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Interviews | Marina Sirtis
Captain, Number One

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

Picture First of all, you have Patrick Stewart, who plays the captain and he's in charge, that's pretty fundamental. What I liked about his character and what I liked about our show, was that the person that he turned to for advice, a lot of the time, was me, and I was a woman. I still am a woman, let's clear that up, but I thought that was a big step for American television, that a man would turn to a woman for advice. Not that he took it very often, but he did make the gesture.

Number One, Jonathan Frakes � if you had to compare the two series, he would be the closest one to Kirk, purely because of all the love interests � and the twinkle in his eye. They both had a twinkle in their eye, Jonathan definitely has, and they seemed to both have this love of life. Number One was a good contrast to the captain, because they were two people who could both run a ship, but it would have been two very different ships. But they were both capable of doing it.

Data is everyone's favourite, really. In life, as well as on The Enterprise, if you were to ask any of the crew members in character who their favourite crew member was, they would all say Data. And, in life, apart from Michael Dorn and myself, who are best friends, if you were to ask any of the actors who their favourite person was on the show, they would all say Brent Spiner. So, there was a bit of art imitating life there. Because of Data's innocence and the fact that he was learning all the time, it gave everyone a chance to explore issues that possibly we wouldn't have otherwise.

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