SPOILER ALERT: The following article may contain spoilers for season four of Star Trek: Discovery.
Voting rights advocate and Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams can now add acting to her resumé after a recent cameo in the season four finale of Paramount's Star Trek: Discovery.
Abrams, who has long been public about her adoration of the Star Trek franchise, played the President of United Earth, who spearheads the planet's reentry into the United Federation of Planets
Watch her scene below.
Stacey Abrams makes a cameo as President of United Earth on the finale of Star Trek Discovery
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 17, 2022
It was Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Michelle Paradise who originally thought of Abrams when mulling options for who would play the President of United Earth.
Paradise told Deadline:
"We knew that she was a fan of the show and of Trek in general, and for us, there was no one better to be that President. Alex and I reached out to her, and she was kind enough to get on a Zoom with us. We pitched her the very basics of that part of the season – just that Earth would rejoin (she didn’t want spoilers, so we shared just enough to give her context) – and then talked to her about who this character is and what she represents. We asked if she’d be interested and she was kind enough to say yes. It was just an amazing thing. She did such an incredible job, it was a privilege for all of us to get to work with her, and we’re so grateful she joined us for that."
It was likely a welcome break for Abrams, who's currently mounting a formidable second bid for governor of Georgia while continuing the voting rights activism that played a crucial role in turning Georgia blue in 2020 and delivering Democrats two vital runoff victories that endowed the party with a functional majority in the Senate.
Star Trek is obviously fiction, but many felt Abrams would do a fantastic job as President of United Earth if such a world were to ever exist.
That’s awesome!!! If only we could have that be the case; the next best thing would be for her to be Governor of Georgia! https://t.co/YKVVavAmqq
— Ryan Huelsman (@TheAmazingRyGuy) March 17, 2022
I’m so happy for @staceyabrams
Her love of Trek came across with David Tennant.
I actually wish she was President of Earth. She’s awesome 😎 https://t.co/ysTIrwxbVu
— Rob Pitt (@robpittwriter) March 17, 2022
Star Trek has always shown humanity as we wish it was, and as it could be. I’m glad to see this continue. https://t.co/hDLmhjn8Hi
— Liam Strand (@strand_liam) March 17, 2022
We would all be better for it if President of United Earth actually existed with Stacey at the helm .
Let's go Georgia https://t.co/7722T89XzT
— wsully (@whdunham_d) March 17, 2022
I would love to have @staceyabrams as President of United Earth. The universe would be a much better place if women ran it. https://t.co/K6RYH8cyhC
— malicious captain kangaroo (@aekarn) March 17, 2022
This would be great to have happen. https://t.co/EDHSBeY7JO
— Roan (He/Him/They/Them) (@RoanB2006) March 17, 2022
Conservatives were far less happy with the appearance.
From pretend Governor to pretend President https://t.co/Tk7meRlhmT
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) March 17, 2022
Stacey Abrams so desperate for power that she has to pretend to be The President for validation 😂😂😂 https://t.co/f1LFdpqCLw
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) March 17, 2022
Woke Trek has its fans, I guess? https://t.co/cJka8lfZCB
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) March 17, 2022
Abrams, who has previously said Star Trek was a formative influence on her political perspective, is now officially a member of the Star Trek family.