Star Trek: Prodigy is finally coming to Nickelodeon this summer! Episodes will start to roll out on Friday, July 8 and we got to talk to Rylee Alazraqui (the voice of Rok Tahk) all about the show.
BSCKids: Tell us a bit about your character on Star Trek: Prodigy, and how you got the role.
Rylee Alazraqui: Rok-Tahk is a sweet, sensitive girl who seemed to find a family in her new friends. She loves learning and all things science. Rok especially has a big heart for animals and adorable creatures. I was able to get the role by first auditioning through my agent. I didn’t hear anything and after a few months received the audition again with sides from the episode “Time Amok.” From that, I received a callback at Nickelodeon, got to meet with the creators and producers and heard the good news shortly afterwards!
Do you have anything in common with your character?
Yes, for sure. We’re both a little shy at first but can warm up pretty quickly. Also, we are both big animal lovers! I definitely can relate when Rok needs to stop and cuddle Murf or a cute creature she meets along the way.
Did you know anything about Star Trek before getting the role?
No, this is my first time learning about Star Trek! I’m along for the ride just like all the others first checking out Star Trek. It’s been so, so fun.
Do you find voice acting harder or easier than live action?
I actually find live action acting a bit harder. With voice acting you don’t really have to hit your marks and be in certain places for the camera. I also like not having to worry about wardrobe. I can wear any comfy clothes I want to for the record and it would be okay!
Tell us a bit about how it was growing up with a father in the business? How has he helped you? What’s your favorite role that your father has played?
I suppose it’s been something I’ve been used to my whole life. He’s always been goofy and I especially loved when he would read books to my sister and me at night in silly voices. He’s helped me get comfortable in auditions because I would watch him and realize not to overthink things. For voice auditions especially, he helps me slow down certain takes and hit specific words. Definitely my favorite character he does is Mr. Crocker from “Fairly Odd Parents”. He’s such an oddball.
Tell us something people would be surprised to learn about you.
Something you all might be surprised to know is I have a fear of being too far deep into ocean. If I’m playing in the waves, it’s totally okay but once my feet can’t touch the ground I get nervous. I recently took a boat trip in Costa Rica to where we could barely see the shoreline and being surrounded by all that water really, really scared me. No cruises for me!
If you could guest star on another Nickelodeon show, which one would it be and why?
Side Hustle because I really love the cast of that show, especially Jules Leblanc. I think really everyone on that show is all so good and fun to watch. I would love to one day act alongside them.
Why should everyone tune in to watch Star Trek: Prodigy?
Star Trek: Prodigy is just such a beautiful show. Its colors are so vibrant and the characters are unique. I think it’s written in a way where the young kids can follow along (my 8 year old sister LOVES it) and adults can enjoy it, too. Adults who have already been fans of Star Trek can pick up on the storylines that cross over from other shows. For me and other people who are new to this world, it’s very exciting to learn about these new things. You really didn’t HAVE to be a fan of Star Trek before watching Prodigy. That’s the coolest thing about it!
Is there anything else you’re working on that you can tell us about?
I’ve got a couple voice projects that have yet to come out which is exciting. I love seeing what my characters look like in the end. What’s even more exciting is I just finished a live action guest spot on a new Disney show that should air around the holidays. My real dad will play my TV dad in that show as well! Also, a HULU pilot of which I was apart was picked up to series so I’ll hopefully be filming more episodes this summer and fall.
Special thanks to Rylee Alazraqui!