SFX Magazine:

What does Conner think about Enterprise's ratings decline?

Connor Trinneer:

"Yeah, you read certain things... some articles that came out in the trade press were talking about the ratings from the pilot going down to where it's landed at now. I don't read the trades, but I was told about them, and then I looked at it. And, y'know... it's none of my business. I've got enough of my own business to worry about, getting through the day and doing my job productively and effectively."

SFX Magazine:

It must play on his mind, this is his job on the line!

Connor Trinneer:

"I've already won! I already got a great part to play for the amount of time that I'm going to be playing it. However long this goes, I've still won. I still get to play my craft and get better as an actor. It's a very selfish way to look at it, I suppose, but as long as this goes, I'm winning, because I get to go to my job every day and figure out how to get better looking at things microscopically, as an actor. And the rest of it... I don't care. It's the producers' job to worry about that stuff, and it's not my job."

SFX Magazine:

With Nemesis performing badly at the Box-Office, does he worry about the future of the franchise?

Connor Trinneer:

"It can't; it's none of my business. Like I said before, it's already worked out for me. I liked Nemesis! I think that guy who played Shinzon rocked! Are we going to get a film? I don't know. Are we not going to get film - because Nemesis didn't do as well as it was supposed to? I don't know. I don't care. I have a lot to do, and I have to think of it that way. I think that we could give a little new push to the story, and I think if we as a group were made into a film, it would be a really interesting thing, because we're all good actors. I've done this long enough to know who's right for the parts they play in their shows. I hope that we get a shot. I hope for more and if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen."

SFX Magazine:

Does he enjoy working on Enterprise? Is it everything he expected?

Connor Trinneer:

"It can't; it's none of my business. Like I said before, it's already worked out for me. I liked Nemesis! I think that guy who played Shinzon rocked! Are we going to get a film? I don't know. Are we not going to get film - because Nemesis didn't do as well as it was supposed to? I don't know. I don't care. I have a lot to do, and I have to think of it that way. I think that we could give a little new push to the story, and I think if we as a group were made into a film, it would be a really interesting thing, because we're all good actors. I've done this long enough to know who's right for the parts they play in their shows. I hope that we get a shot. I hope for more and if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen."

SFX Magazine:

Does he enjoy working on Enterprise? Is it everything he expected?

Connor Trinneer:

"It is! It's work. I expected it to be work, and I like hard work! That's what I expected it to be. So I knew what it was going to be. [Season Two is] going great! The first year - like any actor - you're worried about doing well. You don't want to screw up, you want to be a good soldier This year's been kind of freeing, in the sense that I'm comfortable at work, I'm comfortable about who I'm working with. Therefore, I think that I'm doing a better job, just because any time that you have nervous energy, it gets in your way. I go to work now and really feel as though I have the luxury to ply my craft without having the nonsense getting in my way - without me getting in my own way, I guess. So I've felt a little more in control of my craft this year."

SFX Magazine:

Trip has had a lot of screen time in Season Two, but there have been times when the Chief Engineer has been used as comic relief. What does Connor think about this?

Connor Trinneer:

"I've got no criticism about how [about the writers have] done my character at all. They've given me a great latitude, and there have been opportunities as the character to experience things that cover the rainbow. I've had a number of character-driven shows that have been great to do, and I couldn't be happier. And I'm also a pro-active part of that, too. I ask questions of the writers and the producers. If I don't understand something, or I have a question about some scene, I'll put it out there. If I'm good at anything new, it's at that, at going `Hang on a minute, walk me through this.' Whereas maybe last year I didn't do that so much. I'm doing that a lot more now. I question everything, which is a good policy."

SFX Magazine:

Was there a moment when he felt he'd worked out who Trip was?

