Star Trek’s John de Lancie Says “It Was Not Difficult” To Play Q In Picard


Exclusive: John de Lancie talks about what it was like to return as Q in Star Trek: Picard season 2 and how he easily slips back into character.

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Summary

  • John de Lancie found it easy to reprise his role as Q in Star Trek: Picard after almost two decades as he often practices his omnipotence at home.
  • He did not find it difficult to slip back into playing the character and credits his ability to focus on the other actors, such as Patrick Stewart’s Picard.
  • Q has become one of the most beloved characters in the Star Trek franchise, despite only appearing in a total of 22 episodes across various series.

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Iconic Star Trek actor John de Lancie, best known as Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation, discusses how easily he was able to reprise the omnipotent trickster in Star Trek: Picard. Along with the actors who played the main crew of the USS Enterprise-D, John de Lancie’s Q was part of Star Trek: The Next Generation from its premiere episode. Remarkably, Q has only appeared in 22 episodes of Star Trek, across TNG, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Picard, but de Lance’s unpredictable space god has endured as one of the franchise’s most beloved characters.

In an upcoming exclusive interview with Screen Rant to promote FanFair Signatures, the virtual autograph business co-founded by his son, Owen de Lancie, we asked John de Lancie if he found it difficult to reprise Q in Star Trek: Picard season 2 after not playing the character in almost two decades. Read de Lance’s response below:

Well, as Owen knows, I practice my omnipotence at home all the time… People used to ask me, when they would see me in that judge’s outfit, they would say, “Oh, my gosh, where did you get that outfit? That’s such a great outfit.” I said, Oh, it’s just something I brought from home. It’s how are with the kids. It was not difficult to slip back into [playing Q]. I play the character pretty close to the vest. And, and it’s really about putting my attention, in the case of Picard, putting my attention on Patrick or on Picard. And off we go.

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    Star Trek: Picard

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    2020-01-23

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    After starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons and various other Star Trek projects, Patrick Stewart is back as Jean-Luc Picard. Star Trek: Picard focuses on a retired Picard who is living on his family vineyard as he struggles to cope with the death of Data and the destruction of Romulus. But before too long, Picard is pulled back into the action. The series also brings back fan-favorite characters from the Star Trek franchise, such as Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Worf (Michael Dorn), and William Riker (Jonathan Frakes).

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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

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    1987-09-28

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