Star Trek: Picard Star Michael Dorn explained the surprising changes to Worf for the sci-fi series’ third season.
The character will have a new look in the upcoming season, with his hairstyle changing to grey. In an exclusive chat with Digital spyDorn and co-star Michelle Hurd talked about the final season, which premiered earlier this week (Feb. 16).
“When I had the Zoom meeting with the producers, with Terry [Matalas] and Akiva [Goldsman], they said, “Well, I said, I want Worf to be him.” And he said, ‘Well, we want Worf to be that,'” Dorn began.
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“They said we want Worf to have gray hair. Like, everything is gray. And my little ego went, “I don’t want to get old,” he continued. “And then I thought of the Quentin Tarantino one Kill Billand that Pai Mei character, with the white hair… I mean, she could kill anyone.
“And that was my way of thinking, you know. That’s what they did and we agreed to that. And I think it worked perfectly.”
Michelle Hurd, who plays Raffi Musiker on the show, echoed her co-star’s sentiments, revealing that she had a similar conversation with producers before the first season.
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“When it was the first season, when we did a Zoom consultation to talk about what we wanted to do for Raffi. One of the things I really wanted to make sure was that he had a huge silhouette of unruly curls,” she began.
“I wanted to make sure that all these lovely brown and black creatures could see themselves and see that their magnificent crown of natural curls is alive and well in 2400 – that we’re still here, still proud and still strong.
“It’s important because visuals matter,” he continued. “And, you know, that’s my crown. You don’t have to straighten it. You don’t have to try to fit into some kind of homogenized concept of beauty.”
Star Trek: Picard is ventilated Paramount+ in the USA Prime Video in the UK.