Posted on June 14, 2023


Anson Mount is living his dream playing Captain Pike in STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS on Paramount+. Prior to starring in the new show, he was a longtime fan of the STAR TREK franchise after his mom introduced him to the show when he was seven, he tells INSTYLE.

He also talks about his film debut–Crossroads with Britney Spears, how he learned leadership skills from being a Boy Scout, and the prank his crew members pulled on him years ago that left him stranded in a clown outfit in the Meatpacking District.




Mount’s role as Captain Pike in the new Star Trek series “wasn’t even on [his] bucket list” because it seemed so out of reach. “I’m a longtime Trekkie, so I want our contribution to be a significant contribution to Trek canon, whatever that means,” he says. “I’m really happy with the show and I hope that it continues for a while so that we can make that contribution.”

He tapped into the leadership skills that he learned in Boy Scouts in his portrayal of Captain Pike. “I think it’s [Boy Scouts] an incredible organization. I think  that children are meant to be outside and it’s how I first learned leadership, actually. Now that I think about it, it was by gaining rank in the Boy Scouts and having people that were serving under me and learning how to deal with that. I had never really put those two things together.”

Mount says he’s happy his role as Captain Pike is finally eclipsing his role in the 2002 Crossroads. “It comes up every now and then. In the first 10 years after I did it, I swear I thought it was going to be carved on my tombstone,” Mount says.

His favorite villain, in “the best TV show ever made”: “I mean, it can be argued that Walter White was a villain. That was a pretty incredible performance. I think that Breaking Bad is probably the best TV show ever made. So, I’m going to go with Walter White.”

Mount claims that he “hates shopping”: “I wear jeans until I can’t wear them anymore, they’re falling apart. This shirt is from Target. I don’t really think too much about that stuff.”

The time his crew mates pranked him while he was shooting a short film in his twenties: “So we were shooting, we had a location in the Meatpacking District and [it was the] middle of the day, broad daylight. And the guys in the crew thought it would be funny if they drove off in the production van and left me stranded in the middle of the Meatpacking District dressed as a clown. I had to call them. I didn’t have anything with me. Apparently, I was like, ‘OK, haha. Very funny. Leave the clown in the Meatpacking District. I get it. Come back and get me.’”


[Photo Credit: Mark Elzey for InStyle Magazine]

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