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Marina Sirtis

Picture Marina Sirtis
Marina Sirtis plays Counsellor Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Counsellor Troi is half Betazoid, an empath, and has a particularly terrifying mother (played by Majel Barrett).
Although Marina lives in LA with her rock musician husband now, she grew up in North London, and is a Tottenham Hotspur Fan!

A Long Job
  What did they tell you about The Next Generation before you began the series?

Into The Abyss
  What did you know about Star Trek before your audition?

A Hopeful Future
  How would you describe the premise of The Next Generation?

No One Has Gone Before
  How did the Next Generation's mission differ from the first series?

Cerebral, Kind and Nurturing
  What did you expect from your part?

OK, Better, Big
  Did you have any idea of how huge the show would become?

Just Getting a Job
  Is it fair to say that you had no idea what you were letting yourself in for?

The Real Guys
  Did you ever feel that there was a legacy to the film, from the original series and the actors in that series?

Captain, Number One
  Can you describe the main characters on the bridge and how they interacted with each other.

The Blind Pilot, the Klingon, and the Shrink
  LaForge, Worf and Troi

  What do you know about the producers planning this mix of characters?

The Best Seven Years
  So was it a very happy time for you?

Dating Games
  Riker, Worf, Riker, Worf ... just who is Troi dating?

Embraceable You
  What do you think made The Next Generation so popular for fans?

Caring about the Product
  How important was the casting of Patrick Stewart in the success of the series?

Keeping it Fresh
  Did you ever want more scope to explore your character?

In Film
  On how her parts in the films can be surprising

Gradual Success
  Were you surprised at the level of success that Next Generation found?

Designer Discounts
  How did the success affect you personally?

Techno Babble
  How easy was it to say the technical words and make yourself believe you knew what you were talking about?

The Most Loyal Fans
  What reaction did you get from the fans?

We're Actors
  Were there any negative aspects to being on such a long running series?

Your Majesty
  Patrick Stewart has been described as one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world. What was the cast's reaction to this?

The One with the Hippies
  You never watched Star Trek as a child?

Cosmic Cheerleader
  It's fair to say that the costume and design didn't make a very strong impression on you?

Cleavage or Brains?
  Did you have any input at all into what you were going to wear?

Fear of Rubber
  Did you ever wish your character was visibly alien, or was it a relief not to have to wear a load of make-up?

A Certain Brightness
  Were you aware of the process that created the whole look of the series?

Empath Poker
  Describe what a Betazoid is.

Rep in Space
  Is there anything you'd like to tell us about the whole experience of The Next Generation?

  How do you think Scott Bakula will do as the new captain? And do you have any advice for the new crew?

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