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IN HER DAYS AS A MODEL Tracy Scoggins happily smiled at photographers while working in European locales such as Italy, Germany and France. She and many of her peers enjoyed long and successful careers helping make everything from cosmetics to designer clothes irresistible to the public. Sadly, over time, some of these beautiful women have faded into the woodwork. Scoggins, however, went from the catwalk to the classroom and studied acting.
Since then she has entertained audiences in roles ranging from the exotic gold digger Millian in the stage production of The Sicilian Bachelor, which won her the Daily News' coveted Marquis Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, to a Cardassian scientist on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
"There are girls who were huge stars in the Eighties who aren't even around now and I feel quite lucky that I'm just here," says Scoggins. "I do believe that we create our own luck but, still, God's been good to me. One of the things that has helped keep me grounded is that I'm my own worst critic. If 100 people tell me something I did is good but if I don't think it's good, then it's not. Conversely, everyone can tell me I stink," she laughs, "but if I feel I did my best, then I'm happy."
One such difference of opinion worked in Scoggins' favour back in 1993 when she auditioned for the role of Catherine (Cat) Grant in the Science Fiction/adventure television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. "I remember when I read for the network executives at Warner Brothers Studios," says the actress. "I phoned my manager from my car as I was leaving the parking lot and said to her, 'Please, please don't even call over to them for feedback. I want them to forget that they ever saw me so maybe I'll be able to work for them and ABC television again.' She said to me, 'Tracy, can you hold on? They're on the other line. You got the job.' I was stunned."
By Steven Eramo

Tracy Scoggins, now playing Captain Lochley in Babylon 5, looks back on how she got the part of Cat in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Read the full interview in TV Zone #101.


 
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