Jennifer Lien was a guest on AOL in november 1995.
OnlineHost: Jennifer Lien was born in Illinois. She began appearing in plays and musicals at the age of 12. At the age of 16 she moved to New York to join the cast as 'Hannah' on "Another World." After her stint on "Another World" she was brought to Los Angeles to be a series regular playing the role of 'Roanne' on ABC's hit sitcom "Phenom" starring Judith Light.
Jennifer has also done a series of voice-overs for well known series such as "Duckman" for TNT and "The Critic" for Fox. She has also participated in various sketches for Adam Sandler's comedy album. Currently Jennifer is starring in "Star Trek Voyager" playing the role of 'Kes' for UPN. Jennifer Lien is 21 and currently resides in the Los Angeles area.
OnlineHost: Welcome to Center Stage, Jennifer Lien!
Jennifer Lien: Hi!
Question: How did you first get into acting?
JL: I started doing plays. I started taking classes. Then I joined a few theater companies and got an agent and started going on auditions.
Q: How would you describe a typical day on the Voyager set? You've probably answered this a million times.
JL: I arrive for hair, makeup and wardrobe and I go through the process for about 3 hours. I drink some coffee and go over what I have to do that day and joke around and do my stuff. Then they ask me what I want for lunch, and I usually order the same three different things, I don't even have to look at the menu anymore. After all the scenes are done, I get out of hair, makeup and wardrobe and go on my way.
Q: Jennifer, I wanted to know how tough the competition was for the role of Kes. Was a Star Trek role something you wanted for a change or did you just happen on it?
JL: I didn't think about the competition and I like the character so it was fun to audition and then I just got it after a few auditions.
Q: What is the hardest part of playing your role on Voyager?
JL: The no bathing policy.
Q: How do you like your new "Star Trek: Voyager" figure?
JL: Just fine. I've created a shrine in my bathroom and it gives me a purpose when I wake up in the morning.
Q: Are there any plans to do away with the wig you wear on Voyager? your real hair is much nicer!
JL: Thank you! There are no plans. There are more wigs being made as we speak.
Q: Did you start as a model?
JL: No. But I've always found modeling fascinating.
Q: What do you think of all the Star Trek fans?
JL: I'm glad that there is an enthusiastic audience and that certain viewers find entertainment and shorelines interesting enough to devote a portion of their time to.
Q: What was it like working with Adam Sandler? Are you interested in doing more comedy?
JL: He was very funny. Yes, I love comedy.
Q: I live in Evanston, IL. Where did you grow up?
JL: I grew up in Chicago Heights.
Q: Jennifer, this is an off-beat question, but...what kind of music do you like?
JL: I like all music, but I prefer eclectic.
Q: Hello. Have you ever been in any movies?
JL: Not yet.
Q: Congratulations on the success of Voyager! I have watched Kes grow as a member of the crew this past year. Any thoughts on how you'd like to see her grow in the coming seasons?
JL: Thank you very much. I'd like to see an intense exploration of the diverse strengths and weaknesses of the created species on a human level.
Q: Does Jennifer expect to stay the full seven years of the series?
JL: At this point in time, all seems very positive. But we're still negotiating the house in Malibu and the three sports cars.
Q: Prior to joining the Voyager cast, had you ever watched the "Treks" before?
JL: Yes. I had seen a few episodes from each series.
Q: Hi, what advice would you give a 20 year old actor trying to make it in the world of theater and film?
JL: Have a sense of humor and love what you do.
Q: Jennifer - I love what you're doing with your character. Will we see more episodes dealing with your situation with Kes and Tom Paris?
JL: Possibly. I think that situation will be explored in the musical Christmas episode. We have a tap number together.
Q: The makeup for Kes is very intriguing. Do you find it difficult to deal with?
JL: Not anymore. It's fun to watch them put on. I wear it to go shopping. There's a woman right next to me giving me all of my lines and she's wearing it too.
Q: Hello, your are great at star trek, but do you like any other Sci Fi shows, like The X Files ?
