Star Trek: Discovery introduced Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) in 2017. Among other things, the pair portray the first openly gay couple in the entire Star Trek franchise. The sexuality of each character was teased slowly and then confirmed in a perfectly natural way: while the couple brushed their teeth side by side, like a million other couples do every single night.
Fans of the show plummeted into despair when Hugh was killed in season one. They were reenergized when he was brought back to life. Both Anthony and Wilson were shocked by Hugh’s sudden demise, with Wilson explaining to The Hollywood Reporter that the news of his character’s death was particularly brutal. “I was shooting my first day on the second season of 13 Reasons Why. I had just finished doing my makeup and had received the call from our producers. I was really disappointed; I’m not going to lie to you. I had to pull it together and get to work.”
Happily, Paul and Hugh are reunited. Both Anthony and Wilson were pleased with this, especially since they both realize how important their characters are to fans of the show.
Anthony said, “I absolutely embrace the fact that our relationship is the first-ever truly explored same-sex relationship in Star Trek history. I honor and love that this is the case for us. At the same time, the particulars of our relationships, the ups and downs that we go through, are specific to our relationship. I don’t want them to be seen as speaking as gospel for all relationships. I do think one of the things that is really meaningful is that it shows LGBTQ relationships as complex, rich, and explored with a lot of integrity and depth.”
Both Anthony and Wilson recently spoke to ET about what viewers can expect from their characters in season three. Find out what they have to say in the video below!