Jeri Ryan says Seven of Nine is the "gift that keeps on giving"


At the 51st annual Saturn Awards, Jeri Ryan picked up another award for playing the same character over twenty years ago. Ryan won a Saturn Award in 2001 for her portrayal of Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager in the Best Supporting Actress category. She won again in that same category for her portrayal of Seven of Nine on the Patrick Stewart-led series, Star Trek: Picard, and this isn't something Ryan takes for granted. She's well aware of the gift that she's been given to play this character.

Screenrant caught up with her at the awards to speak with her about her nomination, and Ryan was understandably excited.

"Oh my God. Well, this character, I keep saying she's a gift that keeps on giving. I was here 24 years ago for the same character. It's amazing. Once you're part of the Star Trek world, you're in a family, really. And it's pretty incredible."

Jeri Ryan

The gift that keeps on giving is a great way to describe the former Borg drone who went from being assimiliated at a young age to captain of the starship Enterprise at the close of the final season of Star Trek: Picard. And as much as the writers are responsible for giving Ryan the material to make Seven such an awesome character, she is responsible for giving Seven life, for walking her through over twenty years of ups and downs, whether it was relearning how to be a human or facing the harsh realities of a world that didn't trust her after Voyager returned home.

And though we know nothing about the potential spin-off for Picard, there is one thing we do know. If the show is greenlit, Ryan is going to be back as the captain, and that alone sets the series up for success.

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