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Terry Farrell chat with Star Trek: Continuum

December 10, 1996 

Marc Wade: 
Your host for tonight's chat is Guy Vardaman, Producer/Product Manager for STAR TREK:
CONTINUUM. 
On behalf of STAR TREK: CONTINUUM, we'd like to welcome Terry Farrell to our chat tonight. Ms.
Farrell plays Jadzia Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Webster- asks: 
What is your philosophy of life? I know that Star Trek can tend to be a very socially oriented show (a
definite plus). 

Terry Farrell: 
I'm only 33 so I reserve the right to change my mind. :) 
I believe that each experience that we have in life is a lesson. No matter what the experience is, if we shell
up and we don't anticipate the results, then we will learn the lesson life is trying to teach us. So in fact,
every experience is good opportunity to learn something new about ourselves. 

Guy Vardaman: 
David Evans asks: 
Here's a question: Terry, what did you do before Star Trek? I ask because I'm sure there is quite a
difference in your life since then. Or is there? What is the difference? 

Terry Farrell: 
I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I moved to New York when I was 17. I was a
model in New York for 3 years, and I got my first TV series, called "Paper Dolls," in 1984. I met Jonathan
Frakes for the first time on the set while I was walking by. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Dybsca wonders: 
Did you ever audition for a "Star Trek" part before Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. 

Terry Farrell: 
No I only read for Dax. Nana (Kira Nerys) was already cast by the time I read for Dax. 

Guy Vardaman: 
WARGIRL wants to know: 
How has being a Trekkie icon changed your life? 

Terry Farrell: 
Wow! Thanks for the compliment. The opportunity to work with a group of people that I think are
extraordinarily talented has been one of the most enlightening experiences of my life. 

Guy Vardaman: 
CASEYWIZZBANG asks: 
Terry, I am wondering do you think that Dax can keep a relationship with Worf,
what is your favorite actor to work with, and do you know of future Dax shows on Star Trek: Deep Space
Nine. 

Terry Farrell: 
I don't know if Worf can handle Dax on a long term basis. Although I adore working with Michael Dorn.
It's up to the writers what happens to the relationship. It's a surprise every time I get a script. I apologize
for not having the inside information. 
Everyone is my favorite when working with them. 

Guy Vardaman: 
lenzs wonders: 
What do you feel has been the most significant change in your character, Jadzia Dax? 

Terry Farrell: 
I think she changed most when the writers decided that they wanted me to be more physical in the middle
of the second season, and I was very happy about the change. 

Guy Vardaman: 
WARGIRL inquires: 
Tell us a little bit about your family. Any cute little Trills around? 

Terry Farrell: 
Yes, and they're only my nieces. I'm not married, not involved with anybody. My sister Chris is my best
friend. I see my nieces like my daughters. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Dybsca wonders: 
Have you had any martial arts training in preparation for the fighting scenes? 

Terry Farrell: 
No, none. I constantly wing it and fortunately nobody gets hurt. 

Guy Vardaman: 
lenzs asks: 
What would you like to see more of in the upcoming episodes of DS9? 

Terry Farrell: 
I'd actually like to go to a planet or be off on a mission and have my own personal conflict. I very rarely
am the source of a conflict, rather part of the solution to a conflict that has nothing to do with me
personally. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Did you enjoy doing the Tribbles Episode? It appeared that you did. 

Terry Farrell: 
Yes, I did. I thought it was amazing and it was very exciting to come work everyday. :) That episode was
the single most fun we had, as a group, filming an episode, and I loved being the instigator and having
Sisko constantly reminding me that I was on the mission. (LOL) I loved the Bee-hive hairdo, and the go-
go boots, I'm not sure about the mini skirt. I liked flirting with Kirk. I hope it becomes one of the fans'
favorite episodes. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Ben and Sylvia Frier who recently were married right here in the Starfleet Lounge would like to know
since a lot of Star Trek actors have crossed over to other series or big screen movies (such as the recent
inclusion of The Doctor and Neelix in First Contact), is there any possibility that your character will ever
do the same? 

