Star Trek 45th Anniversary: A Conversation with Nana Visitor
Audiences know the sexy character actress Nana Visitor best for her portrayal as the Bajoran Major Kira Nerys in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. For this greatest of great conversations, Nana takes us back to where it all started, Star Trek, family, her craft and what the future holds. Let the tribute to Nana Visitor begin.
Nana Visitor was born Nana Tucker in New York City with raw talent already in her blood waiting for the opportunity to be discovered by Nana herself as well as the audiences who would come to enjoy her.
Her mother Nenette Charisse was a ballet teacher, her father Robert Tucker was a choreographer and her aunt was the famous Syd Charisse of the classic film Singin’ In the Rain.
Since the beginnings of show business, the difficulties of those who were born into a show business family have been publicized as being problematic. Nana recalls her times as a teenager growing up in a family that possessed that show biz “oomph.”
“My parents were in the business and that really kind of pushed me away from it,” Nana recalled, “Emotionally I wanted to make my own mark. I wanted to be a writer very, very, very much and I thought I would be.”
Nana had not yet made it to being the actress that we came to know and love, she spoke of her struggles that many artists go through during adolescents. She went through that sting that came from not yet finding herself.
“I struggled with friends,” she said, “I struggled with school work and felt like such an outsider most of my childhood.”
Nana steps on to the brink of a life changing discovery.
“When I was 14, there was a school play, a stupid school play.” She laughed. “I did one of the lead roles in it; it was a musical, Bye, Bye, Birdie.”
The next feeling that Nana describes is one that many people, including myself, can relate to. That first time you step into something that you were destined to do, it can be a freeing experience. Nana relishes the memory of that experience, that moment that brought her to face-to-face with herself.
“I did it and it was like being a caged lion in the old New York City zoo, a circus lion that would be used to being watched as I sat there. Then when I was on that stage, I was on the Savannah; I was free to be who I was, I was comfortable. I knew it, I knew what to do.”Continued on the next page