The day after “Star Trek” star Nichelle Nichols died, Lieutenant Uhura performer Zoe Saldaña paid tribute to the pioneering actor.
From 1966 to 1969, Nichols portrayed the role of Nyota Uhura (the communications officer of the USS Enterprise) in the groundbreaking sci-fi series “Star Trek,” before reprising his role in six films released between 1979 and 1991. played this role. Nichols played Uhura as one of the first black women on American television to be portrayed in power, an actor of great significance and the actor famously persuaded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Don’t leave the series after the first season. Saldaña will play an alternate cosmic version of the character in the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot film, as well as two film sequels in 2013 and 2016.
“She was an icon, an activist, and most importantly, an amazing woman—she blazed a trail and showed many how to look at women of color differently,” Saldana said in her statement. wrote in the post. “Her quest for equality is unwavering.”
Saldaña also talked about meeting Nichols for the first time after being cast as Uhura in the 2009 film, calling it a “very special moment” in her life, and saying the actor gave her credit for playing the iconic role.
“Her energy was contagious every time I was in her presence. She made me believe that anything is possible as long as you put your heart into it,” Saldana wrote. “When I was cast to play Uhura, I knew I had a big problem to fill, and Nichelle made me feel safe and told me to play her with confidence. Continue her memory by spreading a message of peace and equality among all people. She lived a long and influential life, not only thriving in her career but helping many others prosper.”
Saldana will reportedly return to the role of Uhura in the upcoming sequel to the film series. On TV, Celia Rosegooding portrayed a younger version of the character in the prequel series “Strange New World,” which recently aired its first season.
Read Saldaña’s full statement below:
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Nichelle Nichols. We have lost a true star – a unique artist who was always ahead of his time. She was an icon, an activist, and most importantly, an amazing woman—who blazed a trail that showed many how to see women of color differently. Her quest for equality is unwavering.
Meeting Nichelle was really a very special moment in my life. Her energy was contagious every time I was in her presence. She made me believe that anything is possible if you put your heart and soul into it. I mean, she inspired Mae Jemison to follow her dream of becoming an astronaut, and that’s exactly what Mae did.
When I was cast to play Uhura, I knew I had a lot to fill, and Nichelle made me feel safe and told me to play her with confidence. I hope we continue to honor her memory by celebrating her amazing work and by spreading the message of peace and equality among all. She lived a long and influential life, not only prospering, but helping many others prosper.
Maya Angelou once said: “People forget what you said, people forget what you did, but people never forget how you made them feel”. I agree with this statement, with the exception of Nichelle Nichols. It’s hard to forget what she said, it’s hard to forget what she did, and certainly not how she made us feel.
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