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Kate Mulgrew on her visit to the Warehouse



Kate Mulgrew is already a legend in the sci-fi world: On the celebrated Star Trek: Voyager, she played Captain (and later Admiral!) Kathryn Janeway, the only female captain to serve as a lead character in a Star Trek series. Now, Mulgrew's returning to the sci-fi genre with a guest arc on Warehouse 13. She's set to play the role of Jane, one of the Warehouse's mysterious Regents. Along with a number of other sci-fi journalists (and from the sounds of things, Voyager fans), I had the chance to ask her a few questions about the upcoming role and about the indelible mark she's made on the sci-fi canon. I had to summon all my courage--after all, Mulgrew is the voice of Flemeth, the shapeshifting witch of the wilds in the Dragon Age video games--but I managed to get some good info for Warehouse fans. Here's what she had to say!

On her character, Jane...

It's a little tough. I'm sworn to secrecy on this one. But suffice it to say, I come as a very powerful Regent bearing an extraordinary secret. And when the secret is revealed I think the audience will be, to say the least, quite surprised. It's both wonderful and rather frightening at the same time. 

This woman, Jane, is a mother, a person, a teacher, and the powers of the Regency have been endowed, because it was her personal choice to help. But beyond that I'm afraid I'm going to get into a rather grey area, which I'm not allowed to get into because the secrets that unfold are such that they're very, very, very unexpected. And they're big.

On the series regulars...

Saul Rubinek is one of the great actors, I think of our generation -- certainly my generation. And I felt, he's consummate and he's unexpected. So I had to step up to the plate whenever I was acting with him. 

Joanne Kelly is like a delicious confection. And Eddie McClintock, I would have to tell you, as well as Allison Scagliotti, are natural actors. So it's like playing ball with people who are the best; you really have to play badly not to hit well.  

On why we love Warehouse...

It's smart -- very smart. It's tongue in cheek, and it's clever. They don't dot the I's and cross the T's; the audience has to stay on its toes. And I think that's exactly what a sci-fi audience prefers; they want to tease out the puzzle along with us. And that's what you get to do with Warehouse 13.

On Warehouse's secret naughty underbelly...

All I did was laugh, they were so funny. And they're outrageous, you know McClintock has no shame -- no shame at all. And even the girls are naughty. So the underbelly is very, very naughty, and you're sucked into the whole thing.

On fan encounters...

I would say that one of the most interesting moments was when I was asked to marry two women at a convention. And when I indicated a slight unease with it they said, "You must understand that you are fully licensed to do this, you are the Captain." And so I did. 

On Warehouse's series mythology...

What looks very common proves to be extremely uncommon on Warehouse 13. And behind every door there are 13 other doors.  

On the women of sci-fi...

The women are grounded and exalted at the same time, which is of course what a good female character should be. We have dimensionality, we have great truth, we have power, we don't have to sacrifice our femininity, we have honesty, and most importantly we have humanity. 

And that's probably the most beautiful thing about Warehouse 13: There's no glass ceiling there. [Showrunner] Jack Kenny understands that the glass ceiling has long since been shattered. So it's a new day.

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Tags: casting / auditions, sci-fi, spoilers, star trek, television
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