Here at Fangirlish, we were fortunate enough to be invited to a roundtable interview with the young leads of Star Trek: Prodigy, Rylee Alazraqui, Brett Gray, and Ella Purnell. Before we get into the interview, let’s learn a little bit about each of these actors.
Meet Rylee Alazraqui–aka Rok-Tahk, Prodigy‘s Gentle Giant
Rylee Alazraqui comes from good stock on the voice acting front. Her dad, Carlos Alazraqui, has worked as a voice actor since the early 90s. The millennial folks reading Fangirlish might best know him from the days of NickToons as Rocko in Rocko’s Modern Life. Rylee’s got quite the resume herself, especially considering that she’s only 10 years old. She’s worked on shows like Summer Camp Island and Doug Unplugs. Rok-Tahk is a gentle giant–a role not often performed by a young girl. I’m excited to watch her as Rok-Tahk and to watch her career grow from here.
Meet Brett Gray–aka Dal
Brett Gray plays Star Trek: Prodigy’s ensemble lead, Dal. While Dal is Gray’s first major voice acting role, he’s not a stranger to TV. Gray has performed in numerous short films and television series, notably Clarence in When They See Us and Jamal Turner in On My Block. Dal is a wisecracking alien of unknown origin. He lives by his street-smarts and smart mouth. I’m excited to watch his character grow into a leadership role, while also maintaining his good humor.
Meet Ella Purnell–aka Gwyn
Rounding out our three interviewees is English actress, Ella Purnell. Ella has been working in film and television since 2010, notably as Emma in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Tess in Sweetbitter. She also starred as Lady Maria Gray in the Belgravia mini-series. Gwyn is a fascinating character because she’s a character in conflict. Having only lived under the tutelage of The Diviner (John Noble), Gwyn recognizes his cruelty to others but also does not see a way to escape it either. Watching her character grow and evolve is going to be a highlight for me this season.
Now that you’ve had a primer on our young leads, listen to what they have to say for themselves in this interview!
Are you excited about Prodigy yet? I know I am!
Thank you very much to the folks at Paramount and ViacomCBS for inviting Fangirlish to participate in these interviews! A big thank you to Rylee, Brett, and Ella for their time and thoughtful responses.
Star Trek: Prodigy will premiere on October 28, 2021, on Paramount+.