all the time, [and that] have a consequence. I would like to see an episode where he finds himself having to come to terms with the fact that he just sort of blurts stuff out and flies by the seat of his pants and gets caught by it. ... The pendulum swinging back in the direction of balance would be a nice thing, I think.

Your character was very active. What's it like to play someone so intense all the time?

Connor Trinneer:

Well, as an actor, I think if you get a job you want ... You want the story to be focused around what you're doing. And it can't be that way with the number of folks we have on the show. And you've got to trade off. But yeah, just give it to me. I'd love to have it. I mean, yeah, give me the piano, I'll carry it on my shoulders. I'd love to do it. Anything they throw at me. Like the second or third episode, I was pregnant. And I took that as a great acting challenge. And I would appreciate, invite, encourage, those sort of scenarios: ... different extreme situations [in which to] put that character, and that I can therefore find as an actor, through my own craft, ways in which I can use my imagination to bring those to life. ... I hope that I've given them the leeway and that they're allowing my character the leeway to have new experiences and ... not to just be the firecracker engineer who insults whatever alien shows up on the ship.

After a year, what is the reality of being part of the Trek universe?

Connor Trinneer:

The only difference is in familiarity, really. ... Having done a number of conventions and met the fans, and having seen certain documentaries that portray fans in a certain light, is it the reality? ... [In] 99 percent of the scenarios, [fans have been] very respectful and very low-key. And I have appreciated that a lot. Because I'm low key and I don't, I don't want to grandstand. I'm not that kind of guy. And it's actually been a surprising experience in the sense that it's been normal. People walked up and said, "You know, dude, I like what you're doing." Very quietly, say at a bar or something. So having spent the year not knowing what to expect, finding out the reality, I've been pleasantly surprised.

It seems like there's a couple possibilities for some sort of romantic relationships to blossom among the crew?

Connor Trinneer:

Well, I mean, it's the show. Granted, I think somewhere down the line, the core members of he show at some point will get together. It seems to be how that works. I have no idea how that's going to go. Honestly, I have no opinion on how it's going to go. We as actors, we as people, get along very well. I really, really like everybody that I work with. It's a great work environment. But in terms of how the characters are going to interact and relate as the hopeful seven-year progression makes itself a reality that I don't know.

August 2001