"When I used to do tours, I`d be anxious and nervous on the plane returning to New York. I now realize the reaction was because I was coming back unemployed. Actors are constantly being put to the test."
On how he got the role of Captain Jonathan Archer: "Kerry McCluggage and Garry Hart were both at Universal when I did Quantum Leap. We had a long and very good relationship. My production company was already at Paramount when they approached me. I was excited, but wanted to meet Rick Berman and Brannon (Braga) and read the pilot script. Once I read that and met with the guys it was kind of a no-brainer in terms of a role to play, a place to work, with great collaborators, and it would keep me at home for the next few years." (Sept/Oct 2006, Star Trek Magazine issue #1)
On the best thing about playing a Star Trek captain: "I was very excited. I was a huge fan of the original Star Trek, and I`d never even dreamed that I would someday be captain of a starship... I`m a big fan of the future of space programs on this planet, especially if it`s a space program that can proceed in a peaceful fashion, keeping weapons out of space." (Sept/Oct 2006, Star Trek Magazine issue #1)
I like fantasy. I`ve always been the kind of kid who likes to dream about other things I could be and exotic situations I could be in. I don`t know what makes you that kind of person. Some people probably don`t have time for fantasy. I probably have too much time for it.
The great thing about show business is that there`s no mandatory retirement age.
I went into show business because I love to work with people, and what I enjoy most about acting is rehearsing and getting to know people and their talents, forming relationships. Working in this business, barriers drop and you get into people real quickly.
I am very much against weapons in space. And I wish we could be spearheading that program to come to some kind of international agreement so that doesn`t happen. That is my only - fear - in further space exploration like always, we hope it doesn`t get abused.
The biggest challenge for everybody to realize out there is that we`re in a very complicated business world and that were all under one umbrella and it`s very challenging for everybody to figure out where the priorities lie and where the loyalties lie.
Ideally, people find mates with whom they can express both their masculine and feminine sides.
I don`t think that a company should own a studio and the network, and program for their own network. It hurts the creativity - it is not a level playing field.
I`ve always been a big fan of time travel, and I`m very into the notion that some day we`ll be able to do it. Beam me up!
On the whole, show business is a hard business in which to be married.