Star Trek: Picard’s Isa Briones Teases Soji’s ‘Dysfunctional’ Relationship with Narek

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[Warning: The submit comprises spoilers from Thursday’s episode of Star Trek: Picard, titled “Maps and Legends.” Learn at your personal danger.]

We’re beginning to get a clearer image of the Romulans’ mysterious connection to the Borg in Star Trek: Picard and it is a doozy. Thursday’s episode of the CBS All Access sequence revealed a startling relationship wherein the Romulans have subjugated a bunch of ex-Borg, experimenting on the artificial beings within the hopes of higher understanding them for nefarious causes which have but to be revealed. Among the many good scientists connected to the mission is Soji (Isa Briones), a newcomer who would not share within the Romulans’ disdain for AI and hopes to assist them.

Soji’s arrival on the the Artifact, a type of duplicate of the Borg Dice, comes within the wake of her twin sister Dahj’s (Briones) loss of life by the hands of the Romulans she is now working with. Each had been revealed to be AI created from Knowledge’s neurons, although it appears like neither had any thought of their artificial origins and had been as a substitute implanted with pretend human recollections. With Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) racing to seek out Soji within the hopes of defending her, issues are about to get much more sophisticated for the remaining now that she’s concerned with the Romulan Narek (Harry Treadaway), who’s solely cozying as much as her to seek out the remaining AI like her and destroy them.

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As questions surrounding Soji’s origins loom, TV Information spoke to Isa Briones about what’s forward together with Soji’s “dysfunctional” relationship with Narek and why Briones feels so protecting of the character.

Isa Briones, <em>Star Trek: Picard</em>Isa Briones, Star Trek: Picard

Being part of Star Trek: Picard‘s first season should have been the expertise of a lifetime. What was it like engaged on set with Sir Patrick Stewart?
Isa Briones:
Nicely, he was the primary particular person I met on this complete course of in addition to the director who I auditioned for. However yeah, I met Patrick and I used to be so, so nervous. He is this legend of stage and display screen so it was nerve-wracking. However God, he is simply probably the most calming presence, probably the most beneficiant particular person and actor and actually is a dream to work with. That units the bar so excessive for all of us, not simply in expertise, however in how he carries this present. He actually makes all of us wish to rise to that event and he is the right chief.

What knowledge did impart, if any, whilst you had been working collectively?
He isn’t [one to] speak right down to anybody. [It’s] actually simply the way in which that he’s. The best way that he lives is mainly a grasp class for anybody strolling and paying consideration. I believe the factor that struck me probably the most was simply is kindness all through each a part of the method of creating this [show]. He was all the time so beneficiant and type to everybody.

Dahj is useless so now the main focus appears to be on Soji. Is that the final we have seen of Dahj or will she pop up in flashbacks?
There’s not a lot I can say about that, however you’re proper in that Soji goes to be [the focus]. You will be seeing much more of Soji and we’re form of following her journey proper now.

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We all know little or no about Soji to this point. What are you able to say about who she is and the place she comes from?
As you may see, she’s engaged on the Borg artifact proper now. She’s received a really attention-grabbing job. She’s form of caring for these ex-Borg, which I believe is basically cool since you get to see what an empathetic particular person she is, which is attention-grabbing when you already know she actually values emotion and and that’s form of ironic in the way in which that she is. I believe that a whole lot of the journey is her form of determining who she is. I believe she’s very a lot at the hours of darkness about her personal path and about her life and her id, however you get to see a younger lady come into her personal and determine for herself who she is and who she desires to be.

It is attention-grabbing that she is working with the Romulans on the Artifact as a result of the Romulans do not share Soji’s sympathetic view of those ex-Borg. How would you describe her dynamic with the Romulans?
I believe in case you take a look at anybody who’s working for a company that they could not utterly agree with, it’s a job and so they’re doing what they will to do good. So that’s form of her scenario proper now. She has a very essential job and will not utterly agree with what the Romulans are doing. She clearly feels very deeply for the ex-Borg in a means that a whole lot of the Romulans do not, however nonetheless she’s displaying up every single day and doing the job as a result of she is aware of what she’s doing can assist — even when it is inside a company that’s form of in opposition to her beliefs.

