Playing An Older Picard Is A Double-Edged Sword For Patrick Stewart

As anyone who has reached a certain age can attest, a lot of anxiety that accompanies youth can eventually be outgrown. This was certainly the case with Patrick Stewart, who feels he is more daring and less pressured an actor now than he was decades ago. He appears to be more confident in his decisions, and is willing to push himself further than in the past. He’s become more instinctual, as he continued to NPR:

“I’m braver than I was when I was 35. I am not averse to risk-taking. And I don’t judge myself. I used to do that so much. ‘Ah, Patrick, that’s not good enough. That’s not good enough. You could’ve done that differently. You could’ve done it better.’ That gets in the way of spontaneity and real feeling coming into something. So I’m braver now than I was when I was much younger.” 

He may not have the exact mental acumen as he did 30 years ago, but Stewart has, in 2022, affected a more natural style of acting. The “We are not here to have fun” Stewart has been replaced with someone quite the opposite: an actor who leads by emotional faculties. While Stewart is extensively, classically trained, his new approach to his craft seems far less based on overwhelming intellectual rigor. At almost 82, Stewart is finally confident.

The third season of “Star Trek: Picard,” already complete, will air in the spring of 2023. Also returning will be Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, and Jonathan Frakes. It will be the last time Stewart will play Picard. 

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