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"I've never had a plan. You look for different actors you want to work with or different subjects you want to explore, or sometimes it's just a momentary fancy."

Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo (born January 8, 1965 in Austin, Texas) is an American actress.

She first made an impression in the recurring role of Ro Laren in Star Trek: The Next Generation, an important milestone in the moral greying of Star Trek as the first recurring sympathetic character whose first loyalty was not to Starfleet. She is also remembered by Trek fans for turning down offers to play the role as a regular in both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, in both cases leading to the creation of an Expy.note 

These decisions were because of her hopes for a film career, which after leading roles in Kalifornia and Swimming with Sharks failed to take off. She subsequently became one of those actors who will eventually turn up in just about any American SF or fantasy TV show if it runs long enough, generally playing tough, competent, powerful women, but all over the moral scale.

Film Roles:

Television Roles:

Video Game Roles:


  • The abortive TV adaptation of Global Frequency as Miranda Zero (having been fantasy-cast in the role by the artist of at least one comic issue)

Tropes associated with her include:

  • But Not Too White: She is in fact Hispanic, but is hardly ever cast in roles with that background, probably because her complexion is considered too pale to "look like" one.
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: She has one in practically every role in her early career, even in the films and shows that aren't sci-fi. It does suit her, though.
  • Typecasting: Her roles are often tough women in professional jobs, who are either cases of Good is Not Nice or villains.