Star Trek: Kate Mulgrew Almost Turned Down Janeway's Return in Prodigy

There is little doubt that one of the best things about Star Trek: Prodigy is the fact that it features Kathryn Janeway, or at least the training hologram based on the USS Voyager captain. However, the animated series almost didn't feature the character. Kate Mulgrew has just admitted that she was initially hesitant about reprising her role in the new show!

Kate Mulgrew recently spoke to Radio Times where she confirmed that she almost turned down her return in Star Trek: Prodigy. Interestingly, Mulgrew pointed out that her hesitation was just natural.

"Oh, yes, I had hesitation – I have to be frank about that – because it just lives within me. At no point does it subside or abate. It’s always a sort of constant and is a very significant part of my professional life. And so I thought, ‘Wow, do I want to do that?’” Mulgrew said.

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Although she was initially uncertain about the idea, Mulgrew eventually considered the return after getting the opinion of some trusted people.

“I started to talk to my friends and my counsel about it, and everybody said, ‘You’re crazy if you don’t think of bringing this to that terribly important demographic – the children,'” she said, adding that she was surprised that children were never considered as the perfect market for Star Trek in the past.

“How is it that we’ve managed to leave them out? I don’t know. Do you know? Nobody’s going to grasp this philosophy, this ideology, more readily than the little sponge-imagination of the five-year-old, six-year-old, seven-year-old child,” Mulgrew said.

We're certainly glad that Kate Mulgrew reconsidered the offer and agreed to reprise her role as Janeway in Prodigy. With that in mind, we're looking forward to seeing more of the hologram in the second season.

The first season of Star Trek: Prodigy is now streaming on Nickelodeon while Season 2 is currently in production.

Related: Star Trek Producer Shares Update on Possible Anthology Series Starring Classic Characters

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