Michael Dorn and Michelle Hurd really do like each other, and it will end up showing onscreen.
This post contains spoilers from Star Trek: Picard season 3, episode 2 “Disengage.”
Actors don’t always get to choose their scene partners, and sometimes, if they don’t get along or there isn’t a connection, that will show on the screen. And the actors will talk about it offscreen. Sometimes many, many years later like what is happening with William Shatner and George Takei. Although, in all fairness, Takei seems to be the one doing the most complaining. But Michael Dorn and Michelle Hurd didn’t have that problem when they started working together.
In an interview with Den of Geek, both actors talked about working together and how they really like each other.
"Dorn: “On paper, I thought it was interesting. But in person, it became something none of us expected, just in terms of how much we clicked. What comes across on screen is that [Michelle and I] really clicked and we were joined at the hip from the very beginning.”"
Hurd echoed Dorn’s sentiments, adding that they didn’t have to search for the connection as it was genuine.
"Hurd: “It’s goofy to say, but we really like each other. And that’s gold when you’re creating content. We didn’t have to work on that. We didn’t have to search for this connection. We both trusted each other from the start.”"
Michael Dorn and Michelle Hurd have a different relationship than the characters they play…at least at first.
Both Worf and Raffi are strong-willed characters so it won’t come as a surprise that the pair don’t get along at first. Raffi has a problem with authority as we’ve seen on other seasons of Star Trek: Picard, and as her handler, Worf is likely in that position, even though we don’t know if the disengagement initiated by Starfleet will affect either one’s place in the hierarchy.
The actors did add that, along with getting along, they got to do a lot of their own stunts as both are very athletic. As their faces need to be seen in the fight scenes, that was a given in some instances. So working together and fighting together is bound to bring the Klingon and the defiant Starfleet officer closer together…even though we know how tough it is to get close to Worf. It sounds like an interesting journey is ahead.