Terry Farrell: 
I asked Rick Bermen to put me in the film to fly the Defiant but the writers had a problem with what to do
with me after the Defiant was disabled. But I would love to be a part of the film. I think it is hard for us to
cross to Voyager simply because they are lost. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Webster says: 
I've always been impressed with the Dax character because of her understanding of different cultures
(after all she has lived many different lives). What are some of your feelings on that great understanding
she has? 

Terry Farrell: 
When I first started playing Dax I read some books on Taoism, and for me the understanding is really
more of an acceptance of each creature's law of nature, if you will. To strive, to always be non judgmental
of any human being and to try as hard as you can to realize that you can't always understand because
people may not understand where you're coming from. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Dybsca asks: 
How do you pass the time when you're sitting in the make up chair for so long? Does it tickle when
Michael Westmore airsprays those spots on your neck? 

Terry Farrell: 
No, there not airbrushed. They are hand painted. The time goes quickly because Michael and I are very
good friends. We chat, swap recipes and gossip. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Dybsca asks: 
Do you surf the net at all? Have you seen the web site called the Terry Farrell Internet Fan Club? There
are a lot of other sites devoted you and Dax; must be good for one's ego? 

Terry Farrell: 
I'm very embarrassed to say, that although Dax is a science officer, computer genius, among other things,
Terry Farrell is not. 

Guy Vardaman: 
David Winchell asks: 
Would you like to do an episode with Q in the future, as you and he seem to be the most favorite
characters on Star Trek right now? 

Terry Farrell: Thank you very much for the compliment! I would love to work with John de Lancie. I
think he is an amazingly talented actor, and I would love to work with him. 

Guy Vardaman: 
MickeySun wonders: 
Did Dax and McCoy ever have a relationship? 

Terry Farrell: 
I don't kiss and tell. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Ryan Lenz wants to know: 
Did you enjoy the movie First Contact? 

Terry Farrell: 
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! 

Guy Vardaman: 
Hawkeyes4 wonders: 
Terry, what is your daily schedule on a day of filming Star Trek: DS9? 

Terry Farrell: 
If I'm heavy in an episode, (if the episode is about Dax) it's generally a 14 to 16 hour day. Fortunately, as
you know, there are several episodes that I am considerably lighter in, so that I can catch up on my sleep.
Regularly I work from Monday, I get up by 4 AM, to Friday 'til 2 AM. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Brie Burnham: 
I really want you to know that you are my favorite character on DS9,[because she is exactly like me],and
how did you ever get through having a crush on some boy who doesn't even known you're alive? 

Terry Farrell: 
I don't believe unrequited love is healthy. So introduce yourself to him! Ask him out to the movies. Or
look to have a crush on somebody that you know little bit better. And good luck! 

Guy Vardaman: 
workoutqueen wonders: 
How did you get started as an actor? 

Terry Farrell: 
I started modeling and acting classes at the same time. I studied in both NY and LA. 

Guy Vardaman: 
MickeySun questions: 
Do you think Dax should be treated less as of a sex object and instead the brilliant intellect he/she truly is? 

Terry Farrell: 
I don't see Dax as being perceived as a sex object. Although I hate learning the techno babble monologue,
I do miss having my science office, and dealing with the more technical aspects of being a science officer. 

Guy Vardaman: 
RatcliffJeffM: 
A lot of Star Trek fans imagine what it would be like to be an actor on a Star Trek show. What surprised
you most about being a part of DS9? How was it different than you imagined? 

Terry Farrell: 
I think the style of Star Trek and the technical language, combined with our schedules is much more
difficult than I imagined. It's been a great reward to get better at it over the years because it was so
difficult to begin with. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Trent_Diamond asks if you cared about kissing another girl on the show? 

Terry Farrell: 
I believe that story was important one to tell. The kiss was the consequence of the love story. I think it
helps bring reality and depth to that relationship. I didn't find it easy but necessary. 

