Andrew Robinson is interviewed over at StarTrek.com, discussing his years as the devilishly fascinating Elim Garak and his time on the show.
Marcello Rossi: Let’s talk about Garak, your multi-dimensional character. What was it like from an acting point of view? What were the challenges?
Andy Robinson: It was deceptively complicated playing Garak. Obviously, one of the complications was all the makeup and the costume, which was very uncomfortable, very confining. I had a bit of a claustrophobic reaction to [the makeup] at the beginning. But I got over that. [A]nd as a matter of fact, the look of the character is what was enormously helpful because he looked so unique. It was kind of wonderful for an actor to have a character that looks like that. It’s a gift!
I think more challenging was that whatever the character said is not what he meant. [M]uch of the truth of Garak was like a glacier: you saw only the tip of the glacier, but then, underneath the tip, was the very complicated truth of his life. So, playing that subtext, living with that subtext, presenting that subtext behind a mask of affability, of friendliness, of congeniality, I think that was both the challenge and the pleasure of the character.
What was your relationship with the other cast members?
AR: I knew some of the cast members even before we started the show. René Auberjonois; I’ve known him for many, many years, Armin Shimerman is someone that I became good friends with, and of course Alexander Siddig. He and I became very close friends, and he’s doing wonderful work now in various films. It was a very strong acting company, with very strong personalities and I think probably the strength of the show was the ensemble. It's not necessary that people like each other as long as they respect each other, and there was an enormous amount of respect for the actors on that show.