Transcript of a Chat with Connor on StarTrek.com


Host:

Welcome, Connor. Thanks for joining us.

Connor Trinneer:

Pleasure to be here, it's really me!

Deborah:

Have you ever been injured during the making of an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise?

Connor Trinneer:

I have. There was a scene with a stuntman for Dr. Phlox who was supposed to headbutt me, and there are stage combat techniques that make it look good on camera, but he got a little excited and was wearring an EV suit and opened my eyebrow up for five stitches. Had to go straight to the ER and get it stitched up. We never saw him again. We used the shot, though, it was good on all 3 cameras.

awesomebabeuk:

Has there ever been an episode that you wish had turned out completely differently?

Connor Trinneer:

I can't say that, but I will say that there have been episodes where I wish they had chosen different takes of the scenes. I'm only in control of what I'm doing, but what I can control, my performance, there have been moments where I wished they would have used a different take.

awesomebabeuk:

Hi Connor ... Will you or have you been to the UK yet?

Connor Trinneer:

I have never been to the UK. I'm arriving on May 11! The Mayflower's going back.

michael2:

Hi, can you tell us something about the new episode "The Forgotten"?

Connor Trinneer:

Without spilling the beans... hmm... It's a continuation of what we've been doing in the last few episodes, getting closer to the Xindi. Trip finds himself having to come to terms with his sister's death.

dougal1:

If not LA where would you like to live?

Connor Trinneer:

I would like to live, if it were another city, San Francisco, otherwise... I like the Four Corners area, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, the Moab area, for some reason that really speaks to me.

Karuba:

What has been the most challenging episode for you to date?

Connor Trinneer:

The most challenging episode would have probably been the one where I was the only one with dialogue and the other guy, the alien only spoke in subtitles ("Dawn"), so I was responsible for carrying that. That was the hardest to act. The most physically difficult one was the one in the first year ("Vox Sola") when Scott and I were hung up and this gelatinous alien was wrapping itself around us, we were suspended for 12 hours a day, your limbs would fall asleep.

awesomebabeuk:

Hi Connor! Watching you in "Similtude" was one of the best TV performances I have seen. Did you enjoy making this particular episode? If not which has been your favourite episode?

Connor Trinneer:

That would probably be my favorite episode in terms of the challenge of it. I thought that was an episode that really came out well in terms of what they were going for there was no need for an apology in terms of the 'Sim' character, they really tackled that nicely, and LeVar (Burton) is extraordinary in terms of helping me with the nuances of the two characters. I was really proud of that one.

ENT_Gal:

Hi Connor. What are your plans for this summer?

Connor Trinneer:

I'm getting married.

Dr Slater:

How mechanically inclined are you in real life?

Connor Trinneer:

On a four-stroke engine, I'm fine, but on a nuclear power plant situation, I wouldn't be so good!

tripster47:

What is your favorite band or musical group?

Connor Trinneer:

My favorite band ... I'm about to go see The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, the Pixies [at Coachella]. like all sorts of music. Who has a favorite band?

Canadian_Commander_Tucker_Fan:

Did you have a favorite subject in school?

Connor Trinneer:

Yeah, about 3 o'clock. (laughter).

J Archer:

What is the weirdest thing you have had to autograph? Please don't say Dominic Keating's bum!!!!

Connor Trinneer:

Then they must have been there, because that's it! (laughter) I didn't know he was in line, I just look up and it's white cheeks and it's him with an evil grin on his face.

symuun:

Do you find it difficult to keep your cool during your neuropressure scenes with Jolene Blalock?

Connor Trinneer:

No.

Hoshi_Reed:

We have a question: Have you ever had a really emotional occurance in your life like "Trip" is going through?

Connor Trinneer:

Have I lost a close relative? No, but you do draw from things that have either happened or things you can imagine happening. I played off that by imagining that happening to my sister, that's the emotional power behind those scenes, imagining it happening to my sister. I would have gone at it the same way, I was trying to tell it as truthfully as I could. Fortunately I have not had great tragedy, but we can all imagine.

dougal:

Would you consider directing an episode?

Connor Trinneer:

I want to. I wonder if it'll be possible, but I'm going to lobby hard for it. I'd like to have that tool in my toolbox.

