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Star Trek: Picard’s Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut Recalls Shooting First Scene With LeVar Burton And Forming A ’Sisterhood’ With Mica Burton

For the first half of Star Trek: Picard Season 3, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut’s Sidney La Forge was the lone member of the La Forge family aboard the USS Titan, working at the helm as our protagonists confronted the Changeling known as Vadic and her forces for the first time. Then Episode 6, titled “The Bounty,” looped in her father, Geordi, and her sister, Alandra, the latter played by LeVar Burton’s real life daughter Mica Burton. With the La Forge family reunion having finally been shown to Paramount+ subscribers, Chestnut talked with CinemaBlend about what it was like shooting her first scene with the Next Generation alum, and how he’s formed a true “sisterhood” with the woman playing her onscreen sibling.

Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut has previously spoken to us about how she’d been made to feel like a member of the Burton family, but since then we’ve finally seen Sidney and Geordi together, I was curious to learn what shooting that first scene was like. Here’s what the actress told me when I interviewed her ahead of the most recent episode, “Surrender”:

It was nuts, just because I’m a fan of LeVar Burton outside of Star Trek too, like Reading Rainbow. Seeing him as a child and now being able not work alongside him. And not only just working alongside him, we had a tense scene in Episode 6. So just being able to work with him was awesome.