Star Trek: Voyager was challenging for Kate Mulgrew, but she loved it

Kate Mulgrew exceled when things were at it's most challenging
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Star Trek: Voyager wouldn't be the same without Kate Mulgrew. She was the driving force for many episodes of the series. Not only was she the captain, Kathryn Janeway, but she was often times the comforting voice needed while the ship's crew flew through uncharted space. She was the woman who kept everything together. While at times she struggled, she did show off her best self far more times than not. She excelled when things were at their hairiest, their most challenging.

A trait that Janeway's actress, Mulgrew, seems to resonate with. Mulgrew has spoken before how hard it was to be the lead of the series, all while being a single parent to two young boys at the time. It's one of the hardest things she's ever done.

Now, speaking to an audience at the recent Fan Expo in Boston, Mulgrew is going further into the challenging nature of being a captain and the joy she found in that. Speaking to the crowd (via CultBox), Janeway spoke about how she loved the stresses of being the show's lead, and the hectic schedule that came with it, saying;

"“The most challenging port of working on a sound stage eighteen hours a day for seven years, raising two boys by myself? At 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning getting through the fax machine revisions that I had to learn my 5:30am – every night? And going in and wanting to do my very, very best? It was completely challenging. But here’s the kicker; I loved it"

Mulgrew's work on the show is second to none. She was one of the best performers that Star Trek ever had and did so much work to further the Star Trek brand. Especially when some bad actors did everything they could to slander her character. The amount of mudraking that Janeway has gone through in recent years, all to try and tarnish Star Trek's first female captain is sad.

It's done just for clout. Wild think-pieces that undermine the true merits of her as a character, and offer little actual conversational value. She's had to endure a lot, not just as a character but as the actress who brought her to life. Despite that, Janeway and Mulrew will go down as some of the finest parts of the franchise.