Abalaba:

Do you watch episodes as they air to see the finished product?

Connor Trinneer:

Yes.

tripster47:

Hello Connor, let me first say that you are a wonderful actor and that Trip is my favorite character. My question is, if you could write a script for Enterprise, what would you write about?

Connor Trinneer:

Fortunately, that's not my job.

CJG:

Will you be having a Star Trek themed marriage?

Connor Trinneer:

Yes, I'm going to use the theme song as we walk down the aisle. Now take a breath and ask a real question. (laughter)

Guest:

Your girlfriend, does she like Star Trek?

Connor Trinneer:

She was a huge TNG fan and of course likes our show because her man's on it.

Janeway 20:

If you had the chance to act with one actor from a past Star Trek series, who would it be?

Connor Trinneer:

Patrick Stewart.

Spacemonkey_Jackson:

Hey Connor, what's it like to have a 7-inch Action Figure?

Connor Trinneer:

Had one my whole life. (laughter)

Haze:

Are you right or left handed?

Connor Trinneer:

I'm right handed.

mooz:

If you could play any character from Shakespeare, which character would you pick?

Connor Trinneer:

Having done a number of them, one I haven't done is to play the Dane [Hamlet].

Deborah:

What would be your dream job, if it wouldn't be acting?

Connor Trinneer:

Fortunately for me it is. I'm extremely lucky that I get to do what I do.

Guest:

Was there any apprehension in auditioning for such a huge pre-established franchise such as Star Trek?

Connor Trinneer:

No, especially because I was going to play a human. It's kind of a no-brainer, to be honest.

Adan_C:

Have you been to the Star Trek attractions at the Las Vegas Hilton?

Connor Trinneer:

Yeah, I haven't been to the Borg one, that's new. It's much better than I thought it would be; it's fun.

Scoobydog:

So, what's the chance in the future any of the men from Star Trek: Enterprise will do a bare-all photo shoot for us female fans out here?

Connor Trinneer:

Not very good. Let's keep some mystery. Or just watch the show!

akin:

Who are the actors who have inspired you the most?

Connor Trinneer:

I'd have to say... I think Gary Cooper, Frederic March, amazing, just natural genius. Cary Grant definitely ... And then you hate to say the De Niro's and Pacino's, but it's true. And Jimmy Stewart, the guys from the golden age, I really feel a bit of kinship to, not comparing at all, but they had something that was easy and natural that has always sort of struck me.

Canadian Tucker Fan:

What's the weirdest thing a fan has said when they met you?

Connor Trinneer:

I've gotten a lot of respect from the fans, I'm sure there have been a couple ot things, and if they're not polite I just don't answer or ignore them, but for the most part it's been with respect.

MLGoddess:

Do you enjoy doing so many conventions, or do you get "Trekked Out" after awhile?

Connor Trinneer:

I enjoy the four or five conventions a year that I do.

JD:

Please describe your "Dream Vacation."

Connor Trinneer:

Vegas, baby, Vegas!

Lisa:

Thanks for taking the time for the chat today....This past season has been the best.Thanks for the great job. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Are you planning on working during the break? What do you like to do on your down time? Thanks for a great year.

Connor Trinneer:

I'm not working on the break, yes, getting married. Those of you who are married, it's a lot of work to get it done. Ideally my hiatus would include a 3-4 week vacation, then a nice part in a movie. When you're not working here, you're still pounding the pavement for jobs and unless we get these goddamn reality shows off the TV there's gonna be a lot less for us to do.

Hudson B.:

What is your favorite topping for pizza?

Connor Trinneer:

Pepperoni.

GypsyK:

If I'm not mistaken, according to your bio, you enjoy surfing. Do you prefer sticking to the California coast, is there another special point you prefer?

Connor Trinneer:

Oh, you're assuming I'm even that good. It should have said "Connor's learning surfing."

Flag Officer K:

Connor. What was it like growing up in your hometown, of Walla Walla, Washington? And what do you miss about Walla Walla?

Connor Trinneer:

I actually grew up in Kelso, Washington, I was born in Walla Walla. It was the greatest place to be until you can drive, and then Portland beckoned.

pawlee:

You mentioned you are good with engines. What's your favorite automobile?

