Star Trek Voyager’s original Janeway actor quit for a r very strangeeason


Kate Mulgrew did not initially secure the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek Voyager. The part was initially given to Genevieve Bujold, but after just two days of shooting, Bujold surprisingly dropped out for reasons that left many baffled. This turn of events led to Mulgrew stepping into the role and eventually becoming synonymous with the character.

The Star Trek franchise has seen various actors perfectly embodying their roles as captains, from Patrick Stewart as Picard to Avery Brooks as Sisko and Anson Mount as Pike. Kate Mulgrew’s portrayal of Captain Janeway is no exception. She flawlessly captured the character’s grit, determination, and even her ruthless streak, all while presenting Janeway’s softer side, not to mention her love of coffee.

The unexpected change in casting occurred in 1994 when Genevieve Bujold, who initially took on the role of Janeway, found the demands of episodic television to be too strenuous. Rick Berman, the producer, conveyed that Bujold deemed the “rigours of episodic television” too demanding for her commitment to the show. Additionally, reports indicated that Bujold was unwilling to participate in news interviews related to her work, a requirement for the lead of one of the best TV series at the time.


The circumstances surrounding Bujold’s casting raised questions about how she had been chosen without a clear understanding of the shooting schedule and publicity demands of the role. This unexpected situation added an element of confusion to the production of Star Trek Voyager, reflecting an unusual turn of events in the show’s early stages.

Fortunately, Kate Mulgrew stepped into the shoes of Captain Janeway, ultimately delivering a performance that resonated with fans. While Admiral Janeway did not make an appearance in Star Trek Picard season 3, Mulgrew has made a return to the Star Trek universe through the animated series Prodigy. The unexpected casting change ultimately led to the creation of a memorable character under Mulgrew’s skillful portrayal, a turn of events that Star Trek fans wouldn’t have any other way.