Jennifer Lien, who played the alien telepath Kes in Star Trek: Voyager, has been recognized by co-stars as being able to access a “deep well of dark water” when she transforms into her character. Her life took a tragic turn after she was deleted
The sudden and shocking demise of Star Trek star Jennifer Lien is one of the saddest in showbiz history.
A retired child actor, Lien won a permanent spot in the cast of Star Trek: Voyager in 1994.
She played Kes, an ocampan. In Star Trek lore, Ocampans are a telepathic species in the Star Trek universe and are notable for their short lifespan.
Lien’s run on the show was also comparatively short. She left the show halfway for reasons that were never fully explained.
While there are rumors that she was kicked off the show because of lifestyle-related issues – or possibly deep-seated issues rooted in her troubled childhood in Chicago.
The agony deep within her was apparently seen by both fellow cast members and fans in episodes like Warlord, in which her character was possessed by an aggressive alien being.
“I’ve never played a role like this,” she told Dreamwatch magazine, “but I enjoyed being so strong and determined.”
Lien described each of her co-stars in the book as a talented actress who was able to access a deep source of emotions and bring them to her character with ease.
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In their book, “Behind the Scenes,” Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration, writers Ben Robinson and Mark Wright spoke to several of Lien’s co-stars. They described her as a talented actress who was able to tap into “a deep source of emotions”, but added that “the emotional source she was drawing from appeared to be filled with dark water”.
Speaking of her hard roots in Chicago in a 1992 interview, she said, “My childhood was wild because I felt very uncomfortable where I lived.
“It was very industrial – if you didn’t fit in, you got kicked in the ass. I was just my own person and took on this really tough skin because I had to if I was to survive. Many of my friends were into drugs and I saw many of them die. “
These dark waters apparently came to the surface after being removed from the show.
According to insiders, a regular performer had to be removed to make way for the new character Seven of Nine, the sexy cyborg played by Jeri Ryan.
In the first few conversations with the producers, the head on the chopping block was Harry Kim – the junior officer played by actor Garrett Wang. But he was saved after he was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People Magazine.
Instead, Lien was fired, sparking a personal spiral in which she was arrested on allegations such as domestic violence, drunk driving, resisting arrest, deliberately ramming a police car, and indecent abandonment of children under the age of 13.
In the latter case, a neighbor of Lien’s Harriman, Tennessee, called the police after Lien deliberately exposed her breasts and buttocks during an argument. The neighbor stated that she had three children on the farm during this time.
When the police arrived, according to a testimony from arrest officer Billy Walker, Lien was completely naked and resisted arrest.
“The perpetrator said she had nowhere to go and we had to leave her alone,” he wrote.
In another incident, she was arrested for drunk driving and constantly spat at the arresting officer, Roane County Deputy Sheriff’s Office Wes Stooksbury, begging him to kill her.
In March 2016, Lien paid $ 2,291.85 to the Harriman Police Department and agreed to seek psychiatric treatment.
In 2018, she was arrested twice in less than two weeks for driving with her license revoked.
In recent years, she has stayed completely off the radar after expressing her desire to stay away from showbiz and embark on a career as a nutritionist.
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