Isa Briones and Harry Treadaway, <em>Star Trek: Picard</em>Isa Briones and Harry Treadaway, Star Trek: Picard

Issues have progressed reasonably rapidly between Soji and Narek, who first met within the premiere. How would you describe what is going on on between them? Is it only a fling or might there be one thing extra?
As a result of I was on tour with Hamilton, I form of evaluate their relationship on the Borg Dice to what it is like being on tour. You are all the time with the identical folks and clearly, you get lonely. , there’s this new man Narek. He is available in and exhibits curiosity in Soji’s work and [he’s] a brand new face and he appears totally different. I believe he is intriguing in a means that he is in contrast to the opposite those who she has seen on the on the Artifact earlier than. Their relationship is one thing that’s going to be enjoyable to observe and unravel. It is a very passionate and secretive and sophisticated relationship. However, you already know, what is not?

The viewers is aware of that he is as much as one thing and he appears to know extra about Soji than she does. so how conscious is she of his ulterior motives? Does she suspect something or is she form of oblivious to this mysterious man proper now?
I do not wish to name her oblivious as a result of I believe that might be form of annoying to say a few lady in a relationship. She clearly is aware of that he is holding secrets and techniques, however she additionally is aware of that that may be a very Romulan way of life. I believe, greater than something, she’s curious. As a lot as he is holding secrets and techniques from her, she’s simply attempting to determine him out as a result of in her line of labor, her job is attempting to determine folks out, simply attempting to get inside somebody’s thoughts. That’s precisely what she’s attempting to do with Narek, so I believe there’s that form of facet of how thrilling that relationship is as a result of he is that nut that she will’t crack. Attempting to get somebody to open up, I really feel like they signify a really dysfunctional however attention-grabbing relationship.

Completely. And thanks for checking me on the “oblivious” factor. There’s nonetheless some, possibly internalized misogyny, I have to unlearn.
Undoubtedly. You do not even give it some thought. However I really feel like I’ve develop into very protecting of Soji in sure methods as a result of lots of people could make assumptions concerning the character. I believe they noticed Dahj was so kickass that then they’re like, ‘Oh, is Soji gonna be like…oh she’s the quick one,” however what I actually wish to say is Soji’s robust as hell, and you are going to see why. It appears like she’s being manipulated and being lied to, clearly from Narek, however the cool journey is how she rises above that.

She’s undoubtedly somebody a whole lot of ladies can relate to.
You see it in each facet of her character. She might be undermined at work, she might be undermined in relationship and I really feel like that’s only a wrestle that so many ladies must undergo even in immediately’s world. So that you get to form of watch her undergo that and utterly show everybody flawed.

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You appear to have actually related with Soji, so what have you ever realized about your self in taking part in her this season?
I am very younger and I am attempting to determine who I’m and that is precisely what Soji goes by means of which is why I really feel actually related to her and so protecting. It appears like me and beginning this new, thrilling journey of being in Picard. It feels very bizarre what Soji goes by means of in discovering who she is and and determining what her energy is. After all that may be bodily in her case as a result of she’s artificial and she will do all these wonderful issues. But additionally for me as a younger lady, it is like discovering your energy as an individual and your power of character and can and your willingness to struggle for your self and rise up for your self. [That] is one thing I really feel so many younger ladies have to be taught, and infrequently do not feel like they’ve. So attending to play Soji, who has that power within her however has to actually work to seek out it, is basically thrilling.

What else are you excited to discover this season? What are you able to tease?
All [of] the characters really feel damaged ultimately, or really feel like they’re lacking one thing or really feel misplaced and I believe the one factor I can tease about that is that all of us, by means of some form of unconventional means, discover that lacking a part of us or understand that it has been there the entire time by means of one another and thru camaraderie.

New episodes of Star Trek: Picard drop each Thursday on CBS All Access.

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and Isa Briones as Dahj in <em>Star Trek: Picard</em>.Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and Isa Briones as Dahj in Star Trek: Picard.

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