Guy Vardaman: 
enterprise10 wants to know if you enjoyed doing the Hellraiser sequel? 

Terry Farrell: 
Yeah! 

Guy Vardaman: 
enterprise10 wants to know if you have had any desire to direct? 

Terry Farrell: 
Not right now, I'd like to acquire a little more wisdom before I embark on such a large adventure. 

Guy Vardaman: 
CraigD asks: 
Have you ever encountered problems with getting roles because of your height? 

Terry Farrell: 
Yes, very often. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Webster-: 
What are some of your future plans or hopes for a family in the future? 
Terry Farrell: 
I would love to have a family, but first fall in love with the right guy. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Scott Eamer asks: 
What is your personal favorite episode of Star Trek, (from any of the series)? 

Terry Farrell: 
Trials and Tribble-ations. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Did you have to watch the old episode before you did this? Did you want to or did you not? 

Terry Farrell: 
It was on TV Saturday afternoon before we started the filming it. It was my favorite episode from my
childhood as I remember. In fact, my grandmother made me a tribble. 

Guy Vardaman: 
EHavre wonders: 
Where do you hope to be 10 years from now? 

Terry Farrell: 
I hope 10 years from now I'm still doing what I love to do...smarter and even more centered than now.
Hope to spend more time with my family. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Andrew Harbert asks: 
What was it like at the 30th anniversary special being together with almost every actor from all the series? 

Terry Farrell: 
It was very exciting! One of the very few moments that made me feel like I was a part of something so big
and so exciting. 

Guy Vardaman: 
MickeySun asks: 
Any good practical jokes pulled at the set of DS9? Like putting super-glue on Worf's makeup? 

Terry Farrell: 
Sometimes the suspension of disbelief is so hard that, we can't help look at each other during scenes
because we make each other laugh so hard! We literally cry! 

Guy Vardaman: 
PatFordyce asks: 
Would you ever like to perform on Broadway? 

Terry Farrell: 
Sure you got one?!!! 

Guy Vardaman: 
EHavre queries: 
If you were trapped on an desert island and you could only bring three things with you, what would they
be? 

Terry Farrell: 
Lifetime supply of water.  man, though I can't tell you who might that be. Matches. 

Guy Vardaman: 
PatFordyce asks: 
Is this what you wanted to do when you were a little girl, be an actress or did you have other aspirations? 

Terry Farrell: 
To be a rock singer! I can't sing so I became an actress. I use to do a really good Stevie Nicks! :) 

Guy Vardaman: 
Dybsca says: 
Hey, you've made it big time. You have action figures and a doll out, which by the way, don't do you
justice. Do you own any? I read somewhere that you weren't being paid for products with your likeness as
specified in your contract. Has that been resolved? 

Terry Farrell: 
We're trying to resolve that as we speak. I have 3 dolls and have seen them. I don't like how the spots
don't go into my hair, and that's not my nose. I love 'em though, so I can always play with myself. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Chronon asks: 
Would you rather be acting on stage, TV or in film? 

Terry Farrell: 
I have never had the opportunity for stage, although I would love to try it. TV and Film, the project is
more important than the medium, I love them both. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Scott Eamer asks: 
Do you date men shorter than you? 

Terry Farrell: 
Yes! 

Guy Vardaman: 
CraigD asks: 
Do you ever want to go back to Modeling? 

Terry Farrell: 
If it was that right job and money. Because it was kinda fun. Rather be a Cover Girl again. It was a lot of
fun. 

Guy Vardaman: 
EHavre wonders: 
Do you read all fan mail people send you? Do you send autographs to people if they write to you? 

Terry Farrell: 
I hired a fan mail company. Please, don't be offended. But it's too much mail for me to answer on my own.
If you send a letter, you get a 5X7 picture. SASE-I will sign it and return it to you. 

Marc Wade: 
Send your request to: Terry Farrell, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose
Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038. 

