Were you at all a Star Trek fan?
THEMMEN: Absolutely. I’m not pandering; I absolutely was a fan of The Original Series. I’m 53, so I was about 8 or 9 years old when the show was on, and then they played the hell out of it in reruns for a long time. I’ve seen, certainly, every episode of TOS about three times. I got about as far as The Next Generation. That was really good and Patrick Stewart was amazing. I’ve seen all the films and I’m hip to the even-numbered film thing. I was not as much into Voyager or Deep Space Nine or Enterprise. Eventually, it sort of wore on for me, but very much through TOS and TNG, I was a solid fan.
How did you hook up with Voyager?
What do you remember of the experience?
THEMMEN: The episode was about a planet of people who were fans of the holo-doc, played by Bob Picardo. When people think of me, they think of me as Mike Teevee. Obviously, I had hair then. Now that I’m an adult, I don’t have a lot of hair. I’m a bald guy. Bob Picardo is a bald guy. And I look passably like Bob Picardo. So I went in, spent a couple of hours in the makeup chair. They gave me a little prosthesis here on my brow, just above my eyebrows, kind of like a Klingon but very much less… just a few little bumps. It was me and a couple of other guys, and they credited us as “Fawning Fans” of the Doctor, who sang, which is why the episode was called “Virtuoso.” Honestly, I was really jazzed about it, just to be in the Star Trek universe.
One other thing about doing Voyager… I finished getting my makeup done and got out of my chair and finished my scene, and I found my way on to the Voyager (bridge) set. I had access to walk around. It was all dark. I went and sat in the captain’s chair. I swiveled it left and right and pointed to imaginary things, which I’m sure so many people would love to do. So it was cool just to move in the same waters as all those guys.
How amazed are you when people recognize you from your appearance on Star Trek?
What are you up to these days?
THEMMEN: You know how people pose for fan-celebrity photos at conventions and autograph shows? I’m the owner of a business that takes those photos, and we’re doing that here today at Chiller.