Keeping Channels Open
♦ CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Discovery returns for the second part of its first season today and on Netflix for the rest of the world and here’s a chat with Emily Coutts who plays Kelya Detmer on the show from the official website…
Actor Name: Emily Coutts
Character Name/Job Title: Lieutenant Keyla Detmer/Conn Officer
Favorite Star Trek character of all time: Is it cheesy to say Michael Burnham? She’s amazing to watch and is so complicated, smart, and emotional.
Favorite Star Trek series: The Next Generation
Favorite moment from set: We dreamt up a Discovery musical one day on set of the Shenzhou. A few of our songs were “We’re Locked On,” “I Could Be Captain One Day,” and we also had a sweet Kelpien ballad for Doug [Jones]. When you’re in hour 16 you start to become delusional and that’s when the fun begins.
Which prop from Star Trek: Discovery do you wish you could keep? A phaser! I could pull it out at every party and say, “Look at my sweet phaser.”
How hard was it to keep your role a secret before the show was announced? So hard! It was such an exciting job to be working on and every day. I was spending hours and hours on this magical spaceship and then my people would ask, “How was your week?” and I would swallow and say, “It was fine, I guess.. Same old.”
What are three items you can’t live without: Are cats items? Good! My cats, lip balm, and a film camera.
What’s your New Year’s resolution? Eat less Thai food, floss, adopt a dog, and keep pushing the boundaries on how I live and create without caring what other people think.
Who’s your favourite Star Trek captain? Jean-Luc Picard.
What’s the best advice you ever got? Be cool, Red.
What would you call your autobiography? I Like Hot Sauce Now