Guy Vardaman: 
MickeySun: 
Have you received any marriage proposals from people you don't know??? If not, will you marry me??? 

Terry Farrell: 
Yes and no thank you, I don't think we know each other well enough. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Captnerys asks: 
Who have you learned the most from (within the Star Trek family)? 

Terry Farrell: 
LeVar Burton has taught me a lot! Not only about acting but spirituality. Avery Brooks, as a friend, has
helped me to grow a lot as a person. 

Guy Vardaman: 
(LeVar has directed several DS9 Episodes) 

Guy Vardaman: 
SOLOMONSMITH says: 
All I want to know is, do you have a favorite tea? 

Terry Farrell: 
Celestial Seasoning: Bengal Spice. With honey and milk. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Miki Nishihata asks: 
What was the most times you had to redo a scene? 

Terry Farrell: 
The episode with the female Ferengi "Pel" who was disguised as a male. A scene I had with her took 32 to
35 takes and she was very ill. 

Guy Vardaman: 
EHavre wonders: 
Who is your favorite actor/actress? 

Terry Farrell: 
Vanessa Redgrave 

Guy Vardaman: 
CM asks: 
Would you ever date a Nuclear Engineer? 

Terry Farrell: 
Do you destroy things? 

Guy Vardaman: 
Silverfish asks: 
Do you value your private life more now that you have fame? 

Terry Farrell: 
I've always valued my private life. When I did Paper Dolls I lost my anonymity so I tend to become very
reclusive. 

Guy Vardaman: 
David Winchell asks: 
Will you be in very many conventions in 1997? Will you be coming to Washington state soon? 

Terry Farrell: 
I don't have one scheduled in Washington, however I did visit Seattle and I think you have a wonderful
state. 

Guy Vardaman: 
EHavre asks: 
If there was one word to describe you, what would it be? 

Terry Farrell: 
I'm speechless...Avery always asks, "How many people are in there" referring to how many personalities
are in me. So if he can't think of one, I don't know how I can. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Silverfish asks: 
Do you regret your affiliation with Star Trek at all because of possible typecasting? 

Terry Farrell: 
I think actors are worried about typecasting. They would never be able to work if they were so worried. If
I'm typecast as a strong, intelligent, dynamic and wild person that is as unpredictable as Dax, I'm fine
with that. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Hawkeyes4 wants to know: 
Who was your role model when growing up? 

Terry Farrell: 
My mother and grandmother. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Jared Harris was wondering about your views on the future of Deep Space Nine; how much longer the
series is going to last or if you and the crew are going to appear in any upcoming films? 

Terry Farrell: 
Only six seasons in our contract. Only time will tell. I don't know about any films. 

Guy Vardaman: 
MickeySun asks: 
Will you be involved in anything other projects besides Star Trek? 

Terry Farrell: 
I did a CD ROM game called Treasure Quest. It has a million dollar prize that hasn't been solved yet. And
this summer, I did a USA movie called "Reasons of the Heart". I will be looking for a project this hiatus as
well. 

Guy Vardaman: 
smackin_north wants to know: 
Are you close friends with Nana Visitor and is the birth of baby O'Brien going to be a major plot point in
an upcoming episode? 

Terry Farrell: 
The birth is featured in an episode. Yes I consider Nana Visitor a close friend of mine. We've been
through a lot together. 

Guy Vardaman: 
Patti Schmidt wants to ask you if you think Dax will ever have a love interest? 

Terry Farrell: 
If you don't know about Worf, I think he might be upset to find that you think I need a love interest. 

Marc Wade: 
We'd like to thank Terry Farrell for joining us here tonight. 

Terry Farrell: 
Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! I appreciate your support and I wish you all
happiness, good health and fulfillment in whatever you pursue. Onward and upward- Terry Farrell 

Guy Vardaman: 
We've had a great time with Terry, Hopefully she'll join us again in the Future! Thanks Again. 

Marc Wade: 
Thank you very much for participating in tonight's Special Event.. 


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