Star Trek 45th Anniversary: Rene Auberjonois 360 - Page 4
“It ‘s a tribute to Rick Berman and Michael Piller that they put it in Ira’s hands knowing what kind of writer he is and where he would take the show, so they deserve as much credit.”
Rick Berman and Michael Piller led Star Trek: The Next Generation to being nominated for an Emmy in its 7th season, they were no strangers to good television. Ira always said it as well; they were out to make exactly that. Auberjonois did observe and recognize that the growth for the television series was definitely organic.
“People always asked me what it was like to play the same character for 7 years. I always told them that I never played the same character, Odo constantly changed and evolved every season.” Auberjonois spoke fondly of his Trek days.
Auberjonois’s next big break was working with the incredibly talented David E. Kelley series that was just starting. Boston Legal was a phenomenally well written television series which also starred another Star Trek legend - William Shatner. Auberjonois played Paul Lewiston.
Now, Auberjonois looks ahead to his future. What is in store next for one of the best and most underrated character actors of our time?
“I’m a retiring person, I’m a shy person,” he said, “I always wanted to be a character actor and play as many characters as possible which is easier on the stage than it is on television. I have been so blessed having three wonderful long running characters to play.”
Auberjonois reflected on life itself.
“I’m at an age where I have come face to face with my own mortality and I realize that life is not infinite and that there is only a certain amount hopefully considerable because I am healthy. I take care of myself. There are a lot things that I want to do and some of them have nothing to do with acting, I come from a family of artists, my grandfather was a great artist and my father was a writer and a visual artist himself. I have a lot of that to do yet, and I am very involved in that. In photography, wire sculpture and a lot of stuff like that.Continued on the next page