If you're a "Star Trek" fan, you might be a bit unnerved the first time you meet Red, the tough Russian prison cook played by Kate Mulgrew on Netflix's hit series "Orange Is the New Black. "The first image is slightly overwhelming when you're used to Captain Janeway," Kate says. "Suddenly, looming in front of the camera is this huge face, and this magenta spiked hair, and this voice, and it's unrecognizable."
In Season 1, viewers learned bits and pieces of Red's story, and Kate reveals that there's big drama ahead for the character in Season 2. In addition to the audience getting to know Red's sons, she says, "There's going to be a big problem for somebody else with me. It's going to be dangerous, it's going to be unexpected ... it could be fatal."
And while Kate's role is fun to watch, she says it's just as exhilarating to play. "Do you know what I think you might be reading?" she asks after Ali comments on her transformational role. "My absolute joy in having this part at this point in my life. If you can say that you thought it was transformative, can you imagine what that does to me? I'm transformed playing it."
To find out how Kate developed Red's infamous accent and watch Kate answer the most frequently asked questions from our office "Star Trek" nerds, check out this episode of "Daily Shot."