In a way, the first episode of “Star Trek: Picard‘ Season 2 was the beginning of the end. Those very first scenes aboard the new USS Stargazer were a disaster for Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). The admiral watched as the ship’s crew was picked up one by one by the borg standing on the bridge.
While Captain Cristóbal Rios (Santiago Cabrera), Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), and Picard watched, members of the Stargazer crew battled the Borg Queen as she took over the ship. Among them were the offspring Halian Helmsman Ensign Kemi, bravely using her phaser to defend the ship.
Ensign Kemi, believed to be one of the youngest members of Captain Rios’ crew, was portrayed by an actress Adele Pomerenke. Heavy was able to talk to Pomerenke about her experience on “Picard” and becoming part of the crew of a Starfleet ship.
Pomerenke is from Washington State and her first love is ballet. When she started in show business, she wanted to perform full-time in ballet. But circumstances changed for Pomerenke and she found her way into acting.
The Borg Queen takes the Stargazer
While working in ballet in Nashville, she found work but wanted something more permanent. She met an agent who she thought might get her more dancing jobs or modeling gigs.
“But then I got cast in a movie in Los Angeles Kevin Sorbo… and I flew here for it,” said Pomerenke. “And then I thought … I would take that as a sign that maybe I should try the LA/Hollywood thing for a while.”
Pomerenke said that after her film break, “The Repentant Thief‘, she continued to land new roles, which eventually led to her role in ‘Star Trek: Picard.”
She said that working on a show like Star Trek and especially Picard was exciting because her father and grandmother were die-hard fans of The Next Generation. Pomerenke’s grandmother, who was also a professional dancer, was a huge Stewart fan.
“She was really keen on Patrick Stewart,” said Pomerenke, laughing. “It was up [TV when I was growing up], and I’ve been there a lot. My father also liked the films very much. I knew about it [Trek].”
“When I got the part, I was like, ‘I’m going to watch this show,'” Pomerenke said. “I decided I was going to watch this show because I didn’t want to get into the role and I didn’t want to know anything. I wanted to be respectful to the big Trekkies out there. But then I really fell for it!”
Pomerenke admitted that she also enjoys Star Wars and other space-related sci-fi shows and films. So it was special for her to start her Trek career on the very realistic set for Stargazer. She said fans might be surprised at how many practical effects there actually were. Not everything was later supplemented with computer graphics.
Ensign Kemi the Dancer
“This set didn’t make it [getting into the scene] difficult,” said Pomerenke. “They built a real, huge, damn ship! And I walked on it and I gasped. ‘Holy crap!’ So I’m the helmsman and I steer the ship, and instead of doing a green screen, they put up a whole computer monitor [in the console]. Someone changed the screen backstage and things are blinking at certain times.”
“Well, that helped a lot,” said Pomerenke. “There was a lot going on in that set. The Borg Queen had all her tentacles flying everywhere. They did some effects and props… and it looked pretty cool and realistic.”
Pomerenke said that while she was at the helm, she created the button patterns for Rios’ various commands during the scene. They were thoughtful and not random movements.
“That’s probably the dancer in me,” said Pomerenke. “I choreographed what I would do if Rios or Seven of Nine said anything.”
The Repentant Thief
Pomerenke said that Cabrera was quiet when he wasn’t portraying Captain Rios, but Stewart was very friendly as they shared a few moments together.
“It was fantastic [working with Stewart]’ said Pomerenke. “He complimented me when I was doing my little stunt… when I was throwing myself on the ground. So that was nice.”
Pomerenke said that she and Stewart were talking about ballet when the cameras weren’t rolling.
“He’s quite a fan of [ballet]’ said Pomerenke. “His wife, I think, used to be a ballerina. He was nice to talk to — not even about acting or work. My grandmother would have appreciated that conversation. He just kicks ass on set like that!”
While Pomerenke is impressed with the actors on set and the crew she worked with, there was one other person who helped her set the tone on “Picard.” That was co-showrunner Terry Matalas. Pomerenke said he welcomed her on set and took the time to introduce her to Stewart.
“We both have the same awful, dry sense of humor,” Pomerenke said of Matalas, whom she jokingly dubbed “King of Nerds.”
Dance mix: Adele Pomerenke
“He’s super cool and really down to earth,” said Pomerenke. She won’t say if fans will see Ensign Kemi in Star Trek in the future, as the character was one of the many shot by the Borg Queen.
For now, Pomerenke said she’s involved in a few projects outside of Trek that she can’t reveal much about. She said she posts on her frequently Instagram feed and often hints at what she’s working on there. One of those things she is always working on is her ballet. Job or not, she tries to dance every day.
“Hopefully I get an opportunity to play a ballerina in a movie or a show,” Pomerenke said.
“I’m still taking a class and working out five days a week to keep in shape,” Pomerenke said. “I can’t just stop doing this.
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https://heavy.com/entertainment/star-trek/meet-adele-pomerenke-stargazer-helmsman-picard/ Meet Adele Pomerenke, aka Ensign Kemi, from the USS Stargazer