Jolene Blalock

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Jolene Blalock as Commander T'Pol

Jolene Blalock (born March 5 1975 in San Diego, California) is an American actress best known for playing Sub-Commander T'Pol, a Vulcan in Star Trek: Enterprise. Prior to Enterprise, her highest profile role was playing Medea in a 2000 adaptation of Jason and the Argonauts.

She appears in the upcoming film Slow Burn with LL Cool J and Ray Liotta (filmed in 2003 and unveiled at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2005), and appeared in a high-profile guest starring role on an episode of Stargate SG-1. She is also scheduled to appear on an episode of Lost during the 2005-2006 season.

On April 30 2003 she married Michael Rapino. In a twist from usual convention, she proposed to him rather than the other way around.

A popular model, Jolene has appeared on the cover of many men's lifestyle magazines and also posed for a clothed fashion layout in Playboy in 2002. She was later interviewed by the magazine for its "20Q" section.

Until recently, Blalock has expressed reluctance to participate in Star Trek conventions. She made an emotional first appearance at a convention in Pasadena, California in March 2005. Her second appearance was at an autograph signing show in Milton Keynes, England in late April which was soon followed by an appearance at a convention in Bonn, Germany. She is now considered to be involved in the convention circuit, with more appearances planned in 2005.

A self-confessed "Trekkie" and big fan of Star Trek: The Original Series, she has been openly critical of Enterprise during its third and fourth season. She has stated that she felt that the show was lacking creatively, and that the show's producers were out of touch with Trek fans (although she called the fourth season a distinct improvement over what came before). Her views have proven controversial with some fans. During the spring of 2005, she was quoted in a Toronto Star interview and at her Pasadena convention appearance as calling the Enterprise finale episode, "These Are the Voyages..." "appalling" [1] although the reasons for this opinion were not initially reported. (In a later interview, Blalock expanded upon this by saying that she was upset that the final episode focuses more upon characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation than Enterprise.)

Blalock's 30th birthday on March 5, 2005, coincided with the filming of her final scenes as T'Pol.

Blalock's interests include surfing and art.

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