In the third of the rebooted Star Trek films, the starship Enterprise is destroyed by an attacking alien force, the crew finding itself stranded on the surface and fighting to survive against that world’s ruler, Krall. Helping them to do so is Sofia’s character, Jaylah, an alien scavenger who had been stranded there years earlier.
“She’s been living on her own, by herself and had to learn to survive,” says Sofia. “It’s difficult to survive on your own, but Jaylah did it for a very long time and had to get by in a very solitary way. But she found things within [a crashed] ship that kept her going. She watched a lot of videos, and that’s how she learned the English language. She kept busy by putting her outfit together, and finding places to build her defenses and surviving. When she meets the Enterprise crew, I think there is hope for her at some point. At first she’s defensive and protective, and then there is hope for her to actually get out of there.”
She admits that before that, Star Trek had not been a part of her life. “I just remember it being a very obscure, sort of dark sci-fi that was a bit spooky to me at the time, but I never really watched it. I watched the new franchise, and I thought they were really entertaining and fun to watch.”
“When I came in, I knew they had done these films together and that they probably had tight bonds. I wondered where my place was going to be, but it took two seconds for us to be close and it remains. I was also given a character that was created from scratch, that you’ve never seen before, so in that sense I had a bit of freedom and was lucky that way. I didn’t have the responsibility of taking on board a character that’s been out for ages, which would have been something else. I would have been really nervous, I think.”
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