Star Trek: The Cruise IV is proud to announce a third commanding officer will serve alongside Captains Kathryn Janeway and James T. Kirk during the 2020 sailing of The Unconventional Voyage. After receiving his mission orders, Anson Mount opened up about his excitement for the cruise and his gratitude for the Star Trek family.
Engage: How do you anticipate your experience as Captain Christopher Pike will prepare you for Star Trek: The Cruise IV?
Mount: I love throwing myself into new situations for which I am incapable of having anticipation. My wife Darah and I have never taken a cruise before. We’re very excited to share the adventure with the Star Trek fam.
Engage: What have your fellow crew members and/or past guests told you about this adventure?
Mount: Nana Visitor recently mentioned something to me about climbing a waterfall. I heard that Jason Isaacs organized a tennis tournament on the cruise. I think all of this adds up to the fact that I am bound to underwhelm.
Engage: In March 2020, you will join a star-studded crew that also features Kate Mulgrew and William Shatner. What are your expectations for serving alongside Captains Janeway and Kirk?
Mount: “Be brave. Be bold. Be courageous.” Janeway has bravery covered, and we all know about Kirk’s courage. I guess that leaves me with bold, which is fine by me. All I have to do is HIT THE CAPS LOCK. Ba-dump-bump.
Engage: How does it feel to have achieved the rank of captain on a Star Trek starship?
Mount: It’s a dream come true. Really. As I’ve said many times before, Star Trek was my make-believe game as a child. Getting to continue to play in that world, but for real now, was head-spinning and continues to be so. Every time I sit in that chair, I’m reminded of how lucky I am and of how surreal this whole experience has been.
Engage: How has the Star Trek world responded to seeing you in action as Captain Pike on Discovery?
Mount: The welcome was beyond hospitable, and the continuing support has been humbling. I have never received such appreciation for anything in my career like this.
Engage: We know you are a great actor, what other amazing talent do you have that we don’t know about?
Mount: I used to teach clown. Now, I know how that sounds and how, in North America, it conjures images of people in white face paint, smiling maniacally for no reason and dangling spiders on strings. Clown, as it’s known in the acting world, is a form of actor training that has distinctly European roots and is focussed on re-enlivening the performer’s childhood joy of performing and making mischief. By using the smallest mask in the world, we alleviate the actor of the concretized mask of adulthood. That, and I used to be a stage carpenter.