Connor Trinneer:

My favorite auto... I've had a '68 Skylark and a '64 Lincoln, I would like to have a '64 GTO hardtop.

CapnSoth:

Have you ever disagreed with something you're scripted to do, or are you on good enough terms with the writers that you can generally work things like that out?

Connor Trinneer:

I have a good enough relationship where I can work it out. And I constantly question. I don't think there's an episode where I don't make a phone call, for a while they were trying to make me a hayseed, and they can't make me stupid, it doesn't work. There should be a relationship there, I'm not a puppet.

aussie_fan:

Lately I've been doing a lot of tripping, and so was wondering if you've had an embarrassing moment on the set?

Connor Trinneer:

Several.

Koshare:

Kelso, WA, is close to Mt St Helens. Were you there for the eruption? What was that like?

Connor Trinneer:

I saw it happen. The most incredible event I have ever witnessed.

Onno:

What makes you anxious in real life?

Connor Trinneer:

These things [chats].

Cantina_Band:

What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up?

Connor Trinneer:

As a little kid it was The Brady Bunch, then it was the Dukes of Hazzard, then girls came along and who cared?

TripM1088:

What's your favorite sport? Team?

Connor Trinneer:

Baseball, and favorite team ... I just like watching, I always root for the Mariners, they were so crappy for so long, now they finally have a team. Dodgers are kicking ass, though!

Zeratul:

Would you like to go to space for real?

Connor Trinneer:

Sure, but I'm not paying $20 million for it. I will if Lance Bass will pay for it!

Jcats:

Which do you prefer -- stage work, television or film?

Connor Trinneer:

I prefer stagework because it's a more organic process than television and film, your responsiblity is to complete an arc in an evening and you work toward that, whereas in film you go piecemeal for the end product. It's more gratifying to me to do theatre, and I love to rehearse, which you don't get much of here.

AndyT:

Have you ever studied Martial Arts before? How did you like the scenes with the MACOs learning to fight?

Connor Trinneer:

Eh, whatever, some scenes seem silly sometimes. Haven't studied martial arts, but I play someone who has on TV!

samrossi:

How has Star Trek changed your life?

Connor Trinneer:

Not as much as you'd think. It has afforded me to do some of the things I've always wanted: travel. It allows me to select projects as opposed to taking whatever comes. I still have the same friends, I still do the same stuff, I don't allow it to change me, you have to constantly be aware and not eat the carrot in front of you. I'm also old enough. I got this at 31, at 20 it would've been different!

Jennifer:

I was wondering what organizations or charities that you support and why?

Connor Trinneer:

Pediatric AIDS and the Cancer Society, for the obvious reasons that those are around. Oh, and Angel Food, the Angel Food Network.

Gianna:

How many years have you been acting?

Connor Trinneer:

I've been acting ... I started when I was 20, so... 15 years. I started late because I wasn't going to go pro in football. I realized that in college.

chrissen44 germany:

Do you store any Star Trek items in your house? What is it?

Connor Trinneer:

I've got everybody's seven-inch action figure at my house, and a big ship!

momof4:

Do you have any pets?

Connor Trinneer:

A cat. Looking forward to a dog.

Bob A. III:

have been a fan of Star Treks Since 1968. I have always admired the values and ideals passed on to the viewers and therefore believe in what it represents. The show sends a strong sense of morality and human nature. In your opinion, what is the essence of Star Trek and how does it fit in with your personal values?

Connor Trinneer:

I think the show at its best deals with our struggle with the morals and ethics of, I hate to say, the universe, but the world, it tackles those issues. It fits in quite well with my own personal values: question everything.

Ellie:

Do you wish there were more scenes involving Trip, Malcolm, and their friendship?

Connor Trinneer:

I do, I wish there were more episodes together I think we have a nice odd couple relationship onscreen.

Lega:

In Enterprise 'Trip' seems to loves his ice-cream, well I was wondereing what is your favourite dish?

Connor Trinneer:

I also like ice cream.

Zeratul:

Are there any Enterprise cast members that are going to your wedding?

Connor Trinneer:

No, but they're all invited to my reception. It's going to be a very small wedding.

