Eramo Interviews Kellie Waymire for Cult Times Magazine
Issue #78, March 2002
a child, Kellie Waymire thought that one day she would follow
in her father's footsteps and pursue a career as a scientist.
"I used to dream about working late into the night in a lab
and performing scientific experiments," recalls the actress.
She also wanted to become an astronaut. So it's fitting that Waymire
should end up being cast as exobiologist Elizabeth Cutler on Enterprise.
It is not, however, her first Outer Space trek. She guest starred
as Lanya in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Muse prior to making
her Enterprise début in Strange New World. This month,
in Dear Doctor, Elizabeth and Dr Phlox begin a friendship that
just might lead to something more serious.
was it like working on Strange New World?
spent what seemed like forever filming inside a cave on location
in Bronson Canyon. At any one time there were five or six of us
plus eight to 10 crewmembers piled into this cave. It was dark
and damp and we spent a lot of time rolling around in the dirt.
I have to say, though, it was all good fun, and for me a terrific
introduction to the show and its cast. I already knew Connor Trinneer
[Trip], and I got to meet Anthony Montgomery [Ensign Mayweather]
and Jolene Blalock [T'Pol]. They made me feel very comfortable
and part of the group.
you know that the Enterprise producers were going to make Elizabeth
Cutler a recurring character as well as a romantic interest for
far as her becoming a recurring character, yes. When I first read
for the part I was told they were thinking about possibly bringing
Elizabeth back every so often. With regards to a romance with
Phlox, I had no idea at all. You're really not told ahead of time
about what your character will be doing. It's only after you get
the script and start reading it that you go, "Wow! Now that's
did you enjoy most about filming Dear Doctor?
would have to be working with John Billingsley [Dr Phlox]. He's
a really wonderful actor and a genuinely warm and kind person.
So most of my memories are us hanging out between takes and talking.
The one thing I liked about this episode as opposed to the first
one I did was that I was able to contribute more insofar as my
acting. Strange New World was very much a group or an ensemble
effort with everyone rushing around doing their thing. With Dear
Doctor I got to connect with another person on-screen, in this
case John, and that's always more fun as well as challenging.
you were one of the Enterprise writers how would you like to see
the relationship between Elizabeth and Phlox develop?
I'm not quite sure. They kind of brought up the subject and then
left it up in the air. One of my last lines in Dear Doctor was
something like, "Let's see how it goes," so they've
certainly left the door wide open. When I mentioned 'the romance'
to some of my friends, they said, 'Obviously the writers would
like your character to become involved with Trip or Reed [Dominic
Keating],' as they're two of the 'hunks' on the show. I'm delighted,
though, that it turned out to be Phlox. I just love the charming
and innocent quality of the friendship between him and Elizabeth.
I thought it was a great twist to the story and I wouldn't have
changed a thing. I'll be interested to see what the writers do
next if they decide to pursue the relationship.
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