The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' actress almost passed on the role — just like Nichelle Nichols, the woman who made it famous.
Way back in the 1960s, the original Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, was just as reluctant about reprising her role on the original Star Trek series after the first season. "I wanted to return to my first love, which is musical theater," Nichols said in the 2010 documentary "Trek Nation."
But a very influential Trekkie named Martin Luther King urged her to stay on the show. "He told me that Star Trek was one of the only shows that he and his wife Coretta would allow their little children to watch. And I thanked him and I told him I was leaving the show. All the smile came off his face. And he said, don't you understand for the first time, we're seen as we should be seen. You don't have a black role. You have an equal role."
She went back to work the next week and told Gene Roddenberry, the show's creator, that she was sticking around after all.
We guess MLK might be worth listening to, if you're into that sort of thing.
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