In an interview with Star Trek Monthly (via Trek Today) conducted in 2001, the year that “Star Trek: Enterprise” debuted, Jolene Blalock explained that playing a Vulcan was particularly difficult because she shared her feelings had to hide and she did such an expressive face. She explained that she found the best way to express herself as a character was through subtle looks with her eyes. “You can say anything you need to say in the eyes because language itself is so limiting,” the San Diego native explained. “There is so much to say in words, but how much can words really express? If you can just be present, say what you want with your presence, with your eyes, with your intention, then the message will come across more powerfully.”
Blalock was an outspoken critic of writing Enterprise. In a 2004 interview with SFX Magazine (via Trek Today), she criticized the writers for taking the Vulcan traits out of her character, thereby defeating the purpose of having a Vulcan on the show in the first place. “You might as well clip your ears,” the actor exclaimed. One example she gave was that, despite being told that Vulcans don’t eat with their hands, Blalock was instructed to eat popcorn with their fingers in one scene, despite their protests. She struggled to learn the art of acting with her eyes to express the emotions seething beneath T’Pol’s skin, but she didn’t need to use them as much as writers began to infuse her character with more human characteristics to lend.