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Kate Mulgrew not sure if she would want to play Janeway again

In a new interview, Kate Mulgrew was asked about returning to the role of Captain Janeway and the legacy of Star Trek: Voyager.

Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek: Voyager and already fans are starting to work themselves into a frenzy. Over the decades the show’s following has only grown and much like Deep Space Nine, it has only become more popular with age.

Much of that can be attributed to Kate Mulgrew and her portrayal of Captain Kathryn Janeway. Since Voyager first aired, Janeway has become one of the most iconic characters Star Trek ever produced. Long before the days when women were better represented in genre fiction, Mulgrew led the charge, the first woman to sit in the captain’s chair and play the lead in a Star Trek series.

It’s not an exaggeration to think that without Kathryn Janeway, there might not have been a Captain Marvel or Rey or even Michael Burnham.

In recent years Mulgrew has become an author and her new book, How to Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir has just been published. In it she talks unflinchingly about caring for her aging parents and the toll it took on her and her family.

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Mulgrew recently spoke to Trek about the book and of course, the subject of Star Trek and Voyager‘s place in the history of the franchise came up. When asked about if Mulgrew felt Voyager was perpetually in the shadow of The Next Generation, she says that she never really thought about it, instead focusing on turning in the best performance she could.

In addition, Mulgrew was asked if she would be interested in returning to the role of Janeway in a similar way to what Patrick Stewart is doing in Star Trek: Picard. Her answer was unexpected.

I think it’s safe to say that if Mulgrew ever did want to return to the role, Trek Nation would be pretty excited to see it. When fans talk about what character they really want to see in Picard, Janeway’s name almost always comes up. She has a devoted fan following who would likely love nothing more than to see the further adventures of the former captain of Voyager.

Kate Mulgrew’s novel How to Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir is in bookstores now.