Mother's Day Interview: Julie Cobb & Rosemary Morgan

Mother's Day Interview: Julie Cobb & Rosemary Morgan

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day here at StarTrek.com than with a mother-daughter interview? Of course, you may be thinking: What real-life mother and daughter appeared on Star Trek? That’d be Julie Cobb and Rosemary Morgan. Cobb played Yeoman Leslie Thompson, the redshirt reduced to a pile of dust in the Original Series episode “By Any Other Name.” Morgan portrayed the young terrorist Piri in the Voyager hour “The Chute.” Interestingly, Cobb’s ex-husband and Morgan’s former stepdad is veteran Trek guest James Cromwell. Leonard Nimoy was Cobb’s first acting teacher. The two ladies are set to be among the guests at Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention in August, and StarTrek.com had the good fortune the other day to chat with them, together – with Cobb in L.A. and Morgan in New York – for a laugh-filled, informative 20 minutes. Here’s what they had to say.

Thank you very much for doing this. It just struck us that this would be the perfect interview for Mother’s Day…

COBB: Oh, we loved the idea, too. We’re happy to do it.

OK, Rosemary, tell us what’s special about your mom…

MORGAN: Oh, wow. Well, there are so many things that are special about my mom that I don’t even know where to start. Mom is incredibly brave. That’s the first thing that I’d say. She’s very funny and the most supportive person I’ve ever known.

COBB: Awwwww. Thank you. That’s nice.

Julie, we know there’s no such thing as Daughter’s Day, but what’s special to you about Rosemary?

COBB:

MORGAN:

COBB:

Let’s go all the way back in time, Julie. “By Any Other Name” was your first acting credit. How did you land the role?

COBB:The Brothers Karamazov
What do you remember of shooting the episode, of working with Daniels and Shatner?

COBB:

You have the distinction of being the only female redshirt ever to die on the series. That’s a big deal to a lot of Trek fans, but it may not even be something you’re aware of.

COBB:
Rosemary, did your parents let you see that episode when you were young? That could have been tough, to watch your mom die, right?

MORGAN:

Julie, you mentioned a moment ago that the role has kind of followed you. What’s that like, to have one small role, a guest shot you played nearly 50 years ago, still be a part of your life?

COBB:

Rosemary, you grew up in and around the business. Your mom, dad, stepdad and grandparents were all actors. Hollywood was the family business. How almost predetermined was it that, if even just for a while, you were going to pursue acting?

MORGAN:
Your mom was on Star Trek. Your stepdad did quite a bit of work on Star Trek, with several guest shots and his role in First Contact. How often did you hear Star Trek mentioned or discussed around the dinner table, or was dinner in your house not like that?

MORGAN:

You actually followed in your mom’s footsteps in that a Star Trek episode was also your very first professional TV job…

MORGAN:Star Trek

COBB:

MORGAN:

COBB:

You obviously spent a lot of time on sets with Rosemary over the years she acted, Julie, but Voyager was the first time. Plus, you had your own Trek connection. What was that like?

COBB:
We hear embarrassed, “Oh, mom” laughter in the background.

COBB:Star Trek

Rosemary, you’re not off the hook here. How did it work out for you, going one-on-one with Magic Johnson?

MORGAN:

Let’s talk Voyager, Rosemary. How did you land your role as Piri?

MORGAN:Voyager

COBB:

MORGAN:

What do you remember of trading dialogue with Mulgrew, and the rest of the experience?

MORGAN:
You’ll both be at Creation’s big event in Las Vegas in August. What’s the plan? Will you be on stage together? At a table together signing autographs and posing for photos?

COBB:

MORGAN:

Let’s catch everyone up on what you’re both doing now. Mom first, please…

COBB:The Vet

Rosemary...

MORGAN: At a certain point, I just decided to go back to college and finish my degree, because I’d dropped out in order to continue acting. Then I realized that I was good at school and that I really liked school, so I went to law school, like so many people who don’t know exactly what they’re going to do. I went to NYU Law School and had a great education and a great time while still figuring out what the future holds. But I felt like I want to expand my horizons and experiences. I’m not certain that any doors to anything are closed, but for now I’m working as an attorney regulating banks.

Thank you both so much for doing this, and happy Mother’s Day, Julie…

COBB: Thank you, so much. This was a lot of fun. It makes me think I should go back and watch the whole episode again so I can be ready for the convention in Las Vegas.

MORGAN: Thank you.

Visit www.CreationEnt.com for details about the big Vegas event, which will be held August 6-9 at the Rio Suites Hotel.

 

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