Leeta started Deep Space Nine seeming like just a dabo girl, but seeing more of her over the course of the series revealed her as so much more! She became one of the most interesting examples of a civilian character in the Star Trek universe.
Chase Masterson told Blastr in an e-mail interview that she loved the role of Leeta.
"She's a very 'Star Trek' character: An ordinary woman who ends up doing extraordinary things. Standing up for justice in the Ferengi union. Standing up for her relationship with a husband of another species, against all odds. Showing loyalty and wisdom and humor and strength, not tied into any Starfleet status or job title, but because it's who she was. Loving the guy who was only pretty on the inside. All of those things are a big part of what Trek is about. I wish there had been more screen time to delve into more of Leeta's depth and strength, but I'm thrilled with the amount I had, especially on a show this meaningful, this excellent. It has been the greatest blessing an actor could ever ask for," Masterson said.
We couldn't have explained why Leeta made our list better, ourselves! Watching her stand up for what's right, whether it was the union, her love for Rom, or the war effort, Leeta was a great character. Masterson said, "Being part of Star Trek on this level is an indescribable honor" for several reasons.
"The show is part of history, a legacy that will continue as long as humanity does. That's a huge thing for an actor. But it's more than that. The real honor lies in the very reason that Star Trek means so much to so many people, from all walks of life — regardless of demographic, socio-economic background, age, nationality, anything. Star Trek speaks truth. It leads us into an understanding of the way the life should be — not just in space, in the 24th century, but here. Now," she said. "It gives us hope, not just for a better future, but for a better present. And it speaks of the type of heroism we're called to. We're not meant to just watch Kirk or Picard or Sisko or Janeway or Archer. We're called to do the same kinds of things in our lives — to make decisions that may be difficult, but to captain our own destinies, and to bring justice and hope. To stand up for IDIC [Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations]. And for each other. Those precepts are transcendent, they ring in our hearts for a reason. These are our voyages."