03-05 Happy birthday to Jolene Blalock, Born: March 5, 1975
As a model and actress, Jolene K. Blalock is best known in the Star Trek universe for her role as Vulcan science officer T’Pol on Star Trek: Enterprise. She also played T’Pol’s second foremother (great-grandmother) T’Mir in the Enterprise episode “Carbon Creek”.
She began acting as a child, performing in school plays, and began modeling when she was in her teens. At the age of 23, she made her first television appearance in an episode of the sitcom Veronica’s Closet (1998, episode Veronica’s Breast Efforts). This was followed with a lead role in the 2000 made-for-TV movie Jason and the Argonauts, in which she played the role of Medea. Also in 2000, Blalock made a guest appearance in an episode of the UPN series G vs E called “Cougar Pines”.
In 2001, prior to winning the role of T’Pol on Enterprise, Blalock starred in the TV mini-series Diamond Hunters and made an appearance in a segment of the TV movie On the Edge. While Enterprise was in production, Blalock appeared as Ishta in two episodes of the acclaimed science fiction series Stargate SG-1, “Birthright” (2003) and “Sacrifices” (2004).
Other television series she joined as a guest actress include The Love Boat: The Next Wave (1999), D.C. (2000), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), and JAG (2001).
In 2001, Blalock was offered the role of Vulcan Sub-Commander T’Pol on the fourth Star Trek spin-off series, Enterprise. Although she was a fan of the original Star Trek series, none of the spin-offs had interested her, so she initially rejected the offer to play T’Pol. After passing on the role a second time, her agent gave her the script for “Broken Bow”; upon reading the script, Blalock changed her mind and accepted the offer.
Each day of filming on Enterprise, Blalock underwent two hours of makeup to become T’Pol. Upon joining the series, she had to have her belly button ring removed. Early in the production, shooting was temporary halted when Blalock was hospitalized after suffering from a burst ulcer in her colon.
Blalock played the role of T’Pol in all 97 episodes of all four seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise, beginning in 2001 and ending in 2005. Her last day of filming coincided with her 30th birthday. For her performance on the show, she won a Saturn Award and a special “Cinescape Genre Face of the Future” award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in 2002. She also received Saturn Award nominations in 2003 and 2004.
During a break in filming Enterprise, Blalock was cast in her feature film debut in the thriller Slow Burn, co-starring Bruce McGill. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005 but was not released into conventional theaters until April 2007. She then appeared in another thriller, Shadow Puppets, along with Tony Todd and James Marsters. This film was released on DVD in July 2007.
On television, Blalock starred in the Lifetime movie I Dream of Murder. She also filmed an appearance on the hit ABC created series Lost. On this series, Blalock was to appear as a former love interest of Sawyer (played by Josh Holloway) in the second season episode “Adrift.” According to a podcast on LostCasts, however, the story was altered before filming was complete and Blalock’s scenes were scrapped. Images of Blalock’s scenes have since appeared online.
Blalock starred as Captain Lola Beck in the heavily-promoted 2008 direct-to-DVD film Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, a sequel to the 1997 film Starship Troopers starring Dina Meyer. Also in 2008, Blalock made a guest appearance on the series CSI: Miami, along with Chad Allen. Blalock filmed a role on 10 Items or Less, the TBS sitcom. On the show, Blalock portrayed a version of herself in an episode titled “Star Trok”, which was directed by Hower.
In 2009, she appeared in an episode of the FOX medical drama House entitled “Teamwork.” This episode was Jennifer Morrison’s last as a regular on the show. In addition, Blalock completed production on the independent action film, Sinners & Saints. She was in an independent feature called One Kine Day, alongside Julia Nickson. She was in Legend of the Seeker.
In addition to her appearances in television series and films she is also an occasional model and was photographed for magazines such as FHM, Maxim, and for Playboy. She also acted in the internet short film Queen for a Day in 2000 and appeared in the 1999 music video Denise for the group Fountains of Wayne.
Besides acting, Blalock is also an avid surfer, an activity she has enjoyed since she was a child. She also enjoys a number of other sports (including snow boarding and skateboarding) and is also a skilled artist.
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