Trek Untold Episode 80: Melanie Smith, Tora Ziyal #3 on Star Trek DS9
There aren't many characters in Star Trek history that had the same character in one show have multiple performers. Melanie Smith is one actress who can add that honor to her resume, as she played the third (and final) Tora Ziyal on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
In this episode, we learn about Melanie's unusual road to acting, her first on-screen appearance and her first professional gig in “As the World Turns,” what she learned from the legendary Stella Adler, her three appearances on “Seinfeld” including the historic “Shrinkage” episode with Voyager alumni Jason Alexander, her “nude” appearance on “Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” with Bruce Campbell, and working with Andrew Robinson on the cult sci-fi film “Trancers 3”.
After that, it's time for Trek talk about how Melanie got the part of Ziyal and how far she made it an earlier audition to almost become a member of the main cast, breaking down the romance of Ziyal and Garak, how she found the character and what part of Melanie was inside her, working with Andrew, Nana Visitor, and Marc Alaimo, learning the technobabble, what she did to make her version of Ziyal be different from others, and the full story of why Ziyal died!
- Check out Melanie's website at – https://workwithmelaniesmith.com/about-melanie/
- Watch Michael Bell's Voiceover MasterClass on Youtube for FREE – https://youtu.be/6mHaukYYOH4
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- Visit Pancan.org to support the Trek against Pancreatic Cancer
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