Connor Trinneer:

"I think that was more an evolution over the first half of last year. I wouldn't say there was an episode in which I discovered my character. But there was an episode where I really felt for the first time, 'Anything that you give me, I can handle!', and that was `Shuttlepod One' last year. That episode, because of the environment that we worked in, being so cold and being under the gun with Dominic [Keating], just the two of us, working together... because of that, I really thought for the first time, 'Bring it on! Because I can handle it.' I had a pretty good idea about this guy when I got the part. So I was pretty grounded in who Trip was when I got him, and when I was given those rainbows of opportunity, I never got freaked out because I still had the grounding of who my character was. So I know where he comes from, but I don't know where he's going. With [the writers] developing faith in the fact that I could carry a character-driven show, and giving me opportunities to do that, hopefully, it'll evolve, and - until we're done - it will continue to be on an upward scale."

SFX Magazine:

In Season Two, Trip seems to be an action-man, doing a Kirk. Is this a trend for the future?

Connor Trinneer:

"I don't know that they are conscious of that. I'm certainly not. I don't know what's going on next episode! It's like doing a one act play every week - you get your lines, you make your decisions and you go from there. So, no, I don't know that I can say that that's the arc of something. I don't understand the bigger side of it. I don't know what's coming down the pipe"

SFX Magazine:

What about the Trip-T'Pol relationship? He near-enough asked her out in 'The CatWalk'

Connor Trinneer:

"Well, we have an interesting relationship... You know, there's a little fire going on between the two of us!"

SFX Magazine:

What's it like, watching himself on Enterprise - does he cheer Trip on as he snogs alien babes and zaps people with his phase pistol? Or does he wince?

Connor Trinneer:

"I don't mind watching my stuff! I don't watch the show particularly just to watch it. I watch it sort of like homework. I get to see the work that I've done and then grade it. I can enjoy stuff, but I tend to look at what I've done and say, 'Did I get the arc right; did I create what I was trying to create?' So on one hand, I do enjoy it. On the other hand, I also give myself the space to go back, so hopefully, the next time, I can craft something better - maybe give more attention to something that I wasn't paying attention to."

SFX Magazine:

Rick Berman has said that that Season Three will be going into a new direction - any thoughts about that?

Connor Trinneer:

"Well, this year has been a lot more character driven, and I think that'll continue to be the case. Again, I have to say I don't know this for sure. I think that we're going to begin the see the arc of the show a bit more. I think that the temporal cold war is going to start to come more into play, and we're going to find, y'know, our friends and neighbours. And our nemesis (laughs) No pun intended!"

SFX Magazine:

What is the atmosphere like on the set? Are the cast members one big happy family?

Connor Trinneer:

"With people coming together from different places, it takes some time. But Scott Bakula sets the tone for everything, as he did in the first read-through. He has created a family. He set a tone for working on the show, and so you go there every day, and we're professional and light. We enjoy ourselves. I think that he's taught all of us, who haven't done this as much as he has, how to proceed in this business and stay sane, and to encourage relationships. Him being around has made the show better and I think that him being around has made every actor on the show better…He makes fun of everyone, and he does it in such a wonderful, positive, light way. And we all make fun of each other And - y'know what - that would not have been okay for a while if we'd never had him around to show us that that's how you work together that's how you gel as an ensemble. I think that them bringing him on the show was a stroke of genius for the rest of us."

SFX Magazine:

When there's a break in filming, whose dressing room do they meet in for gossip?

Connor Trinneer:

"We don't do that. Y'know, you spend enough time together that when you're not doing something, you just want to back off and watch [sports channel] ESPN. A lot of our time spent socialising is spent on the set because, y'know, what's funny is that on our set, we've had guys on the crew doing this for 15, 16 years, doing different varieties of these shows. And that's where you do that thing. You go out there, and you have your little idiocies and laugh with each other and at each other and then you go back to your dressing room. I'm not photographic-memory guy, so I spend a lot of my time looking at my stuff, trying to re-craft what I m trying to do. And you don't have a lot of time. You really don't."

SFX Magazine:

It sounds like working on Star Trek has given him the chance to settle down in life and the chance to build himself the dream life.

Connor Trinneer:

"I now get to go to places around the world and explore the places that I wanted to go to my whole life, that I was never really able to! I get to explore the world - and [me and my girlfriend get] to do that together. The by-product of what I've had thrown my way is that my girlfriend and I get to do awesome stuff! (laughs) God bless Star Trek!"

21th April, 2003