Zoe Saldana Discusses her Star Trek Role And Meeting Franchise 'Icon' Nichelle Nichols

Zoe Saldana Discusses her Star Trek Role And Meeting Franchise 'Icon' Nichelle Nichols ...

Nichelle Nichols, a veteran Star Trek actress, passed away at the age of 89. Many fans and co-stars paid tribute to the star, while George Takei and William Shatner paid tribute to the Uhura actress on The View. However, one voice was missing from the Star Trek chorus: Zoe Saldana.

Saldana posted a moving message honoring Nichols on Instagram Stories this week, highlighting her influence not only on television, but on pop culture as a whole.

Nichelle made me feel at ease every time I saw her. She encouraged me to believe anything is possible if you put your heart into it. She encouraged Mae Jemison to pursue her dreams of becoming an astronaut and thats exactly what Mae did. I hope that we continue to honor her legacy by promoting peace and equality among all people.

Zoe Saldana's conversation with Nichelle Nichols about playing Uhura appeared to help Trekkies cope with their expectations for the iconic character. In her full Instagram message below, the actress had so much more to say about Nichols with a nice nod to the space travel franchise.

Nichols' reassuring words to the Kelvin universe actress echoed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s desire to continue on with The Original Series, since she was on the verge of quitting after the first season. She remained active on the show, inspiring millions of others like Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to enter space.

Nichelle Nichols' words and actions, as Zoe Saldana pointed out, were as significant as the feelings she evoked across many generations of viewers. Thats why the Star Trek icon is often referred to as a pioneer in television and science fiction.

Lieutenant Nyota Uhura and Nichelle Nichols' legacy will continue to live on as Saldana is expected to reprise her role as the communications head in the fourth Kelvin installment, which will be the first film without co-star Anton Yelchin. On the television side, Celia Gooding plays a young Uhura in the Christopher Pike-focused series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.