Actress Alice Eve, star of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” appeared at the 12th Annual Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, hosted by Creation Entertainment, on Friday, August 9, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a 4,500 seat room Eve spoke eloquently to fans during her first Star Trek convention. Eve portrays Dr. Carol Marcus in her first Star Trek film. Eve admitted that having J.J. Abrams as director was her reason for entering the Star Trek universe “I wouldn’t be involved if J.J. hadn’t been directing.”
The Oxford educated actress definitely looked at Star Trek in intellectual terms, but also spoke of the idea that the current Star Trek actors are expected to be quite fit. “Bones become redundant in space with no gravity. So, people in space would need to exercise and be fit in order to maintain bone mass. It was very important to all of us to be very fit.”
Eve also spoke about her character’s lack of romantic times with James T. Kirk and it also appears that Eve is on the list to appear in the next Star Trek film playing Carol. “Obvious I would like to have a romance with Kirk. I think being pregnant in space would also be interesting and raising a child in space, also be worth investigating. And perhaps, nobody knows who’s child it is,” she said laughing.
Eve told the audience that J.J. Abram’s new job of directing the next Star Wars film is so taxing that he will not continue with directing Star Trek films. “The glitter of Star Wars was too hard for J.J. to resist. It was always his dreams to be involved in the Star Wars franchise. Directing both films would be much too difficult.”
Also on stage at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino were Catherine Hicks of the film “Star Trek: The Voyage Home,” Academy Award-winning actor Joel Grey from the television show “Star Trek: Voyager,” Dominic Keating and Linda Park of the television series “Star Trek: Enterprise,” Walter Koenig and Grace Lee Whitney of the original “Star Trek” series and John de Lancie of “Star Trek: Next Generation.”
The official Las Vegas Star Trek convention is running through Sunday, August 11.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com