Actress Alison Pill of Star Trek Picard.
Photography by Catie Laffoon.

Star Trek: Picard's Alison Pill shares her favorite earthly delights.

By Carrie Bell

Alison Pill shares her favorite earthly delights.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2020.

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1. A Favorite Podcast

Reply All podcast album art.

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I listen to Reply All, which explains internet culture in a really interesting way. Yes, I have to have a podcast to explain things like memes to me. I am officially a millennial, but I don't feel of the millennials. There's a difference between a millennial who grew up with a cellphone and one who did not. I did not. It was a big deal when my family got our first cellphone.

2. My Rescue Pup

Alison Pill with her dog

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Alison Pill.

Hiking with my rescue dog, Henry Chirpa, makes me happy. At the shelter where I was volunteering, he didn't get to go on super-big walks. The first time I took him out on a hike, he was like, This is the coolest! Now he's always psyched about a hike unless it's too hot. In which case nobody wants to hike.

3. Nutritional Yeast

A bowl of popcorn

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I am 99% vegan. A go-to ingredient is nutritional yeast with its cheesy, ferment-y flavor. It's great on popcorn. You can mix it up with cauliflower to make a really good, creamy pasta sauce. And it has a lot of vitamin B. Nutritional yeast is your friend.

4. Co-Star Sir Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart and Alison Pill on the set of Star Trek Picard.

Photo Credit: Justin Lubin/CBS.

Getting to hang out with Sir Patrick Stewart [on the Star Trek set] hits every nerd bone in my body. You get to hear Shakespeare quoted all the livelong day and listen to [fellow co-star] Brent Spiner's impression of him, which is crazy good, while also realizing you're sitting with Picard. It's sci-fi nerdiness and theater geek happiness rolled into one.

5. Local Writers

The cover of Vaclav Havel book Letters to Olga

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My favorite form of entertainment is reading a good novel. Whatever city I go to, I try to read some local literature while I'm there. Books are a wonderful way to learn more about a place and its people. Reading Václav Havel's Letters to Olga while visiting Prague, wandering around looking at amazing architecture and bridges, was very special.

6. Actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Phoebe Waller-Bridge holding Emmy Award wins.

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She's my hero right now. Fleabag, Killing Eve, all the shows that she has a hand in, I'm like, I will watch you forever. [She's] the most astute observer of humanity and makes everything funny. Even sad things. And she's my age. I feel terribly unaccomplished.

7. Singing Out Loud

Karaoke microphone and stage lights.

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If I don't do karaoke at least once a month, I get antsy. I'm like, There's a song inside me and it needs to get out! My friends and I also do improv musicals where we come up with a bare-bones construction of a musical story and then improvise the entirety of it in my friend's living room.

Actress Alison Pill of Star Trek Picard.

Photography by Catie Laffoon

Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2020.

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