At the Strange New Worlds premiere event, TrekMovie had an exclusive chat with newcomer Bruce Horak (Chief Engineer Hemmer), who only appeared briefly at the end of the series premiere. The actor talked about getting through Hemmer’s crusty personality, doing his Trek homework, and more.
So how did you prepare to play Hemmer?
How did I prep? Well, it was three and a half hours and a prosthetics chair, gluing 15 pieces on my face… so beyond that I watched Star Trek: Enterprise where the the Aenar are introduced. I think in season four, I watched those two episodes, dug around in as much online Trek lore as I could find about them. There’s not a lot about the Aenar. So I felt like I kind of had free range to build a little bit. He’s an engineer. So I talked to some engineering friends. And you know, just kind of crossed my fingers, and leapt off the bridge.
In terms of the character he starts out a little cranky, a bit of a curmudgeon
[Chuckles] No, he’s right. He’s just correct.
What would you say are his defining qualities and what’s behind his bluster?
Well, I think it’s a confidence knowing what he knowing what he knows. And that can I think sometimes come across as a bit of a curmudgeonliness. He’s also, you know, I think he’s a bit older. So there’s experience and wisdom to that. And he’s been a bit of an outsider his whole life, I think, I think in the Trek lore, they say that there’s only 1000 Aenar left in the galaxy. So that sense of being being an outsider, being alone, and you get a bit of a hard edge when that happens sometimes.
We know of course that the characters are going to grow over the season, what can we expect from Hemmer’s character arc?
Hmm, what can I say? What can I say? I think it’s fair to say that it’s sort of given that it’s Star Trek, you’re gonna see the bonding of these characters, and how they come together. And there’s there’s some good surprises. Stay tuned.
And are you Canadian? (I’m from Toronto.)
I am Canadian! I live in Stratford, Ontario. I’m originally from Calgary, Alberta… So you’ll you’ll hear my western drawl.
The Aenar have a western drawl, I heard.
They do now.
Get to know Hemmer
Last month, Paramount released a promotional video on social media introducing Hemmer.
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More SNW interviews to come
We still have more gold carpet interviews from the New York premiere of Strange New Worlds with the cast and creatives. Check out our earlier interview with Henry Alonso Myers. Plus see our interviews with executive producer Alex Kurtzman, cast members Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijin, and Christina Chong.
New episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debut on Thursdays exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Latin America, Australia and the Nordics. The series airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada. In New Zealand, it is available on TVNZ, and in India on Voot Select. Strange New Worlds will arrive via Paramount+ in select countries in Europe when the service launches later this year, starting with the UK and Ireland in June.