Anthony Rapp On “Star Trek: Discovery,” The Power Of Mushrooms, And “Rent” Slash Fiction
by Lawrence Ferber 14h ago With Star Trek: Discovery, the iconic sci-fi franchise boldly goes where none of its predecessors have gone—not only giving viewers the first openly gay character, but Star Trek’s first same-sex couple. Star Trek: Discovery/CBS Anthony Rapp stars as science officer Lt. Paul Stamets, who specializes in astromycology (space fungus, basically). His onscreen partner, medical officer Dr. Hugh Culber, is played by Wilson Cruz, another gay actor with a link to Rent. The CBS All Access series is full of action, special effects, and a compelling conflict between the Federation and the Klingons. With out showrunner Aaron Harberts (Revenge) helping to steer the ship, we’re confident the show will do LGBT representation justice. Below, we talk to Rapp about Lt. Stamets (who’s actually based on a real-life scientist), plus his onscreen romance, and what we can expect this season. Star Trek Discovery/CBS Interactive What’s it like playing the first LGBT character in a Star Trek TV series? Do you feel any obligation to present Lt, Stamets a certain way? It’s an honor. It’s overwhelming, but the only obligation I felt was to represent a fully realized human being. To feel honest, alive, and human,
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