One of the Denver area’s hottest sci-fi conventions, StarFest, took place last weekend Mar 11-13, 2016 and attendees soaked up all the fun with the cosplay and celebrities. I grabbed some time with actor Connor Trinneer to get to know this popular ‘Star Trek’ actor He is best known for his roles as Trip Tucker on ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ and as the Wraith, Michael from ‘Stargate Atlantis.’ Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Trinneer left his college football days behind and got in to acting.
Colleen Bement: What can you share about your role of Captain Jack Youngblood in ‘Unbelievable!!!!!’?
Connor Trinneer: It was such a long time ago. I believe I was an astronaut that gets some kind of space fungus. I don’t know what this movie’s going to be like. It’s amazing that they got all of us, and I know very little about the end result and product. I think probably most people feel that way. I hope for the best, but it’s a movie, and you never know.
CB: You played the role of Michael in ‘Stargate: Atlantis.’ What was it like to play someone who was good, then evil? What a super cool character.
CT: It was really a joy to go from playing such a nice, positive guy like Trip Tucker to really, the most evil man in the universe. But of course it wasn’t his fault—they made him. Look, it’s always so much fun to play a bad guy. It really is. With gleeful abandon, you go for it, and there’s really no wrong about it. He was a lot of fun. I was surprised. I didn’t know I was going to do so many episodes. I thought it was going to be a one off. About halfway through they were like, do you wanna come back? I’m like sure, let’s see who this goes. It didn’t quite evolve in a way that I thought it would. It got kind of stuck in that you did this to me, you did this to me, you did this to me—I even told them I think we need to move on from that—I think people get it. But unfortunately, the show didn’t make it—so I’m a part of killing two franchises. (laughter) It was just bad timing.
CB: Do you have any “hidden talents” that you can share with your fans?
CT: Well I was just mentioning that I’ve really gotten in to cooking lately. No baking. Baking is an exact science. You’ve got a little more wiggle room when you’re cooking. I’m in the mason stages of becoming a good cook, and I think I’ve become a good cook. It’s been a couple of years now that I’ve really taken a leap. It’s fun.
CB: Are you a fan of comics? If so, what is your favorite comic book series or super hero? Mine’s Batman.
CT: My favorite superhero is probably also Batman. Now, I have recently discovered ‘Bob’s Burgers.’ Oh my God, everybody on that show –they’re geniuses. This might be a little bit of “bad dad” but I let my son watch some of them. I just think it’s the funniest thing on television…by far. There have been a couple of episodes of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ where I’m like aaand, we’re turning this off.
CB: One last question. If you were a baseball player, what would your walk up song be?
CT: My walk up song would be “Hells Bells”. That’s the perfect walk up song.