Posts about Jeri Ryan
[Picard] Jeri Ryan on the “new” 7 of 9: “It was incredibly challenging because when I first got the scripts, I couldn’t hear her voice. She was so different.”/ Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh) helped her out: “Maybe she just had to make a conscious choice to act & sound as human as possible just to survive”
Some interesting excerpts from the Jeri Ryan panel at the Las Vegas convention three weeks ago - on how she was able to navigate with the scripts in Picard, Season 1 which seemed to have a very different Seven inside than the one in Voyager … she seemed to imply that the original scripts kind of confused her and didn’t make sense to her first …
Jeri Ryan explains why Seven sounds different on Picard
Jeri Ryan (who is also coming back in season three) wasn’t on the main Picard panel but during a separate Voyager-focused panel the actress talked about what it was like to bring Seven of Nine back, and discussed how she approached the character differently for Picard:
It was incredibly challenging because when I first got the scripts, I couldn’t hear her voice. She was so different. And Seven, her voice was so specific for so long on Voyager primarily because she was written by basically the same people and Brannon Braga if not wrote, rewrote almost every line I ever uttered. So it was a very specific voice. And so much time had the past. It was 20 years later. So she’s been very different person by that point.
And Jonathan del Arco – who plays Hugh and is a wonderful actor and also a fantastic director and a dear friend who had just had just had his first scene on Picard – right before I started shooting he came over read through my scenes with me and helped me work on it because he had just gone through the same thing with his character. And he actually gave me just one simple little clue which was the absolute key to finding and making it make sense for me. And he said, “Maybe she just had to make a conscious choice to act and sound as human as possible just to survive.” And that was all I needed. I just needed that simple little thing to make it make sense for me and then tie the whole story together.