Kate Mulgrew: It’s my pleasure to be here. With another Irish Catholic women...fascinating.
ML: We were dishing the Irish Catholic dirt, right? A lot in common with that.
KM: That’s right. But we’re both still standing. Something positive out of all that.
ML: It’s a good background.
KM: It’s a wonderful background, don’t you think?
ML: Yeah, I do.
KM: I think we’re a bit apart. We’re set a bit apart, Irish Catholic girls. You were right, you hit the nail on the head. First of all you survive, if you’re a member of a large family. And you survive with laughter, don’t you?
ML: The humor is such a big part of an Irish Catholic family, I think.
KM: Absolutely, the Italians are second only to us in our love and appreciation of the absurd. It’s just life. It’s just a trip, right?
ML:Well you’re the second oldest of eight children?
KM: Eight children, yes.
LM: And you came out to New York City... 17 years old.
KM: City of my soul.
LM: Left NYU?.....
LM: ....to play Mary Ryan.
KM: I always try to lie about that, you know. But I did. I dropped out of school at the end of my junior year and became professional at 18..19 and did “Ryan’s Hope”.
LM: “Ryan’s Hope”, that’s where we first got a glimpse of you.
KM: That was the big moment.
LM: That was a big deal right?
KM: It was a big deal then. And I'm always amazed that regardless
of what I've done since, and I have lived since, believe me, people always
refer to it. "Oh, you were Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope. I just
She was strong, but she was vulnerable. She was noble, but she was human. She was fractured, but she was fabulous." She was the ideal girl next door.
Maureen: But now you are Captain Janeway. I do not pretend to
be a trekkie.
<Kate corrects her.> Trekker. The season finale is coming up on May 21.
<They show a clip from "Scorpion.">
KM: <laughing> Maureen, you envy the makeup!
Maureen: Let me tell you what I've learned. I know the Borgs are the bad guys.
KM: Very good! It's actually not plural. It's The Borg. It's a collective. It's a hive; a hive of bees as far as Regis Philbin is concerned. A hive of the collective. They have no conscience. There is a greater power than even The Borg in the Delta Quadrant right now -- referred to as species 8476. The Borg stand to be annihilated along with Voyager unless we can come to some sort of compromise.
Maureen: So you kind of have to sell a bit of your soul to connect with the Borg.
KM: Janeway is not a soul-seller. That's not going to happen. She is a major negotiator. That's where we leave you at the end of "Scorpion, Part 1." I am on the Borg Cube alone in the middle of my negotiations with the hive. And Voyager is, you know, lost.
Maureen: You're all on your own.
KM: Chakotay's in charge.
Maureen: I was really impressed with your mastering of "space
speak.: I watched the final episode. I was, like, "Whoa, Kate
<laughter> Was that tough for you?
KM: How much are you .. now Maureen .. this is no longer a quiz. Are we friends or not? How much did you buy - did you really absorb?
Maureen: I was impressed because I read that you were not a trekker prior to this show.
KM: No, I wasn't. But I'm always interested in people like you -- bright, marvelous, career women. <laughter>
Maureen: More! More!
KM: Are you listening to what I'm saying when I'm talking the techno-babble?
Maureen: Yeah, you had the brain tissue thing going on. I'm like, "Oh, heavy!"
KM: So you sort of get it.
Maureen: You make it realistic.
KM: The first season was a trapeze act. It was just like this. <she puts her hands up as if she were a cat hanging on a screen door> "Dear God, let me get through this day."
Maureen: Well, you're doing a great job. We're on the way out now, but you are going to be on hiatus for a couple of months, spending the summer with your two sons?
KM: I am no longer on hiatus. I'm finishing my hiatus, which was this <snaps fingers> fast. I go back to work on the 27th. I took my boys to Costa Rica for two weeks. Then I went to Bali to recover. <laughs>
Maureen reminds everyone to watch the season ending episode of "Voyager"
and thanks Kate for doing the interview. Kate says it was her pleasure.