Guest:

Who is your favorite playwright?

Connor Trinneer:

Shakespeare and Eugene O'Neill. Tom Stoppard, I also think, is a genius.

Jcats:

What career would you have, if acting hadn't come along?

Connor Trinneer:

I would have been a teacher and a coach.

Zeratul:

Was the role of Trip the role you auditioned for? Or did you want another role?

Connor Trinneer:

They were so secretive I had no idea what else was going on. I'm glad it was Trip.

LT turtle:

What is it like working with Scott Bakula?

Connor Trinneer:

Scott's a great guy, he handles himself as I hope I would if I had a career like his. He sets the tone for the show at work and represents us well, he's the Captain all around.

kmerrick:

Connor, If you could wield your celebrity status to change one thing about our society, what would it be?

Connor Trinneer:

Our President.

trektrooper:

Former cast members of other Star Trek series also return to direct episodes. Who is the most fun working with?

Connor Trinneer:

Robbie and LeVar.

Wavion:

Hey, I read that Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane is going to be on Enterprise tonight. That guy's hilarious -- What's it like to work with him?

Connor Trinneer:

I did, I got to bitch him out in the episode.

Carol Y:

When you rode the horse, in "North Star," was it something you'd done before? Your face was a picture!

Connor Trinneer:

My fourth time.

Bubba:

What contact have you had with the actors from the previous Treks?

Connor Trinneer:

I have met everybody from TNG and I've met everyone from Voyager. I think I've met most everybody. The Original Series, I've met most of them.

WeatherManNX01:

There's been a lot going on with Trip and T'Pol recently, most notably in T'Pol's dream in "Damage." I think it would be interesting to see them have a relationship given that they hated each other in the first season. What are your thoughts on it and what's it like to work with Ms. Blalock?

Connor Trinneer:

I really enjoy working with Jolene. I think she's quite good. Those scenes are what they are. They're never particularly comfortable, because behind that lens there are 30 people looking at you. D. Uthmann, your old (very) band teacher: You've come a long way since band class on the stage at Butler Acres. Congratulations. I enjoy Enterprise (though not the opening music) and usually catch every episode. Keep up the good work.

Connor Trinneer:

Hey, Mr. Uthmann! Good to hear from you, it's probably a good thing I didn't stick with the saxophone, huh?

Foiled again: How do you feel about Water Polo being the the most popular sport in the future?

Connor Trinneer:

(the look of disgust on Connor's face is palpable) No comment.

myst:

Are you and Robert McNeill still planning on doing a play together? If so, which play, when, and where?

Connor Trinneer:

Yes, we are, in fact. Just spoke a couple weeks ago, but our schedules aren't permitting at this point. But he and I want to put up "True West." I'd like to work with him. We have to find a mother and seven toasters.

Curann:

Hey Connor! I love the show! Do you have any insights on the next season? Do the producers and writers let you in on that stuff?

Connor Trinneer:

No, the producers do not let us in on that stuff. I think everyone is cautiously confident that that (next season) is going to happen. Keep writing letters, they get read. I think there are things that the fan base can affect. But at the end of the day it's out of my control and frankly, I'm glad that it is. The show deserves to stick around for a while longer, I think we just got our sea legs.

Davie in Dubai:

Hi Connor, Quick question for you? Have you travelled much? Europe, Asia, the Middle East etc? Love the show

Connor Trinneer:

I love to travel, I love to go to new places and one of these days I'd love to play 18 holes in Dubai.

trektrooper:

Do you understand most of the pseudo-science they have on the show, or does it leave you puzzled at times? What's the phrase you've thought was the most far out there you've had to say as the ship's engineer?

Connor Trinneer:

Pick one! I think they're all far out to say. I think of anyone in cast I have the most difficulty nailing that stuff down. I have a couple secrets, though about how to accomplish those -- paper where no one else can see.

Haze:

I see you are a novice coin collector, how did you get into coin collecting?

Connor Trinneer:

I got into coin collecting fairly recently. Once I'd started making a little bit of money, every place I'd go in my travels I would get the coins of that country. Then I started investigating. Any city I go to, I visit the coin store. As far as hobbies go, it's the newest one I have.

