'They hated it' Marina Sirtis on what production company disliked about Star Trek cast

Marina Sirtis played the beloved Deanna Troi in the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation. She starred alongside legendary actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc, in the successful show.

The 66-year-old has now made a candid claim about the programme’s production company, stating what they supposedly disliked about cast members.

Marina explained that she is still in contact with all of the Star Trek actors including Denise Crosby (who played Tasha Yar), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) and Gates McFadden (Dr Beverley Crusher).

The Tottenham Hotspur supporter claimed that bosses “hated” the fact that the cast got along off screen.

“Trust me, producers don’t want the cast to get along,” Marina remarked.

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“They hate when the cast like each other because they talk. Producers don’t want you talking.

“They want us all hating each other and being competitive with each other, so that they can lie to you.”

Marina admitted that her fellow co-stars would often talk to each other about any show changes.

She continued: “They couldn’t lie to us because they would say something to me and I would pick up the phone to Michael Dorn [Klingon Worf] and say, ‘Dorney, is this what is going on?’

“The day he died, Lavar Burton [La Forge], Brent Spiner [android Data] and Michael [Dorn], all came over. Gates was brilliant.”

She went on: “It was interesting because I realised when Michael died there were people who said they loved me and people who really loved me.

“My cast they didn’t just say the words, they actually came through for me. They were brilliant.”

Marina’s husband Michael was an American rock guitarist and musician who portrayed an Acamarian gatherer in the Star Trek franchise.

The couple were married for close to three decades, tying the knot in 1992.

Michael died at the age of 61 in 2019 and as a result, Marina made the decision to return to the UK.

Addressing her move, Marina explained: “My husband dying had a lot to do with it.

“We were together for 31 years and married for 27 years. It was just too painful to stay [in the United States]. Too many memories.”

source: express.co.uk