“I’m a passionate lover of my career, my acting,” George Takei says, “but also I’m equally mindful of the important responsibility I have as an American citizen in advocating for justice.”
It’s why the 81-year-old actor is as well-known for originating Mr. Sulu on 1966’s “Star Trek” as he is for his social media dominance today. Takei takes neither for granted, noting that “an actor’s career is dependent on fans,” and uses his platform to foster a connection with audiences worldwide. In part, he’s done so because he spent years of his life behind barbed wire fences—both figuratively and literally.
“I grew up imprisoned behind American barbed wire fences when I was a child simply because we happened to look like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor,” Takei recalls. “Because we looked like those people of Japan. With no charges, with no trial, with no due process, we were summarily rounded up and imprisoned. Right here in the United States.”