Star Trek: Picard Audition Room: Evan Evagora battled chest infection and learned to sword fight play Elnor
Star Trek: Picard fans found a new face to the universe in episode four of the sci-fi series, with the introduction of Elnor – a Romulin friend of Jean-Luc’s he’d met 14 years before.
The character, who has been raised by warrior nuns, doesn’t come from the same cloth as normal Romulins, and viewers are quick to see that he’s adept in sword fighting as well as keeping contact with the Romulin ways.
The tricky new role is played by Australian actor Evan Evagora, who revealed ahead of the episode airing that his audition was the far less glamorous side of Hollywood audition processes… mainly thanks to a nasty chest infection and a last minute opportunity to give the role a try.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, Evan revealed: ‘When I auditioned it was very last minute. I knew it was it was gonna be about Picard, but the sides had names blacked out, and things changed.
‘I didn’t know my name was going to be Elnor until I think the week before I landed in LA. So yeah, I knew it was going to be Star Trek, which made me want it even more.’
‘I got given three different scenes, I was in a hotel room in Fiji, and I had a chest infection, and a really bad laptop that I had to use the camera and filmed it right there against a bedsheet,’ he added.
Landing the part was a massive win for Evan, who as a lifelong Star Trek fan became an unwitting dictionary for other cast members to know about the past, with co-stars including Harry Treadaway (who plays Narek) and Michelle Hurd (who plays Raffi) attesting to his knowledge.
‘I grew up watching TNG [The Next Generation],’ he explained. ‘I don’t think I really understood the message until I grew up and I had to re- watch the episodes before we started filming, it was mainly just for entertainment value. We’re big sci-fi and fantasy fans back home.’
So what can we expect from this new character?
In a previous chat on the red carpet at the London premiere of Picard, he said: ‘He’s a Romulan boy, he was raised in a sect of all female warrior nuns. He’s got a pretty cool looking sword and he’s a pretty good hand and combat.
‘I found myself, having watched the shows, previously I was given a list of episodes to watch – but once I got the script I found myself having to kind of throw some things out the door that I learned about Romulans.’
‘I mean, my character wasn’t raised in a traditional way the Romulans normally were,’ he added. ‘So it was a bit interesting learning new things about Romulan culture and learning the language.’
But one of the most important parts of Elnor’s character was the sword fighting, which he had to learn from scratch ahead of his first day on set.
‘I’ve got some boxing experience that came in handy,’ the actor told us.
‘But I remember, as soon as I landed in LA, it was straight up the sword fighting training so it was just a few weeks of just, you know, drilling drilling, for three-four hours just learning the sequences and the correct stances and stuff like that.’
Star Trek: Picard continues Fridays on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
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