60 Second Interview with Jolene Blalock
By James Ellis, January 7th, 2002
JOLENE BLALOCK, 26, may not be a name that rolls readily off the tongue, but it will soon, as she dons the pointy ears of 65-year-old Vulcan, Subcommander T’Pol, on the new Star Trek spin off, Enterprise, alongside former Quantum Leap star Scott Bakula. An avid surfer and former wild child, she’s the ex-girlfriend of actor Edward Furlong!
If I upset you, are you going to give me the Vulcan pinch?
No, I’ll try and behave myself.
So, where are the pointy ears and weird hair?
They’ve been left back in the stores at Paramount. I don’t have to take them everywhere with me, unfortunately. I quite like the little ears – they make me look like a pixie.
A Vulcan has no emotions. Surely that can’t be hard to act…
The Vulcans were a highly volatile race whose emotions were pushed to the extreme. In order to preserve the race, they had to learn meditation to control their emotions. So that’s how it is for me. It’s what I call my special place. You know those times when you’re faced with wanting to knock someone to the floor? Or you just want to scream with rage? Or hide crying? Well, it’s kind of like that. When you just need to shut down. Everything’s still there, it’s just behind the eyes?
So do you get a lot of hassle on the streets?
It’s mainly after clubs at night but I’m not really recognised on the streets during the day in LA.
You’re looking quite good considering you’re 65…
I’ve a cold and I thought you were going to say ‘considering you’re sick’. But yes, it’s pretty cool, I must be the best-looking 65-year-old in the world, except for Jack O’Lane. Do you have him here? He’s a guy who has health and fitness clubs in the US. He’s pushing 80 if he’s a day but he looks nothing like it.
Is it true you turned down the role at first?
Yes. Well, I didn’t turn down the role as I didn’t have it, but I did turn down the chance to audition. I was going out and doing about three auditions a day and I got to the point where I could work out which were the best auditions to go to. My agent and I had agreed that film was the way to go and we got a call saying come and do Star Trek. I was like: ‘Star Trek? Not after Voyager and Deep Space Nine.’ The last thing I wanted to do was run around in tights and weird hair being a space cadet and so I said ‘No.’ My agent read the script, though, and insisted I go to try out.
How will you deal with becoming a geek goddess?
I was a geek when I was a kid and I definitely wasn’t a goddess, so I’ll just have to take that as it comes.
Are your wild child days behind you?
Don’t we all go through times like that? If you keep going, they end up behind you. I don’t think I was that different to anybody else. You know how it is. You go to school, drink and drugs are there, you’re with your friends and you have a good time but everyone grows up. A lot of dealing with it and moving on is to do with the way it’s looked at by others. My parents were very anti-saying ‘Don’t do it’, ‘It’s the work of Satan’ and all that kind of stuff. Love and guidance is the best way for people to help you deal with it.
Put these in order of preference: sex, vodka, smoking…
It would have to be smoking first, then sex, then vodka. Oh no. Hang on a minute. Vodka, then sex, then smoking. Isn’t that the order in which they normally happen [laughs].
What’s the best thing about you?
Probably my … erm. I don’t know if I can say this. I have a strange, bizarre sense of humour that is very full-on. I’m shameless when it comes to swearing and vulgar … visuals. I’m really good at them. I’m always like: ‘Picture this’ [Splays arms out wide].
What’s your most annoying habit?
I must have a few that annoy people but they don’t annoy me so I don’t know what they are.
Would you have plastic surgery?
I saw Cher the other day and she looked fabulous, so I’m a believer. I’m not saying that I’d go out and have some but I think it’s a good thing for people who want to look better. It’s like my hair. The natural colour is brown but I’ve had it blonde, red … I’m a real colour whore.
What’s this about you and Edward getting arrested?
I let him borrow my car. I have a ’63 Buick Premiere that’s my baby. The registration got lost in the post or something and the tax ran out. It ended up getting impounded when he was driving it so he got arrested. Then after work I met my assistant at a club and we were there for an hour and Ed called and I asked him to come over. When we went to leave we were bombarded by press who were chasing us to the car. We unlocked the doors, got in the car and drove off straight into an accident with some Japanese people. We were trading information but then the cops pulled up and took him away.
Are you seeing anyone at the moment?
Yes. He’s a Canadian and lives here in London.
What do you look for in a man?
Security, strength, love, compassion…
Have you been serenaded?
Yes, but it was a long time ago. They were making it up as they went along.
So not the Dolly Parton song?
No, it was not. That’s terrible. That’s where my parents got the name from and I hate it [laughs].