JL: I haven't gotten an opportunity to watch it, but I've heard great things about it.
Q: Hello! To begin with, How and why did you try for Voyager series?
JL: I liked the character and the story.
Q: Ms. Lien, I'm not sure if you received this question, but are you involved with community and civic affairs when not shooting Voyager?
JL: Yes. I'm involved in a camp that deals with children with AIDS.
Q: Many former cast members of Star Trek series have been type cast by their roles? Are you concerned about this? What are your plans for the future?
JL: Well, after the show I plan on getting plastic surgery and changing my name and sex. I figure this way I'm pretty much guaranteed a fair shot at being me.
Q: What will you be doing when Voyager goes on hiatus??
JL: Hopefully traveling or the best case scenario, working on a different type of character in another medium.
Q: Was it tough to go from soap opera to Star Trek?
JL: I didn't go directly from a soap to Star Trek so, no. It wasn't difficult.
Q: Did you have any interaction with Q on the upcoming "Death Wish"?
JL: A little. I enjoy the character.
Q: Which of the roles you played was your favorite?
JL: I don't really have a favorite. I've enjoyed each one of them. As time passes, I learn to appreciate more.
Q: Jen do you enjoy theater or television more?
JL: Each medium has its benefits.
Q: When the series ends, will Voyager reach Earth? or will Voyager be "Lost in Space?"
JL: I've wondered about that same question myself, and it's fun to ponder. However, I feel that it might be too early to tell.
Q: Are you as shy, polite, and reserved like your character Kes?
JL: Sometimes. But not in the same ways.
Q: During what portion of the year is the Voyager series shooting, and what kind of hours do you work while you're shooting?
JL: We usually work from mid to late summer until late spring. The hours vary. There are twelve hour days and then there are four hour days depending on the extent of my involvement in the story.
Q: What's Kate Mulgrew like to work with?
JL: She's intelligent, professional, and extremely good. Very friendly and fun.
Q: What has been your favorite episode of Voyager so far?
JL: That's hard to say. I have appreciated all of the stories.
Q: What's your convention schedule likely to be in the future?
JL: I'll be appearing this weekend in my first out of California scheduled dates in Ohio and Kentucky. and boy, am I looking' forward to it!
Q: After acting in Voyager, have you gotten a lot of attention?
Q: How many more episodes has "Voyager" been picked up for?
JL: At least two million.
Q: Did you mind the "bug-eating scene" in a recent episode?
JL: No. They were very tasty.
Q: How much time do you need to memorize your lines for the shoot?
JL: It's all relative to the amount of text I have for that particular script.
Q: Jennifer - Who would you say is the "cast clown" on the Voyager set?
JL: Ethan Phillips, although everybody has their moments.
Q: Did you expect the Voyager series to be doing so well ..? I mean what were your expectations when you started?
JL: I tried not to go in with any preconceived notions on what might or might not happen. Although I was very excited and still am and continue to hope for the best.
Q: Are the producers of the show trying to make the series a more emotionally involved show? I find myself looking for more emotional displays because I see them more.
JL: I think the producers are eager and dedicated to creating the most emotionally impacting and thought provoking, innovative stories. And I feel that as a result they can be emotional.
Q: What are they (the writers) going to do with your new mental abilities/powers?
JL: Explore them, and develop them.
Q: Jenny what do you do in your free time?
JL: I'm working on my cure for cancer and collaborating with Santa Claus. (for a new line of perfume ads and fake beards).
Q: Is it true that a Q episode is on it's way, if so, when?
JL: Yes. Very near in the future. That's one of the perfume ads Santa and I will explore...the Q fragrance already out in stores.
OnlineHost: Folks, unfortunately we've run out of time. Jennifer Lien, thanks so much for joining us in Center Stage tonight!
JL: Thank you very much for spending time with me. Have a good night.
OnlineHost: Thanks again. And thanks to our audience for all their great questions. Good night, everyone.