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Interviews | Marina Sirtis
Cleavage or Brains?

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

Picture There were discussions about the wardrobe but they didn't involve the actors - well, they didn't involve me. I was just the clothes horse, and they put stuff on me. In those days, I was a tad heavier than I am now and getting my costume together was basically finding something that looked good - or looked not as bad as the other things.

I remember when I got the job, they said, 'You've got the job, lose five pounds.' And they were being generous, I needed to lose much more than five pounds. It was just a question of how the heck do we make her look half decent?

I was thrilled when I got my regulation Star Fleet uniform, or the regulation space suit, as we call it. First of all, it covered up my cleavage and, consequently, I got all my brains back, because when you have a cleavage you can't have brains in Hollywood. So I got all my brains back and I was allowed to do things that I hadn't been allowed to do for five or six years. I went on away teams, I was in charge of staff, I had my pips back, I had phasers, I had all the equipment again, and it was fabulous. I was absolutely thrilled.

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