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Feature: Enterprise Anthony Montgomery

Enterprise's Anthony Montgomery as TravisAnt on Deck

He thinks of himself as "the happy helmsman" on Enterprise. Anthony Montgomery warps in to chat about playing the fresh-faced Ensign Travis Mayweather…

On the newest Star Trek incarnation Enterprise, Ensign Travis Mayweather is responsible for steering the fleet's most famous starship on a course for adventure.

A "Space boomer," Mayweather was born and brought up on the Horizon, a J-class freighter captained by his father. Not surprisingly, the young ensign has logged more hours in Space than most Starship captains, but the experience has not jaded him. Mayweather cannot wait to see what lies ahead for him and the rest of the crew as they continue to explore Deep Space. His excitement about serving aboard the Enterprise is matched only by that of the actor playing him, Anthony Montgomery.

"When we began filming [the pilot] Broken Bow, I was so in awe of the fact that I'm now helmsman of the Enterprise," enthuses the actor, "and that feeling still hasn't worn off. I mean, I didn't grow up a Trekkie but I know a thing or two about Star Trek. Of all the shows, I'm probably the biggest fan of the classic one and its crew, which includes Mr Sulu. When I was cast as Travis I thought, ‘Hey, I'm the new Mr Sulu!' However, it could be argued that I'm the ‘first' Sulu in that our show is set before the original Star Trek.

"I've never piloted an airplane before, let alone a starship," he laughs. "As an actor, though, you get to be all these different people and that's the beauty of this job. The first time I sat at Travis's station, I said to myself, ‘OK, you're flying a spaceship now,' and a big smile crossed my face. It's like, ‘how cool is this?' and the thing is I'm just starting to get to know this character. Travis is like me in that he wants to see the world, or in his case the universe. Our writers have noticed my natural zeal and curiosity for adventure and are trying to imbue my character with some of that.

"I grew up in Indiana. I don't know how much you know about the mid-west, but it's pretty flat. Don't get me wrong. It's a great place but deep down in my heart I knew there had to be more to life. Since I left there I've seen a lot of other things that life has to offer. In my mind Travis joined Starfleet and is thrilled to be on the Enterprise for the same reason.

"There's a scene in the [tenth] episode Fortunate Son where he says, ‘I was born halfway between Draylax and Vega Colony, and there came a time when I knew I didn't want to spend the rest of my life on a freighter travelling between the two.' Travis has an urge to discover what else is out there and so far the two of us are having a blast doing just that..."

by Steven Eramo

Enterprise UK: Mondays 20:00 Sky One,
US: Wednesdays 20:00 UPN

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