Movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Character(s): Lt. Valeris
Kim Cattrall is the English-Canadian actress who played Valeris in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. She received a Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for her performance in the film.
In early script drafts, Valeris was supposed to be Saavik, the original role for which Cattrall was already considered as an alternative back in 1981 for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. However, she turned out to be unavailable for the part, which ultimately went to Kirstie Alley. When she was finally cast for the role of Valeris, Cattrall actually refused the part at first, as she was under the false impression that she had to be the third actress to portray Saavik, but jumped at the opportunity when she learned that that was not to be the case, as she considered Saavik “just a girl,” whereas she considered Valeris “a woman.”
She was also one of the thirteen final actresses who auditioned for the part of Vixis in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, but the role went to Spice Williams.