With an all-new Star Wars movie about to hit theaters, I couldn’t help but ask J.J. Abrams what his thoughts were on his childhood obsession with Star Trek.
“I’ve seen a lot [of Star Trek], and I was more of an Roddenberry guy than a Roddenberry nerd—I think all of us were,” he said during a conversation with Entertainment Weekly about his two films set for release this year. “I just sort of kept getting drawn back to that thing. That was the thing that was just so close to my heart, and I just really liked it.”
When asked about being influenced by Star Trek throughout his career—or at least the last 20 years—he answered, “I think it was more like the last 10 years—we’ve been doing those type of movies. And that’s definitely, if you’re lucky, that’s why you like it, you know, because there’s a continuity and you’re sort of a part of the universe so you just like how that universe works and how that works.”
What is it about Star Trek that resonates with you, Abrams?
“I’m certainly a big fan of it as a kid. I was very active in the fandom. I got my Trek stuff when I was about 11 years old, and I still have the original comic book and the original books when I’m about 15, 16. I’ve had a lot of fun revisiting that stuff, which is a very cool thing that I think makes Star Trek very special.”
Did Star Trek inspire you in your acting career?
“Yes. As soon as I had seen Star Trek in the theater, I was like, ‘I want to do that again!’ You know? And I just wanted to see what my version of it would look like with some different characters. The first show was the easiest for me. I think it was the first show I saw all the actors playing their respective parts—every actor in it! And it was the first episode where Spock was the hero. It was the first time that I was like, ‘I want to play Spock again,’ and it just was so much fun to act out that part. And I think for my own part, I just loved the characters and the dynamics of it so much that I had to do it again.”
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