Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Bruce Horak Explains Enterprise’s Aenar Influence, Plus ‘Living A Dream’ With Hemmer’s Eyes
Bruce Horak shared some insight on his character.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds really impressed many Paramount+ subscribers with its premiere episode, and the fun is only getting started. The end of the first episode saw the ship’s chief engineer, an Aenar named Hemmer, join and become one of the final members of the crew. The character gets a more proper introduction in “Children of the Comet” and future episodes, and audiences will get to see what actor Bruce Horak’s character is all about.
I spoke to Bruce Horak about Hemmer ahead of Episode 2 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and asked if the Aenar of Star Trek: Enterprise influenced his performance. Horak, who listed Enterprise’s Trip Tucker as one of his favorite engineers of the entire franchise, talked about what he loved about the past Aenar performances:
The Aenar are a small population of the much more prominent Andorian species and are most notable for their pale skin and lack of eyesight. While the Aenar are blind, their telepathic abilities act as an enhanced sight that allows them to sense the thoughts and movements of those around them. Hemmer boasts these abilities in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and will no doubt use them to maintain the flagship of Starfleet.
Playing an Aenar means that Bruce Horak is the latest of Star Trek actors who must sit in the makeup chair and undergo extensive work to look the part. I asked Horak if there are ever days when he gets up and wishes that he wasn’t the guy who has hours of makeup before shooting, and he shared how playing Hemmer is “living a dream” for him:
Bruce Horak isn’t quite tired of the prosthesis yet, and with good reason. It’s cool to hear how satisfied he is with the end result of how Hemmer turned out, and how pleased he is with the final product in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. After all, prosthetics aren’t for every Star Trek actor. Just ask Jeffrey Dean Morgan or even a noted vet like Colm Meaney!
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds releases new episodes on Paramount+ (opens in new tab) on Thursdays. It’s the latest entry in a lot of Star Trek coming in the near future, so be sure to jump on board and see why many fans are excited about this show.
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