At the Strange New Worlds premiere event, TrekMovie spoke to Ethan Peck, who is returning to the role of Spock after finishing season two of Discovery† The actor spoke about the pressure of playing such an iconic role and living on the set of Strange New Worlds†
In your interview with us and others last week, you seem to feel a lot of pressure to prove Spock right. So how do you shake that off?
I do not know yet. But if you know anything let me know.
Leonard Nimoy struggled with the same…
He struggled playing an emotionless character. When everyone was having a lot of fun, he wasn’t.
Yes. That is often the case on set. People come up to me after a scene or after a day of work and they say, “Did you have fun?” It’s like, “Yes.” I mean, in between takes I have fun, but being Spock is quite a stressful experience and a delicate undertaking because he has so many of his emotions under control. It’s quite a challenge, at least for me as an actor. What is too much emotion? What is too little? What is too Vulcan? What is too human? So I’m constantly struggling with those things.
As for Spock’s growth, do you have a clear path of how he got where we saw him? The original series from where is he now?
I do not do. I have no idea. I get new scripts and do my best to interpret them and experience them as the Spock that is inside me. I hope there is one in me.
Of all the moments you’ve been on set, what was your biggest “Oh my god, I’m on Star Trek” moment?
Which brings me back to season two of Discovery† The very first time I walked up the bridge, I was waiting in a turbolift. The cameras had just started rolling before action was taken. And I was with Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anson Mount, and they all had a character. And I was in the back right corner. And everyone was pretty much done. And I thought, “I’m here.” And I couldn’t see anything that wasn’t the set and that felt very real to me. And that was quite surprising and I will never forget it.
You should get the same feeling with alien planets and the virtual AR wall set?
Oh yes, absolutely. But that is quite different. If it’s practical and you’re surrounded by characterful people, that’s quite another. But the AR wall is something completely different. It’s incredible and really does a lot for us and for our imaginations.
More SNW interviews to come
We’ve got more golden carpet interviews from the New York premiere of Strange New Worlds with the cast and creatives. Check out our previous interview with Henry Alonso Myers. Also check out our interviews with executive producer Alex Kurtzman, cast members Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijin, Christina Chong and Bruce Horak.
New episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Thursday debut exclusively on Paramount+ in the US, Latin America, Australia and Scandinavia. The series airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada. In New Zealand it is available on TVNZ and in India on Voot Select. Strange New Worlds will arrive via Paramount+ in select countries in Europe when the service launches later this year, starting with the UK and Ireland in June.