Actress Kate Mulgrew discusses her role as Kove in NTSF:SD:SUV, working with Paul Scheer, story possibilities for Season 2 and much more.
Actress Kate Mulgrew may still be known to legions of Trekkers as Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager, but she'll gain a new brand of followers with her latest role. The actress plays the one-eyed Kove in the new Adult Swim live-action series NTSF:SD:SUV, which airs on Thursday nights/Friday mornings at 12:15 AM. I recently had the chance to speak with Kate Mulgrew over the phone to talk about her experiences on this outrageous new show, working with series creator/star Paul Scheer, Season 2 possibilities and much more. Here's what Kate Mulgrew had to say below.
What was the first thing that ran through your mind when you heard this title for the first time? It's such a bizarre and catchy title.
Kate Mulgrew: I thought this whole thing is going to be a Rubix cube, that I'm just going to have a ball. That's exactly what happened. I mean, can you imagine? National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: SUV (Laughs). It's insane, and it was great fun.
For those who haven't been tuning in yet, your character Kove is the head of NTSF:SD. What else can you say about the character?
Kate Mulgrew: She is the head of the strike force and she's a very formidable character. She wears an eye patch. She was married to Paul Scheer's character, who is sort of the boy wonder of this group. She's been married to him twice, and twice divorced. We have two children who are karate champions, but they never speak. I think that I'm quite obsessed with my ex-husband. I follow him everywhere. I think he's responsible for my eye patch, but I don't know how or why (Laughs). It's very insane, the whole thing, and I love working with Paul Scheer, and the whole group, actually. Let it never be said that comedians are less disciplined than dramatic actors. If anything, they are more so. There is a sense of very high intelligence all around.
I've been a big fan of Paul's for a while now. It's great to see him get to create something like this, which is so out there.
Kate Mulgrew: And I think it works in that 15-minute format, don't you?
Absolutely. For you, as an actor, is that easier for you, on the set, or is it more hectic because you have less time to get this done?
Kate Mulgrew: Are you kidding? I mean, I did Star Trek: Voyager for seven seasons, and our seasons were 10 months long. We did a full season of NTSF:SD:SUV in five and a half weeks. And it works. There is a real audience for this, in fact, I think this might be the new way. What do you think?
It really seems to be catching on. They had a lot of success with the animated shows in that format, but it obviously works with the live-action shows as well.
Kate Mulgrew: Right. I'm excited about it for Paul, who is an exceptional person. I want to say this to you. I know a lot of funny people, and a lot of top comedians, which he is one of. But I know very few people who are as deeply kind as he is, and honest and fun. There's just something so good about his nature. It makes the whole working environment a pleasure. That's why he got everybody and their mother to come on board. Every time I turned around, there was another famous person there.
I can imagine. The guest star roster for this show is amazing.
Is there a favorite guest star that you worked with this season, or maybe someone you really want to come on board for Season 2?
Absolutely. That would be amazing. With Kove's history with Trent, do you think it's possible for Season 2 that they would rekindle that romance or will it be strictly professional from now on?
Kate Mulgrew: I think we should get married and divorced every season. I think it should be the theme of NTSF:SD:SUV, the major plot for Trent and Kove, figuring out how they would get back together, only to get divorced again.
Since it takes place in San Diego, it seems there are other NTSF units in other cities. Do you think it's possible to have other cities come in for maybe some kind of weird crossover episode, perhaps?
Kate Mulgrew: Aren't you clever! You're going to get a writing credit. I'm going to take that to Paul! That's a great idea, yes. We love San Diego, and it would have to be a second-rate city. It's perfect in San Diego. Maybe Albuquerque?
Kate Mulgrew: Tuscon! Now you're talking, Brian. That's a great idea.
It seems you could also do a Comic-Con episode too.
Yes, it was. I believe they had a screening there and one of my co-workers also talked to Paul. It was definitely there at Comic-Con.
Kate Mulgrew: Great. I'm going to see him this weekend at Creation. We're doing the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas together. Typically of Paul, he said, 'I'm bringing the Best of Kove reel to show it on the stage' (Laughs). All those Trekkers will go crazy.
That's awesome. I know it will be awhile before a DVD release for this show, but do you think there will be a lot of material for gag reels or other bonus materials from what you shot this season?
Kate Mulgrew: Don't you think the thing itself is a gag reel? (Laughs) Any bloopers could not match what is on camera. I think the bloopers in this case are kind of a redundancy.
It hasn't been announced that the show has been picked up for a second season yet, but the show is doing quite well so I imagine it will be picked up soon. Are there any other aspects of Kove you would like to see explored more in Season 2?
Kate Mulgrew: I think the relationship with Trent must be further explored and continue to get married and divorced. We have to find out what's behind the eye patch. We have to find out what's behind Trent's great ambition as an undercover lunatic, and we have to keep America laughing.
You also recently shot an episode of Warehouse 13. Is there anything you can say about that?
Kate Mulgrew: Four. I did a four-episode arc and I think I'm going back next season. I play a very important part, a regent. She is a mysterious and powerful character, and you should stay tuned because there's quite a little surprise in there.
Excellent. So when does first episode air?
Kate Mulgrew: The last week in August, I think, is my first appearance, and then I have four. It's a wonderful arc and I think I will continue on into the next season.
That's great. Is there anything else that you're currently working on that you can talk about?
Kate Mulgrew: I'm working on my relationships with my children (Laughs). I'm working on a book, I'm busy. Life is good. Life is very good. I'm doing a lot of conventions. I'm on my way to Vegas this weekend, then directly to Australia. I'll do Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth for 10 days, then I go to Atlanta, DragonCon. Then I go to Germany, two cities in Germany, and then I go to Prague. It's a big thing, I'm going to knock them out.
Finally, what would you like to say to anyone who hasn't tuned in to NTSF:SD:SUV yet about why they should start tuning into Adult Swim on Thursday nights?
Kate Mulgrew: I would say if you love a puzzle, and you love being dazzled, and you enjoy all of this in under 15 minutes, you cannot afford to miss NTSF:SD:SUV. And, if you say it quickly, 10 times in a row, you win a big, big prize, directly from my hand.
I'm impressed at how fast you're able to say it. I'm struggling over here.
Kate Mulgrew: (Laughs) I've got it.
Excellent. Well, it was great talking to you, Kate.
Kate Mulgrew: Thank you, Brian. Take care of yourself.