Episode 224: “Star Trek Ladies: Nana Visitor | Deep Space Nine, Part 2”

“Every new Star Trek show ‘ruins’ Star Trek.” – Nana Visitor
Read Transcript

The Conversation

  • GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: Auditioning for L.A. Law – casting director Junie Lowry told her, “You’re not getting it. But there is a show you’d be great for…” Yes - It was DS:9
  • On the demands of a Star Trek television show: "Deep Space Nine was forty-nine of the best years of my life. I know it was just seven. But it felt like forty-nine.”
  • On Star Trek - Discovery: “Women are writing, women are directing, women are executive producing... Women being in the room changes the dynamic.”
  • On the set: David Hasselhoff or Andy Griffith? Daniel Hugh Kelley or Brian Keith? Who was “lovely”? And who definitely was not?
  • On attending a Star Trek convention: “It was like a flock of exotic birds had descended. It was fascinating.”
  • Being a role model: What was it like talking to astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti while she was in orbit on the International Space Station as Cristoforetti told Nana she followed her dreams into space because of Kira Nerys?
  • On Sci-Fi fandom: “A percentage of (the fans) are weirdos, but if you take any apartment building in New York – it’s the same percentage. And it’s wonderful.”
  • Doing Cameos for parents who named their daughters “Kira”.
  • On being a working actress and a mother: “I was in labor on the set. And I went behind the set to get through the worst of it… I tried to have my baby and have it bother no one. And I said to myself, ‘If anyone has to suffer because I’m working and I have an infant, it’s gonna be me’. And that’s not sustainable.”

So join Susan and Sharon – and Nana – as they talk Avery Brooks, podcasting with your son, managing fear -- and “Opening A Channel” to greater opportunities for women!

Our Audio-ography

Visit the “Nana Visitor Library” on Youtube.

Listen to Nana Visitor’s podcast, Sunday Dinner with Nana and Django.

Find Nana Visitor on Instagram and Twitter.

Pre-order Nana Visitor's book: Star Trek: Open a Channel: A Woman's Trek

Where to begin? How to Watch Star Trek in chronological and release order on ToyNK.


Invest in yourself at TheNextish.com - Special 80s TV Ladies offer! Get 10% off an already 30% off promotion on their newest online course: "Be The Disruptor" -

Use code "8TL24" at checkout at TheNextish.com.


Send us a message on our 8TL website:

  • What Star Trek Lady should we cover next?
  • Who is your favorite Star Trek Lady?
  • What show should we cover at 80s TV Ladies?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let’s get more out of 2024.

Help us make more episodes and get ad-free episodes and exclusive content on PATREON.


Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.



80s TV Ladies™ Episode 224: “Star Trek Ladies: Nana Visitor | Deep Space Nine, Part 2”. Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem. Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson. Guest: Nana Visitor.  Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey. Producer: Melissa Roth. Associate Producer: Sergio Perez. Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2024 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.