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Jeri Lynn Ryan (born Jeri Lynn Zimmermann; February 22, 1968 in Munich, Germany) is an American actress.

She is best-known for her role as the Borg crew member, Seven of Nine, on Star Trek: Voyager, for which she was nominated four times for a Saturn Award and won in 2001. She is currently reprising the character on Star Trek: Picard.

She married politician Jack Ryan in 1991, and the couple had a son in 1994. The decision to cast Ryan indirectly caused a Domino effect leading to the election of President Barack Obama—true story. They divorced in 1999. In 2007 she married Christophe Émé, a French chef, and the couple had a daughter in 2008.

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     Live-Action Series 

     Voice Acting 

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  • The Cast Showoff: Every opportunity was taken for her to sing on VOY. Even going so far as to give her the personality of a caberet singer in World War II during a battle with aliens on the holodeck, just so she could impress Alien Nazis. Kate Mulgrew was right to fear her popularity.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Seven of Nine's famous Sensual Spandex created some serious problems for her. Ryan didn't raise her voice or speak more than required because she couldn't breathe properly in the suits. It also meant she was seriously restricted in her ability to do things like Walk and Talk.
  • Hostility on the Set: There was trepidation at the time over her addition to the cast; tons of publicity, misleading trailers and a bunch of interviews with the producers stating directly that how they were trying to "appeal to the 18-24 male demographic." Ryan turned out to be a capable actress, and her work as Seven brought out some of the best work from Mulgrew; that just made it worse for poor Mulgrew, as there was no way to criticize her. (They overcame their differences and are friends now.)
  • Military Brat: She's the daughter of a master sergeant in the United States Army and grew up on army posts.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In 1989 she was chosen as Miss Illinois. She also competed in the Miss America 1990 pageant, where she finished as 3rd runner-up, also winning a preliminary swimsuit competition. Her role as Seven of Nine was famous for her sex appeal.
  • Role Reprise: The Comic Con trailer for Star Trek: Picard confirms she'll be reprising the role of Annika "Seven of Nine" Hansen on-screen. She also voices the character in Star Trek Online's Delta Rising expansion.
  • She Really Can Act: When she was added to the cast, most people were expecting little but Ms. Fanservice and a character who would end up being a shallow Distaff Counterpart to Spock and Data. However, Ryan (and the writers) was determined to prove she wasn't just hired for her appearance and she quickly emerged as one of the most interesting characters on the show. She wound up becoming one of the most-iconic cast members, the others being Mulgrew and Robert Picardo.
  • Throw It In!: She's on record as hating the eye candy she had to wear during her three-season run, but she eventually made an asset of it. If you look, Seven always strides confidently into every scene.
  • You Look Familiar: She has guest starred on both The Flash (1990) and Arrow as two different characters.


 
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Tara, pretending she's trapped outside a hotel room, deliberately lets her towel slip to the the floor as part of a con to get a waiter to open the door for her.

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