LottieTucker:

Since I'm a Seattle-based M's fan -- Who's your favorite player on the Mariners?

Connor Trinneer:

Ichiro [Suzuki-Right Field]

Foiled again:

Are you ever kept in the dark in terms of scripts or storylines?

Connor Trinneer:

Yeah, at certain times, specifically beginning and end of the season. We were receiving scenes in a need-to-know basis, and everything that came arrived in two and three-deep confidential envelopes. I thought I had state secrets, but it was just a scene with Phlox.

Bubba:

If Enterprise ended today, what sort of momento would you like to have from the set? Have you gotten one already?

Connor Trinneer:

The entire warp engine.

ciara:

Hey Connor Have you ever had a pint of Guinness, typical question for an Irish girl!

Connor Trinneer:

Not in Ireland.

saraK:

Have any Japanese tourists recognised you yet from the Japan Tobacco ads?

Connor Trinneer:

Two. Disappointingly, only two.

Redshirtgirl:

Hey Connor, love the show. I was wondering, can you speak any other languages?

Connor Trinneer:

I wasted money on 4 years of French in school, nothing against the French.

Wiggles:

How do you feel that you are known world wide?? I am from Scotland and love the show!

Connor Trinneer:

It's interesting, I got recognized at the top of Machu Pichu. Random place.

borgit:

When you are using the computer systems on the ship can you press any button, or are you told the buttons to use?

Connor Trinneer:

There's a training course that you have to take that nobody really knows about. Very specific buttons, otherwise, carnage could happen to the ship. They all work, mind you.

Chunderfish:

Okay Connor -- someone has to ask -- and as one who contributed to the themed birthday quilt -- What colour shirt are you wearing?

Connor Trinneer:

Thank you, I love it. It's blue. Short sleaved, collar, Arrow Permapress. What are you wearing?

Guest:

I'm a big fan of your large variety of em ... interesting shirts, what is the most odd outfit you've ever worn?

Connor Trinneer:

This blue jumpsuit I seem to have to put on 3-4 times a week.

Modern_Girl:

Has anyone ever pulled a practical joke on you? Have you ever pulled a practical joke on someone else?

Connor Trinneer:

This is not going to be PC -- I don't like them.

Guest:

Who Flubs their lines the most?

Connor Trinneer:

Me

osmholiday:

Have you and Dominic ever played golf together? And if so, who has the better score?

Connor Trinneer:

Oh, I'm terrible, I just started. Dominic's really good, he's teaching me, he's really good.

SKa:

Who's the funniest person on the set?

Connor Trinneer:

Me.

Host:

One final question ...

saveenterprise: How do you feel about sites like Save Enterprise that are showing so much support for the show?

Connor Trinneer:

I can't tell you how good it makes me feel and how important it is. The amount of support that you the fans give us and in trying to keep us on the air is quite impressive and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Host:

Thanks very much for joining us today! We really appreciate you taking the time out from your wedding planning to chat with our fans.

tbruce43:

Thank you conner for talking with us.

Connor Trinneer:

See you next time, thank you!

elswyth:

Thank you! Good luck!

MattJC:

Thanks, connor

Modern_Girl:

Thanks Connor. It's been great

Janeway 20:

Bye Connor! See you next time!

Aubrey from WA:

live long and prosper!!!

DougE:

Thanks connor, you the man man!

Jezzabelle:

Thank you :)

redshirtblues:

Keep up the good work!

Ariana Lady:

Thanks for reaching out and taking time with us ...

bunny:

Thank you for talking with the fans we love you!!!

commanderbendy:

take care mate

Guest:

cheers

ReedAngel:

BYE

SanniMunich:

Take care, Connor!

Iowa Gal STV Fan:

Thanks for spending the hour with us

Tckj:

thank you and God bless

Stargazer:

All the best Connor - thanks for chatting!

Abalaba:

You make the show. Thanks so much.

Niare06:

Thanks Connor!

GoEnterprise:

Bye Connor

vCFCTTrek:

Love ya Connor, BYE :)

CatC:

Take care Connor and see you tonight.

Chekhov:

Good Day and Bye!

Host:

Thanks for joining us, everyone!

- Startrek.com, 04 th April 2004 -