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Celia Rose Gooding on Delving Further into Uhura on ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds balances an ensemble cast of beloved legacy and new characters on the USS Enterprise. Chief among those known is the future Lieutenant, here an Ensign, Nyota Uhura, played to spectacular fare by actor Celia Rose Gooding.*

While many Trek fans know Uhura to be confident, suave, and in control, we see in Strange New Worlds a much more inexperienced and insecure, yet brilliantly skilled, Uhura just around the start of her Trek journey.

In this week’s episode, “Lost in Translation,” Uhura finds herself at the center of a crisis on the Enterprise straight out of a horror film, forcing her to confront her own trauma and fears in the process. In our spoiler-filled discussion, we were very fortunate to speak with Gooding on what it is like for them to step into Unhura’s shoes after the late, great Nichelle Nichols, what it’s like filming Strange New Worlds, how Uhura’s journey relates to their own in life, and much more!

You can watch “Lost in Translation” and all Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount+.

This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the series being covered here wouldn’t exist.

*This interview was conducted prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike. To support the strike, please donate to the Entertainment Community Fund.

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