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Q&A With Wilson Cruz Of Star Trek: Discovery

From My So-Called Life to Rent on Broadway, and now Star Trek: Discovery, Wilson Cruz has found his calling. Get to know the actor who plays Dr. Hugh Culber in the CBS All Access original series.

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Reporting by Malcolm Venable

If you haven't tuned in to out-of this-world-drama series Star Trek: Discovery—we recommend that you start binge-watching, stat! Watch interviewed cast member Wilson Cruz and chatted about his role on the U.S.S. Discovery, first day on set, and how yoga keeps him fit and focused.

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Wilson Cruz posing in front of a Star Trek: Discovery poster.

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Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your character on Star Trek: Discovery? How has he evolved over the years?

We'll see more growth and understanding of who Doctor Hugh Culber is in the Season 3. We'll see him grow in terms of his position on the ship and his involvement with other people. His work takes on a new element of responsibility in terms of mental health of the cast.

 

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber on the set of Star Trek: Discovery.

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber in the CBS All Access original series Star Trek: Discovery.

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What was the first day on set like? Do you remember the first scene you filmed?

Yes, absolutely! They put me in this white suit and told me that I'm going walk through those mythical doors; that I'm going to come out onto the bridge of the Starship and deliver my first line. And I said, "Huh?"

Anthony [Rapp] was in the scene with me and he said, "Just say the words you memorized, you'll be fine." I was mesmerized. In awe.

 

Doug Jones, Wilson Cruz, and Anthony Rapp on the set of Star Trek: Discovery.

Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru; Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber; and Anthony Rapp as Lieutenant Paul Stamets of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

I don't think I ever decided to become an actor. I think I gave in to the fact that it was the thing I needed to do. I am a slave to it, but then I receive all the reward.

 

Anson Mount; Ethan Peck; Wilson Cruz; Sonequa Martin-Green on the set of TV show Star Trek: Discovery.

Anson Mount as Captain Pike; Ethan Peck as Spock; Wilson Cruz as Culber; Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.

Photo Credit: Steve Wilkie/CBS.

When not filming Star Trek: Discovery what do you like to do?

I'm a big yoga person. I start my day with it every day. I love a good workout. It's cleansing for me. It takes me out of my head and forces me to get in touch with the physical.

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Wilson Cruz as Culber on Star Trek: Discovery.

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber in the CBS All Access original series Star Trek: Discovery.

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