October 31, 1999
TV Sunday
4 Questions for Kate Mulgrew
By Don Kaplan
So in love I can hardly see straight

For six seasons, Kate Mulgrew has been playing Capt. Kathryn Janeway and calling the shots on "Star Trek: Voyager." Now, with a new contract for one last season in deep space and giddy from her six-month-old marriage, the sultry brunette is applying her smoky voice to new causes. Among them, an appearance in two weeks as master of ceremonies at a New York benefit for the Incarnation Children's Center.

Is there a book or movie that's changed your life?

The entire [Charles] Dickens cannon has been a foundation for me as both an actress and a thinking, imaginative human being. For pure epic scope - "War and Peace." Tolstoy had a genius and a breadth that I think transcended all the literature of his time. For an Irish-Catholic girl I think I have Russian soul.

Who are your heroes?

My husband [Cleveland politico] Tim Hagan, and my best friend Nancy Addison. I find my husband to be singularly courageous and empathetic in everything that he does. He's my hero because he married me [laughs]. We've known each other for six-and-a-half years and as you can see, I am so in love I can hardly see straight.

Parallel to him is Nancy, whose love of life, fortitude, forbearance and dignity in the face of adversity has been so impressive to me. We've known each other 27 years.

What was the worst day of your life?

The day my sister died when she was 14 years old. She died of a brain tumor and I got the news one hour before I had to walk on the stage. It was 20 years ago now. I was performing "Our Town" at the American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford and that performance was sheer agony.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing this?

I would be writing, I think. Writing, cooking and kissing - and not in that order.

I would be trying to reflect because I think that working all the time can take us away from our interior selves. It's very important for all creative people to be quiet. It takes guts to be quiet and to reflect on one's life.

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