Happy birthday Chase Masterson, born Feb. 26, 1963.
Chase Masterson, real name Christianne Carafano, played Leeta, a Bajoran native, who appeared in numerous episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine during the final five seasons.
Masterson originally auditioned to play the role of Mardah, Jake Sisko’s girlfriend in the episode “The Abandoned”. She was originally told that the age difference between Cirroc Lofton and herself would have made the relationship improbable. Avery Brooks (who directed the “The Abandoned”) has subsequently indicated at conventions that he felt Masterson was too sexy to play Jake’s girlfriend and that he hoped she would be introduced as a different, regular character at a later date – possibly as a love interest for Sisko. The role of Leeta was subsequently created for Masterson as a one-episode character, but the producers were so impressed with Masterson’s performance that they wrote the character into “Facets”, and subsequently decided to add her to the list of recurring characters. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
Masterson also lent her voice as a holographic Leeta for the video game Star Trek Online, and can be found at the game’s dabo table in Quark’s on DS9, along with other instances of a dabo table. In-game, the hologram states various canon-inspired references, including her “missing Rom”. Masterson guest-starred a number of times in the short-lived series Live Shot.
Masterson has also appeared in the Star Trek fan film “Of Gods And Men.”
Other projects include Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles and a starring role in the film Yesterday Was a Lie, as well as the film R.U.R.
Masterson’s first major role came in 1994 as Ivy Lief on General Hospital.
Her television guest-starring roles include ER and Sliders.
Masterson hosted an Entertainment Tonight-style news program for the Sci-Fi Channel in the 1990s called Sci-Fi Entertainment and an Internet-based radio talk show for the website The Fandom in 2004-2005.
After Masterson appeared in two Doctor Who audio adventures from Big Finish Productions, it was announced on October 19, 2012 that she would star in her own spin-off series, Vienna, as “impossibly glamorous bounty hunter” Vienna Salvatori.
Masterson has released two commercial records: 2011’s Yesterday Was a Lie and 2012’s “Burned With Desire.” In addition, she has released several independent jazz CDs: Thrill of the Chase, whose title is a play on her stage name, the follow-up EP AD ASTRA! (Latin for To the Stars!), the limited edition Crystal Anniversary: Songs from the Holosuite in honor of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s fifteenth anniversary, and the “greatest hits” compilation Jazz Cocktail.
Masterson was named Best Feature Film Producer of 2008 by the LA Femme Film Festival for her work as producer of the mystery/drama Yesterday Was a Lie.
In 2013 Masterson co-founded the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, a non-profit organization speaking out against “bullying, racism, misogyny, cyber-bullying, LGBT-bullying, and other forms of hate.”
In 2004, as a result of her genre work, Masterson was named one of the world’s “50 Sexiest Women” by the men’s magazine Femme Fatales, and the “Favorite Science Fiction Actress on Television” in a TV Guide reader’s poll. In December 2009, AOL named her one of the “Ten Sexiest Aliens on TV”, reporting that “Masterson is regularly voted the most popular guest at Star Trek conventions.”
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