For Melissa Navia, getting a chance to play Erica Ortegas was the perfect fit. She said it was meant to be. She loves the “Strange New Worlds” character because, she says, Lieutenant Ortegas is so cool. She is Latina, an adept pilot, tough, but funny, and she totally relates to her, according to a “Hollywood Life” interview.
In 2018, she won the best actress award at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival for the science fiction movie, “The Paragon Cortex.” In 2021, Navia suffered an unbelievable tragedy when her partner passed away just three days after being diagnosed with leukemia.
Rebecca Romijn as Una Chin-Riley
The character Una Chin-Riley, who was nicknamed “Number One” on The Original Series, was originally played by Majel Barrett. In fact, Gene Roddenberry created Number One for Barrett to play in the first pilot. Yet it was in vain as NBC execs axed her character and Barrett played Nurse Chapel instead.
Rebecca Romijn first played Una Chin-Riley on “Discovery.” That was 2018. Now, she is reprising her role in “Strange New Worlds.” Romijn is a model and an actress. She appeared on the cover of many major fashion magazines before landing the role of Mystique in “X-Men,” thus launching her acting career.
Bruce Horak as Hemmer
Bruce Horak took the role of Hemmer, even though he knew the character would not make it through the first season of the Paramount+ series “Strange New Worlds.” But when he went out, he went out heroically, sacrificing himself in order to save the life of Nyota Uhura.
The chief engineer who has unmistakable snail-like antennae was attacked by a Gorn. The creature spit venom at Nyota and Hemmer rushed to her protection, taking the venom hit. When he learns the venom makes his body a host for countless Gorn spawns, he kills himself.
Nicole de Boer as Ezri Dax
Nicole de Boer is a Canadian actor who made a foray into American television and film with various sci-fi roles. Starring in “Cube,” a cult thriller directed by Vincenzo Natali, cemented her place as a solid science fiction actress. She landed a part in “The Outer Limits” and then soon landed an audition on “Deep Space Nine” as Lieutenant Ezri Dax.
She played the character for two seasons. Boer also had a significant role in the series “The Dead Zone.” From 2002 to 2007 she played Sarah Bannerman. In 2021, her time as Becca D'Orsay on the show "Private Eyes" came to an end.
Michael Pataki as First Officer Korax
With a strong run in ‘70s TV, Michael Pataki had roles on “Batman,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and “All in the Family.” On “Star Trek,” Pataki was adored as the feisty First Officer Korax, a Klingon from the Original Series. Korax was an obnoxious character who memorably started a fight in the episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles.”
In the TV series “The Next Generation,” he portrayed Governor Karmas. Pataki played another colorful character on “Happy Days,” a comical Russian defector. Sadly, Pataki passed away from cancer. However, he did have a posthumous role in nearly a decade after his passing, in the movie "Cans Without Labels."